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Sony Finally Gives The PlayStation Vita A Release Date: Coming To The US February 22nd

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Ready for Sony’s next generation PSP, the PlayStation Vita? Well, you’ll have to hold on for a bit longer as Sony has just announced the US release date for their next generation PSP– February 22nd, 2012. Yes, 2012, as in next year.

Now while we know this still sucks, we should note that February is only four months away and let’s face it– most of us have been waiting for a true PSP successor for years now, so what’s a couple more months?

In other Vita news, Sony also announced that the Vita will have built-in apps for Facebook, Foursquare, Skype and Twitter— perfect for those times where you want to use this for more than just awesome gaming. Speaking of games, Sony also mentioned that there are over 100 games in development right now for the Vita, including Vita versions of hit games like Call of Duty, FIFA, Uncharted (the Vita version is called Uncharted Golden Abyss), and Assassins Creed– with even more games to be announced “in the months ahead.”

For those who don’t know, the Vita is Sony’s next version of the PSP (aka the PSP2), and as you’d expect, it’s loaded with impressive features like: a 5 inch OLED touchscreen with a 960×544 resolution (or a pretty amazing screen), quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor (think the full power of your computer in your pocket. This allows for things like PS3 quality graphics on a device you can carry in your pocket), full array of buttons with dual analog sticks (so you also get the full PlaySation controller to go with those PS3 like graphics), front and rear cameras (for things like augmented reality games and Skype), and touch sensitive pad on the back (so you can have more control of the games without having to put your fingers on the screen. The touch sensitive panel on the back spans the length of the front’s 5 inch screen– so you can control from the back by touching where you would want on the screen). In short, it’s pretty incredible.

And as for pricing, the Vita still looks to be $249 for WiFi-only or $299 for WiFi+AT&T 3G, though again who knows, maybe the fact that’s it not coming for another four months will make that price drop even further.

So, you gonna wait it out for this or will you get something like an iPod Touch (which now starts at just $199) this holiday season for your portable gaming needs?

More info: PlayStation Blog

PlayStation Vita Launch Delayed, Not Coming To The US Until Next Year

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If you were looking forward to picking Sony’s super-powered next-gen PSP, the PlayStation Vita, this holiday season we’ve got some bad news for you. Sony has announced that unless you live in Japan you won’t be able to pick up the Vita this year. In other words, all of us here in the US or in Europe will have to wait until “early next year” (when exactly is this “early next year” Sony didn’t say).

For those who don’t know, the Vita is Sony’s next-gen PSP that looks to let you take all the power of the PS3 and take it wherever you go. It’s got some of the most insane specs we’ve seen on a portable device yet, with its 5 inch OLED touchscreen with a crazy 960×544 resolution (or a pretty amazing screen), quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor (think of this as all the power of your computer in your pocket, or games that look like you were playing them at home on your PS3), full array of buttons with dual analog sticks (so you also get the full PlaySation controller to go along with those PS3-like graphics), front and rear cameras (for things like augmented reality games and video chat), and a touch sensitive pad on the front and back (so you can have more control of the games without having to put your fingers on the screen. The touch sensitive panel on the back spans the length of the front’s 5 inch screen– so you can control from the back by touching where you would want on the screen). Yeah, we wish it was coming this year too.

Sony also said that there would be no price cuts on the Vita’s $249 price (or the $299 AT&T 3G version), but who knows, maybe the delay will change their minds.

Back To School Deal of The Day: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Now Only $99

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We liked the Xperia Play (aka PlayStation phone) when we reviewed it earlier this month, but we really wished the price was a little lower. Well, Sony Ericsson and Verizon listened and now as part of Verizon’s back-to-school deals they’ve lowered the Xperia Play’s price to a much better $99.99 on new 2 year contract with data plan (down from the original $199.99).

The other specs on the Xperia Play are still the same, like that sharp 4 inch high-resolution touchscreen with slide-out PlayStation gamepad, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, fast 1 GHZ processor with 512 MB of RAM, 5 megapixel back camera with second front camera for video chat, and pre-loaded games of Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot and Tetris.

So if you’re looking for a great gaming phone to kill time between classes this school year, this now looks to be an even better choice for you.

The Xperia Play and its new price are available now from Verizon.

