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PlayStation Vita Gives Birth to Cross Platform Online and Universal Ownership

One of the PlayStation Vita’s strengths, which sets it apart from other handhelds, is its intimate bond to the PlayStation 3. PlayStation Vita gamers will be able to go face to face online with PlayStation 3 gamers over the PSN with Cross Platform Play.

Cross Platform DLC ownership is one of the other many fruits that Vita aims to deliver to loyal PSN gamers. Marvel VS Capcom 3 for PlayStation Vita will be among the games to sport the feature. If you buy the MvC3 DLC for your PS3 you get it for your PSV, no extra charge (and the opposite is true). Some DLC games will give you dual ownership as well, allowing you to avoid buying entire games twice in some cases.

Other early adopters of the feature include MotorStorm RC, Hustle Kings, Top Darts, WipEout HD, and HD Fury DLC for WipEout 2048 which are all Cross Platform Ownership enabled. Could this be a sign that digital distribution has its benefits after all?

The PlayStation Vita officially launches in the USA February 22, 2012 and is the first handheld to feature dual analog thumb-sticks, 3G/Wifi, and console quality graphics. If you’re too impatient to wait you can pick up the PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle.


DICE Unsure of How They Can Fix Battlefield 3 Bugs

MP1st reports the further commenting of DICE on Battlefield 3 bugs existent on the console version of the game, particularly the PlayStation 3. Apparently the Input Lag of controls to action and the lack of a centralized VoIP have been recognized as issues of the game that need to be worked on. According to the article published by MP1st DICE is still attempting to find solutions. It also appears that Dice is unsure of the exact “root” of the problem. Check out the entire article’s quote below:

“Regarding the PlayStation 3, the two obvious issues many fans are upset about are the inpust lag and VoIP. We still have no information regarding the former but DICE has recently had this to say about the VoIP issues: ”we are investigating the root cause and possible solutions for PS3 VoIP. We ask for your patience while this is worked out.” It brings us to wonder if the input lag found in the PS3 version of BF3 will ever see a solution in the near future. DICE also assures us that they are looking into the bug of spawning without any weapons, which seems to be affecting all platforms. “This a known bug.” Other users are reporting a black screen appearing when starting up new maps from the Back to Karkand expansion pack. Again, DICE states, “yes, we are currently looking into a solution for this issue.”

Source: MP1st

Call of Duty is the Most Broken Multiplayer Out: 76 Killstreak in 60 Seconds Video

FPSWin reports on an informative video surfacing from the YouTube Call of Duty community. Many hardcore gamers in the FPS genre have noticed for a long time now that the COD series is becoming, or to some extent has always been, a truly watered down formula. The main purpose of this video, which was created by iFen0m, is to show the broken down map design found in the latest COD game, Modern Warfare 3. Check out the video for yourself. Be on the lookout for more from our own RealGamerNewz archives soon!

via FPSWin

Microsoft Buys Video Search Company for Upcoming Xbox 360 On-Demand Video Service

Like how your cable box glitches and struggles to change channels without latency? Oh. Well Microsoft doesn’t either apparently. They are working with integration on their newly purchased company VideoSurf (rumored to have cost them $100 million) to enable a Bing video search to work over their newly announced Internet Protocol Television solution. To translate that into english: your Xbox 360 can become your cable box with this new service, hypothetically.

GamaSutra also identifies a number of “40 major entertainment partners, including Comcast, Verizon, HBO, Syfy and Bravo.”

We will find out when Microsoft brings out their next dashboard update and entertainment service upgrades what this is really going to be like. For now we wait and watch Netflix teetering on a crash and burn if Microsoft can knock this out of the park for Xbox Live.

It was only a matter of time for some one to approach the cable companies for programming in a streaming, on-demand fashion, but will it be enough to compete with the industry-leading Blu-Ray standard and the PlayStation Store’s superior number of major hollywood film publishers?

via GamaSutra

Which console really has the most exclusives in 2011?

Every year holiday shopping takes place. New users flood into the gaming industry and holiday shoppers may or may not know the current state of the game industry. One of the many factors going through a buyer’s mind when looking at which console to gift their loved ones is the library of exclusive titles that can only be experienced on each system. Here is a list of this year’s exclusive lineup for the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3. As for which are best and/or most fun, that is all a matter of personal opinion.

Xbox 360 Exclusives for 2011

  1. The Gunstringer – September 2011
  2. Gears of War 3 – September 2011
  3. Rise of Nightmares – September 2011
  4. PowerUp Heroes – October 2011
  5. Forza Motorsport 4 – October 2011
  6. Kinect Sports Season 2 – October 2011
  7. Dance Central 2 – October 2011
  8. Kinect Disneyland Adventures – November 2011
  9. Otomedius Excellent – November 2011
  10. Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary – November 2011
  11. Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster – TBA 2011
  12. Codename D – TBA 2011
  13. Age of Pirates: Captain Blood – TBA 2011
  14. Haunt – TBA 2011

PlayStation 3 Exclusives for 2011

  1. LittleBigPlanet 2 – January 2011
  2. Trinity: Souls of Zill O’ll – February 2011
  3. Hyperdimension Neptunia – February 2011
  4. Killzone 3 – February 2011
  5. MLB 11: The Show – March 2011
  6. Yakuza 4 – March 2011
  7. Ar tonelico Qoga: Knell of Ar Ciel – March 2011
  8. The Tomb Raider Trilogy – March 2011
  9. PlayStation Move Heroes – March 2011
  10. Socom 4: U.S. Navy Seals – April 2011
  11. Prince of Persia Trilogy – April 2011
  12. MotorStorm Apocalypse – May 2011
  13. Infamous 2 – June 2011
  14. Bleach: Soul Resurreccion – August 2011
  15. No More Heroes: Heroes’ Paradise – August 2011
  16. Atelier Totori: The Adventurer of Arland – September 2011
  17. Resistance 3 – September 2011
  18. Disgaea 4: A Promise Forgotten – September 2011
  19. God of War: Origins Collection – September 2011
  20. Ico & Shadow of the Colossus Collection – September 2011
  21. White Knight Chronicles II – September 2011
  22. Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Classic Trilogy HD – September 2011
  23. Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One – October 2011
  24. Everybody Dance – October 2011
  25. Carnival Island – October 2011
  26. Medieval Moves: Deadmund’s Quest – October 2011
  27. Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception – November 2011
  28. Tekken Hybrid – November 2011

This list is based on confirmed release dates only at the time of this writing. To be announced titles that have not received the “2011” official statement have not been included. Many titles have been delayed to 2011 and will not be featured on this list since this list concerns itself only with the year of 2011.

Downloadable-only games have not been included. Release dates may be subject to change. “Console exclusives” that can be purchased on PC or are ported from Mobile platforms are not included for consideration on this list as they are not truly exclusive since they can be purchased on another platform.

If any truly exclusive titles (not found on ANY other platform) are missing, leave a comment, but don’t expect it to get added to the list unless it is completely legit with a “2011” official statement, retailer placeholder dates and assumptions do not count. All rules for this list apply to each console.

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