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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved is now on Vita

Critically Acclaimed Retro Arcade Shooter Is Free for PSN+ as Part of July�s Instant Game Collection

Recently, Sierra� has released Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved, the super-stylistic arcade shooter from independent developer Lucid Games, for the PlayStation� Vita handheld entertainment system.

If you are a PSN+ subscriber and own a PlayStation Vita, and have not downloaded your free Geometry Wars 3 from Sierra, then you missing the boat, and need a slap on the back of the head, as this is one game worth buying, but best of all its free for PSN+ July.

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Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved takes the classic arcade action of the Geometry Wars franchise to new frontiers with three-dimensional level shapes on which to play. The core single-player Adventure mode contains 50 distinct challenges – plus an additional 40 stages available in Ultimate mode – and players can apply unique tactics to each level by choosing one of six upgradeable companion drones and six upgradeable super abilities. The game also includes a Hardcore mode with no drones or supers for Geometry Wars purists, as well as six Classic mode stages inspired by past titles in the series.

Players can square off against one another in online competitive multiplayer, or vie for high scores individually on friend and community leaderboards. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved on PlayStation�Vita also includes local co-op with an inventive twist, allowing two people to play together on the same display by facing each other and using the controls on their respective sides of the device.

Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved is now available as a digital title on PlayStation�Vita via the PlayStation�Store; it is free to download for all PlayStation�Plus subscribers right now as part of July’s Instant Game Collection. This game is rated PEGI 3.


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Lets create an open Vita SDK!

Essentially, we need something like ‘pspsdk’ for the Vita!

One of largest barrier to native PS Vita homebrew is the lack of an open toolchain and SDK.

The underground Vita scene has never really taken off, compared to the glory days of the original PlayStation Portable (PSP) scene days, when there was news almost every hour of something new and amazing in the way of another ‘homebrew’ game or ’emulator’ or other utility, and recently Yifan Lu, has put out the ‘cry’ that we need to get together and produce an ‘Open Vita SDK’ if we want to see those ‘glory days’ return to PlayStation Vita handheld, and hopefully if everyone gets together and puts out their ideas it will happen.

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One of largest barrier to native PS Vita homebrew is the lack of an open toolchain and SDK. Essentially, we need something like pspsdk for the Vita. The reason why we don’t have it is because there are people who have an understanding of how the Vita’s executable format works but lack the time to code up the tools and there are people who have the time and ability to create such tools but lack the knowledge of Vita’s internals. The solution, I believe is to publish a comprehensive document detailing how the Vita’s executable format is laid out and the requirements for an open toolchain. Anyone with coding skills can now work on an open SDK; no Vita knowledge required!

For those who want to help with this endeavor, there are only two prerequisites. First, you must understand how the ELF format works. It is a very simple format and this document gives all the details. It would also be advantageous to understand the ARM extensions to ELF. Once you are caught up with that, you should be able to understand the SCE ELF format that I detail in the attached document. The actual tools that we need can be written in any language as long as it supports the three major platforms and meet the requirements detailed in the specifications. However, if you want a place to start, I would recommend libelf and portable C. I hope that the community can get together to work on this. Once someone makes promising progress, I will update this post with a link to the project so others can contribute. Please post any comments or suggestions you have for this document below. #vitasdk on FreeNode will be for developer discussion on the SDK.

PS Vita Open SDK Specifications

P.S (in an unrelated subject): Did you get a PSM license? If not, don’t fret, we got you covered. Just make sure you have the developer assistant installed on your Vita.


So if you are ‘coder’ grab the PDF linked above, study it, contact those needed and get to work and lets get this Vita scene rolling! :)

NEWS SOURCE #1: Lets create an open Vita SDK! (via) EurAsia
NEWS SOURCE #2: Calling all coders we need you to help create an Open Vita SDK (via) YiFan

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‘Infinite Stratos 2: Love and Purge’ Hits Vita in September

Adventure game takes place several days after the ‘World Purge’ chapter

Infinite Stratos 2: Love and Purge was announced last December and confirmed as a PS Vita game in February. It’s also coming to PlayStation 3 in Japan, and now its reported to coming out in September.

