PocketStation announcement coming November 5
posted on 11.01.13 at 01:15 AM EDT by (@salromano)
You know, that Memory Card peripheral that came out in 1999.

Sony Computer Entertainment Japan will make an important announcement regarding PocketStation, the original PlayStation’s Japan-only Memory Card peripheral, on November 5, the company announced.

A website and teaser video went live alongside the announcement. The website features the text “gokuhi” in the URL, which means “strict secrecy.”

The “Mystery Truck Chase” video shows a news crew who heard rumors about “some new kind of product.” During an interview, a suspicious transporation truck with Toro in the driver’s seat passes by, and is headed towards Sony Computer Entertainment in Shinagawa. The crew chases down the truck and stakeout Toro, only to be greeted by a sign teasing the November 5 announcement.

Watch the video below.

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  • Invisbin


  • Zackasaur


  • Sevyne


  • MrFinalgamer

    so…this was unexpected.

    • Zackasaur

      You ruined it!

      • MrFinalgamer

        i thought about putting something like “whut” but…so much for that

        • Zackasaur


        • Invisbin

          Should’ve totally did it

  • Audie Bakerson

    Wonder if… whatever it is, will come to the west. While the Pocketstation did decently in Japan, it’s really obscure in the west.

    • bloodiOS

      Obscure? Was it even in the West at all?!

      • Audie Bakerson

        No, that’s why it’s obscure (apparently a handful of games kept their pocketstation stuff for people who imported one, but most games dropped the functionality entirely)

        • bloodiOS

          What’s it like?

          • MrFinalgamer

            apparently from what i can gather from google images, it’s like the VMU from the dreamcast


            • http://www.santashi.com/ Santashi

              Oh, cool. I really liked the VMU but hadn’t realised there was a Sony equivalent at all. Whups.

        • Sevyne

          I know Final Fantasy VIII still had it’s pocketstation stuff in the game. Chocobo World it was called I think?

        • Budgiecat

          I had one

          Used it for FF VIII and Street Fighter Alpha 3

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  • Vyse Legendaire

    Easily the best gaming news all year.

  • shogunknight

    ……….Im sorry what?

    • EX+

      I read that imagining it was being said by Howard Wolowitz.

    • jujubee88

      “You know, that Memory Card peripheral that came out in 1999.”

  • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

    Could they be making a new version? The Pocketstation 2? Hmmmm…. Could this be the “secret” thing that plugs into the EXT port on the DS4?

    • Gigus

      I’m curious to find out if they’ll make it work with the vita as an app rather than buying another device if its possible.

    • Hidayat246


      • http://twitter.com/kazumalynx Zero

        DualShock 4.

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    • EvE

      iv’e always wondered…does a pocketstation work on final fantasy 8 (NA/EU version)? or ridge racer type 4?

  • Blackikun

    i have still a working pocket station here for the Pocket Digimon World games. It would be nice for a version 2

    • Zackasaur

      But what would a Version 2 even do in a world where Vitas and smartphones can interact with our games?

      I’m super curious about what this is.

      • HeatPhoenix

        Maybe it’s an android app.

        • Gariya

          The fact that it shows a truck carrying something makes me believe it’s a hardware, not something digital like an app.

          • Elvick

            Eh, it could just be symbolic.

  • pedrami91

    What if….

    What if this announcement is indeed a new PocketStation……..but for the PS4 ?

    What if this PocketStation is the only way to save your game on the PS4 ?

  • Elvick

    Whatever it is, it better come to the west this time!

    As a kid I was confused as to why I couldn’t do the stuff on FFVIII. xP

  • rockman29

    FINALLY! Now I can really get all those secret items in Final Fantasy VIII XD

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  • EX+

    Dafuq did I just watch?
    At the end was the guy like: ‘The hell do we do till the 5th?’

  • Alkhan

    Perhaps it’ll be a Vita App with some sort of PS3/PS4 functionality?

  • http://twitter.com/RaiuLyn Raiu

    I remember owning one of those for my PS1 back in the day… I still remember fondly how Digimon World turn the thing into a tamagotchi. Or at least, I think it was Digimon…

    I love how the video trolled in the end…

  • http://gematsu.com/ Sal Romano

    I have one of these, but I never used it: http://i.imgur.com/TNlOOhh.jpg

    • http://www.di.fm Spicy Chicken

      Nice, I have 2, one white and one crystal (see-through). Weirdly enough I’ve been using the white one as a pocket watch for a while now (my usual watch’s battery is dead, finally sent it off to be replaced last week). Ironically, they burn through batteries like a mofo!!!! Pretty neat though. Needless to say I’m very intrigued by this announcement!!! ^_^

      Also, the Crash Bandicoot games on there are actually pretty fun as a distraction on train rides full of miserable people. :P

  • TheExile285

    I hope its not some new gadget. Maybe a Vita app?

  • Hidayat246

    i can see Uncharted come to pocketstation LOL