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Sony to Shut Down PSN on PSP

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PSP users in European and PAL regions regions are in for a dose of hard reality. The now 10-year-old portable from Sony will be losing access to the PlayStation Network come September 15th. According to Sony, PSP users will still be able to download titles from Sony Entertainment Network Online Store as well as redownload past purchases from the PSP download list. The official statement from Sony can be found after the jump.

PlayStation Store Update (09-09-14)

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Welcome to the PlayStation Store update for September 9, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users (along with PlayStation 3) can now enjoy Destiny which is one of the most anticipated titles this Fall. Hockey also returns to consoles in NHL 15 for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Beyond these two heavy hitters the update this week is pretty light. There is a fairly extensive sale for titles in the Grand Theft Auto saga as well as the Just Dance series.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and then receive extra discounts as the month progresses. Discounts this week include 6 dollars off of a pre-order for The Evil Within for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

Sony Shows Off PS4 and PS Vita Remote Play in New “Perfect Gaming Partners” Spot

Despite popular belief, the PS Vita enjoys an ever expanding library of games, most recently thanks to the indie community. This list is further enlarged if we take PSP and PSone games which can be downloaded for the Vita into account. With the PS4 garnering so much success, it’s easy to see why Sony has shifted its focus away from the PS Vita, but we can’t help but think there is so much potential in the powerful portable. For its part, Sony has always been vocal that they continue to see the PS Vita as a vibrant part of the PlayStation family. To that end, Sony has released a new ‘perfect gaming partners’ spot for the PS Vita that depicts the console’s close tie to the PS4 thanks to Remote Play.

PlayStation Store Update (09-02-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for September 2, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now purchase Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate (also available for PS3 and Vita) and the much anticipated Velocity 2X (also available for Vita).  

PlayStation 3 users now have access to Deathmatch Village and the Epic Adventures Bundle. There is a lot of love for the PlayStation Vita this week as users finally have access to Don’t Starve: Giant EditionJoe Danger, and the fantastic Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (See our Review Here).

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and the free titles this month include Velocity 2X (PS4/PS Vita), Sportsfriends (PS4/PS3), and TxK (PS Vita). Keep reading to see a complete list of the updates for the store this month!

PlayStation Vita to Gain ‘Live From PlayStation’ App

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The PS4 and PS Vita will soon be gaining theme support when PS4 firmware 2.0 and PS Vita firmware 3.30 is released later this month. When the firmware updates launch, both newer consoles will gain something that the PS3 has had for years. Now it’s been revealed that PS Vita will also be taking a cue from the PS4 playbook and gaining the popular Live From PlayStation app. For those unfamiliar, Live Form PlayStation allows PS4 owners to watch live PS4 game broadcasts from Twitch and Ustream. Though the Vita won’t be able to broadcast likely due to hardware limitations, you can now more leisurely lounge around the house and watch live streams.

PS4 and PS Vita to Gain Themes in Next Firmware Update

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PS4 firmware 2.0 is already aiming to bring an extensive amount of changes to the leading next-gen console. To sweeten the pot further, Sony has revealed more information about the upcoming update, which is sure to please long time PS3 fans. When firmware 2.0 launches later this month, PS4 owners will have the ability to download themes much like they could on the PS3 which will help liven up and personalize their console. No specific themes were announced, nor was any price revealed, but the news is certainly a welcome one for PlayStation fans. But that’s not all.

Should You Buy ‘Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair’ for the PlayStation Vita?

PS_Vita_ Danganronpa_2_Goodbye_DespairThe original Danganronpa was published by NIS America and originally released here in North America on February 11, 2014. It is easily one of my favorite games of the year (Check out my review here). Shortly after its release, it was announced that its sequel would be coming out a short seven months later.

Just like the original game, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is a visual novel with a murder mystery twist. Unlike the first game where the characters are trapped in a high school, this time all of the characters (again a set of students from Hope’s Peak Academy) are trapped on the tropical Jabberwock Island.  Does Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair live up to the high quality of the original? Keep reading to find out!

PlayStation Plus Content Announced for September 2014

PlayStation_Plus_CloudAre you ready for more information about free games? If so, you are in luck because the PlayStation Blog has announced all of the free games that North American PlayStation Plus users will be able to download during September.

Each platform will receive at least two games and some platforms will receive even more if a game is cross-buy between multiple systems. One game PlayStation 4 users can look forward to receiving this month is the brand new addicting Velocity 2xPlayStation 3 users will receive the very fun PlayStation All Stars Battle Royale along with several other titles thanks to cross-buy. PlayStation Vita gets a great this month with both TxK and Joe Danger.

As you may know Sony has recently changed their release schedule for PlayStation Plus games and members will now have access to all games on the first Tuesday of each month. However, the free games are only available for one month so do not delay in claiming your free games! Make sure you’ve picked up the free games from August if you haven’t already!

Keep reading to see a full list of free games available for September!

PlayStation Store Update (08-26-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for August 26, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now take on the role of Fetch in the standalone title inFamous First Light. Madden NFL 15 comes to both PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 today as well.

PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 users can now enjoy the very entertaining OlliOlli. There is also a sale going on this week to celebrate PAX that includes titles for all 3 systems. Some of the highlights include: Child of LightTransistor, and Strike Suit Zero: Director’s Cut (see our review here).

