A Sony rep has confirmed that PlayStation Vita game titles coming to the US will be cheaper if purchased and downloaded directly from the PlayStation Network as opposed to buying the boxed copies. Discounted digital copies have been confirmed for the PS Vita in Japan, but the company has yet to make an official announcement as to whether the discount would extend to the US.
The PlayStation Vita portable is set for a US launch in less than a month and to ensure a good lineup on opening day, Sony has announced two limited edition bundles. These bundles are being called "extremely limited" and will be available only to those "who brave the cold to stand in line on February 22."
Sony's PlayStation Vita next-gen handheld gaming device is still struggling in Japan following a strong start that quickly fizzled. PS Vita sales dropped below 20,000 units two weeks ago, a more than 50% decline from the week before. And this past week, that number is on the verge of dipping below the 15,000 mark, as consumers continue to wait for more worthy game titles before making the investment.
AT&T has made a small adjustment to its 3G data plan pricing for Sony's PlayStation Vita portable gaming console, which is set to launch in the US on February 22. The carrier originally announced the Vita's data plan pricing during CES earlier this month, but has now bumped up the top-tier plan.
There's a new personal video game system in town, and it goes by the name PlayStation Vita - and what you're about to learn from no less than Tokashi Sogabe of the Sony Corporate Design Center is that it originally looked just a bit different than it exists in the wild today. In an interview done with James Gallagher of the official PlayStation Blog, Sogabe spoke on how his 27 years of experience working with Sony on such devices as the original Walkman, Vaio notebooks, and the most recent slim model of the PlayStation 3, lead him to the iteration of the PS Vita you see today - and how its original construction looked a bit different. What you'll find is that the first model, never released, had a 5.5-inch display, on-screen controls, and a full metal jacket, as it were.
Sony's PlayStation Vita portable gaming console debuted in Japan last December with a strong opening week, but sales quickly took a nose dive. Sales have now plummeted to 18,361 units in week five, a drastic 95 percent drop from the 324,859 units sold in the first week and a more than 50 percent drop from the previous week.
Sony's PS Vita is getting ready to set foot in the US in February and it's launching with more than 20 game titles right off the bat. But what titles Sony has planned to sustain interest in the PS Vita in the months post launch has remained a mystery until now. Sony's director of hardware marketing John Koller spilled the beans on what to expect during an interview with Gamespot at CES.
This week Kuni Suzuki of Sony spoke at the AT&T Developer Conference on the Sony PlayStation Vita, the Sony Tablet P, and other items - but of course you know the Vita itself, on AT&T's 3G network here and now, is the hero. The PlayStation Vita, Suzuki holding it aloft at the conference, will arrive on AT&T come February 22 2012; check out data plan pricing after the cut.
Retailers in Japan have begun unofficially slashing prices on Sony's PS Vita next-gen portable gaming device after disappointing sales continued through the holiday. The PS Vita debuted in Japan last month to initial sales of 321,000 units in the first two days. However, that number quickly sunk to a paltry 72,479 units by the second week, a very low figure compared to the second-week sales of rival Nintendo's 3DS back in February of last year and is still flying off shelves.
Some Japanese gamers that have their hands on the PS Vita are getting in some retro gaming action. The portable console sold very well the first week and then sales dropped precipitously. One of the reasons for the decline in shipments was the issues with freezes and the touchscreen. If you are a retro gamer, you may have another good reason for picking up the tablet when it lands in the US next month.