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Earlier this week, Jack Tretton, the former CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, put out a statement through IGN saying the PlayStation Vita "is a great machine, it's just too late." He went on to clarify that at the time of release, no one really needed a dedicated portable gaming device. Even though Tretton is right and the Vita was and still is vastly outshone by more common mobile devices like cellphones and tablets, do you think that Sony's portable console deserves more love?

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We are currently in the throes of September this week, with only a mere two days left until the Autumnal month of October rears its leaf-ridden head. Much like every month of the year, the beginning of October means there is a brand new list of free games for PlayStation Plus members to get their hands on. Considering the limited selection of recent months, October may prove to be the most exciting month we have seen in a while.

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The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was another solid week for PlayStation 4. Sony's console dropped in sales from 96,000 to just under 50,000 (following a huge spiked caused by the new model), but it still easily took the top hardware spot. In fact, Media Create's life-to-date sales breakdown shows that PlayStation 4 has now passed Wii U for total sales in Japan. PlayStation 4 has now sold 3,267,243 units in Japan to Wii U's 3,265,329, despite the fact that Wii U had a head start of over 14 months. You can check out the full sales breakdown by clicking below.

Sony has released new gameplay for the upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita RPG, World of Final Fantasy. The game has players collecting and battling various creatures from the Final Fantasy series in gameplay similar to that of the Pokémon games. 23 minutes of footage for World of Final Fantasy has just been released, which shows off a number of different aspects of the game, including unique mechanics utilized in a boss battle. Make the jump to view the gameplay video.

Last year's PlayStation Experience was a big success, and fans expect this year to be no different. In the latest update on PlayStation Blog, Sony has announced that this year's PlayStation Experience will take place on December 3rd & 4th in Anaheim, California. Attendees will be able to get their hands on tons of PlayStation VR demos, PS4 games, developer panels, and more. The show will start at 10:00 AM on Saturday and end at 6:00 PM on Sunday with the Capcom Cup finals. Top qualifying players from the Capcom Pro Tour will duke it out for over $250,000 in prizes and the chance to be called Street Fighter V champ.

Check out their announcement video after the jump!

Dragon Quest Builders blends the block-building fun of games like Minecraft with the RPG world of Dragon Quest for a new experience that's been a big hit in Japan. Square Enix is bringing the popular game to North America on October 11th, but you don't have to wait that long to try it out for yourself. A demo for the game has just been released on the PlayStation Store for both PlayStation 4 and Vita, so you can give it a shot before opening up your wallet. Sony also released a brand new trailer for the game today, and you can check it out by clicking below!

PlayStation Portable, despite never reaching the incredible popularity of Nintendo DS, was a successful device with over 80 million units sold. Unfortunately for Sony, its successor cannot claim the same. Sony has long since stopped revealing official sales numbers for PlayStation Vita (an indication of its underwhelming figures) outside of Japan, but analyst estimates put the handheld's sales numbers at under 15 million.

Jack Tretton, former President and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, recently offered his take on the topic of Vita's poor performance. Speaking candidly with IGN, Tretton expressed his belief that Vita simply launched too late to have a chance at success. Hit the jump for his thoughts.

While delayed to the first half of 2018, likely to accommodate the several stretch goals that come with being one of the most-funded Kickstarter games of all time, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night looks to be coming along rather nicely. The anticipated successor to Castlevania also hosts quite the musical talent, including Shantae and Shovel Knight composer Jake Kaufman, Inti Creates' Ippo Yamada, and former Castlevania composer Michiru Yamane, who worked on the series' music from Symphony of the Night onward.

A new update from the Bloodstained Kickstarter teased four of the game's songs with demos backers can listen to, as well as a short commentary for each track, revealing that these four tracks are penned by Yamane herself. You can listen to them all after the jump!

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, courtesy of Media Create, and it was a good one for Sony. After PlayStation 4 sales plummeted to their lowest point ever last week, Persona 5 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2017 dominated the charts (taking the top four spots between their PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 versions) and gave Sony's console an enormous boost. After selling just 560 units last week, PlayStation 4 racked up 96,433 sales this week.

Outside of Persona 5 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, it was an underwhelming week for software. No other new titles were able to sell even 10,000 units, and BioShock: The Collection sold just 5,544 at launch. As such, many older titles (including Minecraft, Splatoon, Pokémon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire, and Animal Crossing: New Leaf) charted this week. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below!

Final Fantasy XV may be one of the most anticipated titles of the year, but before it arrives in November there will be another Final Fantasy adventure coming out. World of Final Fantasy features new characters Lann and Reynn as they explore a world inhabited by all sorts of monsters, summons, and characters from all over the main series of games. While many trailers for the game so far have given a light-hearted, humorous vibe to the game, a new video released for Tokyo Game Show instead focuses on the siblings' struggles in the world, hinting at a much deeper story than might have been expected.

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Last year's Dragon Ball Xenoverse was the biggest Dragon Ball video game adventure yet, and it's getting a sequel with double the quests. Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 launches on October 25th, and publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment showed off even more footage of the upcoming game at Tokyo Game Show this week. An extensive new trailer gives players another look at the game's combat and cutscenes, including a mixture of iconic moments from the anime and movies and original content. You can check it out by clicking below!

One of the first great Kickstarter success stories, Shovel Knight is still alive and kicking almost two years after its initial launch. Yacht Club Games' retro platformer/RPG-lite ode to the 8-bit era has stuck around in the conversation for a while, and it seems like it won't be leaving anytime soon. The studio has announced that Shovel Knight's next DLC expansion is titled Specter of Torment and will launch sometime in the spring of 2017. Though the DLC was initially supposed to arrive sometime this year, a short delay is an incidental disappointment to the polish that Yacht Club has routinely demonstrated. Specter of Torment will be free to download for Shovel Knight owners, and a third expansion is still on the way.

The weekly software and hardware sales numbers from Japan are in, and it was a historically disappointing week for the Japanese market. Yo-kai Watch 3 continued to top the software charts (despite a significant drop-off in sales compared to previous entries in the franchise), and no other games managed to sell 20,000 copies, but that wasn't the biggest disappointment.

Hardware sales dropped almost across the board (only Vita and Xbox One avoided a decline), and PlayStation 4 sold an astonishingly-low 560 units for the week. Those sales will presumably pick up in the coming weeks when the new model launches. In the meantime, analyst Daniel Ahmad of Niko Partners reports that this is the single worst week for Japanese hardware sales on record. You can check out the full breakdown by clicking below.

It's been a little less than a year since Spike Chunsoft revealed New Danganronpa V3: A New Semester's Killing Life alongside the anime that would serve as the conclusion of the original story, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak Academy, which is currently airing. Now, the developer's behind the popular murder mystery series have shown off a new trailer for New Danganronpa V3 that reveals the entire cast of characters.

Watch the trailer after the jump to take a look at the cast for yourself!

Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, a spiritual successor to Castlevania, was one of the highest-funded Kickstarter games of all time. Fans are eagerly anticipating the launch of developer Koji Igarashi's passion project, but unfortunately that wait has just been extended. In a Kickstarter update to fans, Igarashi announced that Bloodstained has been delayed to "absolutely guarantee the game is done right the first time." Igarashi is recruiting more developers to the team to ease this process, and they're now targeting a release in the first half of 2018.