PlayStation Vita US/Canada Launch Schedule Detailed

PlayStation Vita Titles

PlayStation Vita Titles

A post was recently published on the official PlayStation blog outlining the upcoming PlayStation Vita launch in the US and Canada region. Penned by Sony’s Director of Hardware Marketing John Koller, it puts February 22 as the launch date for both countries. And he goes to give out some more juicy details that are sure to attract the attention of the entire gaming community.

According to the post, the PS Vita launch will see the largest collection of games at launch in the history of the PlayStation platform. He also calls it the grandest ever. The SCE Worldwide studio and Sony’s major publishing partners have apparently all been working hard to create a great amount of the content for the new platform. The end result is that PS Vita will have a massive 25 game line up on the launch day itself. For an entirely new platform, that is saying something.

Added to the total number of games that are currently under development, the figures go over a hundred apparently. Sony is no stranger to popularizing a new platform and it is clear that they understand the basic principle of this game — content is king. The PS Vita might be the best portable gaming device ever developed. But without hit titles, it will still be just another gaming device. And it shows that Sony and its partners are equally toiling away at it.

The pricing seem quite reasonable. The range will be between a minimum of $9.99 and $49.99 (MSRP). That MSRP is for purchase at retail outlets all over and also for buying from the PlayStation Network (PSN). However, since this is the MSRP, you can still look forward to getting some in store discounts at retail outlets.

The list games looks quite good. There are a total of 8 in house titles developed by SCEA that will be available on the launch day itself. More are under development, as Koller has already mentioned. The rest of the 17 titles are from gaming industry biggies like Square Enix, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Sega and Capcom. 10 more titles are going to become available around the time of launch. Out of these, 4 are in house titles from SCEA and 6 are from the likes of Namco Bandai, Warner Bros Interactive and Konami Digital.

Sports game fans will be happy to know that EA is releasing the 2011 FIFA Soccer on the launch day and F1 2011 will also be there from Codemasters. There’s also Asphalt Injection from Ubisoft. Casual gamers would be delighted by Plants Vs Zombies — available exclusively on PSN. No physical retail purchase will be possible for this popular time killer. Other popular titles that will become available soon after launch include Silent Hill Book of Memories from Konami Digital, LEGO Harry Potter 3: Years 5-7 from Warner Bros Interactive and MLB 12 The Show from SCEA.

Sony has already stated before that the PS Vita is something that users will only understand when they experience it. Hence, Sony will start touring from next month onwards to bring people in contact with the device prior to the launch. This is a first for Sony and it shows how invested they are in the device.

Amazon Cyber Monday PlayStation 3 Deals

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Just about every kid has some sort of video gaming system or specific game on his/her Christmas list this year. It looks as though parents are going to luck out this year as Amazon will be hosting a big video gaming sale on Cyber Monday, slashing prices down as much as 50% on most items. One of the most popular items this year to go on sale is Sony’s PS3. For those of you who may not know what that is, it is technically named PlayStation 3 and is Sony’s third release of a video gaming system.

Recommended deal: PlayStation 3 Black Friday 2011 Bundle: LittleBigPlanet 2 Special Edition and Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One.

The PS3 has become quite popular as a result of its multi-capabilities in terms of gaming, internet applications and Blu-Ray compatibility. This device competes directly with the Xbox360 and of course the Wii by Nintendo. The gaming device of preference is a matter of personal opinion. This means one kid may want a Wii while the next would rather have the Xbox360 or the PS3. Not to worry, Cyber Monday will have all of those and more on the list of items that money can be saved on.

If you have been thinking about buying a PS3 or games for the device, Cyber Monday is the best day to do this. If you missed out on Black Friday then this may be your last shot at grabbing the deal of a lifetime. PlayStation 3 is one of those items that you can never go wrong with. There is probably not a kid anywhere who would scoff at this gaming system! In fact, gaming systems are not just for kids. Sometimes it’s Dad who is secretly wishing for a PS3!

No matter who you are shopping for, Cyber Monday is going to render the best prices on all sorts of electronics and gaming systems so be sure you don’t miss out.


Sony Displays Flexible OLED Netbook Concept

sony OLED Laptop conceptSony has been showing off their flexible OLED screen toting netbook concept at every opportunity and this year’s CEATEC wasn’t an exception. Sony showed off a non-working concept model of the netbook and a working model of the flexible screen.

