Posts Tagged "PSP"

Handheld Gaming is Over: We Think Not

Handheld Gaming is Over: We Think Not

Last week, Midori Yuasa, the President of Capcom Interactive, declared that handheld gaming is over. Long live mobile games. “The casual gamer that used to play on the PC,” Yuasa told MCV in an interview, “and the hardcore gamer that used to play on a dedicated gaming portable now plays on their smartphone.” She also said that Capcom will be upping its support for the iPhone tremendously in 2011. Capcom Interactive develops and distributes...

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PSP2: Sony’s Big Announcement?

PSP2: Sony’s Big Announcement?

Nintendo lorded over the first half of January with all kinds of Nintendo 3DS news. Now Sony’s stepping up to claim the end of the month. On January 27, the company will make some announcements of its own, presumably to confirm the existence of its successor to the PlayStation Portable: The aptly-named PSP2. If so, despite Nintendo’s earlier announcements, people are going to have a hard time ignoring the PSP2. The original PSP didn’t set the...

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How to Fix the Japanese Games Industry

How to Fix the Japanese Games Industry

Games writers often wring their hands over the seemingly sickly state of the Japanese industry. We have good reason to do so: Japan was once a mentor that developers around the world looked up to, and now it limps alongside Western development. Japanese console sales are stagnating, the Xbox 360’s attempt to gain any semblance of recognition in the market has been troubled to say the least, and game sales are down overall. The picture looks bleak, but what...

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The Future of Apple’s App Store

The Future of Apple’s App Store

Video game history is dotted with examples of instances where a system, company, or game seemingly became a force overnight. But to date, there hasn’t been a game-changer quite like Apple’s App Store. Two years ago, the iOS’s digital distribution service was a curious distraction for techies with an affinity for cutting edge toys. Now, it’s in the vernacular of the entire developed world. Need to look up directions, figure out a tip, or hurl...

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Sony’s Vs. Apple: The PSP2′s Secret Weapon

Sony’s Vs. Apple: The PSP2′s Secret Weapon

As handheld gaming enters a new generation, both Sony and Nintendo are cooking up ways to best Apple and the iPhone’s skyrocketing popularity. Towards the end of December, Sony Computer Entertainment’s Kaz Hirai told the New York Times that Sony will strike the iPhone and iPod Touch by developing the PSP 2 with abundant control options, including a touch screen and a d-pad. “Depending on the game, there are ones where you can play perfectly well...

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