If you are Vita owner, you will be glad to know there is another game coming out finally for it in September, but you will also notice that yet again it is Japanese anime one, that of course due to the nature of its virtual love making and chatting with anime girls from the popular tv series, it will never appear in the western world, so the following screenshots is about all you will be able to droll over.

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As previously reported, Love and Purge takes place several days after the "World Purge" chapter, and has players developing relationships with the IS heroines as Ichika Orimura. Braveheart Points can be earned by deepening bonds with the heroines through chatting, as well as interactive massages, and different endings can be earned as a result of the final number of points.


Hmm, that basket of apples look so lovely, I wonder what I have to do for her to like me enough to give me one to try!

Oh’well, time to go to sleep with my girl now, and dream about when the Vita will get a game in the western world.

NEWS SOURCE: ‘Infinite Stratos 2: Love and Purge’ Hits Vita in September (via) CrunchyRoll

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Sony’s PS Vita ad in Japan is a ‘penis’ joke

Sales of the P(eni)S Vita haven’t been too great, even in the traditionally handheld market of Japan

What better way to turn things around than to make a new ad for the unit that includes boys engaging in locker room comparison?

Sony over in Japan has always been known for using wacky ways to sell their PlayStation brand, and again they are dropping their towels and pulling out your goods in a effort to get more Vita sales over the fact your buddies will be impressed that you have the biggest one.

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For the non-video viewers among you, the ad is the same joke reimagined for about a minute. One boy drops his towel, leading to gasps and pointing from another young man. Is he amazing at the sheer size of the strapping youth’s endowment? No! There’s a PS Vita in the kid’s hand that is just oh so incredible.

I love advertising like this – it’s just silly and fun and isn’t taking itself too seriously. Besides, that’s all that handheld toys are, right? It’s all just a competition to see who has the biggest joystick coolest stuff. Why not play on that side of things?


So what you think, will this push you into grabbing one now?

NEWS SOURCE: PS Vita ad is a penis joke (via) LazyGamer

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GameStop Clerk Held at Gunpoint for PlayStation Vita

Vita is not a very hot-seller at the moment, but now this robber has gotten himself an ‘hot’ PS Vita

Yesterday afternoon, a GameStop clerk in Orlando, FL was held at gunpoint by a man demanding money and a console. In order to avoid further conflict, the clerk handed him cash and a PlayStation Vita.

The PlayStation Vita is finding a hard time selling in stores, but this young Hispanic man in his late-20s wanted one bad enough that he was willing to hold-up his local GameStop in Orlando at gunpoint along with a instant cash back rebate so he could maybe do some legit shopping elsewhere.

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According to police, the man came into the GameStop store in the 1800 block of South Semoran Boulevard around 2:15 p.m.

Police said the man had a handgun and demanded money and a gaming console.

According to police the man got the money and a Playstation Vita.

Police said the man fled in a car that is believed to be a silver 2005-2008 Nissan Murano.

If you have any information about crime the person pictured above committed, please call the Orlando Police Department at 407-246-2403.


Now I wonder if he will be allow a ‘gaming console’ while serving some hard-time in Jail for his crimes.

NEWS SOURCE #1: Police say armed man took cash, gaming console in robbery (via) WFTV
NEWS SOURCE #2: Orlando GameStop Clerk Held at Gunpoint for PlayStation Vita (via) Complex

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Indies, third-party games are increasingly Vita’s focus moving forward

PS Vita owners using handheld more as a PS4 companion device, says Sony

Sony is beginning to look more toward indies, third-party developers and Remote Play to deliver gaming to the Vita, Shuhei Yoshida told Polygon in a recent interview.

In recent interview with PolyGon, it seems Sony has decided to move it focus away from releasing any more AAA+ game titles on their Vita handheld, and leave it open to the indie and third-party market for new games, and more focus on its usage as ‘second-screen’ and ‘remote play’ device for their next-gen PlayStation 4 console owners.

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"When we launched PSP titles, a big talking point was PS2-quality games in your hands," Yoshida said. "It was an amazing experience to play PS2-quality like Twisted Metal on your portable device. But as time went on and the PS3 launched and people started to see next-gen games, that PS2 quality was not enough. People’s expectations for the quality just moved on.

