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Sony offering free PlayStation Mobile games for the next 6 weeks

Sony is hoping to entice more users to take advantage of its PlayStation Mobile platform today by offering 6 weeks of free games from its PlayStation Store. Every 7 days for the next 6 weeks Sony will make one game from its PlayStation Store available for download free of charge, hoping that once...
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Sony launches PlayStation Mobile Developer Program

After a few months in beta, Sony's PlayStation Mobile Developer Program is today ready for prime-time. The program allows game developers to build titles for PlayStation-certified Android phones and tablets -- such as the Xperia T and HTC One X+ -- as well as the company's PS Vita device, for an...
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PlayStation Mobile game store starts trickling out to select Android devices

Today's the day that PlayStation Mobile launches, and not just on Sony's own Xperia devices. Keep in mind that the list of non-Sony phones compatible with PlayStation Mobile is still pretty short. Even if you have a compatible device, you'll need to live in Japan, United States, Canada, United...

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Sony launches new PlayStation App in the Play Store for eager PS4 users

Push games to your console, chat with friends and keep up with stats on the go It's that time of year (decade, really) where folks can get their hands on next-generation consoles, and to match up with its PS4 launch Sony has just put a new PlayStation App in Google Play. For those who want to...
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Don't forget to claim a year of PlayStation Plus with your new Sony Xperia Z1s

Offer applies to phones bought from both Sony and T-Mobile During the official announcement of the Sony Xperia Z1s at CES, we were told about the pretty fantastic content offering that Sony was throwing in with the handset. What they didn't mention at the time was a special offer involving...
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Sony's PS4 companion app for Android gets live video feed support

Live with PlayStation now available in app, kind of Sony has pushed out an update to its official PlayStation 4 companion app for Android, with the headline new feature being the inclusion of "Live with PlayStation" video feeds in the app. Well, sort of in the app. You can browse the gaming...

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Live with PlayStation now available in app, kind of

Sony has pushed out an update to its official PlayStation 4 companion app for Android, with the headline new feature being the inclusion of "Live with PlayStation" video feeds in the app. Well, sort of in the app. You can browse the gaming streams from within the PlayStation app, but those broadcast via UStream will open up in the UStream app should you have it installed. Twitch.tv streams will open up in the browser of choice on your Android device. 

Additionally, Sony now says that video notifications are supported under "What's New", and it now won't automatically connect to your PS4 while in standby mode and fire it up. Grab the latest version from the Play Store at the link up top. 

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Offer applies to phones bought from both Sony and T-Mobile

During the official announcement of the Sony Xperia Z1s at CES, we were told about the pretty fantastic content offering that Sony was throwing in with the handset. What they didn't mention at the time was a special offer involving PlayStation Plus. But if you've bought one, or are planning to buy one soon, you'll get a free 1-year subscription to PlayStation Plus thrown in for good measure. 

Sure, if you're an Xbox owner, this is probably the least interesting thing you'll hear all day. But, if you purchase an Xperia Z1s either from Sony or T-Mobile between January 13 and February 12 then you're eligible to claim the reward. All you need to do is head to the link below to redeem, and send Sony a photo of the IMEI number on the box as well as your purchase receipt for the phone. Do this by March 5 and you'll have it delivered to you by March 21. 

If you've not yet tried PlayStation Plus, then it's well worth cashing in here. Sony regularly offers members content free of charge, including this month the epic Bioshock Infinite for PS3. Just be sure not to lose your receipt! 

Source: Sony via Xperia Blog

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Push games to your console, chat with friends and keep up with stats on the go

It's that time of year (decade, really) where folks can get their hands on next-generation consoles, and to match up with its PS4 launch Sony has just put a new PlayStation App in Google Play. For those who want to stay in the loop even when they're not at home playing, the PlayStation App lets you keep in the loop. Once connecting your accounts and your PS4, you can push games to your console at home, chat with your friends and keep up with all of your stats.

The app also opens up chances for second-screen features when games make them available, expanding gameplay possibilities. You can cut down on the clutter with system guides, manuals and the PlayStation Blog right at your fingertips as well. If you are eagerly awaiting your PS4 arrival, you can head to the Play Store and grab a download of the PlayStation app and be ready for when it arrives.

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Build a base with Tetris blocks, but don't get too far - those pesky red lines are out to get you

A hidden gem at GDC 2013 was tucked away at the PlayStation booth called Rymdkapsel. This is a minimalistic strategy game with some Tetris-style base expansion mechanics. Players have to collect resources, research new technologies, and defend themselves against the occasional wave of attackers. 

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Sony is hoping to entice more users to take advantage of its PlayStation Mobile platform today by offering 6 weeks of free games from its PlayStation Store. Every 7 days for the next 6 weeks Sony will make one game from its PlayStation Store available for download free of charge, hoping that once the promotion ends more users will stick around and use its store. This promotion is only available in select countries -- Japan, United Kingdom, France, Italy, Germany, Spain and Australia to be exact -- leaving U.S. users out in the cold for now, but this at least shows that Sony is willing to put some marketing behind its storefront.

