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Sony kills the PS2 in Japan, but keeps making games for it

Sony has stopped making the PlayStation 2 in Japan, almost 13 years after the console was launched. Could it come to the end of its long life here in the UK too?

Just because the console is no longer being manufactured doesn’t mean there’ll be no more games for it though. Sony will continue developing and selling games for the PS2 according to Famitsu, via CNET. Seriously, I didn’t know games were still being released for it.

But then I suppose it makes sense, seeing as it’s the best-selling console of all time. More than 155 million of the blighters have been sold around the world, and more than 1.52 billion games. That’s quite some user base. No wonder it’s got a back catalogue of almost 11,000 titles.

It’s also big in countries that have missed out on newer consoles, like Brazil, Russia, India and China. And those countries aren’t exactly sparsely populated.

The PS2 went on sale in the UK in November 2000. I still remember the first time I saw Grand Theft Auto 3 in action. I’m sure I’m not alone in buying a PS2 purely for that game. Or for losing hours of “study time” at university to its charms. And Vice City, that came out in my final year. That game’s got a lot to answer for.

A slimmer version of the console launched in 2004 which was smaller, thinner, and quieter than the original. Sony started this trend with the PSOne, and continued it with the slimmer PS3 just recently. Which is great, though a bit annoying if you bought the original. My first generation PS3 looks a right hulking beast next to the newer one.

What are your memories of the PS2? What were your favourite games? Do you still play them? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page. is updated several times each day with the very latest Slim PS3 news.

Posted on January 1st, 2013 by  |  No Comments »

PS3 software key leaked as judge ditches PSN hack lawsuit – Console news

Sony’s PlayStation console has suffered a significant breach, with hackers releasing a decryption key that could make it easier for people to play pirated games on their consoles, without sacrificing a connection to the PlayStation Network.

The ‘LV0′ decryption keys, which enable any Sony software updates to be cracked in the future, were released by hacker collective The Three Musketeers, the BBC reports. In a post, the group says it released the key because rival hackers were planning on selling the same PlayStation hacking tool for a fee.

Hacker News explains that Sony uses those encryption keys to protect the PS3’s firmware, and verify any new updates.

Now that they’re out in the open, any future patches or software updates from Sony could be cracked too, meaning the Japanese tech giant’s console may never be safe from piracy again. I’ve asked Sony for a statement on the matter, and the BBC says the PS3-maker is due to speak out shortly.

It’s been a mixed day for Sony. While its console has been compromised, a US judge has thrown out a bunch of lawsuits brought against the corporation in the wake of the PSN data breach last year.

The class action suit was filed in June, and complained that Sony had “failed to follow basic industry-standard protocols to safeguard its customers’ personal and financial information,” CNET reports. A Californian judge was unsympathetic however, and charges have been dismissed.

The new hacking tools raise questions as to whether buyers should be free to tinker with products they’ve bought, or whether measures should be in place to stop potential pirates from meddling with a system’s software. Where do you stand? Tell me in the comments or on our Facebook wall. is updated regularly per day with all latest console news.

Posted on November 1st, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Sony PlayStation Vita overheats, tech watchdog investigates – Console news

Mind your fingers, gamers — the Sony PlayStation Vita has suffered problems with overheating while charging.

More than 30 people have complained about the Vita heating up: 23 in Japan and eight in the US, Europe and Australia. That’s not many in the grand scheme of things, but it is enough for Japanese consumer body the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation to investigate the complaints.

The Vita is reported to overheat while charging, with the cable burning out and changing colour. Sony blames customers getting their Vita grimy: “When the PS Vita or multi-use terminal on its USB cable have foreign matter or liquids on them and are connected for charging etc, a partial short that leads to the terminal burning out can occur.”

Sony adds, “There is no defect”, and will not be recalling any units.

Anyone affected by overheating can exchange their Vita, but for a fee — so don’t get liquid, food or general gunk on your charging cable, you mucky pups, or you’ll have to fork out.

The Vita suffered early problems when it was launched in December last year. It sold in the hundreds of thousands in the first weekend on sale in Japan but some of those wouldn’t turn on.

Still, it’s a rare bit of kit that works perfectly for everyone from day one. The new iPad, iPod nano and Sony Bravia TVs have all been known to overheat to varying degrees of meltiness.

Does your Vita overheat-a? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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Posted on July 27th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Is this the new PS3?

Just last week we heard that a slimmer PS3 was on the horizon, and now here are some pictures showing off what could very well be the console.

