Sony has announced that the native PlayStation Store, available on the PSP, will be closing at the end of this month. However, owners of Sony’s first portable console will still be able to purchase games and access their library from the web-based PlayStation Store. Users will also still have the ability to make in-game purchases from their PSP system.
Sony is finally letting go of the PSP – it’s first handheld game console – with production stopping in Japan effective immediately. The console has sold over 80 million units worldwide. Current owners of the PSP will also be able to trade in the handheld for the newer console: the PS Vita.
New titles will be added to the #PlayStationMemories sale later today, as discounted PSP and PS Vita titles are added to the PlayStation Store. The PSP has played an important part in PlayStation’s history, with some great titles like God of War: Chains of Olympus, WipEout Pure and Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.
Having already covered the PSOne, PS2 and PS3, Sony’s latest PlayStation Evolution video focuses on Portable Gaming, taking a look at the PSP and the PS Vita. The sub-2-minute video looks at how Sony bought console quality games to a portable console. With Sony’s PlayStation Meeting just a day away now, we’re eagerly awaiting to see what surprises Sony have in store for the fans.
Sony has pulled another game from the PlayStation Store after another exploit allowing homebrew applications to run on the PS Vita is discovered. Gameloft’s PSP game UNO has been pulled from the store after it was discovered the game could be used to run unsigned code from modified game saves.
The North Americal version of Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified will include a free copy of Call of Duty 3: Roads to Victory released on the PSP back in March 2007. The game scored just 64% on metacritic but a free game is a free game. The news was revealed by Activision’s blogger Dan Amrich on his blog One of Swords.
Recently release firmware v1.81 for the PS Vita has been confirmed to block PSP exploits on the system, namely, Nuer0n’s homebrew loader known as VHBL. Sony has patched the PS Vita system software to crash the console if attempting to use the PSP exploit found in games like Monster Hunter.
Sony has pulled Capcom’s Monster Hunter Freedom Unite from the PlayStation Store after a exploit was found in the PSP title, allowing it to run unsigned code. Sony has been quick to respond to exploits on the PS Vita in order to prevent the new console from becoming rife with piracy and exploits like the PSP.
With the Tokyo Games Show just around the corner, Sony has revealed its line up of demos and playable games at the event. The PS Vita is again getting a big push from the company, with titles like Soul Sacrifice, PlayStation All Stars Battle Royal and Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation leading the way.
Sony has released their Q1 2012 earnings report this morning revealing PS Vita and PSP sales for the period April 1st, 2012 to June 30th, 2012. According to the report, Sony has sold a combined total of 1.4 million handhelds, but did not disclose the actual number of PS Vita units sold.