Sony lays out launch lineup headed by Uncharted and Hot Shots Golf; games priced from $10 to $50, memory cards running from $20 for 4GB up to $100 for 32GB.
The PlayStation Vita is almost here, and Sony today locked down some launch details for its latest handheld, including the first wave of games and accessories.
When the PS Vita officially launches in North America February 22, it will do so with 20 retail games and another five downloadable titles available only through the PlayStation Network. Sony also outlined software support for the system's First Edition bundle, which goes on sale a week earlier, launching February 15. All five of Sony's first-party games will be on shelves early, as will a quartet of third-party releases. Beyond the launch lineup, Sony detailed another 10 titles currently set for the system's "launch window," though how far that window extends is unclear.
Spearheading the day-one releases for Sony are Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational. The electronics giant's third-party partners have also lined up a selection of big titles to arrive alongside the system, including FIFA 2012, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Rayman Origins, and Touch My Katamari. Game prices will range from $10 to $50.
Beyond the games, Sony also detailed plans for PS Vita accessories. Most notably, the company priced its lineup of PS Vita proprietary memory cards, starting with 4GB cards at $20 all the way up to 32GB cards at $100. Last month, gamers groused about high prices for the memory cards when retailer GameStop listed them for sale at prices ranging from $30 for the 4GB cards to $120 for the 32GB cards.
The PlayStation Vita is due to launch in Europe and North America on February 22, 2012, and in Australia on February 23, 2012. A Wi-Fi-only version of the Vita will cost $249, and a Wi-Fi/3G model will retail for $299. European pricing for the console will be €249 (Wi-Fi) and €299 (Wi-Fi/3G), while Japanese pricing will be ¥24,980 (Wi-Fi) and ¥29,980 (Wi-Fi/3G). In Australia, the Vita will cost A$450 for the Wi-Fi/3G model and A$350 for the Wi-Fi-only version, while in the UK the 3G version will cost £279.99, and the Wi-Fi-only version will retail for £229.99.
For more, check out GameSpot's look at the PS Vita Japanese launch lineup. A full list of the launch games and accessories follows below.
Feb. 15 Game Releases
BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend--Aksys
Escape Plan (PSN only)--Sony
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational--Sony
Hustle Kings (PSN only)--Sony
Lumines: Electronic Symphony--Ubisoft
ModNation Racers: Road Trip--Sony
Super Stardust Delta (PSN only)--Sony
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3--Capcom
Uncharted: Golden Abyss--Sony
Feb. 22 Game Releases
Army Corps of Hell--Square Enix
Ben10: Galactic Racing--D3Publisher
Dungeon Hunter Alliance--Ubisoft
Dynasty Warriors Next--Tecmo Koei
FIFA Soccer--Electronic Arts
Michael Jackson The Experience--Ubisoft
Plants vs. Zombies (PSN only)--Sony Online Entertainment
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen--Namco Bandai
Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN only)--Drinkbox Studios
Touch My Katamari--Namco Bandai
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition--Sega
Launch Window Game Releases
Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention: NIS America
Lego Harry Potter: Years 5-7--Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
MLB 12: The Show--Sony
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus--Tecmo Koei
Ridge Racer--Namco Bandai
Silent Hill Book of Memories--Konami
Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted--505 Games
Sony PS Vita Accessories (available Feb. 15 except where indicated)
4GB Memory Card--$19.99
8GB Memory Card--$29.99
16GB Memory Card--$59.99
32GB Memory Card--$99.99
Starter Kit with Memory Card--$39.99
Protective Film (two-pack)--$9.99
Portable Charger (spring 2012)--$49.99
Car Adaptor (spring 2012)--$14.99
I guess that's what happens when Sony makes it so you have to buy a specific memory card, make it cost $100 for the one you'll probably actually need. I'll prob wait a year to get this since only 3 games out of 20 interest me so far. Still, looks like it can be an awesome system depending on what games it gets, it should be an interesting holiday season of releases.
