Sony’s TGS 2012 Press Conference Recap
Sony wrapped up their TGS 2012 presentation with a few announcements last night. It all started when Andrew House, President and Group CEO of SCE, got on stage unveiling a new, redesigned PS3. The new PS3, approximately 20% smaller and 25% lighter than the current PS3, will be available in 250GB and 500GB models on September 25th in North America. The 250GB will go for $269.99, as part of a limited edition bundle featuring Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception Game of the Year edition, and a voucher for more than $30 worth of digital content for Dust 514. As for the 500GB model, it will be available in a limited edition Assassin’s Creed III bundle on October 30th in North America. Both models will be available in Black and White.
Sony announced October 3rd for the launch of PlayStation Mobile in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Italy, Spain, Germany, and France, with more to follow in the future. According to Sony’s press release, 30 games will be available at launch.
In addition to the news of new e-store, Sony announced a PlayStation Mobile Developer Program for launch in November. The new program will allow developers to access the PlayStation Mobile SDK (software development kit) to create their own games for distribution on the PlayStation Store for Certified devices as well as the Vita. The PlayStation Mobile SDK will cost $99.99 annually.
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PS Plus will launch on the PS Vita this November. If you are an existing PS3 PlayStation Plus subscriber, your subscription will carry over to the Vita. In addition, PS Plus members on Vita will receive access to a brand new Instant Game Collection:
Instant Game Collection will bring you Unlimited access to a regularly refreshed selection of the full versions of games, as long as your membership is active.
Vita owners will also gain access to free and discounted games, exclusive content, cloud saving, automatic updates, automatic Trophy syncing and more.
Sony also showed off two new colors for the PlayStation Vita, Cosmic Red and Sapphire Blue, which will be available only in Japan on November 15th, 2012.
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Sony also announced a bunch of new titles coming for the Vita in 2013. Titles such as Tecmo Koei’s new game “Toukiden”, a dark fantasy, samurai action title available for PlayStation Vita and PSP sometime next year.
As for Soul Sacrifice, a much anticipated title developed by Marvelous Entertainment and SCE Studios Japan, unfortunately, TGS 12 brought some bad news. Series Creator, Keiji Inafune, confirmed the game has been delayed until 2013 in Japan.
On a related note, Sony released Firmware Update 1.81 yesterday for the PlayStation Vita. Although we don’t have much information regarding the new update, you may want to download it to avoid being interrupted with a forced firmware download.
For more information and footage from TGS 12, stay tuned to PS3Blog.net.