Sony Reveals New PS3, PS+ For Vita, Not Much Else

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Posted by patrickklepek (4926 posts) -

In a press conference unsurprisingly targeted at a Japanese audience, Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference didn’t feature much in the way of major new announcements (for us).

No, there was nothing new about The Last Guardian.

Confirming rumors, the company revealed a third iteration of PlayStation 3, a new model that goes on sale September 25 (yes, next week) over here for $269.99. It’s a 50% size reduction over the original PS3, 25% over the already skinny PS3 Slim, and the hard drive’s upgraded to 250GB and 500GB. The 250GB model goes on sale September 25 with a copy of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and other digital goodies. The 500GB model arrives October 30 with Assassin’s Creed III.

For the record, my Xbox 360 (a launch model) still has a 20GB hard drive. I’m cheap and sad.

The increasingly attractive PlayStation Plus service is also coming to Vita, and won’t cost anything to existing subscribers on PS3. According to the PlayStation Blog, that rolls out in November, and includes access to unspecified free games, an additional 1GB of cloud storage, discounts on games and downloable content, automatic updates ala PS3, and automatic trophy syncing. The last two are a complete joke for a premium service, by the way.

The recent acquisition of cloud gaming platform Gaikai was mentioned, but it wasn’t clear when any new features would be rolled out for PS3, Vita, or if it’s being saved for an unannounced platform.

New Vita models--Blue, Red--were announced, but no word on a price drop.

Keiji Inafune’s Soul Sacrifice was shown, though it was also delayed until next spring. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is getting a Vita port. Namco Bandai also announced a sequel to its Monster Hunter-esque God Eater series.

(Thanks to Twitter user @Cheesemeister3k for the excellent translation of the event.)

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#1 Posted by patrickklepek (4926 posts) -

In a press conference unsurprisingly targeted at a Japanese audience, Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference didn’t feature much in the way of major new announcements (for us).

No, there was nothing new about The Last Guardian.

Confirming rumors, the company revealed a third iteration of PlayStation 3, a new model that goes on sale September 25 (yes, next week) over here for $269.99. It’s a 50% size reduction over the original PS3, 25% over the already skinny PS3 Slim, and the hard drive’s upgraded to 250GB and 500GB. The 250GB model goes on sale September 25 with a copy of Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception and other digital goodies. The 500GB model arrives October 30 with Assassin’s Creed III.

For the record, my Xbox 360 (a launch model) still has a 20GB hard drive. I’m cheap and sad.

The increasingly attractive PlayStation Plus service is also coming to Vita, and won’t cost anything to existing subscribers on PS3. According to the PlayStation Blog, that rolls out in November, and includes access to unspecified free games, an additional 1GB of cloud storage, discounts on games and downloable content, automatic updates ala PS3, and automatic trophy syncing. The last two are a complete joke for a premium service, by the way.

The recent acquisition of cloud gaming platform Gaikai was mentioned, but it wasn’t clear when any new features would be rolled out for PS3, Vita, or if it’s being saved for an unannounced platform.

New Vita models--Blue, Red--were announced, but no word on a price drop.

Keiji Inafune’s Soul Sacrifice was shown, though it was also delayed until next spring. Muramasa: The Demon Blade is getting a Vita port. Namco Bandai also announced a sequel to its Monster Hunter-esque God Eater series.

(Thanks to Twitter user @Cheesemeister3k for the excellent translation of the event.)

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#2 Posted by WorldDude (90 posts) -

RIP PlayStation Vita

#3 Posted by Nightriff (5101 posts) -

I'm still waiting for my Fat PS3 to die but it keeps on trucking, I like the new models

#4 Posted by Maajin (1069 posts) -

They would at least show a logo if The Last Guardian was still a thing, right? That's too bad. =[

#5 Posted by Agikamike (55 posts) -

Sad no first party games were announced.

#6 Posted by betterboulder (190 posts) -

I'll stick with my Slim and stay Vita-less for at least a while

#7 Posted by alcor741 (82 posts) -

Typo! 500GB, not 5005B.

