Sony is calling time on the PSP, announcing that the long-running PlayStation Portable will cease sales in Japan at the end of June, with a complete wrap-up worldwide by the end of the year. Sales of the handheld, which first went on sale in Japan back in December 2004, with a broader launch early the following year, have exceeded 80m units as of late last year.
Black Rock Shooter: The Game, spawned by the Japanese media franchise Black Rock Shooter and released by Imageepoch, will be making its way to the United States April 23rd via the PlayStation Network. It will make its way to Europe a day after. The game was initially released on the PlayStation Portable in Japan in August 2011, however, it's just finally made its way on over to us. The game will be available for $19.99.
Sony has announced the launch of the PlayStation Mobile Developer Program, allowing developers to create content for PlayStation Mobile. This comes after the PlayStation Mobile launch back in October, a platform where users can play games on PlayStation Certified devices, including the Vita and certain Android smartphones. With the launch of the Developer Program, users can expect to see the catalog of available content rise in the coming months.
Allow us to introduce you to the JXD S602. It's a new Android gaming device that comes running Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, and it's pretty inexpensive too. It also sports a look that's quite similar to the PlayStation Portable, which is nothing new - we've seen plenty of devices that attempt to "recreate" the look and feel of Sony's last-generation handheld, so it isn't surprising to see another one arrive on the scene
NPD has released its report of video game sales data for June 2012, and like the months before, it isn't all that pretty. Overall sales of both hardware and software were down 30% year-over-year, dropping from $989 million in June 2011 to $699 million last month. Hardware was the biggest loser, falling a whopping 45% to just $201 million in June.
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.
Atlus, the publisher best known for its quirky and perhaps even too-far-off-the-wall role-playing games, has announced that it is decreasing the prices of all its downloadable PSP games that are currently available on the PlayStation Store. The discounts range from $5 to $20 off what the previous prices were, with many titles getting 50% discounts or more. The company is calling it the "ReVITAlized" sales event, encouraging sales of the PSP classics on Sony's new Vita handheld system.
Sony has decided to pull a couple of downloadable PSP games from the PlayStation Vita version of the PlayStation Store because hackers have managed to exploit code contained within. The affected games has vulnerablilities that allowed the hackers to run homebrew applications on the Vita, something Sony has been extremely vocal about banning. So as expected, company bigwigs were not happy about this.
Just when I thought, the Sony PSP was dead and gone, the electronics giant pulls out a new PSP value pack. This new value pack is interesting because it's a new two-tone version in sky blue and marine blue. The backside is a darker blue; the buttons are darker blue while the face is a light blue. This isn't the first two-tone PSP Sony has offered in Japan, there have been black and red, white and blue, and red and black versions in the past.