107w ago - This weekend PlayStation Vita homebrew developer SKFU has released a PS Vita Firmware xTractor application for the PC which allows users to extract the PSVita Firmware from Sony's new handheld game console followed by v1.01 and version 2.00 below!
113w ago - Today Sony European Product Manager Adam Grant has shared some PlayStation Vita details including the box design and PS Vita launch apps below.
To quote: I am the European Hardware Product Manager for PS Vita and I am excited to share with you the final box design for both PS Vita Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi and 3G models which were first unveiled at Tokyo Game Show.
Those of you that have managed to get a hands-on experience at one of our recent events will know that no single picture can do PS Vita justice, but we think it does look pretty stunning and I hope you agree.
On the screen you can see the app icons for some of apps, features and services that will come pre-installed on PS Vita at launch. Here is a quick description for each of the icons represented:
Welcome Park - We invite you to the Welcome Park to explore and discover all of the brilliant features packed into PS Vita through a series of mini-games.
Party - Fancy a chat while you're gaming? Speak with your friends anytime you like with Party. The voice and text chat application allows you to talk to up to eight party members, no matter what you're doing. Party also allows you to set up and jump in multiplayer games and chat with Friends while you play different games, bringing cross-game...
120w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has made available some video footage today of Virtua Tennis 4 for PS Vita which showcases the game's exclusive features and VT apps below.
To quote: Virtua Tennis 4 for PlayStation Vita first stepped onto the court at E3. Even at that early stage in its development, the game showed signs of ambition.
It seems that Sega is taking great care to adapt the tried-and-true gameplay for PS Vita by extensively leveraging the handheld's hardware strengths, all without dumbing down the series's winning formula.
Now, at Gamescom, I finally got to see some of these game modes in action.
Virtua Tennis 4's core experience is nearly identical to its recently-released PS3 counterpart; you can create a character, start a career, and participate in tournaments while enhancing your skills through all kinds of bizarre tennis-related skill tests. Likewise, you can jump into the shoes of Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, or other real-world tennis stars.
What PS Vita brings to the court is a new, yet optional way to control the main serve-and-volley action, plus a series of "VT Apps."
The core gameplay opens up considerably thanks to the PS Vita touch screen. Tap on the screen...