PSP “Big Boss” Pack for MGS: Peace Walker

Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker

A couple of weeks ago we commented on the Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker Camo PSP pack. However, Sony’s love for money doesn’t end there! Also, launching on June 8th with the MGS: Peace Walker PSP pack is the limited edition “Big Boss” pack.  The pack comes with the Camouflage PSP 3000 system, MGS: Peace Walker game, a voucher for DLC content for the title,  4gb memory stick & a carrying case.  Unfortunately, the pack is exclusive to Gametop.

On a related note, in a former life I worked at a chain game retailer toiling away for minimum wage but one thing I was able to catch a glimpse at was the invoice for console & handheld systems.  The retailers only make roughly 25 cents USD on these so packs are a way to squeeze out an extra $10 or so.  Maybe this is Sony throwing retailers a bone? Yaknow?

According to the official Playstation 3 / Sony Blog:

“METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER is amongst the first of several premiere PSP titles from both first and third-party publishers coming in 2010. Don’t forget — make sure you mark your calendars for June 8, when the stand alone METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER game on UMD, METAL GEAR SOLID: PEACE WALKER PSP Entertainment Pack and “Big Boss” Pack will each be available.”

If you’re optimistic I suppose that means we will see a warload of sequels to other beloved game franchises this year.

What are your thoughts?

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Limited Edition Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker for PSP

Metal Gear Solid Peace Walker PSP

Sony announced the limited edition Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker game for the PSP.  The game is packed with the Sony PSP & the PSP-3000 system along with a Playstation Network movie download voucher plus a 2gb memory stick.  The going price is a hefty $199.99 but given the items in the pack it seems to be a fair price.

The new pack will be available on June 8th, 2010 & includes plenty of additional content that supposedly will be a new paradigm in the evolution of the PSP. The new PSP-3000 system will feature a new spirited green color which will be a first for American PSP market.

According to the vice president of SCEA, Scott Steinberg “Konami’s METAL GEAR SOLID franchise commands a massive fan base and we saw an amazing opportunity to create synergy with the METAL GEAR SOLID franchise and bring a console-quality gaming experience to the PSP system.” he went on to say that “Kojima Productions is renowned for its ability to create incredible original storyline and intense gameplay experiences; that is no different with Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker.”

If you’re a fan of the Metal Gear series or you simply want a camouflaged PSP you will have your chance on June 8th… look out it’s invisible! Nevermind.

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Happy Birthday Sony PSP! How Does it Feel to be 5?

PSP

Fanboys Rejoice! The Sony PSP is now the age of a child in 1st grade! It hasn’t been a smooth ride for the device but it has managed to be the only handheld system to give Nintendo’s portable juggernaut a healthy battle.

After 5 years here is the current configuration & stats for the beloved handheld:

Network

  • Local (ad hoc) plus an online infrastructure through wi-fi connectivity that offers multiplayer competition via many games in the vast PSP library

Parental Controls

  • Parental controls including password protected internet browsing, capability to block specific online content & safeguards against malicious sites

Customization

  • With the latest version of the PSP you can use wallpapers, enable custom themes or create your own

Multimedia

  • Lastly & one of the coolest aspects is the ability to stream audio, store & play music & view your photos on the go & watch movies.

Unfortunately, slow load times & a very controversial media type in addition to the adoption of the overly expensive Sony MemoryStick has hampered the success of the Playstation portable. The good news is PSP has stood the test of time. With that said, barring anymore unfortunate failures like the PSP Go I see no reason why Sony’s entry into the portable gaming market can’t continue to keep Nintendo Corporate awake at night.

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PSP Go is a failure… Surprised?

In a move to help the Playstation Portable ship an additional million units for the year & to push their digital download sales into the portable gaming market Sony released its new media device dubbed the PSP Go.  The PSP Go is the first major update of the original PSP with a smaller & lighter design and several changes to its look & feel including the absense of a UMD slot.

However, since its launch the Sony PSP has been under much scrutiny with a poor game lineup & an equally lackluster battery life.  Now to add to Sony’s woes the PSP Go appears to be heading for the long list of failures.

This should “Go”…sorry… without saying but the Nintendo DS & the DSi are still trumping the PSP Go with even the Apple iPod Touch taking a piece of the pie.

The PSP Go has other problems as well with a steep $245 price tag compared to the $170 it would cost to get your hands on the existing PSP & isn’t substantially less than the Playstation 3 console at $299.

In a strange disclosure Sony officials have admitted that the PSP Go has been an epic failure when it comes to sales. Why? They believe it is too confusing for most consumers due to the lack of a UMD drive which ultimately resulted in fans of the media staying clear of the new PSP device.

According to Media Create using retail sales the PSP Go the new device has sold a total of 23,455 units in Japan versus an average weekly sales of 70,342 units for the original PSP.

In this writers opinion it seems safe to say the PSP Go is on its way out.  What do you think?

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