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PlayStation Store PS3 and PSN Updates for February 28, 2012

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125w ago - PlayStation Store Director Grace Chen is here with this weeks US PSN updates today, as follows:

This week we've got great new PSN experiences to highlight, including new PSN Games, a great new way to access a killer multiplayer experience, and the return of a cult classic.

This week also marks the start of the 2012 Gamers' Choice Awards! Vote on your favorite PSN releases from 2011 by going to the PlayStation Store and select your favorite from each category.

Each of the nominees were selected based on their ratings from you, the players. Voting is open for one week. Then next week, the winners of each category will go on sale. The power is in your hands; vote now!

Vote at psngamerschoiceawards.com to select your favorite PSN Indie. Then check out the rest of the nominees on the PlayStation Store.

Moving on to highlighting new PSN release Storm. Using the weather elements of wind, rain and lightning, you must gracefully guide seeds to fertile ground in beautiful environments. Featuring 49 levels to, you'll have the forces of the elements at your control throughout the four seasons within the game.

Last year, Killzone 3 exploded on the scene with an unforgettable single player campaign and a fantastic multiplayer mode. Now, that same great multiplayer...
 

VooFoo Studios Announces Hustle Kings is Out Now on PS Vita

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125w ago - Today Game Designer Tam VooFoo at VooFoo Studios has announced that Hustle Kings is now available on the PS Vita handheld console.

To quote: Everyone here at [Register or Login to view links] is proud that you can now play Hustle Kings on PlayStation Vita.

Once you've got your PS Vita all unwrapped, head to the PlayStation Store and you'll find Hustle Kings there for a superb £6.49. If you have pre-ordered a PS Vita then you can redeem your discount voucher to get Hustle Kings for just £1.49!

And if that wasn't tempting enough, you'll also get the PS3 version for free! That is a flabbergasting deal right there. The two versions are very different so you're almost getting two games for the price of one.

We have spent a lot of time and effort making Hustle Kings on PS Vita as great as possible. There are a lot of improvements from the PS3 version of Hustle Kings, along with a lot of entirely new content just for PS Vita.

We wanted to take full advantage of the Vita's unique inputs, and we think we've done so with a selection of control methods to cater for everyone from novice players right up to all you Hustle Kings pros.

If you want to bask in the PS Vita's touchscreen glory then it's really straightforward to...
 

Running PSP Games on PlayStation Vita with a PS3 is Revealed

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126w ago - Following up on our previous article demonstrating several PS3 games running on PS Vita through Remote Play, this weekend CNET (linked above) reports on how to get many PSP games (that [Register or Login to view links] on PSN yet) to run on the PlayStation Vita handheld as well.

Below are the details, to quote: "Sony says the list of backward-compatible games will continue to grow, but why wait? There are actually plenty of other PSP games you can play on your PS Vita right now, but you'll need a PS3 to make it happen. They may not be listed on Sony's backward-compatibility list, but they certainly work.

So, here's the trick, which has been discussed on many message boards: while you can browse the PS Store to see what older downloadable PSP content is available for purchase or redownload, you're not getting the full picture of the whole PSP catalog. Instead, browse your download list via Transaction Management on your PSN account on the PlayStation 3, and download any PSP games. The PS3 will store PSP games and allow a PSP- or, a Vita- to sync the content.

Connect your PS Vita to the PS3 via USB cable...
 

Sony Unveils Nine PlayStation Vita Tips and Tricks for Gamers

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126w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has unveiled nine tips and tricks for next-generation handheld gamers below today!

To quote: If you've picked up PS Vita then you've probably been too busy plowing through the dense launch line-up to have spent much time browsing the Settings menu.

Luckily, you don't need to - we've spent plenty of time with PlayStation's new crown jewel and we've put together a few favorite tips and tricks we wanted to share. Of course, this is just a start: We want your tips, too!

If you've discovered any favorite PS Vita functions, please share them in the comments for all to enjoy this weekend.

1. Order in the court! By now, you've probably figured out how to move your game and app bubbles around the Home Menu by pressing and holding one using the front touchscreen, enabling you to drag it around into different frame.

You can even change the background color or image by tapping the theme icon in the bottom right of each frame. Get creative and design your own background images (which you can transfer to your PS Vita via PS3) like James Gallagher from the EU PlayStation Blog did here.

2. Let there be light. You can adjust your PS Vita's OLED screen brightness mid-game without the hassle of jumping...
 

Sony Answers PlayStation Vita 3G Connectivity Questions

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126w ago - Sony Associate Brand Hardware Marketing Manager Crystal MacKenzie has addressed and answered some common PlayStation Vita 3G connectivity questions below today, as follows:

The much anticipated launch of PS Vita is finally here, and gamers can now get their hands on the most robust handheld platform ever to enter the gaming space.

The introduction of new technology often brings a multitude of questions, and while several were answered in the PS Vita Ultimate FAQ, we're still getting additional questions related to the 3G feature set and how this "play virtually anytime and anywhere" approach to gaming will change the way that we consume content and compete with friends via the PS Vita.

Check out the following FAQ regarding the 3G compatibilities of the PS Vita and how to best take advantage of the features it offers. If you have more specific questions, please refer to the PlayStation Knowledge Center's list of most common PS Vita 3G and AT&T issues as well as this deep-dive PS Vita 3G FAQ.

How can I activate my 3G data service on my PS Vita?
Activating the 3G data service doesn't require going to an AT&T store or even being at a computer. From right on the PS Vita's home screen, touch the icon entitled "Network Operator" to launch into the process.
 
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