Fwiw, i've only been able to find ONE game at Amazon for the full 50 dollars - Uncharted. A few are 30, but most are 40. Sony are really shooting themselves in the foot by continually quoting this "$30 to $50" line (though this one appears to say 10 to 50), it's making their games sound more expensive than they really are. We all assume the high end of the spectrum is the "real", average price for a quality new title, when it's really 10 dollars lower (and some decent games at 30). Morons.
Oh man this will cost alot.This is what you need.300 for ps vita.100 for memory sticks.100 for games.You will need 500 dollers for all of it
I have a 3ds and I don't regret getting one at all. It's great, but I plan on getting a Vita too once I have the money or a price drops. Whichever happens 1st. I like both systems.
Last year I bough a Sony compact camera. it supports both SD cards and Sony's own brand, why can't the Vita?
$250 for the console is more believable than the price was for the 3ds. Granted, the not-so-hidden cost of the memory card remains. And potentially $50 games. Okay, nevermind.
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Damn, so much $$$ to buy this stuff. Still I will try to get my hands on one! Even if I have to steal it! Lol!
@PlatinumPaladin I said it last about 5 hours while playing games and that drains the battery allot faster then anything else so it depends on what you are doing on it that will determine how long the battery will last
@shadowhunter0 5 hours is quite a way short of an entire day, and making use of 3G is not a power friendly activity, even if that is all you'd be doing with it. Carrying around a bevy of chargers and spare batteries doesn't sound all that appealing to me either.
@PlatinumPaladin yeah you can use Skype to make calls to any phone but it cost money not sure on how much and it depends on how much you talk and all that I know is that the battery can last 5hours while playing games on it so it might anyways there is a car adapter and a portable charger for it to help it to last longer
@shadowhunter0 I thought Skype could only call Skype. Even if you can use it to call any network, I can't see the battery on this thing allowing for an entire days networking and socialising.
@PlatinumPaladin actually the vita can make calls using Skype and that is what I plan on using since I'm already planning on getting the 3g version and using Skype it will be cheaper then using my prepaid phone
I've been going over how much I'd be required to spend on this system upon it's release and I just can't justify what will be the best part of £400 for a handheld. I concede that it is packed full of cool tech that probably can't be found anywhere else and will run possibly the best portable games ever made, but as far as functionality goes I don't see much difference between this and a smartphone. I may be over-simplifying the situation but the way I see it is VITA has some properly awesome games, while smartphones can make phonecalls and send texts. Everything else they can do is shared by the other. I'm ashamed to say this, but I think I'm going to wait for prices to come down.
AT&T data plans are 200mb for $15... 2gb $25.... 4gb $40 which is what it is for the ipad are what the prices that some people are thinking it is going to be but we wont know until the first couple of weeks of the new year that is when they said they are going to announce it
@itchyflop if you watch the unboxing video here you will see that it come usb cable and the ac adapter and cord
The Vita looks set to be something you can proudly stroke in public without being arrested. Brilliant starting line-up too! :D
@hannify totally agree.....just looked on a popular selling website and 16 GB memory card is 40 quid!!!
I'm still on the fence and the more I hear the less excited I am. The huge thing that irks me is that it some games require a memory card and guess what doesn't come with one included? I just don't want to get burned like I did when I bought a PSP and sell it out of boredom after 4 months. But then again the PSP didn't have Uncharted.