This offer will only be useful if you have a PlayStation Certified device, which unfortunately doesn't encompass that many phones at this point. There's a full list of compatible devices at the second source link below, but it's primarily just a listing of Sony phones with a few recent HTC models thrown in. If you're interested in the first game that will be offered, Samurai Beatdown, you can see its game trailer after the break.

Source: Sony Mobile; PlayStation Store

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After a few months in beta, Sony's PlayStation Mobile Developer Program is today ready for prime-time. The program allows game developers to build titles for PlayStation-certified Android phones and tablets -- such as the Xperia T and HTC One X+ -- as well as the company's PS Vita device, for an annual fee of  7,980 Japanese yen (around $99).

Today's launch covers Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, with Hong Kong and Taiwan to follow in the near future.

PlayStation Mobile Developer Program membership gives devs the rights to create and publish as many titles as they wish, meaning the yearly fee doesn't stack for multiple games.

The full, finalized PlayStation Mobile SDK is available to download from the link below, after payment of the annual entry fee. You'll find today's full press release after the break.

More: PlayStation Mobile Developer Registration

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Today's the day that PlayStation Mobile launches, and not just on Sony's own Xperia devices. Keep in mind that the list of non-Sony phones compatible with PlayStation Mobile is still pretty short. Even if you have a compatible device, you'll need to live in Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, or Australia to get in on the action. I still can't download it here in Canada, but you can expect the switch to be flipped soon. The initial selection of games in the new store isn't great, but Sony promises that new titles will be added every Wednesday.

  • Frederic – Resurrection of Music ($3.99 / £3.19)
  • Loot The Land ($3.99 / £3.19)
  • incurvio ($7.49 / £5.89)
  • Wipe! ($1.49 / £1.19)
  • Magic Arrows ($4.99 / £3.99)
  • Everbody’s Arcade (Free trial / IAP)
  • Underline ($2.79 / £2.19)
  • Nyoqix ($5.49 / £4.49)
  • Numblast ($2.99 / £2.39)
  • Super Crate Box ($3.49 / £2.79)
  • Aqua Kitty – Milk Mine Defender ($3.49 / £2.79)
  • Flick Hockey ($2.29 / £1.79)
  • Word Blocked ($1.99 / £1.59)
  • Rebel ($1.99 / £1.59)
  • Tractor Trails ($2.29 / £2.59)
  • Hungry Giraffe ($2.99 / £2.39)
  • Beats Slider ($0.79 / £0.65)
  • Fuel Tiracas ($0.49 / £0.40)
  • Twist Pilot ($3.49 / £2.79)
  • Samurai Beatdown ($0.99 / £0.79)
  • Beats Trellis ($0.79 / £0.65)

Once purchased, these games can be played on up to three devices. More info on PSM can be found at Sony's landing page. Are any of you guys able to get into the new PlayStation Mobile store? Are any of these games really catching your eye, or are there particular titles that you'd like to see make the leap from PS3 to Android?

Via: PSNStores

Source: PlayStation Mobile

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First unveiled back at E3, we now have more information on just when Sony's new PlayStation Mobile store will be coming to market. Sony has given a firm release date of October 3, and the store will be initially available in Japan, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Australia. More countries are set to follow at a later time. 

We're not just going to see re-hashed PSOne content in the PlayStation Mobile store either. Instead we're promised "PlayStation like content" with 30 all new titles available at launch, created by third-party developers and Sony alike. 

Additionally two further OEM's were added to the PlayStation Certfified list -- Fujitsu and Sharp. While neither of these two companies are particularly well known in the western world for their Android devices, both have good presence in Japan. Both join the likes of HTC, ASUS and Wikipad in the ranks of PlayStation Certified devices. 

For developers, the PlayStation Mobile SDK will become available across 11 different countries, starting in November. You can find the full press release after the break. 

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Sony is currently holding its Gamescom 2012 press conference in Germany, and it's just announced that two new Android device manufacturers will be joining its PlayStation Mobile (formerly PlayStation Certified) program -- ASUS and Wikipad. The former needs no introduction, as it's the biggest player in the Android tablet market right now. The latter is a lesser-known organization responsible for the Tegra 3-powered Wikipad tablet, which sports an integrated gamepad. So it's a big win for the team behind that device, to be sure.

Equally, this great news for owners of ASUS tablets, who will get access to Sony's PlayStation library in addition to the already bundled NVIDIA TegraZone. There's no word on which ASUS tabs will be getting PS Certification, though we'd expect the Transformer Prime, Transformer Pad TF300, Infinity and Nexus 7 should all be capable. If the Nexus 7 manages to pick up PlayStation support, it'd represent another jewel in the crown of the leading Android tablet.

