Sony’s current vision for the next-generation PlayStation Portable is roughly the same size as the PSP-3000 and has touch controls on the reverse of the unit.
According to three separate development sources who have seen and used the new PSP, the screen is rich and detailed but the headline feature is the way games are controlled – by a touch-sensitive area on the back of the unit behind the screen.
We already know Sony is complementing the release of God of War: Ghost of Sparta with a PSP-3000 Entertainment Pack. Today, Sony gives us the first glimpse at what this tie-in bundle looks like. Pictured above, it’s a two-toned PSP decked in red and black. Does the not-so-subtle design do Kratos proud? You be the judge.
For a full recap, the bundle is scheduled to ship November 2 with a full array of pack-ins, including the Ghost of Sparta UMD itself, a PSN voucher for Ready At Dawn’s previous PSP effort God of War: Chains of Olympus, a UMD movie copy of Kick Ass, and a Memory Stick Pro Duo offering 2GB in capacity. The entire shebang will set you back $199, according to retailer GameStop.
Fearless Spartan warrior Kratos will return to PSP on November 2 in God of War: Ghost of Sparta, Sony announced today. Developed by Ready At Dawn in conjunction with SCEA Santa Monica, the Greek mythology embroiled title chronicles the backstory of our favorite god-slaying protagonist, exploring Kratos’ origins.
While the original God of War on PSP was already a technical marvel, Ghost of Sparta kicks it up a notch with “state-of-the-art visual technologies, higher resolution environments, and greater depths of scale.”
Expect to see more PlayStation-branded apparel and lifestyle items hitting retail shelves as Sony has opened up its official license program to interested licensees.
The initiative aims to bolster brand image by granting third-parties the ability to use iconic PlayStation marks on a wide range of everyday products, including “apparel, accessories, house wares and more.” That means we could soon see LittleBigPlanet coffee mugs and kids utensils. Sky’s the limit, really.
Interested parties can apply for inclusion by filling out the request form on SCE’s official site.
Update: PS3 firmware 3.41 is now live, available via Network Update or direct download.
Sony aims to enhance your PlayStation Store browsing experience with the next PS3 firmware update, which is reportedly due out “soon.” PSN director Eric Lempel tells us that firmware 3.41 will add an all-new “You May Like” widget to the storefront, highlighting recommendations tailored towards the item you are currently viewing.
The underlying methodology behind this feature is based on prior purchases of other PSN members.
While firmware 3.41 itself will likely pop up later tonight or tomorrow, this feature is scheduled to go live at July’s end. In addition, the release of PS3 firmware 3.41 will coincide with the arrival of a minor PSP firmware update. Version 6.31 merely promises “system software stability” improvements — hardly exciting, we’d say.
We’ll let you know once the firmware duo hits Network Update.
Just Add Water’s vector-styled shooter Gravity Crash will make the jump to PSP on July 20 with a host of gameplay enhancements and changes, Sony announced today. A PSN effort, the Thrust-inspired title pays homage to arcade classics of old with its 2D perspective and straightforward pacing mechanics. Players are tasked with guiding a spacecraft through intertwining caverns in the far-reaching depths of outer space.
GTA – China Town Wars is a cool new game, and Cheats always makes the game way lot more interesting. But remember, NEVER save the game after using any of the cheats you find here in order not to disrupt the natural order of the GTA universe as you go along playing and finishing all the level in this game.
Sony had a spot in its press-only booth area reserved for showing off the various accessories that will be available for PSP Go when it hits US shelves on October 1. There were cases, wrist straps, Sony-branded screen protectors … and wait, what was that? Since the handheld doesn’t have a standard mini USB port like the PSP-3000, we’ll have to buy all new accessories? Sad, but true.
The PSP Go has a new multifunction port on its base (check out the video!) that is used for everything from data transfer to charging to video output. While asking owners of the older model to change a USB cable is not really a big deal, the fact that more expensive existing accessories — such as component A/V cables, voice headsets and pretty much anything made to work with the 3000 — are completely incompatible is cringe-worthy. That’s not even taking into account third-party add-ons, or things like Sony’s own GPS module.
We know Sony is planning a trade-in program for UMD games; somehow we think the company won’t be extending the same offer to include cables, peripherals and other accessories.