 

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Coming To AT&T Later This Year

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Gaming fans on AT&T this ones for you. The HTC Status wasn’t the only big new phone AT&T showed off at their Unwrapped event. Yes, the Xperia Play, aka PlayStation Phone, is coming to AT&T later this year. Not much will be different between the upcoming AT&T version and the one Verizon launched a few weeks back– features like the great 4 inch screen, 1 GHZ processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, 5 megapixel back camera with front camera for video chat, and of course the slide-out PlayStation gamepad are all still here.

Now that’s not to say that the AT&T version won’t be getting some unique features of its own like Sony Ericsson’s custom Timescape UI running on top of Android (think of this as Sony Ericsson’s version of HTC Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz. We actually found this to be pretty nice and easy to use in our brief time with the phone), an option for a blue color in addition to the standard black, and the biggest new addition: support for AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network. The pre-loaded games on here are also a bit different from the Verizon Xperia Play, with the AT&T version coming with: Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, Crash Bandicoot, Sims 3, Madden, Dungeon Defenders: 2nd Wave, and N.O.V.A 2 (the last two weren’t pre-loaded on the Verizon version).

We got to spend a few minutes with the AT&T Xperia Play and it’s pretty much the same as Verizon’s version we recently reviewed— and this is great news if you’re on AT&T and need a great gaming phone that doubles as a true PSP.

Unfortunately the AT&T and Sony Ericsson reps we spoke with wouldn’t give us an exact price or release date on when we can expect the Xperia Play to be available in your local AT&T store, but we’ll of course keep you posted on this once we learn more.

The Teen Review: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play

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There have been a lot of great phones already this year but the release of the Xperia Play, aka PlayStation Phone, was probably one of the most anticipated. Finally, the mix of a PSP and a phone was here. We finally got to spend some real quality time with Sony Ericsson and Verizon’s long awaited Android/PSP mashup, and well, was it worth the wait?

We’ve got all the info you’re gonna want to know and more, so read on for our full Teen Review of the Xperia Play.

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Sony Announces the PlayStation Vita– The NGP Gets A Name

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Sony fans, it’s finally here– more information on the hotly anticipated NGP/PSP 2. Sony just moments ago took the wraps off some more details on the NGP starting with two very big pieces of info, the official name and the which carrier will offer the built-in 3G on the NGP. The NGP will now be called the PlayStation Vita (or PS Vita for short) and will be available in both WiFi only and WiFi+3G versions with the 3G being provided by AT&T (with a data plan of some sort for using that 3G network).

For those who don’t know, the PlayStation Vita is the next generation of the PSP (which is why we also call it the PSP2). It’s loaded with impressive features like: a 5 inch OLED touchscreen with a crazy 960×544 resolution (or a pretty amazing screen), quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor (Think the full power of your computer in your pocket. This allows for things like PS3 quality graphics on a device you can carry in your pocket), full array of buttons with  dual analog sticks (so you also get the full PlaySation controller to go with the PS3 like graphics), front and rear cameras (for things like augmented reality games), touch sensitive pad on the front and back (so you can have more control of the games without having to put your fingers on the screen. The touch sensitive panel on the back spans the length of the front’s 5 inch screen– so you can control from the back by touching where you would want on the screen). In short, it’s pretty incredible.

The Vita will cost an incredible $249.99 for the WiFi model (it’s the same as the 3DS) and $299.99 for the WiFi+3G when it launches “this holiday season.” Sadly AT&T won’t announce the price of data plan for the 3G until a “later date,” and Sony isn’t yet sharing the exact date this holiday season the Vita will launch.  But hey, at least we got the name and price!

E3 2011 and Apple’s WWDC Kick Off Later Today– We’ll Have All The Info You Need To Know Right Here

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For those that don’t know, E3 is the big video game event that takes place for a couple of days (this year it’s June 6-9) once a year in LA where all the newest and hottest things in the world of video games are announced. Last year for example, we saw our first peek at Microsoft’s Kinect for the Xbox 360 (and the redesigned, slimmer 360), the PlayStation Move for the PS3, and the Nintendo 3DS. Not to mention info on new video games like the latest in Madden, Gears of War, Halo and Call Of Duty.

This year of course looks to bring things up a notch with Microsoft and Sony taking the stage later today for their E3 keynotes (with Microsoft expected to show off a bunch of new games for Kinect and Sony expected to give a whole lot more info on the NGP/PSP 2. And when we say a “whole lot of info” with Sony we mean it– their event is slated to go for 5 hours!). Nintendo takes the stage on Tuesday and they look to have planned some big announcements of their own.

