New Platform: PSNV

Now that the first North American Vita games have appeared in Sony's online store (even though they're only available if you search directly for them) and we've had a chance to see how they'll surface, I've made a new platform page to cover digital releases on the PlayStation Vita. It's "PlayStation Network (Vita)" or "PSNV."

This platform tag is to be used for games that appear in the PlayStation Store, whether they're available at retail or not. So, going forward, games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss will be tagged with both VITA and PSNV. Super Stardust Delta, as a digital-only release, only gets the PSNV designator. We split these platforms in order to help people who may only be interested in seeing what's available for download (in case they hate leaving the house) or, in the opposite case, people who think that entering their credit card into the Internet is a sketchy idea and prefer to buy physical things. Maybe not the worst idea in this specific case, I suppose. I will admit, it's not the most elegant data solution in the world, but it's not without its purpose.

Either way, it doesn't currently show up in the Sony colors in various lists. I'll see if I can get those dudes to correct that in the morning.

(And while I'm on the topic of platforms, IPOD is for click-wheel iPod games, not for iPod Touch games. Those just go under iPhone. Universal iOS apps get tagged as both iPad and iPhone. Cool?)

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Posted by Jeff

Now that the first North American Vita games have appeared in Sony's online store (even though they're only available if you search directly for them) and we've had a chance to see how they'll surface, I've made a new platform page to cover digital releases on the PlayStation Vita. It's "PlayStation Network (Vita)" or "PSNV."

This platform tag is to be used for games that appear in the PlayStation Store, whether they're available at retail or not. So, going forward, games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss will be tagged with both VITA and PSNV. Super Stardust Delta, as a digital-only release, only gets the PSNV designator. We split these platforms in order to help people who may only be interested in seeing what's available for download (in case they hate leaving the house) or, in the opposite case, people who think that entering their credit card into the Internet is a sketchy idea and prefer to buy physical things. Maybe not the worst idea in this specific case, I suppose. I will admit, it's not the most elegant data solution in the world, but it's not without its purpose.

Either way, it doesn't currently show up in the Sony colors in various lists. I'll see if I can get those dudes to correct that in the morning.

(And while I'm on the topic of platforms, IPOD is for click-wheel iPod games, not for iPod Touch games. Those just go under iPhone. Universal iOS apps get tagged as both iPad and iPhone. Cool?)

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Posted by EVO

Shouldn't it be PSVN?

Posted by Jeff

No. It's the PlayStation Network. Not the PlayStation Vita Network.

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Posted by EVO

Yeah, I suppose. PSNV just doesn't roll off the tongue.

Posted by the_OFFICIAL_jAPanese_teaBAG

Yeah because its still the same store

Edited by dekkadekkadekka

Doesn't the name change from PSN to SEN affect this?

Wait, no, I'm dumb, the store name is staying the same and only the account name is changing, right?

Posted by N7
@dekkadekkadekka said:

Doesn't the name change from PSN to SEN affect this?

Wait, no, I'm dumb, the store name is staying the same and only the account name is changing, right?

Yeah. From what I can recall, the Playstation Network is still the PSN. It's just the accounts that are changing over to Sony Entertainment Network. So the PSN still lives.
Posted by Tim_the_Corsair

Damn, I really thought this was about the new follow up to the hit PlayStation 3 titled PlayStation 3: New Vegas.

Posted by huntad

Hey guys, acronyms.

Posted by Mento

Now I just want to play a game called SeaQuest PSNV. Using the touchpad on the back to stroke the dolphin.

This makes sense though, given what you're doing with the other online stores.

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Posted by mustachioeugene

@Mento said:

Now I just want to play a game called SeaQuest PSNV. Using the touchpad on the back to stroke the dolphin.

This makes sense though, given what you're doing with the other online stores.

Tell me more about the dolphin stroking....

Edited by Not_Rage

@Jeff said:

(And while I'm on the topic of platforms, IPOD is for click-wheel iPod games, not for iPod Touch games. Those just go under iPhone. Universal iOS apps get tagged as both iPad and iPhone. Cool?)

Yeah I remember once sorting out that platform to remove the iOS games, then doing it again 6 months later when it got filled up again with iOS games. I needs to be done again.

