“Controversy equalizes fools and wise men – and the fools know it.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes
Good evening dear readers and welcome to Sonydo (So Knee Dough). You came here to hear news right? RIGHT?! Wrong! You came to take a gander at why I chose to write a weekly editorial about Sony. Well too bad! There’s no bias here, nope. None whatsoever. Didn’t you read the quote? I don’t want to be brought down to the level of a fool. Oliver Wendell Holmes does not pity the fool. XBOX bashing? Wii wasting? Sony glorifying? Forget about it. You’ll be subjected to news that is UNCOMFORTABLY UNBIASED. So buckle down cuz you’ll definitely need to so that you stay put (some coffee might help too).
Were you aware that the 3G Vita is an evil experiment that the mad scientists at Sony are taking a gamble on? Maybe not so much “evil” but it’s still an experiment and big investment apparently.
It’s a new thing to have 3G capability in a portable gaming system, and when we were working on the design of the hardware, it’s true that we believed in what we could do with 3G, but unless we have the system in the market and developers can try things and get feedback from consumers…it takes years to experiment and find a new way to use it, but unless we start somewhere we cannot even experiment. -Shuhei Yoshida
That’s really saying a lot that you believe in something new and innovative during these troubled economic times. Plus that Vita has a lot of competition since the 3DS is quite the hot item in Japan selling 5 million units (which is record breaking by the way). For me I didn’t think it was that big a deal. “Hey…the Vita has 3G. Yay?” Yeah, I was underwhelmed since my smart phone has 3G and 4G and can do basically what the Vita would have been able to do at launch with apps (and then some). The 3G with Vita, for now, seems to be useful only for social media and keeping track of scores.
But the main purpose we believe in for having 3G in PS Vita is the social connectivity features that we have put at the center of PS Vita. When you open a game, you don’t automatically start a game, but you’re taken to one page which is constantly updated from publishers as well as your friends doing activities or giving you in-game items. So all that social connectivity is enabled by the 3G. -Shuhei Yoshida
Yeah, social media is big these days but I don’t need a gaming platform to be able to do social media. Again, that’s what my baby (HTC Evo Shift) is for. I’m not even all that interested in the leader boards and stuff. I just wanna jump n’ shoot or whatever else you kids do these days in video games aside from tea-bagging.
I’m hoping that with the Vita, Sony will do so much more than just social media. It would be quite awesome, to say the least, to be able to play a multiplayer co-op game while riding BART or some other form of mass transit and be able to pick it up later whenever you want. That may yet to be come and we can only pray dear readers.
Just a PSA
If you find that your Vita’s rear touch screen isn’t working then follow the advice at the link below. It’s simple enough and hopefully your rear touch screen will be up and running in no time!
[PS Vita Rear Touch Fix]
Get Your PS4 Out Of My 2012
Sony has brought down the cold hammer of truth onto hopeful fanboys (finally). Jack Tretton, the big chief for Sony in the U.S., said that he would be distracted by talking about new hardware this year.
I, quite frankly, would be very distracted if I had to be talking about next generation hardware this year,” Tretton told IGN. “Right now, we’re focused on PlayStation 3, and I’ve got [the PS Vita] to get out the door in seven days, so I don’t want to be thinking about trying to launch new technology anytime soon. -Jack Tretton
Shhh, no no no. Don’t talk. Shhhhh. That’s right, quiet down. I don’t want to hear about how awesome the PS4 is going to be and how it will do everything so your mother won’t have to. I just don’t want to hear it. The nice man has other things to worry about besides your fantasies at night. In all seriousness do we really need next gen consoles yet? I’m even betting Microsoft’s “Durango” is just an updated version of the 360, or maybe even a portable device. Did you ever think of that? I’ve said this once, I’ve said this twice, and I will say it again:
Sit there, meditate that thought for a bit. I’ll give you a few minutes and we can continue.
Next gen consoles go away. Come again another day.
Y U No Demand UMD Transfer?
According to Sony there isn’t a high enough demand in the US and Europe for a program to transfer the games you bought for your PSP to your shiny new Vita. What the hell man? Come on gais, you’ve got to show more interest than that! Sheesh.
Apparently you can also get PSP games for cheap here in the states. Who knew?
The other point is that when you look at PSP titles sold digitally in the States or Europe, games are sold for a really reasonable price. You can buy Final Fantasy Tactics for $10. That’s a great price … PSP games in Japan are sold at a much higher price, so people see the value in spending the $5 to $10 to get the digital copy. But when the games are already sold at a lower price in the U.S. we see less value in introducing that kind of system – Shuhei Yoshida
While I don’t know much about the pricing of PSP games (mine got totalled and I didn’t have the cash to replace it) I do know that people like playing games from the previous generation of console/handheld. Nintendo felt that people would still want to play DS games on their 3DS (but not GBA games I guess) so they kept that feature in. How is there not a high demand for it Mr. Yoshida? What if I want to play my non-existent copy of Birth By Sleep on my non-existent Vita? Hmm? HMMMM??? I don’t think it would suck too much time out of your lives just to make the PS Vita compatible with downloadable PSP titles. You may even make some revenue off of it if people are buying the game for the first time. Don’t you dare think about charging the people who are trying to get their existing PSP titles onto their PS Vita. No! Bad Sony! No! Don’t you do it!
The Name Is Marks, Dr. Richard Marks
A patent filed by a certain Dr. Richard Marks may suggest that Sony was or is going to have a “Kinect-like” device for the Playstation. On the patent the device is called a “User-Driven Three Dimensional Interactive Gaming Environment” and also “includes obtaining depth values indicating distances from one or more physical objects in a physical scene to a depth sensing device”. There’s a lot of other stuff that I didn’t feel like going through. Technical mumbo jumbo and what not that should not be read while sleep deprived and blah blah blah. However, it looks like Sony is trying to make some improvement on their previous attempts at interactive gaming.
I really praise this type of work. It’s fun hacking and slashing, but I want to be able to hack and slash with my own arms. I want to have full motor control over my character’s body and be able to pick herbs, poke a dead mudcrab, or throw a fireball into someone’s face myself. Also, think of the health implications. If people started to get out of their chairs and onto their feet to play games we would have a fun way to exercise and help lose weight. Just saying guys.
Well that’s all for Sonydo this week. I hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for next week’s journey into the Borg hive…I mean world of Sony. Until then, take care.