We’ll have all the info on the big 3’s keynotes covered for you back here. If your interested in following along live, here are the links and times for their respective live streams: Microsoft (today 12:30 PM ET/ 9:30 AM PT); Sony (tonight 8 PM ET/5 PM PT); Nintendo (Tuesday 12 PM ET/ 9 AM PT).

Oh, and in case that wasn’t enough for a crazy tomorrow, we also have Apple’s WWDC keynote (beginning at 1 PM ET) with what promises to bring a whole lot of new info on Apple’s upcoming iOS 5 and OS X Lion operating systems, and more info on Apple’s big new product: iCloud (said to be for storing things like your music, documents etc. on the internet– aka “the cloud” because the data is not just on your one device but available for you to access from anywhere you have internet access. What exactly Apple is going to do with iCloud is sure to be very interesting). And who knows, maybe Apple will surprise everyone with a “one more thing” and announce the next iPhone like they have done at WWDC the past 3 years.

Again, we’re gonna have all of this covered for you tomorrow. You’re definitely gonna wanna check back.

It’s Official– Sony Ericsson Xperia Play Coming To Verizon May 26th

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For all of you on Verizon waiting to get your hands on the Xperia Play (aka the PlayStation Phone) your lucky day is almost here. The final piece to this long, leaked puzzle is finally in place with Sony Ericsson and Verizon today finally confirming the release date and price for this gaming beast: next Thursday, May 26th, for the as expected $200 on 2 year contract and data plan.

Sony Ericsson also confirmed that each Xperia Play will be shipping with 7 full games pre-loaded on the phone— Madden NFL 11, Bruce Lee Dragon Warrior, Asphalt 6: Adrenaline, The Sims 3, Star Battalion, Crash Bandicoot, and Tetris– with an additional 50+ games available at launch via the V Cast App Store. And yes, it’s also a full Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone so you can also get any apps available in the regular Android Market. On top of all that you also get a high-res 4 inch screen, 1 GHZ processor with 512 MB of RAM (so your games will look and play great), and a 5 megapixel back camera (with flash and HD video recording) with a second front camera for video chat.

Pre-orders for the Xperia Play will begin on Verizon’s site starting this Thursday, May 19th, and for more details on the Xperia Play make sure to check out our first look from CTIA.

The Teen First Look: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (PlayStation Phone)

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Ever since it was first leaked last year the internet has been buzzing about the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, which some of you may know as the PlayStation Phone that will soon be out for Verizon. We’ve stopped by the Sony Ericsson booth today at CTIA and were able to catch a few minutes with this long-awaited phone. What do we think? Read on!
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Sony Officially Takes Wraps Off Xperia Play, Coming to Verizon in “Early Spring”

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Wow MWC is off to a crazy start. Today, as promised, Sony Ericsson took the full wraps off the Xperia Play/PlayStation Phone, and wow is it looking better and better. Just as Wirefly leaked last week, Verizon will be the lucky carrier to get this awesome phone in “early Spring” (they just don’t give up at all do they? First it was 4 4G phones at CES, next the iPhone 4 and now this? And it’s only February!).

As for specs? Wirefly looked again to be 100% on the mark, with the official word being that this beast will come with:

  • 4 inch high-resolution screen– This fits in with all the other rumors we’ve heard about the phone, and with a resolution of 854×480 expect games to look really awesome on here.
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box– Yes, this will be running the latest and greatest of Android for phones which is definitely something to get excited about because it’s the best version of Android for phones ever released (faster, updated Google Apps, support for game controllers *cough* *cough*)
  • 1 GHZ processor with 512 MB of RAM– To make sure all those PlayStation games run smoothly.
  • GPS and WiFi– With support for WiFi N networks and the ability to use the phone as a portable WiFi hotspot.
  • 5 megapixel back camera with flash and HD video recording with second front camera for video chat– Just like the iPhone 4, Nexus S, Samsung Epic 4G etc.
  • 8 GB microSD card included in the box

Oh, and the phone will also ship with one “legendary” PlayStation One game (title not yet announced), with an additional 50 games available at launch (including Guitar Hero, Assassin’s Creed, and Dead Space to name a few) from a whole bunch of publishers (with some current smartphone games already out there getting special extra levels on the Xperia Play).

Still no price and exact release date– but wow is this turning into some awesome year for anyone on Verizon. New video of the Xperia Play in action after the break.

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