"So when we launched the Vita with Uncharted, it was amazing; PS3-like quality in your palm, but as time moved on, you are seeing PS4 quality and people’s expectations for the graphic fidelity has gone up."

Yoshida said as graphics become less of a "talking point" for the Vita, the focus on what they want to put on the portable platform shifted.

"It’s very fortunate that the indie boom happened and they are providing lots of great content to Vita," he said. " Gameplay, game mechanic wise, people want to spend 10 minutes, 15 minutes getting in and out. On Vita, it’s great with suspended functionality, so these indie games really great for that from a game design standpoint.

"Instead of watching big stories or cinematics, you can spend hours on Vita. So, I think that’s actually the biggest star to help provide great content to Vita going forward. And we continue to make games cross-platform games, especially on digital side."

Do you think the Vita then will be getting fewer first-party games, I asked.

"I would say, yes, that’s correct," Yoshida said.


And Yoshida has the same tone of message to the existing PlayStation Vita owners in his recent interview with Game Informer:

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Speaking during an interview with Game Informer, Yoshida-san said that the move comes as part of Sony’s attempts to build a PlayStation ecosystem, with PS4 acting as the central ‘hub’ as it were.

However, that doesn’t mean PS Vita can’t stand on its own two feet, either.

"It’s still an independent platform you can play on. There are games for Vita, especially in Japan," said Yoshida-san. "However, more and more people use it as a companion device for PS4 and we are very happy that people are using it as such. We are bringing PlayStation Now to PS Vita. We are making it more of a total ecosystem, with PS4 as the central device."

One thing that owners are keen to know however, is if Sony will release new entries in its tentpole franchises for PS Vita, such as Uncharted, inFAMOUS, etc.

Unfortunately, Yoshida-san wasn’t able to divulge any new information on this front, but instead pointed to games from its back catalogue already available for the handheld. So, that’s Ratchet & Clank, God of War, and Sly Cooper.


So if you existing Vita owner are you happy or sad on how Sony is now treating your handheld device?

And if you are PS4 owner would you be picking up a Vita knowing that it will be basically an ‘accessory’ now for your PS4, not for gaming unless you like playing ‘indie’ games and buying and downloading them to the costly Vita memory cards.

NEWS SOURCE #1: Sony: Indies, third-party games are increasingly Vita’s focus moving forward (via) PolyGon
NEWS SOURCE #2: PS Vita owners using handheld more as a PS4 companion device, says Sony (via) PSU

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Vita Pets launch trailer kicks off a canine adventure

PlayStation Vita Pets Out Today At Only $19.99

Sony is excited to finally unleash PlayStation Vita Pets. Check out the fetching launch trailer and you will see the reasons why you should get your paws on the game. It’s sure to scratch an itch!

A while ago we reported on that Sony was working on their own Pets game for the Vita, similar to the Nintendo version, but makes use of all the wonderful PlayStation Vita features including the AR, allowing you to bring your virtual pet into your real-world, it will even remember your face and sound.

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PlayStation Vita Pets, the kid-oriented doggy adventure from Liverpool-based Spiral House, launched today on PlayStation Vita, and publisher Sony Computer Entertainment released an exciting new trailer to mark the occasion.

The trailer follows the player character – a puppy, one of four that the player chooses from – through a perilous Indiana Jonesian journey that includes mine cart rides, shaky rope bridges and buried treasure.

The dog will remember your face and voice, and it’s up to you to take care of the little guy as they attempt to solve a mystery surrounding a king and his canine companion. PlayStation Vita Pets also offers augmented reality games that use the handheld’s camera, so you can bring your in-game pet into the real world.

PlayStation Vita Pets is now available in North America for $19.99 on the PlayStation Store. It will launch tomorrow in Europe and the U.K., where it will be available at retail as well as digitally.


NEWS SOURCE: Vita Pets launch trailer kicks off a canine adventure (via) PolyGon

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Sony to stop making PlayStation Portable

PlayStation Portable to be gone by yearend

Sony Corp. is pulling the plug on its hand-held PlayStation Portable video game machine after 10 years. The Japanese electronics and entertainment company will now focus on the successor machine, Vita

RIP the PlayStation Portable, it been a wonderful ten years of enjoyment, including the one famous moment of ‘lick’ by Jessica of the PSP, all those memories have come crashing into my mind as Sony has announced the death of the PSP.