I've spent some time adding iPod games to do database, and since they don't make them anymore, I'm pretty confident that every game released to the iPod has been created and added to that platform. If there was a way to "lock" a platform to prevent games from being added, I think that would help the confusion.

Posted by m1k3

PS-envy. like the cell phone right?

Posted by Legend

videogames

Posted by Oni

@mustachioeugene said:

@Mento said:

Now I just want to play a game called SeaQuest PSNV. Using the touchpad on the back to stroke the dolphin.

This makes sense though, given what you're doing with the other online stores.

Tell me more about the dolphin stroking....

whoa now, why don't you take a seat right over there. Just what were you planning to do with this dolphin?

Posted by Ghostiet
@Oni

@mustachioeugene said:

@Mento said:

Now I just want to play a game called SeaQuest PSNV. Using the touchpad on the back to stroke the dolphin.

This makes sense though, given what you're doing with the other online stores.

Tell me more about the dolphin stroking....

whoa now, why don't you take a seat right over there. Just what were you planning to do with this dolphin?

Stroke it?
Posted by Enigma777

@Ghostiet said:

@Oni

@mustachioeugene said:

@Mento said:

Now I just want to play a game called SeaQuest PSNV. Using the touchpad on the back to stroke the dolphin.

This makes sense though, given what you're doing with the other online stores.

Tell me more about the dolphin stroking....

whoa now, why don't you take a seat right over there. Just what were you planning to do with this dolphin?

Stroke it?

You do realize that's illegal in 13 states, right?

Posted by Phatmac

Thanks for the update Jeff!

Posted by jjnen

I may have misunderstood but aren't all Vita games supposed to be released in PSN?

Posted by rmanthorp

Confusing shit. However, when the eshop exists why do other digital platforms even try?!

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Posted by Ghostiet
@Enigma777 said:

@Ghostiet said:

@Oni

@mustachioeugene said:

@Mento said:

Now I just want to play a game called SeaQuest PSNV. Using the touchpad on the back to stroke the dolphin.

This makes sense though, given what you're doing with the other online stores.

Tell me more about the dolphin stroking....

whoa now, why don't you take a seat right over there. Just what were you planning to do with this dolphin?

Stroke it?

You do realize that's illegal in 13 states, right?

Not if they enjoy it, or so I was told.
Posted by Obinice
@Enigma777

@Ghostiet said:

@Oni

@mustachioeugene said:

@Mento said:

Now I just want to play a game called SeaQuest PSNV. Using the touchpad on the back to stroke the dolphin.

This makes sense though, given what you're doing with the other online stores.

Tell me more about the dolphin stroking....

whoa now, why don't you take a seat right over there. Just what were you planning to do with this dolphin?

Stroke it?

You do realize that's illegal in 13 states, right?

I live in the UK. Let's do this.
Posted by Sbaitso

Every time I read PSNV it just makes me think "Penis Envy" in my head.

Posted by Brackynews

@Rappelsiini said:

I may have misunderstood but aren't all Vita games supposed to be released in PSN?

Sounds right. In theory there should be more PSNV digital games than VITA boxed games in the database.

It will be interesting to see how the backwards compatibility shakes out with PS1 and PS2 titles. I will be more surprised if it doesn't happen sometime in the next 5 years.

Posted by BelligerentEngine

@Sbaitso said:

Every time I read PSNV it just makes me think "Penis Envy" in my head.

Oh god what have you done!

Posted by LordAndrew
@Jeff said:

No. It's the PlayStation Network. Not the PlayStation Vita Network.

But Giant Bomb's existing abbreviations for the PS3 and PSP networks are PS3N and PSPN. Based on this comment, should those not be fixed?
Posted by Toxeia

Way to necro a thread =( Not that I have any money invested into the Sony ecosystem, but it seems like saying a game comes out on the "PS3N and PSVN" is better than saying it comes out on "PSN but not for the following systems:" like the way games are out for the PS3/Xbox360. You wouldn't say "Halo Reach now out on consoles (except for PS3, Wii, etc. etc.)"

Posted by sthusby

K for Kool.