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Paint Park, Treasure Park and Wake Up Club Hit PS Vita for Free

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128w ago - Sony Product Manager Mayumi Donovan has announced today that Paint Park, Treasure Park and Wake Up Club are coming to PS Vita for free!

To quote: PlayStation Vita owners can look forward to a trio of free applications to help you make the most of the handheld console's unique features, the first of which will be available to download this week, on April 18.

Turning the PS Vita's impressive 5" OLED screen into a sketch pad, Paint Park is fun for beginners and expert artists alike.

Using PS Vita's touchscreen to make and share drawings; you can doodle, sketch and scribble quickly and easily with the virtual markers and on-screen colour palette.

The PS Vita's front and rear cameras can play a part too, as you can take pictures and add your own creative imaginings to them.

Simple and fun Paint Park can also be a socially rewarding as users can share their work and even compete with up to five friends in the online multiplayer via the Ad Hoc mode.

This summer we'll be releasing Treasure Park, an application that allows you to create your own puzzles to challenge your friends with. It's a great way to connect with friends and other PS Vita users, as you can use the near application and 3G to find puzzles to play and share your own, wherever you are.
 

Video: Hands-On: Deadmau5 SoundShapes Stage for PS Vita

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128w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has gone hands-on today with some video footage of the Deadmau5 SoundShapes stage for PS Vita below.

To quote: It's no secret that electronica artist [Register or Login to view links] signed on with Toronto-based Queasy Games to collaborate on the upcoming PS Vita musical platformer Sound Shapes.

But last week we finally tasted the succulent fruits of that creative collaboration.

During a media showcase in New York City, Sound Shapes Producer Jason deGroot kindly demonstrated a new set of levels (a "Record" in the game's lingo) that featured audio effects provided by the mousey maestro and pixelicious art courtesy of indie developer [Register or Login to view links].

You can analyze the results for yourself below - headphones recommended!

It's worth noting that deadmau5's album tracks, such as the pop cut "Ghosts 'n Stuff," won't be appearing in Sound Shapes. And that's by design: the game's interactive soundtrack synthesizes with your platforming progress, making each "performance" a unique arrangement.

But deadmau5's sounds, loops, and rhythms are showcased in a dedicated set of levels. Better yet, his library will be available when it comes time to construct custom...
 

PS Vita Firmware / System Software Update v1.67 Arrives, Details

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129w ago - Following up on their previous update, today Sony has released PS Vita Firmware / System Software version 1.67 for those who own their latest handheld console.

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While PS Vita Firmware 1.66 offered an adhoc play PSP title bugfix over PS Vita Firmware 1.65, there is currently no official PlayStation Vita System Software v1.67 changelog available.

As always, once new details surface from Sony we will update this article with the changes included in this revision.

Update: Sony's [Register or Login to view links] now states that PS Vita Firmware v1.67 fixes a game-related issue with Dream Club Zero Portable which...
 

PS VitaTools v1.04 Arrives, ReadSELF and More Additions Included

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129w ago - Following up on the previous builds, today PlayStation Vita developer deroad has updated PS VitaTools to version 1.04 which includes the addition of ReadSELF among the changes detailed below.

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PlayStation VitaTools Changelog:

initial release

  • pkg_reader (unfinished and bugged)

1.00

  • pkg_reader fixed and fully working pupunpack!!

1.01

  • pupunpack has been updated to unpack the PUP inside a folder called: NAME_UPDATE.PUP_0

1.02

  • initial version of unpkg. for now it is NOT able to decrypt pkg. it just extract the main parts.
  • deleted some id on the pupunpack
  • pkg_reader is still unfinished

1.03

  • added security_1 to pupunpack

1.04

  • added readself. it show information about the PlayStation...

 

PS Vita Firmware / System Software Update v1.66 Arrives, Details

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130w ago - Following up on PS Vita Firmware v1.65, today Sony has released PS Vita System Software update v1.66 with details being added below.

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For those curious, Sony has removed PS Vita update v1.65 from PlayStation Network due to a technical fault related to adhoc play in PSP titles.

While there is no official changelog posted yet PlayStation Vita Firmware 1.66 is expected to remedy this issue for users.

Additionally, some users are reporting that if you want to snag older free Minis that you got with your subscription, you're able to delete the non-functioning existing version and replace it with a fresh download.

As always, more...
 
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