The PlayStation Recap — Vita Road Trip Edition

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Much like Jeff and Rey, I’ll be racking up some some serious frequent flier miles this week. I’ll be heading to the US East Coast to help launch our PS Vita Social Clubs in New York City (on 1/17) and Boston (1/18). If you’re in the area, stop by to check out a wide array of PS Vita games, eat free food, and get a shot at winning PlayStation gear. If you want to go, be sure to RSVP…and arrive early!

In other news this week: Novus Prime: Vindication came to PlayStation Home, San Diego Studios detailed ModNation Racers: Road Trip’s new career mode, Netflix was confirmed for PS Vita, new Qore host Jesse Blaze Snider talked Twisted Metal, The Tester announced its Season 3 guest panelists (Nolan North!), Namco Bandai Games revealed the Prologue trailer for PS Vita launch title Touch My Katamari, Seed Studios released a sizeable free upgrade for PSN strategy game Under Siege, XSEED showed off PS Vita platformer Sumioni: Demon Arts, and PS Vita shooter Unit 13 confirmed a March 6th release date.

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Most-Watched Video of the Week: PS Vita: Pocket Soccer (Augmented Reality)

The 10 Most-Viewed Posts of the Week

  • PlayStation Store Update — Final Fantasy Origins, Choplifter HD, college sports apps from SEC Network and XOS Sports, Crazy Machines Elements, and two new PS3 games round out this week’s offerings.
  • Watch the Sony CES 2012 Press Conference Right Here — You can still watch the full archive of Sony’s CES 2012 keynote here, which featured Sir Howard Stringer, Kaz Hirai, Will Smith, and a blizzard of cool new gadgets, phones, and network services.
  • PlayStation and Taco Bell Give You a Chance to Win PS Vita Before it’s Available in Stores — Three ways to win PS Vita before launch, with an average of one PS Vita being given out every fifteen minutes from 1/26 through 3/11.
  • Call to Arms! Starhawk Public Beta Begins Tuesday, January 17th — The enhanced Starhawk Public Beta goes live for PS Plus this Tuesday; read the post for the full beta rollout schedule, including dates for UNCHARTED 3 owners.
  • New Gran Turismo 5 DLC This Tuesday: Car Pack 3, Speed Test Course — New cars include the Lamborghini Aventador, Jaguar XJR-9 LM racecar, Aston Martin V12 Vantage, the 66′ Volkswagen 1200, Mini Cooper S Countryman…and the new Nissan Leaf, presumably for color.
  • 11 New Games Come to PlayStation Home This Wednesday — Lots to see this week, with a new Casino game space, Indie Park, Espionage 9, Los Penguini Brothers, Savage Cosmos, Gnome Curling, Electrokid, Give or Take, Novus Prime: Vindication and …phew, I’m outta breath.
  • CES 2012: PS Vita’s Augmented Reality Transforms Your Table Into an Arena — Table Soccer is just one of the augmented-reality games you’ll be able to play for free if you pick up a new PS Vita on February 22nd. Watch our vide demonstration from CES here!
  • Choplifter HD Hits PSN Tuesday (Zombies Included) — This gaming classic (1982!) gets an HD makeover from inXile. If you’ve tried it, drop your thoughts in the comments!
  • Join Us: Play PS Vita in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Miami, NYC Next Week — I’ll be flying to the East Coast this Monday (sorry, MLK!) in preparation for meetups on Tuesday and Wednesday in NYC and Boston. If you attend, be sure to say hi!
  • DC Universe Online Celebrates One Year Online — DCUO’s Executive Director of Development drops by to note a few key PS3 milestones for this popular free-to-play MMO.
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    • Awesome Blogcast this week, Sid and the guys. By the way Sid, last week you teased a game you’d talk about midweek. I’m assuming that never happened, or am I just blind?

      • Totally didn’t happen, because I suck. My Q&A is almost done and we’re planning to run Wednesday! Sorry about that, I’m doing a ton of travel this week and the podcast sucked up a lot of time. Glad you liked it, though! :)

    • Vita is releasing in one month! I am waiting patiently to play some ModNation Racers: Road Trip

    • Wow, there’s 450 people saying they’ll go to the NYC meet up? It is supposed to rain though, so that might lessen the crowd. Regardless, I’ll be there at 2:00. No way I’m missing out on one of those awesome shirts . . . Hope you guys bring enough Vitas!

    • Fun stuff from Sony at CES. Looking forward to seeing more from the Crystal LED BRAVIA.

      I’m Playing: UNCHARTED 3: Drake’s Deception.

      I’m Watching: Nikita season two, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

      I’m Reading: UNCHARTED: The Fourth Labyrinth by Christopher Golden.

      I’m Listening To: Official PlayStation Blogcast Episode 007: Journey to the Center of CES.

    • If I want to pick up a Vita, I’ll need to scourge up about $100 more for a game and the start up pack and $30 more for the Vita itself. Here’s hoping I can make it to the Boston meetup too.

      What I’m playing: Resistance 3, Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood and Revelations (MP), DC Universe Online.

      What I’m watching: The Secret of Kells (Amazing Movie!), Kill Katie Malone

      I’m Reading: GameInformer (Just got the latest issue!), The Bean Trees.

      I’m Listening to: I Got 99 problems but a Witch ain’t one (Youtube)

    • Such a damn same that Modnation:Road Trip won’t have online competive multiplayer!!! Thanks for killing the game, I mean who the hell makes a racing game without including online multiplayer?

      oh hello Wipeout 2048.(atleast that have online multiplayer)

    • Does the Jak and Daxter Collection have a solid release date yet? I’ve seen many retailers set the date for February 7th, but I’ve haven’t seen an official announcement. Can’t wait to play it!

