PS Vita now able to run homebrew software

Sony’s latest generation handheld device PS Vita is cracked by homebrew developers ( first cracked by hacker teck4 ) ; homebrew software made for PlayStation Portable (PSP) is now able to run in PS Vita , via built-in PSP Emulator .

Able to run homebrew software means that all kinds of custom software, including firmware patcher can now be developed & deployed to PS Vita .

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PS Vita Pre-Sale in Hong Kong

Next generation handheld entertainment device, successor of PlayStation Portable, PS Vita will start pre-sale at 11am on 26 Nov 2011. Official price of PS Vita is $2,280 ( Wi-Fi ) / $2,780 ( 3G ) . However, pre-sale requires gamers to buy a bundled game as well as the accessory pack. The final price for 3G model is around $3,380 to $3,480 ( Wi-Fi model is around $2,880 to $2,980 ), depends on the bundled game chosen.

There are 3 games to choose from bundle list :

  • Uncharted : Golden Abyss
  • Shin Sangoku Musou NEXT ( a.k.a. Dynasty Warriors NEXT )
  • Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3
Are you prepared ?
UPDATE : Till 11:50am, Sony website & HMV website are down due to HEAVY traffic .

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Sony PSP2 (NGP) price: < US$599

President of Sony Computer Entertainment Yoshida mentioned a day before that Sony PSP2 will be sold less than US$599.

He mentioned, “From the very beginning of the project — since 2008 — pricing was one of the considerations that we had. Hopefully when we announce the price, people will see the proper value.”

PSP2 specs told us the hardware cost a lot, but not all gamers can afford such price. Hope Sony can set a reasonable price.

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PSP2 Tech Specs

Here is the spec of the new PSP2. For now not much is revealed, but we believe more detailed specs will be updated soon.

CPU ARM® Cortex™ – A9 core (4-core)
GPU PowerVR SGX543MP4+
RAM Unknown
Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm ( W x H x D )
(tentative, excludes largest projection)
Rear Touch Pad Multi touch pad – capacitive type
(same mechanism with Apple iPhone, Sony Ericsson Satio, etc)
Cameras Front camera
Rear camera
Sound Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
Sensors 6-axis motion sensing system
(3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer)
3-axis electronic compass
Location GPS
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / Switches PS button
Power button
Directional buttons (Up, Down, Left, Right)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Left, Right)
Analog sticks on both sides
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)
Mobile Network Connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1) (Wi-Fi)
(Infrastructure mode/ Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP, AVRCP, HSP)

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Here comes the PSP2 , codename NGP

Front View

PSP2 is finally announced by Sony this morning. It is clear that the new PSP2 has a bunch of new features:
– 5-inch touchscreen OLED display with 960 x 544 resolution
– dual analog sticks (not nubs as on the current generation)
– 3G
– WiFi
– front and rear touchpads
– motion sensors
– an electronic compass
– cameras on both the front and the rear
– an advanced CPU ?!
– no UMD
– Real / Virtual Reality
– no more XMD , LiveArea instead
– built-in social networking

OLED Touch screen

Top View

Bottom View

Back View

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Sony’s New PSP2 to Capture Gamers

While we aren’t expecting a brand new PSP console at tomorrow’s (27 Jan) Sony announcement in Tokyo, we’re certainly not going to disappoint. From various sources like MCV, VJ247 and Engadget, the PSP2 will be announced with a lot new features.

From the rumors around the web, the new PSP2 has a lot of attractive features,  such as large high-definition screen, front-facing camera, running Android OS 2.3, microphone, motion sensing, twin analog buttons, even OLED touchscreens and support of 3G cellular data. As for gamers, they hope the new gadget will bring more exciting gaming experience to them.

Out of the rumors, there are few things confirmed for the gadget:
1. no more UMD
2. no more MemoryStick
3. PSP2 can’t make phone calls

For the design, instead of putting the buttons below the screens like PSP Go and the fans-art PSP2, buttons are better to be put on the sides of the screens for better handling.

Less than 48 hours to go. Stay tuned for more information.

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