A filing with a Brazilian telecoms regulator revealed the pics, which were snaffled up by Tecnoblog, SlashGear reports. If genuine, they reveal a new PS3 that looks remarkably similar to the PS3 Slim, but with a ridged texture. It looks smaller too, and instead of the disc slot, it looks like it has a top-loading disc tray.

It could be positioned as a more budget offering too, with a 16GB size coming alongside 250GB and 500GB versions, according to the Brazilian telecoms company’s database. So it could challenge the Xbox 360 S as a budget console.

Previously we heard Sony was readying a slimmed-down version of the PS3, to be unveiled at next month’s gamescom trade show in Germany — though details were pretty sparse. If genuine, these (admittedly low-quality) pictures do shed some light on the new console. The PS3 is in its sixth year on sale, so it could do with some revivifying. It’s a common practice of Sony’s, with it shrinking down its original PlayStation in the form of the PSone and keeping it on sale.

The PS4 is widely expected to launch next year.

But does Sony really need to launch new consoles? It bought cloud-based gaming service Gaikai recently, after all, enabling it to deliver games over the Internet straight to your TV or set-top box. All the processing is done on servers elsewhere, eliminating the need for powerful, bulky, and expensive consoles in the lounge. So the PS4 could be the last console Sony launches.

What do you think of the ridged texture? Would you buy a smaller PS3 with the PS4 said to be just a year away? Let me know in the comments, or on our Facebook page.

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Posted on July 19th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Sony buys Gaikai for next-gen PlayStation cloud gaming – Console news

Troubled Japanese tech and gaming behemoth Sony has splurged the dregs of its once-mighty piggy bank on Internet gaming service Gaikai. The $380m acquisition allows Sony to use a plethora of resources to set up a new cloud service, with the mouth-watering prospect of streaming Sony’s vast library games from the cloud direct to a variety of devices.

“By combining Gaikai’s resources including its technological strength and engineering talent with SCE’s extensive game platform knowledge and experience, SCE will provide users with unparalleled cloud entertainment experiences,” bragged Andrew House, Sony Computer Entertainment’s president and group CEO.

Despite Gaikai publicly looking for a buyer to plop down in excess of $500m, according to The Verge, Sony has managed to wangle the company for just $380m. 

Neither Sony nor Gaikai have disclosed how their technology will be used, what devices the service will be available on, or what content will be included. So let’s speculate! I hope it’ll bring a more unified experience to the next PlayStation compared to the current network, which is slow, badly organised, and goes down every other day. 

Very few original PlayStation or PlayStation 2 games are playable through the network — as a PS3 user, I’d dearly love to see older games supported through the new cloud service, allowing users to play older games without the need to go on eBay and buy an outdated console. Basically, I really want to play Spyro.

“SCE will deliver a world-class cloud-streaming service that allows users to instantly enjoy a broad array of content ranging from immersive core games with rich graphics to casual content anytime, anywhere on a variety of internet-connected devices,” House added.

David Perry, CEO of Gaikai (and erstwhile creator of British gross-out platform classic Earthworm Jim), cha-chinged: “SCE has built an incredible brand with PlayStation and has earned the respect of countless millions of gamers worldwide.

“We’re honored to be able to help SCE rapidly harness the power of the interactive cloud and to continue to grow their ecosystem, to empower developers with new capabilities, to dramatically improve the reach of exciting content and to bring breathtaking new experiences to users worldwide.”

What do you want to see from a future cloud gaming service? Are you worried Sony will stop supporting physical disc-based games? Drop a comment below, or head to our Facebook page.

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Posted on July 3rd, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PlayStation news: Bonus Round Episode 605 – Sony E3 2012 Preview Part 2: Will Sony Win E3 2012? 2/2

GameTrailers writes:

“What will Sony have in store for gamers at this year’s E3? In this episode we discuss the biggest E3 predictions and beyond. Will Sony announce a new console? What about their first party line up – does it blow Microsoft and Nintendo out of the show? Can Sony win E3 2012? Find out.” Slim PS3 is updated regularly per day with the very latest Free Slim PS3 news and reviews.

Posted on May 13th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

PS Vita sells 1.2 million units worldwide

The latest news:

Sony has sold 1.2 million PS Vitas worldwide, a promising start for the gigantic handheld console. It’s just over two months since the Vita went on sale in Japan, and a week since us Brits were able to pop to our local games emporium and pick one up.

There’s no knowing how much we contributed to the total sales, as Sony didn’t break down the figures by region. But it did acknowledge the European and US launches helped the Vita “exceed expectations”. It’s still early days, but maybe smart phones haven’t killed the handheld console after all.

