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  • 09Feb

    Want to play your downloadable PSP games on Vita? Sony’s got a list of games you can do it with

    Less than a week before Sony launches the PlayStation Vita First Edition (not that I’m counting or anything), the company has detailed the process of getting downloadable PSP games onto the device. It’s really easy, actually! You can either purchase PSP games directly from the PlayStation Store using the device (or check out your list of purchased games via the Store), or you can also connect your Vita to your PS3 to download any games you might have loaded on your PS3’s XMB. Granted, this will require you to download games to your PlayStation 3 first, assuming you have one, but the Vita’s Content Manager will take over and make the process easy. Of course, all of this knowledge is useless without knowing which games you can actually play — 275 PSP titles and Minis will be available for play on day one with more on the way. This effectively

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  • 11Nov

    Sony’s UMD Passport solution gets your your games on Vita for a fee

    When we heard that PlayStation Vita didn’t have a UMD drive, some people were a little worried. What the heck were they going to do with all those old UMD games for their PSP? Being apprehensive makes sense. Sony just announced their solution for Japanese consumers, UMD Passport. The UMD Passport program allows you to download a free application, use that to register the UMD games you already own, and then you get…well, not your game again, for free. You get a discount on repurchasing whichever games you register. At the moment, the repurchase price varies depending on the game, but it currently ranges from 500 to ¥2,400 ($6-31). Of course, economies are different, so if we get this program, the prices will likely look a bit different. The program will eventually expand to around 200 games in Japan. Nowhere near the entire library, but it’s something. PlayStation Vita goes

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  • 14Sep

    Review – Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars

    Rating: E 10+ (Everyone 10+: Cartoon Violence, Crude Humor) Genre: Action-Adventure, Platform Publisher: Traveller’s Tales and LucasArts Developer: Traveller’s Tales Release Date: March 22, 2011 BUY   As a fan of the Lego Series by TT Games (Traveller’s Tales), it is only natural that I’d be excited to play one of the latest installments, Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars.  I didn’t go in having high expectations because, let’s face it, they’re all similar in gameplay.  I was, however, pleasantly surprised to find that there were in-game references to other Lego titles such as Lego Indiana Jones and Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and even a surprise reference to the latest game, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean.  This game was super fun and includes some characters from the first games (Lego Star Wars and Lego Star Wars II) as well as many new ones from the Clone Wars (animated TV series).

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  • 17Aug

    Sony making price cuts, a new PSP

    At Gamescom yesterday, Sony announced a new pricing structure for the PlayStation 3. Effective immediately, the 160 GB and 320 GB consoles will be available at the lower prices of $249 and $299. An inFamous 2 bundle will also be available for $299, and it’ll include a 320 GB console along with a copy of inFamous 2. That’s actually a pretty good deal. (And that’s a good enough game to start on.) So — now the full console’s the same price as a Vita will be (speaking of Vita, apparently its RAM sits pretty at 512 MB after all). That might affect purchasing, but who really knows until they’re both out in the wild? Speaking of a handheld, it looks as though the PSP’s gotten a bit of a redesign before Vita’s pushed out into the world. Well, in Europe, anyway. The new “E-1000” version of the handheld is sleek,

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  • 11Aug

    New PSP bundle arrives August 30

    PS Vita’s on the way…eventually. But despite that, it doesn’t look as though the PSP’s going down quickly, with a new bundle arriving August 30. The “Madden NFL 12 & Need for Speed Shift PSP Entertainment Pack” offers both of those games, a PSP system and a 2GB memory card, all for $160 (like the other bundles). One last hurrah for sports and racing fans, I suppose. Follow

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  • 04Jul

    Sony announces official extension of Welcome Back program for those who were a little too slow

    Apparently people thought that “through July 3” meant until midnight when it came to downloading their PlayStation “Welcome Back” package. Not so, my friends! Though I could totally understand why you’d think that. Sony has officially extended the free download campaign until 9 a.m. Pacific on July 5. Not so much confusion there, right? Well, I hope not, anyway. So if you haven’t downloaded your games yet, you’ve still got another shot. Start the downloads before you head out to any super-patriotic barbeques and you might be playing as soon as you come home. (Note that I said “maybe.” Some of these games are on the huge side.) Everything related to the offer is still the same as before, except the end time, and the download process itself is easy enough. The store might be slammed with last-minute redemptions, though, so don’t get too frustrated by a few errors.  

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  • 02Jun

    Welcome back, PlayStation Network!

    An alternative to this headline, if you don’t really care: “Meh.” The long, national nightmare is over — PlayStation Network is now completely back online, including the PlayStation Store. Of course, the nightmare isn’t really over — someone out there has your information and Sony’s reputation is likely in the toilet as far as the entire world is concerned — but hey, now you can download things again! …that has to count for something, right? The promised Welcome Back offers aren’t quite online yet — they’re still in testing at the moment. But as soon as they’re up, you’ll know. The Store is back with multiple updates (there’s a zillion of them), and the next accelerated update will be this Friday. We’ve got a whole month to catch up on, you know? Here’s a full list of the new offerings: PlayStation Plus Full Game Trial Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Vegas

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  • 23May

    PSP titles migrating to PS3 with HD upgrades

    Sony announced this weekend that some PSP titles will be redeveloped specifically for the PS3, and released on Blu-Ray Discs. As these things usually go, it’s starting in Japan. This new category of “PSP Remaster” titles will not only get a visual upgrade, but they’ll also add some new features, like SIXAXIS support and 3D. You’ll also be able to use your PSP filesaves on your PS3, then continue the game while you’re on the road. The PS3 will be adding an “ad hoc for PlayStation Portable” application. Since Japan’s getting the new titles first, it makes sense that the first release will be a very Japanese one — Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD. (They could bring that to other shores, but I’m doubting it, personally — Monster Hunter hasn’t really taken off here.) What PSP titles would you like to see make the jump to the console big brother?

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  • 26Jan

    Sony’s Portable Goes Next Generation

    Sony has officially announced the PlayStation Portable’s successor, currently codenamed NGP, for Next Generation Portable. Not only is it a beautiful piece of hardware (check out Sony’s official gallery here), but it’s got a whole bevy of features to make you want it. (If I had a zillion dollars, I would take the prototype.) What’s under that plastic hood? A 5-inch OLED display Two touch surfaces – a touch pad in the back, with the more traditional touchscreen on the front 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity (3G is only confirmed in Japan – who knows if this will come to any other territory) Games now come on flash memory carts (kiss those UMDs goodbye – sorry, but this is to better humanity) PS3-quality graphics (um, yes please) Front- and rear-facing cameras SIXAXIS controls (accelerometer, that whole deal) One great big new thing that is needed like whoa: TWO ANALOG STICKS. Everyone

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  • 12Nov

    GameStop to start offering PSN DLC

    Ever wanted some primo downloadable content, but you’ve only got cash? Okay, if you’ve managed to make it over the age of 18, that’s probably not so much of a problem – you’ve got a credit card, debit card, something. But if you’re a kid or you don’t even know about DLC’s existence – hey, those folks are out there – GameStop is ready to help you out. Since some customers aren’t aware of add-on content, GameStop’s new partnership will allow customers to explore the DLC available for popular titles and buy it right there in the store (and online, starting next week). The best part about this is that they’ll accept anything GameStop considers a form of currency – yeah, including game trades. And, according to GameStop President Tony Bartel, it’ll make an excellent holiday gift: “DLC content, which typically costs between $10 and $15, also makes terrific holiday

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