Gamescom 2011: Sony Strikes Back!

If you’ve found Sony to be kind of quiet in the last few months, you’re not alone.  Nintendo made a huge splash with their recent 3DS price drop, and Microsoft has been making a lot of noise with their Windows Phone 7 series.  That was all before today.  Sony has officially brought it.  Today the company revealed all kinds of interesting info for PlayStation fans, not the least of which was a price drop of $50 for the PS3, effective immediately.  That brings the 160GB PS3 down to $250 in North America.  How awesome is that?  That’s not all Sony had to say though.

Sony confirmed the RAM of the Vita won’t be halved as some media outlets have suggested.  While clearly that wasn’t the only info to come out of Gamescom today, it was important as the more memory developers can harness from hardware, the better.

Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, and Skype will all have apps available for Vita users to use for the low price of free.  While some of these will be available at launch, Sony promised more info will be revealed in the coming month.

Sony was also mum when it came to the subject of the Vita release date, instead reaffirming the firm’s stance that Vita would be released in Japan this year with Europe and North American launches happening early next year.

Of all the new games announced today, the highest profile Vita release has to be Resistance: Burning Skies.  You can watch the trailer below.

In a bit of a bizarre twist Sony also confirmed the existence of a newly modeled PSP, for Europe only.  The big news is that it will only cost 99 quid.  The biggest difference with this new PSP is that it lacks WiFi capabilities, but in every other way it works just as any other UMD-enabled PSP would.  In order to connect to the PlayStation Store, users must connect the device to a PC.  Sorry all you Mac users, it looks like you’re out of luck.

In order not to leave the PSN completely out of all the news, Sony announced $1 rentals of movies and TV shows will become a standard part of the video service.  Every Tuesday select movies and TV shows will be available to rent for the week at $1 for SD and $2 in HD.

Sony also announced a new stand-alone PSN release called infamous 2: Festival of Blood.  Check out the trailer below:

That’s a heck of a lot of news from Sony and I’m sure you have a lot to say about it, so go ahead and let us know your thoughts.


4 thoughts on “Gamescom 2011: Sony Strikes Back!”

  1. I like that 99 Euro PSP. This is what the PSP go should’ve been. I honestly don’t see myself using the PSP’s Wi-Fi at all so this model is perfectly suitable to a lot of users out there. I might chip in and buy one myself seeing as my current PSP is sort of crapping out. Same case with my American launch PS3. Sadly, it suddenly doesn’t want to pull in discs. Dunno what’s wrong with it. :(

  2. That actually happened to me with my PS3 not sure if it’s the same exact issues but it turned out to be something misplaced in the mechanism that pull in the disc, my disc would go 3/4 in and stop there, luckily it happened in my 1 year.

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