Speculation has been running wild lately about a successor to Sony’s portable gaming platform, and today many of the rumors were laid to rest. Unfortunately, a few more questions were raised.
While not officially calling it ‘PSP 2’, the NGP or Next Generation Portable, was trotted out on a Tokyo stage with an army of developers and publishers backing it up.
Past the break, we’ll share the details as we know them.
Over the last month we’ve spent a lot of time catching up on titles we missed, taking notes, and debating the virtues of our favorite titles.
It all culminates in our annual list of worthy titles.
Another trailer from E3 here, check out what Kratos has gotten him self into this time.
Sony has announced via their official blog a new entry in the God of War series, this time returning to the Playstation Portable.
Chains of Olympus is perhaps the best game on the PSP, and is arguably the best in the series on any platform (okay, I liked it the best).
While the first portable GoW was nothing to scoff, Ready At Dawn and Santa Monica Studios (the teams behind Chains of Olympus) are making some bold claims:
“…we are pushing the limits of what PSP can do with state-of-the-art visual technologies, higher resolution environments, and greater depths of scale. We’re also providing over 25% more gameplay, an improved weapon system, and new magical powers — all enjoyed anytime, anywhere.”
According to Sony PR, Ghost of Sparta will take place immediately after the events of God of War I, detailing the trails of Kratos as he ascends to godhood.
While no release date was given, the title will be playable at E3 this year, and Sony expects to unleash Kratos before the end of the year.
If you haven’t played the first PSP title (and you should) you can get it here: God of War Chains of Olympus
The V-Screen is a hybrid carrying case and visual enhancement. There are opening for all the input areas like headphones and power ports. Unfortunately, you will have to pull the system out to do anything with the memory card and to swap out UMDs.
This peripheral is made for older models of PSP (1000, 2000, and 3000) so unless you have a Go!, it will work great. The V-Screen includes a screen cleaning cloth and a foam insert that fills the extra space if you’re using a Slim model.
Some of the corners can jab you a little, but I didn’t notice anything that was causing problems playing games. Another annoyance is the size. The V-Screen adds some bulk to your portable gaming system. If you didn’t like ‘The Duke’ controller from the original Xbox, then you might not like this.
The visual enhancement/3D maker is awesome, and makes it all worth it. Many times when I have used a magnifier, it blows out the picture and causes issues with the visual quality. The V-Screen does not do that. The picture stays clear and smoothly scales your viewing area. The 3D aspect is very cool, but you do have to hold it a little closer to your face to see the whole screen. Rock Band Unplugged in 3D was awesome, but a little hard to play the fast paced button masher in the case because it moved around a bit.
If you are looking for visual enhancement, I would say this is what you want to go with. You get a case, and it makes the PSP 3D. How can you go wrong?
Finally the day has arrived that you have been waiting for.
Gela Skins have just launched custom skins for:
- 24 phones
- 8 iPods
- 12 laptops
- 2 others (Kindles)
- 8 Gaming (Guitar Hero guitar, Rock Band guitar)
We haven’t got our hands on them yet, but I can assure you we will. Who doesn’t want their favorite NASCAR driver or their favorite podcast/video game reviewers on their iPod?
The process is simple, pick your product, upload the picture, arrange it on the template, preview, and buy. Head over to GelaSkins if you want to take a look.