This years Gamescom in Cologne once again marked itself as one of the biggest events in the gaming calendar. If you happened to miss all the action then here’s an overview of what was brought to the table by Sony.
Naturally Sony focused a lot on their upcoming portable powerhouse, PlayStation Vita. They showed off new social functions such as Facebook, Skype, Twitter and Foursquare as well as their own features such as Near and Party. Near allows players to see what friends, or indeed strangers, in the local vicinity have been or are currently playing while the latter is Vita’s equivalent of Xbox Live Party chat allowing for text or voice chat between players regardless of whether they are playing the same game or not.
Despite hype that’s being built up for Sony’s new portable offering, they surprised a lot of people by announcing yet another version of their current PlayStation Portable hardware. The new edition, known as the PSP E-1000 , is to be released as a budget purchase set to retail at €99 (roughly £85 as a direct conversion).
It does however changes a number of things to cut the price, mainly by removing the Wi-Fi funtionality, as well as changing the finish to a matt feel and adding a touch strip to replace a number of the buttons. Players need not worry too much though as they can still play games sold on UMD discs and download games via Sony’s Media Go software on the PC or by connecting it to the PS3. A number of games such as Invisimals: The Lost Tribe, EyePet Adventures and FIFA 12 will also be released as PSP Essentials priced at only €9.99.
Further announcements on the subject of price cutting were the reduction of price on the PlayStation 3 itself. These took effect from immediate effect and have seen Game, Amazon and Gamestation reduce the 160Gb model to around £190 and the 320Gb model to roughly £240.
All in all quite a packed Gamescom for Sony. There are also a whole host of trailers ready to be downloaded from the PlayStation Store so why not head on over there and see what catches your eye.