The netbook got a lot of positive reactions from the crowd and there is good reason for that. Sony’s design aesthetics clearly show through in this netbook offering and there is absolutely no point in denying that fact. However, since the model displayed at the event was a non-working, for-show-only model there is no news of when we might actually see at least a working a prototype of the device.

The netbook has one 0.2mm thin OLED screen that is bent to form both the screen and the keyboard. So Sony is looking at a fully touch-based device where there will be a lot of scope for innovative UI design. For example, the keyboard can be made to easily adapt to the persons preferences and hands. Since it is on-screen, it can change to display different keyboard layouts almost instantly. There will also be scope for designing non-keyboard based UIs for applications that need them.

The flexible OLED screen is also going to be a lot better than present day LCD screens if only because it is OLED. OLED is far superior to LCD in terms of brightness and power efficiency but so far it has not reached mainstream displays because it is expensive. That is changing quite fast though and we are seeing it emerge in to the market in the form of AMOLED screens.

Flexible screens are being developed all over the world and it is quite clear that it will soon take over all other types and will become the de facto.

Sony VAIO VPC-W111XX/T 10.1-Inch Netbook

Offering powerful entertainment options, the Sony VAIO VPC-W111XX/T Netbook has a very delicate and lightweight design. Weighing 2.6-pound, this Netbook has a 1366 x 768 display with XBRITE-ECO technology that imparts sharp and crisp images and a 10.1-inch LED-backlit. The handy and sleek Sony VAIO VPC-W111XX/T Netbook comes with 1GB of DDR2 memory, a 1.66GHz Intel Atom N280 processor, original Windows XP home operating system and a 160GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive. Its other notable features include a built-in MOTION EYE® webcam and microphone, high definition audio and a802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR.

The advantages of owing this powerful Netbook include its usage for emailing, basic computing, and updating your Facebook pages. It also offers several ways to be in touch with its microphone and integrated camera whereby you can video chat with family and friends the world over.

The Sony VAIO VPC-W111XX/T Netbook can be the ideal computer for the entire family. It is so light that you can carry it to any place easily and conveniently. It has the capacity to deliver several hours of fun owing to its superb features such as 1 GB of DDR2 memory, onboard 1.66GHZ Intel Atom N280 processor, and the Windows XP Home operating system. You can chat with your friends, get online, send e-mail or watch YouTube videos from wherever you are. All your images will become more crisp and compelling due to its ultra-wide 10.1-inch LED-backlit display with XBRITE-ECO technology. This handy and light weight Netbook with its 160GB 5400RPM SATA hard drive offers plenty of space for storing all of your data. Other distinct features include twp easy access USB ports, Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, and a easy to use touch pad that makes computing easy. The Sony VAIO VPC-W111XX/T netbook currently costs around $499 a piece, which is roughly $100 more that other equally famous netbook models.

Sony Vaio P Series and Toshiba NB205 netbook specifications

We’ve added specification for the following two netbooks to our database:

Sony Vaio W

Sony Vaio W

Sony Vaio W

With the Vaio W series, Sony finally learns to call a spade a spade. Technically speaking, Sony has had a netbook lying around ever since the Vaio P was released (which made us all stare at a woman’s behind for legit reasons) but this is the first time they are officially using the term ‘netbook’.

The good thing about the Vaio W is that it is a Sony. The bad thing about the Vaio W is that is a Sony. Allow me to explain. Being a Sony means the Vaio W has great aesthetics. Finally the size-0 models thronging the streets of Paris will have something affordable to carry around in their Louis Vuittons. It also has Sony’s great build quality and screen.

However, being a Sony also means that it is expensive beyond the appealing-to-a-general-audience threshold. For $499, i.e. $500, you get a seriously underpowered computing device running on an Intel Atom 1.66GHz processor, with a 10.1inch screen, 160GB HDD and 1GB of RAM. Yes, that configuration sounds familiar because that’s what you get for well below $400 from Asus or MSI.

Sony proudly displays the fact that the netbook has 3 whole hours of battery life. Someone should tell Sony that that means almost half the battery-life of comparable products that cost 35% less. Also, official estimations almost never reflect reality. So expect something around 2.5 hours. At least it still has Bluetooth and WiFi 802.11b/g/n. The first one is usually missing on low-end netbooks.

This netbook is like a Chihuahua – doesn’t do much and costs more but you can carry one in your pocket. Sony should be marketing this to the Chihuahua crowd and them only. May be Ms. Hilton would like one.