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New Playstation 3 revision in-bound. Sony Japan has unveiled a new version of the Playstation 3. It's not a drastic redesign but the internals of the system have had a work-over. The new model, baring the name "CECH-3000B" will consume less power, taking just 200W, 30W less than the previous model and weighs a little less, 2.6kg rather than 3kg.

The new system will go on sale sometime later this month, however much like Xbox 360 revisions in the past, there'll be very means for consumers to identify the new system other than it being bundled with new game releases. There's no indication when or if this new model of Playstation 3 will land in Europe.
UK Retailers give their take on the PS Vita's price. While I'm still trying to ease my anger at the lack of currency conversion between US dollars and Euros for the Playstation Vita price (which adds a whopping £77 to the price of the system in the UK, by the way), retailers are now starting to sound-off on what they'll most likely be charging whenever Sony gets around to releasing the system in Europe.

Several retailers have started posting prices for the system, a consensus of £229.99 for the WiFi only model of the system and £279.99 for the 3G model has emerged. The price for the cheapest model is comparable to the Nintendo 3DS' pricing scheme in the United Kingdom, although Nintendo's system has been on constant sale since it's launch back in March.

Sony has not yet confirmed a release window for the Playstation Vita in Europe, confirming only a Japanese launch which is set later this year.
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PS Vita launching in Japan this year, "other" regions by March 2012. Although you can probably already work out what "other" regions will be seeing it next March at the earliest. If a western release of the handheld is pushed to March next year, it will mirror Nintendo's launch of it's new handheld platform; the Nintendo 3DS.

The news comes from a Reuters article which discusses Sony's stratergy towards the PS Vita, hoping that the company will see a return for it's money within three years, confirming that Sony will be making a loss on each PS Vita unit at retail, unlike Nintendo which it is speculated that each unit sold makes Nintendo profit. This strategy is not unusual in the video game industry as the subsidy on hardware is made up through game licensing agreements with publishers and the sale of peripherals for the system.
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E3 Media: DmC: Devil May Cry Fans may have reacted badly to the initial announcement of the new take on the Devil May Cry game, but Ninja Theory wants to reassure fans that although looking colourful and nothing like older games in the series, it can still kick-ass.
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NGP becomes PS Vita, out this year, starting at £235. The dust has settled on Sony's late-evening/early morning (for UK'ers) press conference and perhaps the biggest news to take away from the stage show was that Sony's up-coming "Next Generation Portable" is now officially entitled "Playstation Vita" or "PS Vita" and will be released worldwide by the end of the year with an asking price of $249.99 (US), €249.99 or £235 for the WiFi model, $299.99, €299.99 or £275 for the WiFi and 3G model.

It was announced during the show that Sony is seeking exclusive partner deals for PS Vita's 3G mobile internet access, with American telecom company AT&T taking the slack in the States, much to the shagrin of the audience at the show which met the news with both laughter and groans. No other partnerships have been announced as of yet, neither have there been any confirmed launch titles anywhere in the world just yet.
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Metal Gear Solid, Zone of the Enders go HD. Konami have announced two new "HD Collection" titles as part of their pre-recorded "Pre-E3 show". Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will include Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Patriots, Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, all in HD and on both Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 and will be released this November.

Also unveiled was the Zone of the Enders HD Collection, bundling both Zone of the Enders titles, again for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. The collection will be out in 2012.

Both titles when played on the Playstation 3 will utilise a "Transfarring" system, which acts like Sony's recently announced "PSP Remaster" initiative. Kojima Productions hopes to extend the PSP Remaster series beyond it's original scope of PSP to PS3 data sharing and take it to other platforms such as the up-coming NGP.
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NGP backwards compatible with PSP games. The NGP, Sony's next portable Playstation will be fully backwards compatible with all PSP games. One stipulation to this is that PSP games have to be purchased through the Playstation Store in order to be played on the NGP, as there is no UMD drive on the system. PSP Go users may see the full benefits of that digital-download only route to buying games.

Games played on the NGP will have some benefits, such as some "smoothing" and the ability to make use of the second analogue stick present on the NGP.
Playstation Store returns. As promised, the Playstation Store is now available across multiple territories, with only some Asian regions now without the service. Users can now purchase content off Playstation Network, which has seen a massive update adding content which has been delayed in release since Sony servers were hacked back in April.

Sony has said that there will be a "Welcome Back" programme to compensate users who have had their personal details stolen from Sony's care and to apologise for the near month-long outage which the Playstation Network suffered. This programme is not yet up and running, however said that it is in the final stages of testing and will be rolled out "soon".
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Sony's NGP to be called PS Vita? Rumours have been circulating on the internet which name the next-generation portable Sony device -- currently code named the "Next Generation Portable" or "NGP" as it's become commonly called -- as the Playstation Vita.

