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4 Free EA Games for Xperia Play

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Get in the Game - Xperia Play

Sony Ericsson and EA Games have teamed up with a new promo called “Get in the Game” for the Xperia Play. Between October 1 and January 15, 2012, Play owners can pick up four free games – Dead Space, Battlefield Bad Company 2, Need for Speed Shift, and Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit.

So, how do you get your free games? Follow the instructions below:

Xperia Play - Get In The Game - Download Instructions

You can check out the terms and conditions and the game descriptions on the official promo site at www.sonyericsson.com/getinthegame. Check out the video for Need for Speed Hot Pursuit below. There is a fairly graphic video for Dead Space available as well, but I’ll let you check that one out on your own at the Sony Ericsson YouTube channel.

Sony Ericsson

PS3 Long Live Play Campaign Brings Video Games to Life

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Sony Released a new ad this week on YouTube that has earned a lot of buzz, and with good reason. Bringing together favorites from PlayStation games past and present, Sony shows us what they could look like in real life in a live-action commercial. The video brings the various characters together to celebrate Michael, one of many PlayStation gamers. In essence, Sony is paying tribute to its customers in a really cool way. Check out the video above.

I thought it was nice to see Kratos, Nathan Drake, Cole, and Ezio in live action, having spent so much time with their in-game personas. Even Sackboy was a nice touch. What do you think? Did they leave anyone out? Who was your favorite character? Let me know in the comments.

PS Vita Available for Pre-Order at Sony Style – Ships December 31

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

PlayStation Vita

The newest PlayStation Portable device from Sony is now available for pre-order at Sony Style. The Vita is being released in Japan on December 17, but we were told that the US release would come in early 2012. When the Vita was first announced, the date of December 31 was stated as the US launch date. Amazon.com and other vendors have kept this date on their pre-order pages, even after several announcements from Sony about the later launch dates. Now that Sony itself is offering the Vita for pre-order with a shipping date of December 31, 2011, it looks like it may actually get here in time for the New Year.

Here are the specs:

  • ARM Cortex – A9 core (4 Core) Processor
  • SGX543MP4+ GPU
  • 5″ capacitive OLED touch screen, 960×544 resolution, with up to 16 million colors
  • Dimensions (W x H x D): 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm
  • Front and rear facing cameras
  • Built-in stereo speakers and microphone
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
  • GPS
  • Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass

All this needs is a GSM antenna and we could have the ultimate PlayStation Phone. As it is though, it will be a very nice gaming system. There will be cross-compatibility between the Vita and your PS3, including the ability to start a game on one device and continue it on the other. Some of the launch titles looks really sharp on the system, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss. The Vita should appeal to PS3 owners primarily, but PSP fans should enjoy upgrades like an additional control stick.

There will be no UMD support outside of Japan, which is unfortunate for those of us who bought the original PSP. Another point of concern is the proprietary storage. Sony has made great strides recently in using universal accessories, but went back to its proprietary tendencies on the Vita. I’m not sure that this is a deal-breaker, but it is a little annoying. For the 3G enabled Vita, there will be an initial download cap of 20MB. Larger files will require a Wi-Fi connection, at least for now. There is a possibility the cap will change over time.

The touch screen on the front makes a lot of sense, as do the front and rear cameras. The rear touch pad makes a little less sense at the moment, but hopefully with the appropriate games it will be useful. Sony certainly put a lot of effort into the Vita.

The Vita is available with Wi-Fi for $249, and with Wi-Fi/3G for $299. Both are evidently now shipping by December 31. Check out the Vita at sonystyle.com, or your favorite electronics vendor.