    • will playstation vita’s remote play feature be updated and improved in a “NEAR” future update? because i see many ways that will be useful especially if i can play “ALL” ps3 games or at least games exclusive to ps3 like uncharted and killzone. if you know any information in that field please share because we are all anxious to see what’s upcoming for the vita!!!!
      thanks

    • man talking about bad timing i cant go to the miami event because of a medical appointment :(
      oh well,maybe some other time…

      reading:this blog
      playing: a computer game
      watching: queen’s blade season 2

    • I’m playing: Platinum-ing Sly 3, Playing LBP2, Resistance 2, and Rayman Origins
      I’m watching: Doctor Who, and Battlestar Galactica on Netflix, and Terra Nova on T.V.
      I’m reading: The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, and Kotaku
      I’m listening to: Radio Playstation . com , Media Molecule Podcast 15,

    • I will be at the Vita Social Club Meet… cant wait to try my vita before i receive mine from amazon lol

      hopefully it isnt freezing lol brrr

    • Wow, already done with Skyrim, huh, Sid?

      I guess your save game went above 8 megs and the game became unplayable on the PS3, huh?

      :D

      • Nope, never had those problems. I spent about 200+ hours and finally had enough, so I killed the main story quest and shelved the game just to make time for new games. I still poke around a little here and there, but I’m largely done with Skyrim (and kind of relieved, too).

    • Please Answer my questions :) is there an age limit for meet ups? Minors allowed? Also where exactly is the Miami event being held address was sort of vague, thanks so much concerned about those two things really hoping you can provide some help

    • Playing: Nothing
      Watching: Nothing
      Listening: Nothing

      Suffering from:
      Stupid midterms,Gaming and anime withdrawal.

    • Hi Sid! I know you guys do a lot of meet ups and other things/promotions along the west coast, but I don’t think anything has been done yet in OREGON. Maybe you could put bug in the ear of the powers that be. Portland would be the obvious choice, that’s still a long drive north of here but doable , the only other choices I think would be Salem or Eugene but they don’t even compare in size or amount of people as Portland. Just thought I wanted to put out there.

      I’m playing: WARHAMMER 40,000 SQUAD COMMAND (PSP) and GO! SUDOKU (PSP)

      I’m watching: Nothing, My TV broke. Also means no PS3 for me.

      I’m reading: THE PARADISE WAR by Stephen Lawhead and PlayStation The Official Magazine, February issue.

      I’m listening to: Local radio stations

      • Good point! We’ve done a few PAX East meetups in Seattle, but nothing in Oregon. Guess we’ll have to do something about that some day!

    • is call of duty going to be one of the games on the Vita

    • Im not buying MNR RT since it dont have multiplayer. hell mario kart 7 have multiplayer and its in a lesser console… wtf its this crap sony?

    • Just one more month for the Vita. I may pick up some games for the Vita, but what I’m actually hyped for about this thing is the ability to use Facebook and (possibly) watch videos on YouTube while I’m on vacation (to like Hawaii, Walt Disney World, or some other country), both in which I can’t do on my PSP.

    • Can we get more information about the Vita Hill Social Clubs, like phone numbers and hours of operation, please?

    • 17# Even The psp Modnation had multiplayer…

    • Hi, Sid:

      Yes, I’m still only playing/reading/watching Skyrim.

      @12, Hooligantuan: I guess I’m just lucky so far. I’m up to save files 15 meg and still playing every day. Of course I’m having some problems, but nothing game breaking yet. The worst thing is daily freezes requiring manual shut down and reboot, sometimes twice so I have to change my travel path/location when it freezes twice in the same “location”, but I’m only getting occasional lag, one broken minor quest that I know of, and still steadily winning tophies. Oh, and I’m still on the same original character that I created 11/11/11 so I’m not one of those poor schmoes who had to start a new game.

    • Why doesn’t MNR on Vita have online? A little disappointed there. I don’t plan on getting a VITA anytime soon, but even still, that hurts the game to me.

      Playing: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection (Peace Walker), Batman: Arkham City, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception SP and MP, Resistance 3 MP, NFL Blitz (PS1 version!).

      Watching: Qore episode 44 on Twisted Metal!, Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (good), Parks and Rec, The Office, Syriana (Solid).

      Reading: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Uncharted: Drake’s Journal.

      Can’t wait for: Twisted Metal!!!!!!!

    • Oh and I’m going to the Atlanta meet up this week!!!!

    • if you like ultimate marvel vs capcom or the basedgod send me a friend request

    • what a list of epic games @twistedfloyd

    • Hello Sid, I have a Question. when is the (Austin or LA) PS Vita meet up dates? I know I know I’m impatient but give me something.

    • he sid, you going to be in boston?
      if so see you there..

    • Can you confirm Gravity Rush is a launch title for the U.S ?

    • well i preorderd vita today !! no new psn games for me for awhile !! lol !!!

    • looks like a lot of things to look forward to, time to mark my calendar. :)

    • I can’t wait until you guys show up in Atlanta tomorrow! I plan on being there. Is there going to be some kind of sign or something outside? When I Google the location it doesn’t say that it is in a certain building. I can’t wait to see the Vita in action!

      Thanks for making it to Atlanta! I love the blog and blogcast! I listen every week!

    • Hey Sid remember me i was the kid with max!!!!

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