It is perhaps a dry cut-and-run from Sony's typical naming conventions of incrementing numbers at the end of the name, if it turns out true. Credence to this rumour has been given to this as Sony Computer Entertainment's very own E3 teaser hub's source code has a few references to "psvita". (Which, as of writing, are still there.) There have been leaked promotional leaflets leaked online which have the name written as "PS Vita" as well. We don't have much longer to wait to see if the name is true or not.
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Playstation Store to be restored this week. Sony has confirmed that the Playstation Store, part of the Playstation Network which had remained closed since the intrusion into Playstation Network at the end of April, will resume operations later this week ahead of the industry's largest trade show; E3.

Along with the store's grand re-opening, Sony will be rolling out it's "Welcome Back" programme in which players will be given various items such as downloadable games either on Playstation 3 or Playstation Portable. How one redeems said items has yet to be announced.
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Sony announces the "PSP Remaster" series for Playstation 3. The initiative will see select PSP software being, as the name implies; remastered for use on the Playstation 3 including an upgrade to High Definition visuals and in some cases stereoscopic 3D support. The games will be available on physical Blu Ray discs.

There's little word as of yet as to what games the series will bring to the Playstation 3, however Capcom's highly successful "Monster Hunter Portable 3rd" will be the first game in the series to be launched in Japan during the Summer under the title "Monster Hunter Portable 3rd HD Ver." There's no word as to if any of the titles in the PSP Remaster series will be released outside of Japan.

The PS3 variant of PSP Remaster titles will be able to share save data with the original PSP version (and vice-versa) of the titles as well as share online multiplayer aspects of the system, including the "Ad-Hoc" connection setting. However, the online functionality depends on the PS3 having internal WiFi, original circa-2007 20GB Playstation 3 model owners are out of luck, it seems.
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Playstation Network returns. Sony's Communal Online Service; Playstation Network is gradually being restored around the world. Japan and America are now back to near-full service, while Sony Europe is still flipping some switches to get it's services back online.

The 23-day outage (which could still be a few days longer for some regions) has now ceased, but Sony's pay-for services such as Qriocity and the Playstation Store are still down but expected to be restored by the end of May.

The outage was caused after hackers were able to infiltrate Sony's servers and extract personal information and credit card details of approximately 77 million users, however not all accounts had credit cards attached to their accounts. Hackers also targeted and successfully lifted similar details from the MMO arm of Sony; Sony Online Entertainment's servers.
Playstation Network may not return until "End of May". Sony has said that the service is still undergoing a massive refit following the intrusion to the service in April. Sony had previously said they were aiming to restore the service last week, however could not meet the deadline.

The security breach at the company has potentially exposed over 100 million users of the service's data to the thieves, the number of potentially compromised Credit Card numbers stored by the service is still uncertain, the numbers were encrypted when stored on the servers.

Although not confirmed, Sony is said to be looking to buy fraud insurance for any concerned Playstation Network user as well as offering Qriocity users a month's worth of service for no extra charge and gifts in the form of downloadable games for Playstation Network users. The cost of the security breach in good-will gifts, lost revenue to developers and pending lawsuits against the firm has yet to be determined.
Sony confirms personal details leak from Playstation Network hack. It comes after Sony confirmed that an "external intrusion" to their Playstation Network service was causing the continued black-out for the free-to-play service. Sony know that hackers have had chance to harvest full personal information such as name, address, post code, date of birth and perhaps more worryingly, password reset question and answers, making any Playstation Network account vulnerable to attack.

Sony has yet to confirm that Credit Card details for users of their service have been stolen, however they are not ruling out the possibility. Sony is working with an unnamed but "recognized security firm" to help investigate and secure the service from future intrusion and theft of personal information from their users.

Advice is currently to change your email address' password if it was the same as your Playstation Network password as well as to keep a close eye on any bank statements for credit or debit cards which have been used on Playstation Network in the past. Sony will never ask you in any communication with them to provide your personal details or credentials. Remain vigilant.
Sony investigating possible PSN credit card theft. The announcement comes after Sony abruptly took down their free-to-play online service; Playstation Network last week without prior warning or notice until after the service was taken offline on Friday (22nd April). The service has been down ever since.

Sony had previously admitted that the outage was caused by an "external intrusion" to their service, but was coy as to where the threat originated and what was intruded upon. It is now feared that they were targeting credit card credentials stored by Sony to facilitate billing of Playstation Store content.

Sony promises to conduct a thorough investigation and get Playstation Network services running as normal as soon as possible, however have not alluded as to how long the current outage may last. Reports have said Sony is now rebuilding parts of the service in light of the breach.
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Added: 27/05/2011