222w ago - Today Sony Computer Entertainment Japan (SCEJ) have announced their lineup for the Tokyo Game Show 2009.
Taking place on September 24th-27th, this is the last major trade show of the year. Hopefully there will be loads shown during Sony's keynote, but the below titles will be playable in the Sony booth on the show floor, to quote:
Here's the list of PS3 titles:
• FIFA 10 World Class Soccer
• Lost Planet 2
• Dynasty Warriors Strike Force Special
• World Soccer Winning Eleven 2010
• Final Fantasy XIII
• Front Mission Evolved
• Gran Turismo 5
• Uncharted 2
• God of War III
• Heavy Rain
• Ratchet & Clank Future 2
• Quantum Theory
• Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
• Tekken 6
• Dragon Ball Raging Blast
• Assassin's Creed II
The company also promises two as yet unannounced titles.
The PSP zone will have the following:
• Persona 3 Portable
• Dynasty Warriors 6 Special
• Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker
• Kingdom Hearts Birth By Sleep
• Valkyria Chronicles 2
• Phantasy Star Portable 2
• Gran Turismo
• Minna no Sukkiri
• Hot Shots Tennis Portable
224w ago - Sony's John Koller has stated that the PSP Go has new firmware which precludes piracy and won't allow anyone to rip games.
He added that there is now no external battery either, which is part of the 'protections' for the system.
To quote: "We've had a lot of success with the 3000," Koller says when I bring up the issue. While the earlier models of the PSP were incredibly easy to use with ripped or downloaded games, the PSP Go is going to make things tougher on the pirates.
"You won't be able to rip your games and play them on the system, the firmware precludes that," Koller explained. "There's no external battery, so there's a number of protections put into place on the system."
Although this is sure to protect the PSP Go, this may come of as one slight downfall for the PSP Go now. When that battery starts to wear down, that means sending that sexy device to sony for a couple of weeks with a fee.
230w ago - SCEE's head of developer relations, Zeno Colaço, has confirmed rumors that a new section of the PS Store that focuses on "snackable" games and applications for the PSP in on the way, to tackle the threat posed by Apple's fast-growing App Store.
To quote: "We're introducing new initiatives for the PSP which take it beyond traditional gaming, but still includes elements from gaming, and also includes new developers," said Colaço, confirming Sony has over 50 studios already working on games and apps for the new initiative.
These are to be sold via a new, "specially branded" area of the PS Store for the PSP and PSP Go, according to Develop.
"It is still a professional environment, you still need a development kit and you still need to have investment and a team," he told the site." But it can be a small team. We don't see any of the restrictions on the disc-based space being in this space."
Users can expect "snackable" games as small as 20MBs in size, he teases.
250w ago - Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein shared some highlights from the Phoenix area, where SCEA's annual Destination PlayStation conference is currently taking place. To quote:
I've copied the entire press release for you below, but here are some of the highlights:
• New PSP bundles coming in 2009, including an Assassin's Creed PSP Entertainment Pack and a Hannah Montana PSP Entertainment Pack, which includes a new Lilac PSP.
• Some of your favorite games are going portable for the first time, with exclusive PSP editions: MotorStorm Arctic Edge (also coming to PS2), LittleBigPlanet, and the Petz series.
• The Warhawk Command Center launches in PlayStation Home this week.
There's more, so read the rest straight from the press release. Look for more details to come later in the week.
Press Release: SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., February 24, 2009 - At its annual retail and publisher conference Destination PlayStation¬®, Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) announced its unprecedented line up for PSP¬®(PlayStation¬®Portable), including a new hardware offering that extends the PSP market to young female gamers, the debut of blockbuster franchises MotorStorm¬® and LittleBigPlanet™ on the platform, and major software support from Disney...
254w ago - Eurogamer (linked above) recently sat down with David Reeves, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, to discuss his views on the PS3, PSP and where they both stand.
With regards to exclusive games, Reeves toed the company line, stating that "you can't live on exclusivity forever; in the end, you've got to be master of your own destiny."
To quote: By investing in third-party partnerships -- and first-party acquisitions like Guerrilla Games -- Sony removes the need to rely on publishers for exclusive content. "We don't have to go to Capcom or Take-Two and ask for an exclusive. And I don't think we could afford it anyway. In the cold light of day, I would do exactly as those publishers have done and go multi-platform."
When asked about any unannounced PS3 titles for later in the year, he indicated that "there are a couple." Look for those to be announced soon, possibly in "the next four to six weeks."
Reeves goes on to discuss the PSP, saying that the system's need for "better and more original games" has not yet been met, but that "the line-up for PSP in 2009 is two or three times stronger than it was last year."
It sounds promising, especially considering the number of great Japanese games that are in development for the system. Hopefully we'll...