The two new manufacturers join HTC, which signed up to PlayStation Mobile earlier in the year. 

Source: Sony

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It's been many moons since the announcement of the Sony Xperia Ion -- more than five months since it was announced for AT&T, and more than five months since we went hands-on with it AT&T's developer event at CES, actually. But today, AT&T has announced it'll carry the 4G LTE Android smartphone starting June 24. It'll cost $99 with a two-year contract.

In exchange for that Benjamin, you'll be getting a 4.6-inch device with what Sony's branded an "HD Reality display." It's powered by the Sony Bravia display engine and is pushing a 720x1280 resolution. Sony's also pimping the 12-megapixel camera with a shutter speed of less than a second. It's also got a dedicated camera button that can take the phone from standby to snapping the first shot in a second and a half. 

Other specs of note include a Qualcomm S3 dual-core processor at 1.5GHz, 16 gigabytes of internal storage, plus a microSD card slot. And it's PlayStation Certified, to boot, so you can expect some games on this guy.

But the one spec we (and Sony) have been dancing around is that, yes, it's running Android 2.3 Gingerbread. In June 2012. That's a tough one to swallow. But Sony tells us that, yes, the Ion's in line for an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich just as soon as it can be, and that the customizations on board already make up for a lot of the Android 4.0 functionality. 

So, we've got a week to go before this guy hits the streets. Who's buying?

More: Sony Xperia Ion Forums

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As promised, Sony has launched the public beta of its PlayStation Suite SDK, following on from the closed beta that's been available to select developers in the US, UK and Japan since last November. The program, which is available online now at playstation.com/pss, allows game developers to create games and apps optimized for the recently-launched PlayStation Vita handheld console, as well as PlayStation-certified Android devices. (These include the Xperia Play, Xperia Arc, Xperia S, Sony Tablets P and S, and others.)

The open beta available free of charge to all developers, but after the beta period's up Sony plans on charging a $99 annual fee for access to the finalized SDK. It's also worth mentioning that any games created using the beta SDK won't be available until after the open beta wraps up, though devs are free to test and debug their creations during the beta period.

Interested developers can sign up over at the source link -- here's hoping the project results in some great titles for Sony's line-up of Android phones and tablets.

Source: PlayStation, SCEI

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For whatever reason, Sony wasn't able to finish up PlayStation support for the Xperia S before the phone hit store shelves in Europe. Today, though, that placeholder link in the Xperia S app drawer now loads a web page where the PlayStation Store and PS Pocket app can be downloaded. The same goes for the Xperia S's Japanese counterpart, the Acro HD, which launched in late February.

To get your fill of classic 32-bit titles, you'll first need to enable non-Market applications in Settings > Applications, then run "Let's start PS store" in the app tray. Next, download the two apps, which in turn will let you buy and play games. We're seeing around a dozen titles available on our review unit, though some of those are still only playable on the Xperia Play. And it should be noted that you'll need a PlayStation Network or Sony Entertainment Network account to access Sony's mobile gaming catalog.

The manufacturer plans to bring PS certification to all its 2012 phones, including the Xperia P, U, Ion and the recently-announced Xperia Sola.

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Sony has announced that the software development kit for its PlayStation Suite will launch in public beta form from this April. The public release follows the closed beta of the SDK, which began in November 2011, and was open to a select few developers in the United States, the UK and Japan.

The kit allows game developers to create titles optimized for PlayStation-certified phones and tablets, like the Xperia Play and Tablet S, as well as Sony's recently-launched PlayStation Vita gaming system (and we'd expect the Vita angle alone to attract a fair few devs).

The public beta will be open to anyone and everyone, free of charge. However, the full version will set devs back $99 annually when it lands later in the year.

We've got the full press release from Sony after the break.

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Until now, Sony's PlayStation certification has been limited to the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Sony Tablet S, but that may be about to change. According to a recent annoncement by Sony Ericsson Japan, Japanese Xperia Arcs will soon be receiving PlayStation certification through an official software update, as will the Xperia Acro, the Arc's Japan-only sibling.

The update should allow Arc and Acro to owners enjoy the same catalog of PlayStation games that are currently available on the Xperia Play, which includes titles like Crash Bandicoot, WipEout and Syphon Filter. There's no word on when this update will be rolling out to Arcs in Europe and the US, but given Sony's renewed effort to build momentum behind its PS certified platform, we'd expect it to hit sooner rather than later.

Source: SE Japan; via: Engadget

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Another day, another Xperia Play exclusive. This time it's the popular iOS game Sleepy Jack that's coming to Sony Ericsson's PlayStation-certified device before any other Androids. Sleepy Jack is a 3D flying game where players must guide Jack through a series of dream worlds, collecting Zs as they go. We had a chance to try out a pre-release version of the game on Xperia Play last month and were really impressed with the level of polish and overall smoothness of the game.

