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Note these images are not from Sony. They're mock-ups. But since they're mock-ups of an image that claims to be of a real PSP2, they're still worth looking at!

These pics, commissioned by PSM3 and put together by this guy, formed part of a recent news article in the magazine, speculating on both the PSP2 and (still unofficial) PlayStation Phone.

Taking the blurry, x-rayified pics first published on VG247 as a foundation, they've whipped up a pair of images that show the rumoured handheld in all its rumoured glory.

How close these shots come to the final product we won't know until we get our first official look at the PlayStation Portable's successor. But until that time, it's nice looking at a PSP with two thumbsticks!


[Kotaku]

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Still unofficial, the PlayStation Phone will be released next spring, reports Japanese newspaper the Asahi Shimbun.

According to the report, the Sony Ericsson-developed phone could go on sale first in the U.S. and Europe and be based on the PSPgo and use slide-out PSPgo-style gaming controls. However, instead of analog thumb nubs, there is apparently a touch-sensitive tracking pad. UMD and Memory Sticks seem to be eliminated, too.

Sony Computer Entertainment did not offer a comment to Bloomberg regarding this story.

As previously noted, the PlayStation Phone is rumored to be based on Google's Android 3.0 platform and sport a "custom Sony Marketplace which will allow you to purchase and download games designed for the new platform."

The Sony Ericsson phone is also reported to pack in 1GHz Qualcomm CPU, 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and a screen "in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches."

And if it's real, it could be out in the West as early as next Spring.

「プレステ携帯」来春にも発売、ソニーがシェア増へ欧米皮切りに-朝日 [Bloomberg] [Kotaku]


 
 
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{posted by Will}

Last night's surprise announcement of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has left gamers around the Internet eagerly discussing and awaiting more info. While Bethesda doesn't appear ready to give us much news yet, they have revealed one tantalizing tidbit: The upcoming game will use a brand new engine.

This news comes courtesy of a tweet from Bethesda's official Twitter account. Bethesda has used the Gamebryo engine for the last two Elder Scrolls games as well as Fallout 3, so many fans assumed they would continue with that engine for Skyrim. According to the developer, though, it has a brand new engine that is "spectacular."

Hopefully more details will pop up soon, but in the mean time, Bethesda has also launched an official teaser site for Skyrim. So far the site just contains the trailer from last night, but we'll be watching it closely for any updates.

{Source: GameInformer
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{posted by Will}

BioWare has been teasing its next game for quite some time, and as it turns out, yes it is Mass Effect 3 (though we all already knew that). Footage shown at the VGAs didn't reveal much, but was certainly on point with the leaked information from EAs online store that appeared earlier this week (and was quickly removed). It listed Mass Effect 3 along with a product description.

Here's a refresher:

"Earth is burning. Striking from beyond known space, a race of terrifying machines have begun their destruction of the human race. As Commander Shepard, an Alliance Marine, your only hope for saving mankind is to rally the civilizations of the galaxy and launch one final mission to take back the Earth."

{Source: GameInformer
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{posted by Will}

Just this week Naughty Dog confirmed the existence of Uncharted 3 with a few details and screens. At the VGAs tonight, we caught a glimpse of Drake's Deception's gameplay footage and received a release date.

Check out the trailer below. We'll get to uncover the truth in Drake and Sully's upcoming adventure on November 1, 2011.

{Source: GameInformer}



 
 
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{posted by Will}

We already had plenty of reason to believe that Prototype 2 was in the works, but now the game has a trailer with a some in-game footage and a few surprises.

Debuting at the Spike Video Game Awards, the Prototype 2 trailer reveals that the sequel will once again take place in a New York City overrun by a mutant virus of some sort. A soldier named James Hellen, who has returned from war overseas, will step in as the main character. His goal? To murder Alex Mercer, the troubled hero of the first game.

The biggest question I have so far is simply: What will set Prototype 2 apart from the original? Though Prototype had a lot of promise, it also had some serious problems, and so far the brief glimpses of footage for the sequel look all too familiar. We'll have plenty of time to find out what's going on, though, as Prototype 2 isn't planned for release until 2012.

Check out the trailer below.

{Source: GameInformer
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It looks like the rumors (and common sense) are panning out. Naughty Dog has revealed Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception. The game, due out in late 2011, is set in the Arabian Peninsula.

