Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep Styled PSP in Japan

Kingdom Hearts PSP-3000
Kingdom Hearts PSP-3000
In Japan, Sony has announced the release of an upcoming custom PSP. A silver PSP-3000 styled to respresent Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep.

This custom PlayStation Portable will be going on sale January 9th, 2010, and will also include Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep along with it. It will be going at a price of ¥22,000 in Japan, which equates to about $245 over here in America. But for those of you who are hoping for Sony to bring this bundle over here to America, sorry but it is highly unlikely for that to happen. Simply because the release date is not even announced for this region yet, and because Japan seems to keep its custom consoles to itself.

This is certainly great news for our fans across the world who are fans of this insanely popular franchise, behind the mastermind Tetsuya Nomura. For those of you unfamiliar with the franchise, it is a game of an interesting story line in which you combat the forces of darkness which tends to make use of the evil heartless. This time around, you get to take the role of a variety of different characters as you take a look into the past to find out about the big keyblade war. More importantly, this game can be seen as one of the first more sophisticated, or at least ambitious, games to enter the Kingdom Hearts franchise since Kingdom Hearts 2. So this Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep PSP bundle pack is a great incentive for users both old and new to get into the franchise.

PSPGo UMD Conversion Plans Canceled

PSPgo
PSPgo

Sony has recently announced that the plans for allowing UMD conversion for the PSPGo has been canceled. What were they thinking when they came to this decision?

Basically, for those of you who do not understand, for those of you who already own a PSP and were hoping to be able to upgrade and transition to the PSPGo now will not be able to bring your already owned games over to the PSPGo. Instead, you will either have to make due without them or you will simply have to purchase them over again.

Earlier, Sony spoke about hoping to start a program in which umd’s could be converted for the PSPGo. But that will not happen now. The PSPGo makes use of a exclusively digitally driven style. It has no umd drive, and instead depends solely on an internet connection for you to be able to purchase your games digitally, most likely as a way to prevent piracy. At this years E3, they still expressed interest over this matter, though it seems that they will not be able to come to any conclusions. They do not have any solid plans in place as of this moment.

This is a very serious feature that is missing from the PSPGo. More serious than you may know, because this may alienate gamers who wanted this new system with the hopes of upgrading and maintaining their prior library. But now, you will simply have a new system that is fully dependent on digital downloading, and no way of enjoying your previous library. PSPGo is receiving so little support that some retailers are even refusing to place it in stock, due to how low it is expected to sell, especially with its hefty price tag. If you were consider buying a PSPGo, I strongly recommend against it, it is not worth it.

British Retailers doubtful of the PSPgo

PSPgo
PSPgo

The PSPgo is a sleek, new, version of the PSP that has just been released. The design has caught many’s eyes, and also turned many off. It has been said to have a pricetag of $249. Two British retailers are debating on whether or not they should put it in stock.

One retailer, says that they don’t see the logic in stocking it. They don’t have a large enough user response. If people already aren’t buying regular PSP’s at it’s cheap price, what would justify them stocking an even more expensive, unhackable, PSP model?

Another retailer said that they only sell about 5 PSP’s a week, across 21 stores. With the increased price, he doubts the PSPgo’s success. The PSP is struggling in their stores already, and it’s games aren’t being bought that often. Yeah, these are small stores, and not the big time stores like GameStop or Toysrus, but it’s interesting none-the-less to hear how the PSP is doing in stores. It actually makes sense that the PSPgo’s sales is gonna be trash. Everyone I know, pretty much, buys their PSP to hack it. PSPgo is going by the digital downloads way of getting games, I believe? So that takes away any chance at hacking it. So I doubt many are going to be flocking to buy this PSP model anyway.

Grand Theft Auto: ChinaTown Wars headed for the PSP

Grand Theft Auto: ChinaTown Wars
Grand Theft Auto: ChinaTown Wars

Grand Theft Auto: ChinaTown Wars, arguably one of the best DS games, is now coming to the Playstation Portable as announced by Take-Two interactive. Not only that, but it’ll be downloadable for the PspGo as well.

The Founder of Rockstar Games, Sam Houser, said that they are glad to bring the hit GTA game over to the PSP and PSPGo. The PSP is a better host for Grand Theft Auto games of such magnitude, I think anyway. The Grand Theft Auto:ChinaTown Wars for the DS only sold 89,000 copies in it’s first month. For a game apart of such a popular franchise, it should have sold that many in, at most, a week. Some people began to wonder if the DS was the right choice to put such a mature game onto.

Some even suggest Piracy had something to do with the poor sales, which is understandable I guess. Many people have their R4’s ready to download any games that come out. However, those who will get the PSPGo, will not be able to hack in any way. The age of hacking possibly comes to an end with the age of digital distribution.  In any case, when Grand Theft Auto: ChinaTown Wars comes over to the PSP, sales will be able to be compared then.

Jack Tretton, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, says that GTA games are an important part of Playstation Platforms success. And welcomes it as an epic addition to their line-up of games. This game will be available as both UMD and Digital Download.

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite Upcoming Demo

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite
Monster Hunter Freedom Unite

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is being released in the United States this upcoming June. Capcom is releasing a demo to give any potential gamers a taste at what’s to come.

The Monster Hunter Freedom Unite demo will be arriving in the Playstation Store in the beginning of June. The demo has a co-op option, you can do missions with an A.I partner or do it with a friend. The characters in the demo will be high levels already, and will be skilled with each of the major weapons. So players can instantly jump into the fight with monsters with no hesitation. Seems like Capcom is trying hard to recruit new players to the Monster Hunter franchise. I’ve played one of the games,