Xperia Play owners can also get Sleepy Jack at a reduced price -- just £0.99 (~$1.55) -- for a "very limited" time. There's no word on how long it'll be before other Android devices are able to play Sleepy Jack, but in the meantime Xperia Play owners can find the Market link and QR code after the jump.

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Looks like Sony Ericsson's Xperia Play has scored yet another Android gaming exclusive. This time Xperia Play owners will get first access to Square Enix's Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, an isometric adventure/puzzle game based on the Tomb Raider franchise.

Guardian of Light, which first appeared on consoles and PC last August, will launch on the Xperia Play this November. The game joins other notable Xperia Play timed exclusives, including Minecraft and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit. In addition, Sony Ericsson is promising "more established hits" from Square Enix in the coming months.

Join us after the jump for the full presser.

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Sony Computer Entertainment has announced that it'll be releasing a software development kit for its PlayStation Suite starting this November, with the newly-created games becoming available from spring 2012. Using Microsoft's C# programming language, the PS Suite SDK will allow developers to create games for PlayStation-certified Android devices, as well as the upcoming PlayStation Vita console.

Sony adds that its looking to "further accelerate the expansion of PS certified devices" in the future. Right now the PlayStation Suite is only available on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, however Sony's new Tablet S and Tablet P are to launch with the service in the weeks ahead.

The full press release from Sony can be found after the jump.

Source: SCEI

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AT&T this morning announced that its version of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play (see our hands-on) will be available Sept. 18 for a mere $49.99 with two-year contract. The Xperia Play, as you'll recall from our review, is the so-called Playstation phone, with a slide-out gamepad and Playstation-optimized games. It's rocking Android 2.3.3 with a 4-inch screen.

Games included with AT&T's Xperia Play at launch are:

  • Dungeon Defenders™ Second Wave by Trendy Entertainment
  • Asphalt™ 6 Adrenaline by Gameloft
  • Star Battalion by Gameloft
  • Madden NFL™ 11 by Electronic Arts
  • The Sims™ 3 by Electronic Arts
  • Tower Bloxx™: My City by Digital Chocolate
  • Crash Bandicoot® by SCEA/Naughty Dog/Universal

As if a $49 Xperia Play isn't a good enough deal, AT&T's also sweetening things by throwing in the DK300 Multimedida Dock (check out our review of the dock) and MC100 music cable.

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Hot on the heels of today's Minecraft announcement, Sony Ericsson and EA Mobile have revealed that the Android version of FIFA 12, the latest instalment in the popular soccer football game series, will be available exclusively on the Xperia Play for a limited time.

Xperia Play owners will be able to get their hands on FIFA 12 when it's released during the holiday season, while other devices will have to wait until Feb. 21, 2012. SE and EA promise a game experience optimized to take advantage of the Xperia Play's hardware, with frame rates up to a silky 60fps.

Join us after the jump for the presser, and if you're rocking an Xperia Play, let us know in the comments if you plan on snapping this one up.

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If you owned a PlayStation (of the original, gray variety) back in the late nineties, then the WipEout series should need no introduction. WipEout was one of the first titles to bring futuristic "kart" style racing into 3D, and was massively successful when it launched in 1995, alongside the original Sony PlayStation.

Now Sony has brought the original WipEout to Android, in the form of an official port for the PlayStation-certified Xperia Play. And like many of the PlayStation classics currently offered by Sony on the Android Market, WipEout looks and plays just as it did on the PS1 sixteen years ago. You can steer your ship using either the Xperia Play's D-pad or analog controls, and air-breaking is taken care of by the left and right trigger buttons.

The aim, of course, is to work your way to the front of the pack by using speed pads, weapons and other power-ups to get the best of your opponents. Just like the PlayStation original, WipEout can be pretty brutal at times. There's a near-vertical learning curve and AI which will punish you when you're caught up in the middle of the pack, and rubber-band its way back to you if you take first place. Once you hit your stride, though, WipEout is a highly enjoyable racer, though not as newbie-friendly as more casual titles on the Market.

If you decide to pick the game up, you'll get a fair amount of content for your £3.99. There are six tracks to play across championship, single race and time trial modes, and an unlockable seventh track if you beat the game. Unfortunately, the exceptional licensed soundtrack of the original PlayStation version isn't included, but in its place you'll find the alternate Sega Saturn soundtrack by Tim "Cold Storage" Wright.

If you're unfamiliar with the WipEout series, then you'll probably find more accessible and enjoyable casual racers elsewhere. However, if you're a PlayStation veteran and fancy a trip down memory lane, then asking price is more than reasonable in our opinion. WipEout is currently available on the Android Market (Europe only for the moment) for £3.99. Join us after the jump for Market links and QR codes.

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