@1UP09 $50 is a good price for games like uncharted and we have to know the exact prices of the games all we know is the the prices will range form $10-$50 and these aren't your crappy phone games and I agree that the prices for the memory cards are high and for what you are getting the price of the vita is well worth it everyone that I know that has gotten a psv from Japan or has played on it including me say it well worth the price
@HattoriZangetsu there are at least 2 packs with both the psv and ps3 version of game in it and they are Motorstorm:RC and Ruin both of those are going to be sold has a package
For better or worse, I'm almost 100% positive Vita will have to make dramatic price cuts just like the 3DS in order to attain portable market appeal. I hope so, spending over $300 just to play Uncharted is steep for my pockets -_-;
I'm exited about the PSV, the only think I don't like it it's the "vita" name. But I want to know how they going to sell the games that have versions in PS3 and PSV, I hope there's a pack like portal 2, of course not for free, but at least more cheap than buy the two games individually
Ruin may not be a launch title anymore but both the ps3 and vita version are going to be sold has a package just like Motorstorm:RC
@Moegitto which one do you think is rehash if you are talking about uncharted then you are wrong it has a new story that is set before the first uncharted and it is set in a new environment
I was seriously looking at getting a 3DS, all the games I want are already hard to get rare titles. 3DS has a Zelda rehash and that's it. The Vita has Uncharted, Gravity Rush, and Blazblue Extend. Only one of those games are a rehash.
@Ka-BaMf yeah same here and there is nothing that these vita haters and 3ds fanboys can say to change my mind
The only problem I have with Sony is it seems they don't get how to realistically achieve there own ideals. They want cutting edge hardware that is affordable. But then they are bleeding money so they ruin the whole affordable idea with ripoff schemes like proprietary cards for vita or removing backwards compatibility from PS3 and charging for every game. Oh sure there's no demand for backwards compatibility, sure Sony, that's why you keep releasing old games on PSN. Anywho they make great stuff, it'd just be cooler if they could achieve both parts of there ideals rather than just the one. The hardware is always cheap but other things, errr.
Nope, PSP was a huge let down. Barely any good games and it sort of just died the moment Vita was announced. Not trusting Vita, at least not for a while. Bought a 3DS already though I'm not entirely happy with it due to a lack of games, I'm fairly confident that there will be some decent ones coming out for it though. Though I prefer Sony as a company, I'm sticking with my 3DS over this.
Does anyone know the answer to this...if you have a PS Vita version of a game that is also on PS3, such as Modnation Racers or Rayman Origins, will the PS Vita release have a new trophy set or if you already have the trophies on the PS3 version will you not be able to earn them again through the Vita? I suppose it depends on if it is a new game or a port and whether your save file will cover both games or be seperate
@mark_unix: And 3DS sold 374,764 units in it's 1st week, & sold 209,623 more units in it's 2nd week in Japan earlier. That alone says a lot. That's nearly 200K more 3DS units than Vita's when comparing each of their first two weeks in Japan. [url=http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=423216]1st week of 3DS sales.[/url] [url=http://www.neogaf.com/forum/showthread.php?t=423904]2nd week of 3DS sales.[/url]
@mark_unix What kind of response is that Sony isnt ripping us off as much as apple so its ok to over charge. Im not surprised people are excited for the PSVita but your still being nickled and dimed through accessories. Shouldnt you as a consumer demand that Sony and Apple offer a fair price on everything and not lure you in with reasonably priced hardware and then over charging on accessories you need.
@toyo75 one of the reason why they didn't put internal memory in it was to help to keep the price down
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- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Disgaea 3
- Gravity Rush
- Silent Hill: Book
- Wipeout 2048
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma
- Ult Marvel vs Capcom 3
- Unit 13
- Rayman Origins
- Dynasty Warriors Next
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Dungeon Hunter: Alliance
- Hot Shots Golf
- FIFA Soccer
- Super Stardust Delta
- MLB 12: The Show
- Ridge Racer
- Little Deviants
- Shinobido 2
- BlazBlue: CS Extend
- Army Corps of Hell
- Touch My Katamari
- ModNation Racers
- Escape Plan
- Virtua Tennis 4
- Reality Fighters
- Michael Jackson
- Ben 10: Galactic Racing
- Hustle Kings
- F1 2011
- Asphalt: Injection
- Supremacy MMA