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Sony E3 2012 Press Event Wrap Up

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Sony held the last pre-E3 press conference of the evening today, once again at the LA Memorial Sports Arena. This year, Sony clearly had software as their top priority. As widely speculated, David Cage announced Quantic Dream's next IP, a supernatural thriller called Beyond: Two Souls. Academy Award nominee Ellen Page was revealed as the voice (and character model) of the game's protagonist, Jodi Holmes. Quantic Dream's new engine, as originally shown off in the Kara tech demo, is in full use here. As a result, even at this early stage, visuals have a fluid, near photorealistic look to them.

Following last April's announcement of the Super Smash Bros-esque Playstation All Stars: Battle Royale, today, Sony confirmed a Vita version as well, set to launch concurrently with the Playstation 3 edition, with cross-play support. Expect familiar faces abound, including Fat Princess, Sly Cooper, Kratos, and Sweet Tooth. Two new characters were unveiled; Nathan Drake and Big Daddy from Bioshock. Both the Playstation 3 and PS Vita versions will be available this holiday season.

Speaking of cross play, new cross platform functionality was teased for Little Big Planet 2, via upcoming DLC to be released later this year.

On the online front, Sony announced that 200+ new download titles will be available for the PS3, and Playstation Plus will *not* see new pricing tiers at this time. It will, however, feature higher caliber free games - including full versions of Infamous 2 and Little Big Planet 2, starting tomorrow. In addition, the Vita will see no fewer than 60 new downloadable titles, and will be getting Hulu Plus and Crackle apps in a future update.



Announcing our Vita Giveaway Winner!

What Would You Do For a PS Vita?

After a month's worth of entries in our What Would You Do for a PS Vita? giveaway, we've seen just about everything. Submissions ranged from thoughtful, to fun, to downright crazy, but in the end, there can be only one. So, without any further ado, let's hear it for our winner: Allen Parker and his delicious looking GameSplash themed breakfast!

Allen, you've just won yourself a PS Vita (Wifi), Little Deviants game, and 8gb Vita memory card! (Please check your email for further instructions.)

Good job everyone, and congratulations to our winner. For those of you who didn't win, take heart - we've got another fun giveaway starting VERY soon...


Giveaway: What Would You Do For a PS Vita?

Vita Contest

The Playstation Vita is now available in stores nationwide, and we're celebrating its release the best way we know how - by giving you fine folks the chance to win one! Of course, we don't want to just give it away (where's the fun in that?) - you're going to have to earn it. How? Simply answer this question the best you can: What would you do for a Playstation Vita? Be creative, be entertaining, and most of all, be original. A couple quick hints - showing is *always* better than telling, and this time, wanton console destruction just isn't going to cut it. ;)

Get those ideas flowing, you have one month from today to enter!

Full details and rules follow after the jump.



Playstation Vita Dated for North America


Sony President & CEO Jack Tretton had some exciting news for Playstation fans today. Taking the stage at the Web 2.0 expo in San Francisco, he revealed the launch date for the Playstation Vita in North America, Canada, Latin America, and Europe. The Playstation Vita will be released in these regions on February 22, 2012. As previously announced, the forthcoming handheld will be available in both Wifi only and 3G/wifi variants; the former retailing for $249.99, and the latter retailing at $299.99.

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Over 100 titles, from established franchises to new series alike, are currently in development for Playstation Vita, many of which will be available on or around launch day. In addition, Vita will also come with built in support for Twitter, Foursqaure, Facebook, and Skype, right out of the box.

Via Playstation.Blog


Playstation 3 Price Drops

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Today at Gamescom Sony announced that the PS3 will drop in price immediately. The old price was $299. It is now $249. The more pricey 320 gig unit will drop from $349 to $299. They also announced that a special inFamous 2 bundle is available at participating stores. The bundle also includes a 30 day subscription to Playstation Plus.

Sony also announced a new PSP model that will only cost 99 Euros. The new version will only be available in Europe. No international version has been announced yet. It is exactly the same as the slim version except that it does not have wifi. Only UMD games will be playable on the new version.

Via IGN News