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#8 Posted by captain_clayman (3322 posts) -

Hmm, i remember being intrigued by muramasa for the wii, but never picked it up. maybe i should get a vita...but i need one really solid first party game before i jump in.

#9 Posted by Strife777 (1596 posts) -

Kind of nothing crazy. I might get a new PS3 though.

#10 Posted by SmilingPig (1339 posts) -

Well, its cheaper than a wii-u...

#11 Posted by RecSpec (3829 posts) -

I want that blue vita so bad, still like using my blue PSP. 
 
Also, no Monster Hunter? That seems insane!

#12 Posted by Jayzz (592 posts) -

THATS IT? oh nooo :(....

#13 Posted by mrfluke (5200 posts) -

smart of them to do the price cut, but mann no last guardian news is a bummer.

seems like that and FF versus 13 might be the Duke nukem forevers of this generation.

#14 Posted by clumsyninja1 (817 posts) -

I think is hilarious the idea to play a game between the Vita and PSP

#15 Posted by Demoskinos (14886 posts) -

Muramasa on vita seems like a cool get. I'd like it on PS3 or 360 proper though. That art looks soo good in HD.

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#16 Posted by spncrrr (45 posts) -

SCOOPS

#17 Edited by xMEGADETHxSLY (446 posts) -

Considering buying a PS3 since i've never touched or owned one. But i have surrounded myself with friends that only play Xbox so Maybe??????

#18 Posted by Hailinel (24977 posts) -

@Demoskinos said:

Muramasa on vita seems like a cool get. I'd like it on PS3 or 360 proper though. That art looks soo good in HD.

It's such a fun game, too. It's good that more people will have the chance to play it.

#19 Posted by Demoskinos (14886 posts) -

@Hailinel: Indeed. I have it for Wii but I've never bothered to really start the game up. =\

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#20 Posted by devilzrule27 (1239 posts) -

@captain_clayman said:

Hmm, i remember being intrigued by muramasa for the wii, but never picked it up. maybe i should get a vita...but i need one really solid first party game before i jump in.

Perhaps LittleBigPlanet, Uncharted, or potentially Tear Away will interest you?

#21 Posted by Jackel2072 (2261 posts) -

Yawn. Oh boy. Wake me up please when something exciting happens.

#22 Posted by killawogg (222 posts) -

I wouldn't mind a vita.

#23 Posted by Sammo21 (3298 posts) -

Not much happened except for the games they announced that will probably come to Vita. Muramasa was already released in the west once, why not think it won't do it again? The game has already been translated.

We know that if it isn't an iphone game you don't care Patrick, but come on.

#24 Posted by MisterSamMan (364 posts) -

Look forward to purchasing a super cheap old Playstation slim.

#25 Posted by rjayb89 (7724 posts) -

Remember the Vita, you guys?

#26 Posted by solidlife (880 posts) -

so does that mean ps4 in 2014?

#27 Posted by MarkWahlberg (4606 posts) -

So is that PS3-III? Cubed? What are we going with here?

#28 Posted by hagridore (500 posts) -

New PS3 looks sharp. Reminds me of some '90s hardware design.

#29 Posted by DukesT3 (1918 posts) -

I'd buy that ps3.

#30 Edited by jasondesante (604 posts) -

this didnt happen and that didnt happen and a few of those features are pretty lame for a premium service! who cares about the new ps3 and free stuff from playstation plus. I'd rather pay money simply for online gaming functionality and the privledge to use netflix. I'd rather pay $60 a year for the ability to play Borderlands (which I also would have had to buy) online with a 360 than pay $50 a year and get 80 free games over a year, one of which is Borderlands, all with free online abilities. I'd much rather use a 360 over a PS3!

#31 Posted by probablytuna (3684 posts) -

Don't like the new PS3 model, but what do I care, I don't plan on buying a new PS3 anyway. PS Plus for Vita seems cool but I rather they focus on making more PS Classics available. I still want to play Final Fantasy V on the Vita instead of the PSP that I'm currently using.

