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PS Vita Due For A 2012 Release

It looks like Blockbuster were wrong after all as Sony has now confirmed an early 2012 release date for the PS Vita in Europe and America.

Japan will be the only region that will receive the PS Vita in 2011 – December to be precise.

This was all confirmed by Sony’s Executive Vice President Kazuo Hirai who said that this wasn’t a delay but it gives Sony more time to work on launch titles. Some believe that the lack of launch titles for the 3DS has been a major reason for the low hardware sales. This is a mistake Sony are obviously looking to avoid.

Kazuo Hirai also responded to those asking if the PS Vita launch price will be lowered to answer the recent 3DS price cut.

“We packed so much into the device and made it very affordable. There is no need to lower the price just because somebody else that happens to be in the video game business decided that they were going to lower their price.”

Sony Takes Sucker Punch

Hearing the words “Sony” and “Sucker Punch” might lead you to believe that the PSN has been hacked again. Not this time though because Sony have announced that they’ve acquired game developers Sucker Punch Productions.

Sucker Punch have spent over ten years working on PlayStation exclusive titles like InFamous and Sly Cooper and now they’re officially a member of the Sony franchise.

While there is no news yet regarding future Sucker Punch developed titles there may have been a clue when the studio signed former Halo designer Jamie Griesemer. Could we see a PlayStation exclusive FPS in the future?

For now we’ll have to wait and see.

Sony Launch The PSN Pass

Rumours about a “PSN Pass” have been circling the internet for the last few days and now Sony have made it official. It’s real, it launches in September and will work in much the same way as the EA game pass.

“We are always evaluating new programs for our online offering, and starting with Resistance 3 this September, we will be instituting a network pass program for PS3 games with online capabilities,” Sony said.

“This program will be game-specific. Games that are a part of this program will include a single-use registration code that grants the account holder redeeming the code full online access for that title.”

“This is an important initiative as it allows us to accelerate our commitment to enhancing premium online services across our first party game portfolio.”

This means that should you buy a pre-owned copy of Resistance 3 you will also need to pay for a code to play the game online.

What do you think about this move Sony has made? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Is The PlayStation 4 Due Soon?

With the announcement of the Wii U at E3 as well as persistent rumours that Microsoft are working on a successor to the Xbox 360 you could be forgiven for thinking that Sony are already working hard on the PlayStation 4. According to Sony SCEA President Jack Tretton though this is not the case.

In a recent interview with Forbes Mr. Tretton is quoted as saying, “PlayStation 3 is really just hitting its stride. And technologically, I don’t think it’s possible to provide any advancement beyond what we have. What we’ve seen from the competition is trying to add features that already exist in PlayStation 3. We invested heavily in that, we rolled a very heavy rock up a steep hill, through the launch period. But now I think that all pays off, and we’ve got a long run way behind it. So, I wouldn’t look for any discussion of a next generation PlayStation for quite some time.”

When asked about Sony’s feelings to the announcement of the Wii U he replied, “I think there’s ground to be carved out for everybody. But I didn’t see anything about Nintendo’s announcement that said ‘Oh, we’d better get working on rolling out a new PlayStation here pretty soon.’ Our attitude is kind of ‘welcome to the party.’ If you’re looking at being a multimedia entertainment device, if you’re looking at high def gaming, that was 2006 for us.”

It would seem that Mr. Tretton and Sony are still very confident in the hardware they have in the PlayStation 3. When the PS3 was released Sony said that it would have a ten year life span. Given that it first became available in 2006 that would mean that a PlayStation 4 probably won’t arrive until roughly 2016.