PlayStation Vita Hits stores in Japan

Good news for PlayStation fans. The long awaited PlayStation Vita is now available in Japan. It was launched in the market yesterday. This was the biggest launch ever for any Sony product since the launch of legendary PlayStation 3 and that too was five years ago. Thousands of fans throughout the country rushed to their nearby stores and lined up in the early morning to lay their hands on the successor of PlayStation Portable(PSP.

PlayStation Vita has a touch interface with motion sensing ability. Gamers can connect their devices via mobile networks or Wifi hotspots to play multiplayer games. With GPS functionality, this gadget has a lot more to offer as compared to the other gaming consoles of the same category.

There are two cameras in Vita, one on the front and the other on the back. Plus there is even a touch pad on the back and there are two joystick buttons which can be used in the multiplayer games.

Sony Corp expect Vita to be a huge success. 2011 has been a pretty bad year for Sony so far. Earlier this year, Sony PlayStation Network(PSN) was targeted by a massive cyber attack after which a large number of customers decided to shift their attention to other gaming consoles available in the market.

According to market reports, Sony has suffered huge losses, approximately of $1 billion this year. All it needs is a breakthrough in sales, so that it can cover up the losses in gaming sector as well as other fields.

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Angry Birds Developer To Trade In Baby Merchandise

The most widely used game which is present in every single smartphone and tablet will be soon seen on baby merchandise. Rovio, the developer of Angry Birds, has decided to move into the baby product business.

Rovio is keen to expand its business and seeing the success of its Angry Birds game, it can be said that the gaming company will succeed in its goal. Angry Birds toys are already available in the market and they too are being liked by a lot of people.

The Finland based company was started by 3 students and was sponsored by Nokia and HP in its initial stage but now it has become a multi-million dollar company.

Ville Heijari, vice president of franchise development, said that the company’s top priority will be game development for sure but at the same time it wants to enter merchandising venture as it is one of the fastest growing businesses.

Baby Merchandise will include a lot of products like a 42-inch square blanket having images of angry birds. Apart from baby products, Rovio will also provide flip-flops, bags and the iPhone cases with images from its game.

Will you get your baby an Angry Birds product?

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Sony Buys inFamous’s Developer Sucker Punch

Sony Corp. has bought game development studio Sucker Punch, the company behind inFamous and inFamous 2 series of PS3 games. Experts say that the tech giant was very pleased with the work of Sucker Punch and decided to buy it.

Sucker Punch Studio is the developer behind a number of PlayStation games as well as Sly Cooper games. It is based in Bellevue, Washington and has worked with Sony Computer Entertainment since 2000. It was acquired earlier today and it is expected that this acquisition will prove beneficial both for Sony and Sucker Punch.

It should be noted that the Sucker Punch studio is one of the elite game developers and interestingly, was founded by Microsoft employees in 1997.

inFamous is the most popular product of the company so far and if we are not wrong, the success of this game played a huge role in acquisition of Sucker Punch.

Sony Computer Entertainment has long been known for its acquisitions of upcoming game developers. Previously, in March last year, Sony bought LittleBigPlanet developer Media Molecule. The LittleBigPlanet was highly successful and even today, some people like to play it on their PS3.

Sony desperately needs to buck up its PlayStation Network as after the cyber attack which affected millions of its customers, the company lost a large number of its customers worldwide.

Will this acquisition help Sony to build its reputation again?

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Google+ Planning To Start Social Gaming?

It seems that Google+ will not rest until it replaces Facebook as the largest social network. A recent find shows that Google+ is about to launch its gaming section and your high scores will be shared and displayed on Google+ stream. It also means that Google is planning to evolve Google+ Stream as a central gaming hub that will show results based upon your scores.

This news was first found at Google+ Help Pages where it was written that,”If you’re looking for updates shared from games, check out your Games Stream”. These words were immediately removed as this news started spreading like forest fire.

If Google+ is really going to launch this service, Facebook will have to think of something unique that could bring back its glory. Else, Facebook is sure to meet its end like MySpace did.

This new service was the center of attention ever since Google+ was launched. Vic Gundotra, senior vice president at Google Social, himself hinted that a new gaming service might be on its way.

All of us know that Facebook games have revolutionized the concept of social gaming. Millions of Facebook users play games like Farmville everyday. If Google+ wants to replace Facebook, its gaming service should be upto the scratch and that task is not easy.

We’ll keep you posted on this topic.

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