Gamescom was not only a big conference for the gaming industry with attendance exceeding 275,000, but it was also a big conference for Sony as the sole console-maker who made a significant appearance. Sony took the opportunity to announce a wide range of initiatives that could shake up the market in their favor, so many that we felt a wrap-up was necessary. For further on any of these stories, follow up at the source links to the ever-informative PlayStation Blog for more.
- Cross Buy for PS3 and PSV announced – Perhaps the biggest news from Sony, they’ll soon be releasing titles that allow you to buy once and get the game on both of their platforms. The program will kick off with Sony first-party titles for all the likely reasons you could expect. Some news is hitting that suggests the deals will be limited by territory, but a US PlayStation Blog announcement of Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time being available in the Cross Buy program suggests it will be coming to the United States in some fashion.
- PlayStation Plus headed to Vita – Sony is being a little ambigious about this one, but Plus is going to grace the Vita. It’s not clear whether or not this means Vita owners will get the full gamut of PS3 Plus features like free games, discounts, themes/avatars, etc, but it’s sure to have some subset of them. Additionally, Plus is also getting a cloud storage upgrade to 1GB from 150MB, meaning you won’t run out of storage for your game saves any time soon.
- Sports Champions 2 coming October 30 – Apparently the PlayStation Move isn’t dead, as Senior Producer Jeremy Ray has announced an October 30 release date for the sequel Wii Sports-esque Sports Champions.
- Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater HD hits PSN August 28th – After a short window of exclusivity on the Xbox 360, Robomodo can finally announce that THPSHD will be heading to the PlayStation 3 in just a short week and a half. From the sound of the announcement, the game won’t differ from the first release