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Sony has announced that their Vita set-top box, the PlayStation TV, will be released on October 14. The mini-console will be available by itself (for $99.99) and as a special bundle that includes a DualShock 3 controller, an 8GB Memory Card, and a copy of The Lego Movie ($139.99). And if you’re a regular Walmart shopper, you might like to know that the retailer will be carrying a special edition of the PlayStation TV bundle that also includes a copy of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time.
According to Sony, the PlayStation TV includes the ability to play more than 700 games from a wide variety of PlayStation consoles. In addition to the vast majority of Vita games (which can be downloaded from the PlayStation Store or inserted into the Vita game slot), the mini-console can also play downloaded PSone and PSP Classics as well as PS3 games through the PlayStation Now streaming service. And just like a Vita, the PlayStation TV also supports PS4 Remote Play.
The complete list of every PlayStation TV-compatible title can be found at PlayStation.com.
You’re not scared of this week’s PlayStation Store update are you? Maybe you should be as EA has added Dead Space 3 to the PS3 Full Games section.
If battling Necromorphs on an ice planet isn’t your thing, there’s always the cartoony capers of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and Bentley’s Hackpack. The fourth Sly Cooper game is available for the PS3 and Vita in a Cross-Buy “buy one, get both” edition and as a cheaper Vita-only release. Bentley’s Hackpack is a bite-sized collection of hacking minigames that is also a part of the Cross-Buy promotion.
Also available this week is Namco Bandai’s brawler Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 and a downloadable version of Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed.
This week’s biggest new release is the return of Isaac Clarke in Dead Space 3. Everyone’s favorite alien-hunting engineer (wait, was Ripley an engineer?) has help this time in the form of the appropriately named John Carver. Go grab a buddy for co-op and check out Dead Space 3 this week on the PC, PS3, or Xbox 360.
Also available this week is Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time returns in a new adventure available simultaneously for the PS3 and Vita. But remember, if you buy the PS3 version, you’ll get the Vita version for free as part of Sony’s Cross-Buy promotion.
Namco Bandai will be bringing Fist of the North Star: Ken’s Rage 2 to the PS3, Wii U, and Xbox 360 this week in a unique way. The Xbox 360 version will be available on store shelves as a disc-based game while the PS3 and Wii U versions will be released exclusively as digital downloads.
And speaking of digital downloads, you can obtain the 3DS strategy game Fire Emblem: Awakening on Monday as a download from the 3DS eShop or in stores.
Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time was pushed into 2013 a few weeks back, but now that vague release date has been replaced by a more specific one, specifically February 5, 2013. The PlayStation 3 and Vita game will be available in stores and available to download from the PlayStation Network on the same day.
And don’t forget, if you purchase the PS3 version of Thieves In Time, you’ll receive a voucher for a free download of the Vita version.
Earlier this month, Sony released Sound Shapes on the PlayStation Network as a special PS3/Vita bundle. During their Gamescom presentation in Cologne, Germany this week, the publisher revealed that they’ll be expanding the program to retail releases this Fall.
This new bundling scheme will be known as the “Cross Buy” program, and starting this Fall, any gamer who purchases a “Cross Buy” PS3 title at retail will receive a voucher for a free downloadable copy of the Vita version. The first wave of “Cross Buy” titles will include PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale (due out November 20), Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault (due out sometime this Fall and known as Ratchet & Clank: Q-Force in Europe), and Sly Cooper: Thieves In Time (due out in 2013).
While the “Cross Buy” program is currently limited to Sony-published titles, the company is actively courting third party publishers to commit to it as well.
“We’ll obviously encourage third-parties to adopt it but ultimately whether or not a game includes Cross Buy is a publishing decision and it will be at the third parties’ discretion whether or not they want to go down that route,” said Jim Ryan, President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.
Sony has announced that The Ratchet & Clank Collection, which contains the first three games in the series remade in glorious high definition, will be released on August 28. All three games will also be available on August 28 through the PlayStation Store as individual downloads.
But you’re going to want to purchase the complete Collection, as Sony will include a demo of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time with the compilation. The demo will eventually be available to download from the PlayStation Store, but the only way to play it first is with The Ratchet & Clank Collection.
The Ratchet & Clank Collection will be available in stores and on the PSN for $29.99. The individual game downloads will likely be priced at $9.99 apiece.
It looks like Sly Cooper will be stealing time on the Vita, as well as the PS3, this Fall in Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time . Sony confirmed that developer Sanzaru Games will bring the raccoon-burglar to their handheld yesterday, along with announcing that franchise favorite Carmelita will return as a playable character.
The Vita version will include rear and front touchscreen controls as well as motion control options. Best of all, both the PS3 and Vita versions will include cross-save functionality, meaning you can transfer your home save to your Vita and play on the road (and vice versa) in the same game.
The feature was cool yesterday when Konami announced it for the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and it’s cool today.
You can see more of Carmelita in action at the PlayStation Blog.