237w ago - Ever since shots of Sony's new PSP Go have surfaced, some similarities between it and the rumored PS3 Slim box have been the subject of debate.
Both boxes share similar font, a horizontal band and similar placement of device specifications such as the memory capacity.
To quote: Remember when those slim PS3 shots came out and skeptics bemoaned the missing "spiderman font" as proof of mischief?
Well, if you believe that the PSP Go is a lock, and really, at this point there's no reason to doubt it, then a side-by-side shot of the PSP Go and slim PS3 box art should be quite revealing... and it is.
Note the similar font, horizontal band, and general placement of device specs like memory capacity. Pretty similar, thus giving the slim PS3 rumor that much more weight.
If this is the new slim PS3 then the only question now is whether it'll be unveiled at E3 next week or not.
243w ago - A few days back Ars Technica confirmed that Patapon 2 for PSP was going to be UMD-free.
Today, SCEA Associate Producer Chris Hinojosa-Miranda reaffirmed it by stating the rumors are true, and Patapon 2 for PSP is indeed going digital.
To quote: Yes, the rumors are true (way to ruin a surprise, ars technica!): Patapon 2 offers fans a new way to get their Pata-on with a digital-only release for your PSP.
For the Patapeeps who want and need a box on their shelves:
No worries, on May 5th, (Cinco de Pata-yo) Patapon 2 voucher cards will ship out to retail stores in the normal PSP packaging along with a printed manual. The voucher will have a code which you can redeem on the PlayStation Network so you can get drumming.
For those of you who don't want to change out of your jammies to go shopping: On Thursday May 7th, Patapon 2 will go up on the PlayStation Network for your download pleasure.
What about us, the faithful pre-order-ees? Well, you guys will get what's coming to ya... via mail, or whatever form of shipping you requested...
247w ago - The 2009 Game Developers Conference begins tomorrow (already today in some parts of the world), and here are some pre-GDC 2009 PS3 and PSP rumors circulating the Internet:
We round up the latest hearsay to come from the Game Developers Conference. Teeda was kind enough to share some of the latest rumors involving the Game Developers Conference with us. Here's the latest:
• New 80gb PS3 bundled with 2 games will be launched at the end of March.. it will cost $399 (already confirmed).
• New 40gb ps3 sku will be launched this May. The cost will be $299.
• PSP slide will be shown for the first time in this year's E3. The launch is next year.
• The currently available PSP model will get a price cut too. The cost will be $119.
• Fumito Ueda will be there at GDC '09. He will announce 2 projects. One of them is Shadow of the Colossus Online.
• Syphon Filter is underway to PS3. Apparently the developers are using the same engine behind Killzone2.
• Insomniac is developing a new action platformer RPG. It looks like a Zelda clone.
250w ago - Sony's head of PSP marketing in North America would only confirm that part of what longtime developer Dave Perry recently said about the PSP's future is true.
The following is an excerpt from an interview I conducted today with Sony Computer Entertainment of America's John Koller, the director of PSP marketing in North America.
I originally booked the phone interview with Koller to discuss the stunning line-up of PSP games Sony announced earlier this week, but by the time we talked, there was the PSP2 rumor to discuss that had been churning through the Internet ever since veteran game designer Dave Perry Twittered that a disc-free PSP2 was in the works for a possible fall release.
I'll have a lot more from Koller about the new games and the future of the PSP on Friday, but let's start here by dealing with the Dave Perry rumor. This is how I broached the topic:
MTV Multiplayer: Do you still consider Dave Perry a friend?
John Koller, Director of Hardware Marketing for the PSP: [laughs] That's a great question! I didn't even know who he was until about a month ago. I heard about [his PSP2 report] yesterday. We've never...