The Vita touched down in the UK last week, with Asda undercutting everyone else, charging just £197 for the Wi-Fi-only version. A 21-year-old from Uxbridge was the first Brit to pick one up. It went on sale in Japan just before Christmas, and shifted 321,400 units in the first two days — though that lagged somewhat behind the Nintendo 3DS, which managed 370,000 in its first 48 hours.

Is 1 million units (and counting) enough? Game studios are famously conservative, requiring what they see as guaranteed sales of millions of copies before they’ll commit to the huge expense of producing a game. With 60 million PS3s sold, that’s a massive user base to sell games to.

Let’s say the Vita sells 5 million this year — that’s great, but it’s still a pretty niche system. So we’re likely to see a lot of ports of games already created for the home consoles. And if you’ve bought a £40 game for your PS3, are you going to buy the same one for £30 on your Vita?

The Vita’s Japanese launch was marred with some faulty hardware, with some consoles having stains on the screens, and others refusing to boot. The UK launch was relatively glitch-free, though there is a slight software issue. And the Facebook app was pulled, but that was Facebook’s fault, according to Sony.

The Vita packs a 5-inch touchscreen, but there’s a touch panel on the back, which adds even more controls. That’s along with the screen, two thumb sticks, buttons and a d-pad. It is pretty large compared to phones though, and games are a lot more expensive. The battery isn’t brilliant either. You can also stream PlayStation 3 games to the Vita without switching on the TV, though they won’t be the full versions.

Did you buy a PS Vita? What do you make of it? Do you think it’ll sell enough to make it a vibrant games platform? Let me know in the comments below, or on our Facebook page. is updated regularly per day with the latest Slim PS3 news, reviews and features.

Posted on March 4th, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: Analysis: Is the Killzone 3 option a sign of future sales? [Press2Reset]

Marcus Mac Dhonnagáin writes: By making the multiplayer part of the game available as a standalone, Sony appears to be offering consumers greater control over their spending. Our blog is updated several times each day with the very latest Free Sony Slim PS3 news and games reviews.

Posted on March 1st, 2012 by  |  No Comments »

Slim PS3 news: PlayStation 3D Display Review [PlayStation LifeStyle]

In 2010, the console that only does everything added yet another feature to its already massive list of functionality 3D gaming. Since then, Sony has done a fantastic job in implementing 3D into many of its games, as well as encouraging third-party partners to offer their games in 3D as well. As the 3D library has grown, so has the need for a low-cost, but high-value 3D display. Sonys solution was revealed at E3 2011: a PlayStation 3D Display a 24 stereoscopic 3D display with an affordable $499 price tag.

The PlayStation 3D Display is now on sale at select retailers, just in time for the busy holiday shopping season. Has Sony created the must-have gift for gamers this holiday season? Our blog is updated regularly per day with the latest Free Slim PS3 news and reviews.

Posted on November 17th, 2011 by  |  No Comments »

Sony developing PlayStation 4 games – Console news

Looks like it’s not just Microsoft touting its next-gen console wares this week. Sony is hard at work on games for the PlayStation 4, reports Develop.

“Several internal Sony studios” have started to develop games for the console, according to a source. The source said various game projects are at very early stages, though they didn’t reveal which first-party studios were involved.

Last week, sources also pointed to Microsoft’s next-gen console, the ‘Xbox Next,’ which is set to launch in 2013. The PlayStation 4 isn’t expected until 2014, according to industry insiders. Sony undoubtedly has its hands full with the PS Vita launching in February, and the PlayStation TV due before the end of the year.

Develop notes that Sony has a habit of constantly working far ahead, with PS Vita development starting soon after the original PSP launched in 2005. The PS4 concepts currently in development could well go into full production as games if given the nod.

Sony still hasn’t finalised the technology for its PS4 console, though a Sony exec let slip in a conference call to investors in May that the PS4 is in development. Last year, Worldwide Studios boss Shuhei Yoshida said Sony wanted developers in on the ground level with new console technology, so the fact it’s already developing games doesn’t necessarily mean the hardware is anywhere near finished.

Sony’s strategy is to support consoles with new games for about 10 years, and considering the PS3 isn’t even 5 yet, that 2014 date could  be looking a little optimistic. As anyone who’s ever checked the games launch schedule in a magazine will also know, things have a habit of running late in the world of videogames.

Let’s hope the PS4 gets some original titles rather than just more sequels.

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Posted on October 31st, 2011 by  |  No Comments »