#32 Edited by ripelivejam (4080 posts) -

For the record, my Xbox 360 (a launch model) still has a 20GB hard drive. I’m cheap and sad.

b'awwwwww

i sold my original 20gb 360 right after it RRODed and got it exchanged by my work way after return policy, and any console i got since (3ds xl) was a gift so i think i know how you feel.

then again i put way too much of my money back in 2007 into my PC, but at least it's still going strong. for now...

edit: also why would they release new models of vita if it's dying? i mean i guess it's a way to drum up interest but it seems like it'd be a lot of extraneous effort to do so. original PSP seems more and more like a good proposition for me as it can be had on the fairly cheap and has quite a few impressive strategy RPG titles (the genre which to me seems to work best on a portable)

#33 Edited by Cyrisaurus (455 posts) -

As a PS+ member, I'm going to get a Vita now that PS+ will carry over to Vita at no extra charge.

#34 Posted by DeF (4904 posts) -

@MarkWahlberg said:

So is that PS3-III? Cubed? What are we going with here?

PlayStation 3: The Third

...would be my suggestion :)

Btw everyone: Buy Muramasa! (Nobody cared when it was a Wii game, now let's give this game some love on Vita at least!)

#35 Posted by mr187uk (131 posts) -

PS+ on the Vita, can't wait as the free game selections on the PS3 have been really good.

As a PS+ member already I think it's a bit poor to have automatic updates and trophy syncing as a premium service, it should be a basic service provided to everyone.

#36 Posted by wewantsthering (1571 posts) -

Am I missing something or did they raise the price $20?...

#37 Posted by Dan_CiTi (3345 posts) -

The black one looks nice but man I just want it to be a flat, matte black like the 2nd version of the PS3, but the hardware itself looks nice, even though it doesnt have 802.11 n. Doesn't look like a slot-loading drive.  
 
Anyway my PS3 broke a while back and I miiiiight get another one cause yeah. 

#38 Posted by Broadcastorm (1 posts) -

You guys forgot to mention that new thing includes dust 514 as well :)

#39 Posted by Red (5995 posts) -

Good to hear about PS+ for Vita and Muramasa. Now I'll actually play some Vita games instead of just PS1 and PSP games on my Vita.

#40 Posted by LibrorumProhibitorum (348 posts) -

Not going to lie, the new PS3 looks very nice.

#41 Posted by AlwaysBeClothing (1472 posts) -

I'm more impressed your launch 360 is still working! I had to refurb mine due to overheating issues!

#42 Posted by Jolt92 (1553 posts) -

I guess PS+ for Vita could be cool for people that already own it. They don't really seem to have a plan for it, makes me sad.

#43 Posted by jaks (244 posts) -

500 gb hard drive at what Microsoft charges for hard drive space would cost a hundred trillion dollars.

#44 Posted by devilzrule27 (1239 posts) -

@wewantsthering said:

Am I missing something or did they raise the price $20?...

totally did. But I read that it was only for the bundle and that they will eventually release the new 250GB model for $250 as a standalone unit.

#45 Posted by ripelivejam (4080 posts) -

@rjayb89 said:

Remember the Vita, you guys?

remember alf???

#46 Posted by Tom_Shaw (41 posts) -

"a new model that goes on sale September 25 (yes, next week) over here for $269.99"

Wait, does that 'over here' indicate the States? Because Sony is currently selling 160GB systems for $250 and 320GB systems for $300 - I'm not sure whether to take that as a $30 price cut or a $20 price hike.

In any case, the lack of serious cuts does suggest that MS & Sony saw the launch price on the Wii U, laughed in glee, and abandoned deep discounts for lack of need.

#47 Posted by WalkerTR77 (1378 posts) -

No Persona 5. I WANT IT SO BAD.

#48 Posted by Gnubberen (771 posts) -

@Tom_Shaw: I guess it depends if you think the extra HDD space and the inclueded game, is worth the extra price.

#49 Posted by rachelepithet (1391 posts) -

No SSD. No 802.11a, or 802.11n, or 802.11ac. Probably not a faster spinning blu ray drive. No software backwards compatibility, no hardware b.c., so SACD (or DVDA), and no Linux. I think one would be better off buying a dirt cheap original 20GB or 60GB PS3, replacing the HDD with an SSD, and buying an external WiFi antennae.

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