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and each week users will enjoy extra discounts on specific games. This week users can also enjoy deeper discounts on the PAX sale.

PlayStation Store Update (08-19-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for August 19, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now enjoy the violent mayhem of Hotline Miami (3 Way Cross-Buy), fight for more loot in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls Ultimate Evil Edition (Also available for PS3), and get lost in the beauty that is The Last Tinker: City of Colors.

Users of all 3 systems can now purchase CounterSpy as part of the 2014 PlayStation PLAY Program.  Tales of Xillia 2 also comes to the PlayStation 3 this week along with Kung Fu Rabbit (See our review here). PlayStation Vita owners can now purchase the quirky Gravity Badgers.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and each week users will enjoy extra discounts on specific games. This week users can enjoy discounts on games like Hotline Miami, The Last Tinker: City of Colors, and Crimsonland.

Should You Buy ‘Kung Fu Rabbit’ for the PlayStation 3?

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Kung Fu Rabbit is a platformer that first premiered on iOS and Android devices in 2012. Since then it has released on the Nintendo 3DS, Wii U, and most recently on the PlayStation Vita.  Next week it will come to the PlayStation 3 as a digital title.  This title from Neko Entertainment was highly acclaimed and received several awards as a mobile title. Does Kung Fu Rabbit maintain this quality as it jumps to the PlayStation 3? Keep reading to find out!

PlayStation Store Update (08-12-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for August 12, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now purchase a the popular title Surgeon Simulator Anniversay Edition.

Users of all 3 systems can now purchase the unique  Hohokum as part of the 2014 PlayStation PLAY Program.  Akiba’s Trip: Undead and Undressed are now available for both PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita while Disgaea 4: A Promis Revisited is available to users of PlayStation Vita.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and each week users will enjoy extra discounts on specific games. This week there is a pretty large sale on titles relating to Anime games/movies and PlayStation Plus users enjoy even bigger discounts.

Sony Releases Gamescom Trailers, Press Conference Schedule

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Gamescom, Europe’s premier video game convention and trade show, starts next week in Cologne, Germany, and PlayStation will be there in a big way. While the show officially kicks off on August 13, SCE Europe has released a trailer in preparation for their press conference scheduled for the day before. Check it out after the break:

Sony Ends PlayStation Mobile Development on Android and It’s For the Better

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In 2011, Sony initiated strategy for PlayStation Mobile, which would have the brand expand beyond core Sony consoles and arrive on Android devices. The move was part of a strategy that allowed Android users to experience PlayStation titles in hopes of bringing them to the PS3 and PS Vita. Unfortunately, the initiative never gained much traction. Hardware partners were limited and software releases were scant with mainly original PlayStation titles. Sony would also use the platform to allow smaller indie publishers to release titles on which would also be compatible on the PS Vita, but the incentive was low for developers as opposed to simply making their game for iOS and Android.

Fortunately, Sony is finally ending PlayStation Mobile development and with it, freeing up resources for the PS Vita.

PlayStation Store Update (8-5-14)

Psn-UpdateWelcome to the PlayStation Store update for August 5, 2014. We have a great update this week packed full of new content and sales. PlayStation 4 users can now purchase a standalone version of the online co-op Killzone: Shadow Fall Intercept.  

Users of all 3 systems can now purchase The Swapper as part of the 2014 PlayStation PLAY Program.  There is also a sizeable class RPG sale going on including discounts on games in both the Persona and Final Fantasy series.

Finally, as you are probably aware PlayStation Plus users now receive all of their free games at the beginning of the month and the free titles this month include Road Not Taken (PS4), Metrico (PS Vita), and Crysis 3 (PS3). Keep reading to see a complete list of the updates for the store this month!

Sony Profits in 1st Quarter 2014 Results

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Sony has posted a net profit of ¥26.8 bn /$261m/ €194m for the first quarter of 2014 (Apr – Jun) with operating revenue up 93% on Q1 FY13. The PS4 led the way with a 95% increase in sales increase for the Game segment with software sales surging y-o-y. The movie-making Pictures segment performed well, owing to success with The Amazing Spider-man 2 and 22 Jump Street.

Financial Services made a loss, a reversal of a normally steady-performer within the broader corporation while Mobile disappointed, with a downward revision of a 2014 target of 50m unit sales to 43m.

Read on to see the full details.

PlayStation Plus Content Announced for August 2014

road not takenAre you ready for more information about free games? If so, you are in luck because the PlayStation Blog has announced all of the free games that North American PlayStation Plus users will be able to download during August.

Each platform will receive at least two games and some platforms will receive even more if a game is cross-buy between multiple systems. One game PlayStation 4 users can look forward to receiving this month is the brand new roguelike puzzle game Road Not Taken. PlayStation 3 users will receive the beautiful shooter Crysis 3 along with several other titles thanks to cross-buy. PlayStation Vita gets a great this month with both the new platformer Metrico and the highly addictive brawler-RPG Dragon’s Crown.

As you may know Sony has recently changed their release schedule for PlayStation Plus games and members will now have access to all games on the first Tuesday of each month. However, the free games are only available for one month so do not delay in claiming your free games!

Keep reading to see a full list of free games available for August!