F1 3 As the only ‘sim like’ racer available at launch I had high hopes for F1 2011. Producers Codemasters have handed the development of the game to Sumo Digital. They developed F1 2009 on the PSP so their back ground in Formula 1 games is decent. Being a portable game it’s safe to assume it’ll have limited capabilities compared to the full console versions. Which is true, but it’s not that limited.

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“Gosh, that’s a nice looking screen,” I said silently to myself. “…and the first thing you’ll notice,” said Dave Hine, preparing to lead me quickly through the bulleted list of features, “is the stunning five inch, OLED display.” He wasn’t a mind reader; right off the bat the most striking thing about the Vita is the visual fidelity it offers, but there’s plenty of things beyond the screen to be interested in. Continue reading

“Compatible” is a word that seems to be being used in the various news articles covering this, though that might be a bit inappropriate, given that if you have it on UMD, it’ll be totally incompatible, but you’ll be able to get them online presumably. For a price of course. Maybe you’ve already bought it before, but unless that transaction took place on the PSP Go, it’ll probably involve another, in order to dissuade piracy. Upon a cursory glance over the list, I’ve confirmed for myself that most of the games that matter to me are there: The God Of War games and Soul Calibur: Broken Destiny. Missing, however, and this wounds me greatly to learn, are the two Metal Gear Acid games. Guess I’ll hold on to my old PSP for a while longer. Full list after the break. Continue reading

“From February 8, 2012, “PlayStation®Network accounts” will be renamed “Sony Entertainment Network accounts” or “SEN accounts”. This change will take effect at the same time as upcoming PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®Vita* system software updates. After you update the system software on your PS3™ or PS Vita , you will notice that “PlayStation®Network accounts” have been renamed “Sony Entertainment Network accounts”. This change will not affect the naming of “PlayStation®Network accounts” when viewed on a PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) system. *PlayStation®Vita will launch from 22nd February, 2012.
This account change is a change in name only. You do not have to do anything and your username and password will not change.
This transition is based on Sony’s goal to enhance its unique digital entertainment offering. As a series of these activities Sony started last September, PlayStation®Network will be aligned with “Sony Entertainment Network”. This helps us get closer to our goal of establishing a global comprehensive network platform of services across games, movies, music and more, all accessible from one convenient account.
Your Sony Entertainment Network account also enables use of Sony’s non-game services such as Music Unlimited, Video Store of PlayStation®Store and PlayMemories Online (previously called Personal Space) across a variety of network-connected devices.
Thank you for your continued loyalty and support during this transition
For FAQs and more detail on this change please visit http://eu.playstation.com/support orhttp://en.support.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/
The Sony Entertainment Network Team”

It’s old news now, but Playstation Vita now has its launch line up set in stone, and SVP of SCEE Worldwide Studios, Michael Denny, commented that it’s “one of the best launch line ups of any games console, ever launched.” I guess he’s in the perfect position to make an informed and impartial judgement on that. So here are the launch titles, and beyond the break is a list of titles confirmed to be in development by third party publishers.

  • UnchartedTM: Golden Abyss
  • WipEout® 2048
  • Reality Fighters
  • Little Deviants
  • ModNation RacersTM: Road Trip
  • Everybody’s Golf®
  • Escape Plan
  • Top Darts
  • Hustle Kings
  • Unit 13
  • MotorStorm® RC


Sony has announced today that the 3G/Wi-Fi PlayStation Vita will ship in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand in February 2012 with a Vodafone SIM card pre-installed. This partnership covers the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, France, the Netherlands, Australia, and New Zealand.

3G services will allow users of Vita to play online multiplayer or access other online services, but additionally the Vita will have dedicated social media applications to allow you to tweet, update your Facebook status, and check-in on foursquare. Additionally location-based services will extend to finding other Vita users “Near” to them and interact with them virtually.

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E3 is next week you guys! In a format slightly different to last year, I thought I’d collate what has been said so far in Browncoat’s E3 2011 thread in a kind of visualisation. So you can see what everyone would like to see, and… rather not see. Some games have already been confirmed, while others are a bit more hazy.

Hover over the images to see where the ideas came from. I have simplified some of these lists, please let me know if I’ve overstepped my bounds!

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Now this may appeal more to our friends in Australia but EB Games will be holding the biggest gaming event in Australasian history. To be held on Saturday the 15th and Sunday the 16th of October, EB Games EXPO will showcase the hottest new release and upcoming titles playable for the first time in Australia plus exciting live presentations from international game developers spanning across 10,000 square meters at the Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre (GCCEC), Gold Coast, Queensland. Full press release past the break.EB Games Expo LOGO

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Now that certain PSN services have been restored and you’re once again enjoying online gaming, it seems a good time to confirm what is being offered as part of the Welcome Back programme.

Once we restore PlayStation Store, which will be just a little while longer, you will have the opportunity to claim your Welcome Back gifts. Please note that the Welcome Back programme is only available for those countries with access to PlayStation Store*.

All existing PlayStation Network members will be able to access the following from PlayStation Store*:

Two PS3 games from the following list:

  • LittleBigPlanet
  • Infamous*
  • Wipeout HD/Fury
  • Ratchet and Clank: Quest for Booty
  • Dead Nation*

For those with PSP accounts, you will also be eligible to download two PSP games from the following list:

  • LittleBigPlanet PSP
  • ModNation PSP
  • Pursuit Force
  • Killzone Liberation*

– 30 days free PlayStation Plus membership for non PS Plus subscribers*

– Existing PlayStation Plus subscribers will be given 60 days free subscription.

– For existing Music Unlimited subscribers, you will be given 30 days free subscription.

– We are working on a Welcome Back offer in PlayStation Home and will share that when it is confirmed.

I would like to thank all of the developers and publishers involved in this programme for their support in making this happen. We certainly couldn’t have done it without you.

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Kazuo Hirai has release more details regarding the restoration of the PSN. Including details regarding the new firmware required to change your password once the service goes live. The firmware can be downloaded now in preparation. Note it may take a few attempts via the PS3, alternatively you can download the firmware here. Full details regarding the restoration can be found on the SCEE Playstation blog. Full release past the break.

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