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PSP vita !!

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Ok so now we have a name instead of the PSP2.  Vita doesn’t really match this portable.  But whatever it’s just a name.  The price like I wrote before will be 249-299 respectively for the wifi and 3G version.   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_Vita  no other information about how much the 3G version costs per month yet.  Also a big plus is that the console will be region free.  Something the 3DS does not have.  Strange since it was the other way around.

Now will Vita bring the life back to Sony as it was intended to do?  First release games much like what happened to the 3DS will affect the growth of the system.

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/40502/playstation-vita-launch-games-lineup should this information stay on date the new uncharted game will make this system a big contender.  The others aren’t as nearly as popular.  But with a big name upon release date the system should get more sales.  The 3DS didn’t achieve this by getting the big hits late, which had some factors to the price cut.

The 3G option: I don’t know what to say about this one.  One hand this could help since Sony made this a semi-tablet.  Which will appeal to other customers for an affordable wanna be tablet?  On the other hand this could be a disaster depending on the cost of the plan people might not want to hand over extra money for a portable system.  Apple gets away with it since their Ipad can do other things and has a bigger screen.  While Sony is trying to climb the apple tree of success it might have missed the point with putting all those features on a primarily based game system.

The vita is a portable gaming system first.  That should have been the mind set when going into it.  By adding tons of features that may not have an effect on the games could effectively ruin the system.   Trying to reach other customers will alienate the ones you have.

My predictions is if the release date games are a hit like Uncharted then the Vita will indeed have a better shelf life then the 3DS.  But if some problems arise and should some setbacks cause the Vita to be lack luster then Sony is going to have to slash some prices.  If Sony doesn’t learn from Nintendo’s mistakes then it will follow and history might repeat itself.

On a side note Microsoft is doing the smart move by staying out and letting them fight it out.  But who knows what they can bring to the table turn holiday shopping time.  Hindsight is 20/20.  

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Written by Theonlypersonhere

September 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

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Catherine and other stuff

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Wow it’s been a while again.  Since my last article recent events really put me down and I didn’t really feel like writing or doing anything for a while.  There were also pretty lame game releases lately with the exception of Catherine.  The drastic price cut of the 3DS was a big surprise.  I wouldn’t say that the handheld was failing but the late releasing of good games definitely hurt the console.  The PSP vita doesn’t seem to be showing its face at all.  But the pricing of it of 249, and 299 was also surprising: http://psp.ign.com/articles/117/1173228p1.html.  At that price Sony has a better chance to compete with the 3DS during the holiday rush.  But then again the price cut does push the 3DS into more affordable homes now.  170 for it seem more reasonable.  249-299 Vita feels like they should just pick up a PS3 if they haven’t already.  Speaking of that the PS3 is now 249 http://arstechnica.com/gaming/news/2011/08/sony-announces-ps3-price-cut-in-all-territories-on-both-ps3-models.ars.

Microsoft’s xbox360 hasn’t really done anything.  It would seem that they are just letting Sony and Nintendo do battle and wait for the exhausted winner.  OK enough about the consoles let’s talk about Catherine: 

 

 

Now Catherine is a very unique game about love and life.  It is a linear narrative about Vincent a young man dealing with the problems of relationships.  Now the player takes control during conversations and the puzzle platform modes.  You make choices which affect the outcome of the game and see the impending doom of Vincent as he tries to figure out cheating.

The animated visual cut scenes are nice to look at and the graphics during game play are visually stunning.  The story gets a little crazy at times but as it was said and done I still wanted more.  This game really is a metaphor for life.

The game play is just Vincent climbing up boxes which he can push and pull.  The objective is to climb to the top as fast as you can without knocking down the boxes below you.  It’s very simple at first but the game will challenge you with hard and harder level designs.

Overall I really enjoyed it.  The story with this unique game play makes for one crazy and enjoyable experience.  If you like puzzle platformers then look no further there are more challenge modes even after the game is done, also a good narrative to top it off.

 

 

 

 

 

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September 12, 2011 at 7:30 pm

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PSP2 Update 2/15/11

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Now since the PSP2 is still pretty fresh I won’t really review the specs since the price isn’t even out yet.  But to compare it to the 3DS is hard to say.  What we do know is that the cost will not be 599 from http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/28/sony-says-ngp-will-be-affordable-wont-cost-599-wifi-only-v/

While a joke it does spark fears that this portable console will cost at least an arm.  Predications of the cost could be anywhere from $249 (3DS) up to $400.  At $249-$349 it will give the 3DS a run for its money.  Anything higher might spell doom to Sony like in the past.  Yes the hardware is pretty nice and the games might be cool but costing more than any home gaming console is not worth it.

Release date is still being kept mystery early reports say that it might come out during Christmas 2011.  Sony following the Ipad approach: 3G and Wi-Fi models will be available.  The PSP2 is stated to be able to have 3G nothing is known about the network or if there will be a separate payment plan for the service.

Games on release is not known at all but Uncharted seems to be on the list from the previews and press conference.

Update: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/288712/news/sony-ngp-features-dropped-to-keep-handheld-affordable/?cid=OTC-RSS&attr=CVG-General-RSS

 

Seems that Sony has decided to cut some features on the PSP2.  Not known which ones but the trade off is that they will make the PSP2 more affordable.  From the article it seems that the cost is close to $250  to $300.  This gives Sony a better position to the 3DS.  Now we just need news of some games.

 

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February 6, 2011 at 12:58 am

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