According to the reveal at Entertainment Weekly's PopWatch blog, the story is focused on the relationship between Nathan Drake and his pal Victor "Sully" Sullivan. Of course, there's treasure, too. This time, our hero scours the Rub' al Khali Desert for a legendary lost city. Uncharted's co-president Evan Wells told EW that the desert setting was at least partially appealing because of the inherent difficulties in bringing it to players. "We’re a bunch of nerds. We just look for something that will be a technical, artistic challenge, and allowed us to push into an area of the world and history we’ve never tapped into before,” he said.

It looks as though multiplayer will continue to be a focus in Uncharted 3, both co-op and competitive. Wells says Naughty Dog wants to take on "the big boys" in the multiplayer space with this one, which could prove to be interesting. As far as the campaign goes, Drake has a few new tools at his disposal as well, including the ability to fight multiple enemies simultaneously and some new climbing capabilities.

Look for more info, including a release date and trailer, during this weekend's Spike VGAs, on Saturday, December 11, at 8 p.m. EST.

TEASER TRAILER CAN BE VIEWED BY CLICKING THE "READ MORE" BUTTON!


{Source: GameInformer}

 
 
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Yesterday Sony revealed the Questing system for the PlayStation Rewards program, which will give PlayStation 3 owners fun ways to upgrade their status in the program's eyes. We've got the first nine quests right here. The PlayStation Rewards program isn't only about earning free avatars, themes, and PlayStation Home items. It's about proving your loyalty to the brand, and that goes beyond simply playing games. No, in order to be a true PlayStation rewards member and achieve the coveted legendary status, you're going to have to go on quests.

Which quests? These quests right here.



1. Speak Your Mind

Review 5 Games On Playstation.Com

2. Move It
Play any eligible PlayStation Move game.

3. Movie Maniac
Rent or buy a movie from Playstation Store.

4.Share the Play
Place your portable ID on 5 websites.

5. Check Your Pulse
Download PULSE in HD on your PS3 system.

6. Demo Down
Download and play 5 game demos from PlayStation Store.

7. Click It
Learn more by clicking through in 5 different emails from PlayStation.

8. No Place Like Home
Go to PlayStation Home and visit the Central Plaza.

9. Read It and Reap
Read 10 emails from PlayStation.

I'm sensing some balance issues here. There's a quest for clicking on five emails, and another for reading ten? And how does renting one movie make you a Movie Maniac?

It's still beta, so I expect there will be some balancing before release. Let's help by suggesting some more potential quests for PlayStation 3 owners!

[Source: Kotaku]

 
 
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Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst Michael Pachter always has something to say, and this time he’s weighing in on the future of the handheld market.

In the most recent episode of his web show – Pach-Attack – Pachter addresses a user question asking if handheld devices will move to the forefront of development because of this generation’s longer console life cycle.

“We’re not even close to saturated on the video game consoles,” says Patcher, “and we are way approaching saturation on the handheld market. We’re seeing DS hardware sales crack. I think the ubiquity of the iPod is cutting into the handheld market. I think the PSP2 is going to be dead on arrival.”

 “It looks to me like young kids are just as happy playing with an iPod Touch,” Patcher continues. “It is cool, it plays games, it plays music, and they are going to put a camera in it. The 3DS will prolong the handheld market for the game manufacture, but ultimately I think handhelds are in trouble. After the 3DS has had its little rush, handhelds are going to continue to decline.”

The hype for the 3DS is almost tangible, and there is a fair amount of curiosity about the new PSP iteration. Still, do you think Patcher is on point? Will phones negate the need for portable gaming devices?

{Source:
GameInformer}

My Thoughts: I would like to disagree, my friend.



 
 
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If you started getting nervous about the forthcoming Uncharted movie when we got an idea of its cast last week, you may want to avert your gaze from this story. Director David O. Russell has started discussing the script he's working on, and it's pretty well removed from the relatively simple treasure-hunting tales of the first two games.

Speaking to the L.A. Times, Russell revealed that he wants to expand the scope of the film beyond Nathan Drake to include his extended family, "a family that's a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities...that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice." Russell explained how this greater story will play off the action:

"We'll have the family dynamic, which we've done in a couple of movies now. And then you take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it. That's a really cool idea to me."

Russell says he has the script half completed at this point, so some changes could still happen. Then again, he also says the project is moving along like "a locomotive," so be prepared for more potentially worrisome updates as it goes. The concept certainly doesn't sound inherently awful, but the further they move away from focusing on Drake and his roguish personality, the more concerned I'll be.

{Source: GameInformer
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My Thoughts: This sounds really unique. Let's just hope that it isn't a let down!