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Tokyo-based Sony said Tuesday that PSP shipments ended in North America in January, will end in Japan this month and later this year in Europe.

More than 76 million PSP machines were sold, as of two years ago, the last time a tally was taken. The PSP went on sale in December 2004.


And a message to all the mainstream media newspaper sites out there, please do some proper background checking and facts on your stories, this announcement is in regard to PSP not the Vita that is still going strong and supported by Sony Corp.

Sony didn’t announce a total withdrawal from the handheld gaming market due to their big fiscal lost or because of every growing smartphone game market was killing their sales, get your facts doubled-check before printing the news!

NEWS SOURCE: Sony to stop making PlayStation Portable (via) CBC

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Bullet Girls Shows More Guns, Panties, And Bouncy Battlefield Action

Nothing better then schoolgirls with flying shirts shooting machine-guns!

D3 Publisher and Assault Gunners developers Shade are working on a high school girl action game, Bullet Girls, that looks like the lovechild of Senran Kagura and Call of Duty.

The latest issue of Famitsu showcases a hot new video game coming out for the PlayStation Vita, and this one is packed with sexy anime girls in schoolgirl outfits battling their way with full range of guns, with no protection except for their flying skirt showing off their white panties.

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As previously reported, the high school girls in Bullet Girls are part of the Ranger Corps, where they’ll be learning about necessary military tactics and actions. The missions will consist of two characters that are in the "Attacker" or "Supporter" categories.

The Attackers are the ones who are controlled by the characters and fight in the frontline. Meanwhile, the Supporters help out by providing strategic hints and other ways to help.

The weapons used in the mock battles consist of handguns, rifles, bazookas, shotguns, and grenades. It might seem a bit dangerous for the young girls, but no worries, they’re filled with blank bullets that are probably only good for tearing off clothing.


Anyhow, here some screenshots that are border-line for posting here, so see the news source for more screenshots and other action.

Oh’yeah, I forgot to mention the sexy anime girls get more naked thru-out the game as your shooting skill level approves. :)

NEWS SOURCE: Bullet Girls Shows More Guns, Panties, And Bouncy Battlefield Action (via) SiliconEra

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PlayStation Vita still hardware #1 in Japan

Yokai Watch for the 3DS scales to the top of the software chart

For more then the second week in a row, Vita has been the king-of-the-hill in Japan, with sales above even the newly launched PlayStation 4, and pushing the previous #1, the 3DS down to a new low #3

Sony must be happy in Japan, their Vita handheld is finally taking off and out-selling the Nintendo 3DS in Japan, which some analysts are saying its due to the launch of the PlayStation 4, with alot of buyers picking up both systems at same time due to ‘remote play’.

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There were two new entries in the top five of the Japanese charts this week, with Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn at four and Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection just behind.

  • [3DS] Yokai Watch – 34,690 (Lifetime sales – 754,910)
  • [PS3] 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku Hen – 31,724 (174,156)
  • [PS4] Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn – 31,326 (New entry)
  • [3DS] Ace Attorney 123: Wright Selection – 26,925 (New entry)
  • [3DS] Mario Party: Island Tour – 18,848 (304,835)

PlayStation Vita held on to the top of the hardware chart this week despite a drop in sales, and PlayStation 4 moved up to second place. Combined sales of the 3DS XL and 3DS stood at 19,943.

  • PlayStation Vita – 17,905 (Last week – 24,078)
  • PlayStation 4 – 14,396 (13,034)
  • 3DS XL – 14,023 (17,291)
  • PlayStation 3 – 6,468 (7,305)
  • 3DS – 5,920 (6,271)
  • Wii U – 5,204 (5,512)
  • PSP – 2,094 (2,027)
  • PlayStation Vita TV – 1,133 (1,220)
  • Xbox 360 – 240 (229)

Let’s see how long Vita can stay on top, it still has to get some ‘titles’ into the other software chart, which is still a prime 3DS market.

NEWS SOURCE: PlayStation Vita still hardware #1 in Japan (via) GamesIndustry