A lot of excitement swirled around Sony's new augmented reality demo at last week's E3 conference - the Wonderbook project on PS3 could take AR technology to a completely new level. But until that happens, Sony wants to ensure that augmented reality gets all the credit it deserves, and has just launched a new game for the PlayStation Vita that turns the player's surroundings into part of the experience.
So the official Sony pre-E3 media event just wrapped up, and one of the big pushes the company made was for the PlayStation Vita and trying to bring it back to the forefront. There were announcements for major blockbuster franchises like Assassin's Creed and Call of Duty. In addition, the company's digital strategy is also a big part of enhancing its relevance.
If you're the kind of gamer that needs to be so immersed in what you're playing that you need to tune out all other noise, then Sony is looking out for you. The company has just announced a new pair of wireless headphones that will be available this fall. It's called the Pulse Wireless Stereo Headset - Elite Edition.
Very soon, PlayStation Vita owners will be able to watch talking cats and laughing babies without needing to break out their smartphone, laptop, or iPad. Of course, this won't be reason enough to ditch those handy items but it will be a nice mid-game distraction to hop on over to the PlayStation Vita YouTube app as soon as it launches later this month.
If you like the idea of ebooks, but hate the fact that you can't read them from 10 feet away on the living room sofa, Sony might have the solution to your problems. Okay, we're exaggerating a bit. There's a rumor that Sony is working on a digital books section to the PlayStation Store, but it is hardly going to try to be a competitor to the Kindle, iBooks, or Nook.
The game known as the Super Smash Bros of the Sony world is coming soon, and now not just for the PlayStation 3. It's PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, and if that name wasn't long enough for you, try PlayStation Vita All-Stars Battle Royale on for size! This game has been tipped by several domain name registries and a job listing that have popped up this week in the wake of the excitement that the intitial title provided.
Attention Sackboy fans - if you want to gain insight into the next entry in the ever growing LittleBigPlanet franchise, Sony has answered your calls. The company has put together a nice behind-the-scenes video showing what you can expect when you pick up your copy of LittleBigPlanet on the PlayStation Vita later this year. Sony also officially unveiled the game's box art.
Sony's long-awaited answer to the record-smashing Nintendo hit franchise Super Smash Bros will likely be making its way to the PlayStation Vita along with the PS3. That is, unless one of the designers of the game decided to lie about his accomplishments on LinkedIn. Ah, social media. You have to love how little secrets and details emerge in the most random of places.
Sony is making good on its promise to make sure those "AR Play" augmented reality cards don't become quickly irrelevant. The company has announced a new game called PulzAR, which will allow players to use their PlayStation Vita camera in conjunction with the special AR cards in a bright and colorful puzzle game. It looks complicated, but hopefully it's one of those titles that seems easier once you actually get your hands on it.
One of the things that die-hard PlayStation fans have been disappointed about when it comes to the PlayStation Vita is the lack of downloadable PSP games that have not been made available for the Vita. One of the selling points of the new system was that people who downloaded PSP games for their previous game platform would be able to re-download them on the Vita.