99w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Specialist Sid Shuman has shared details today from Ed Boon, who talks touchscreen fatalities and a new challenge tower in the upcoming Mortal Kombat title for PS Vita.
To quote: The good news: Mortal Kombat is coming to PS Vita! The bad news: Details are so scarce that we haven't seen so much as a single screenshot!
Luckily, Netherrealm Studios Creative Director Ed Boon emerged from the shadows to share first details with readers, including the existence of a PS Vita-exclusive second Challenge Tower and hints at how the game will take advantage of PS Vita's unique hardware capabilities.
Read up on our full Q&A below and check back soon for more details on this spring's eagerly anticipated portable pugilist.
PlayStation.Blog: What's the scope of Mortal Kombat for PS Vita? Does it include all the content from the PS3 game?
Ed Boon, Creative Director, Netherrealm Studios: It's actually everything from the PS3 game: the entire Story mode and all the downloadable characters and content, plus additional modes and features that are tailored for PS Vita. We really wanted to take advantage of Vita's hardware.
PSB: How have the graphics transitioned to PS Vita? Did...
229w ago - According ot a recent interview with Mike Abary, the company's senior vice-president, they have some new Sony VAIO laptops in the works.
These new notebooks will be ready for market as early as this fall and the plan is to equip them with touchscreen displays.
It's unclear whether they will take on the full convertible tablet PC configuration or if they will just be regular laptops with touchscreens, but you'll be tapping on that display in a few short months.
To quote: Perhaps even more interesting is that Sony plans on integrating the PlayStation Network into the Sony VAIO line.
Using the PSN, gamers are able to download a variety of gaming and entertainment content on the PS3 and PSP, so it's natural to extend this service to the PC market as well.
Abary says the initial focus for the VAIO PSN will be on movies and TV shows, but casual games may also find their way in there as well. Integration with Sony e-book reader devices may also be in the works.
256w ago - A new Sony survey regarding consumer interests has mentioned touchscreen, bluetooth and integrated storage possibilities for the PSP.
To quote: If you want to have an idea of what Sony is planning for their next iteration of the PSP, this recent consumer survey might be a good place to start.
The questionnaire asks the public if they're interested in features like Bluetooth, integrated storage, GPS, TV tuning, better file connectivity with the PS3, a touchscreen, improved battery life and speedier load times. Is there any way to just circle all of the above?
It would seem that Sony, able to do all of these things with the PSP, would like to select only those options that will prove the most enticing to companies and profitable for the company.
Fair enough, but with every lame PSP update that's made, I think we all get a little less excited about the platform. Oh, and games, Sony. We want games.
261w ago - Sony Insider (linked above) is reporting that trusted inside sources have told them that Sony is to "debut a new 16 and 32GB drag and drop Walkman during CES 2009."
They say it will feature a WQVGA OLED touchsreen display, Wi-Fi (WPA and WEP support included), YouTube access features and a fully functional Web browser.
To quote: Additionally, this new Walkman will be able to subscribe to audio podcast and Crackle video feeds; this means automatic download of new updates, the ability to delete old feed content, all over Wi-Fi. Audio codec support includes MP3, WMA, AAC, PCM, while video codec support is AVC (h.264), MPEG-4 and WMV.
There will be built-in search capabilities that can be used to learn more about your favorite artist, and users will be able to purchase full CD's of their favorite artists through the Walkman at Amazon. A powerful S-Master digital amplifier is built into this device as well as digital noise canceling to ensure optimal sound.
On top of all of these impressive features, Sony has also included a FM radio to truly differentiate this product amongst the competition.
Also, while the product shots above do not show hardware buttons for music control (previous track, play/pause, next track and volume), we believe this device will have dedicated...
278w ago - A certain jube808 has launched a quixotic quest to add a myriad of features to the PSP that he believes should've been there from the start, including beefed up battery life, a better control pad, and touchscreen support.
Think what you will of his aims, he certainly seems to have some hardware chops, as he's got a touchscreen up and running on the handheld.
So far he's just got a proof of concept keyboard, which works with a finger or a stylus, but the hope is to provide full touchscreen support for homebrew gaming.