PS Vita Vitals: Your Guide to the Southeast Asian Launch
We tell you all you need to know about Sony's upcoming portable console launching in Singapore and the rest of Asia this Wednesday.
With the PlayStation Vita launching in Singapore in a few days, it's time for you to catch up on a few more details so that you're well informed. Not sure about where to buy the Vita? Is there even a 3G version coming out locally? Still deciding what the best launch titles are?
This handy launch guide gives you the latest up-to-date information on where to buy the Vita and how much it will cost, and a comprehensive list of Vita launch titles, including GameSpot reviews and local pricing set in Asia. Keep in mind that this guide will be updated constantly with news, reviews, previews, and updates.
When does the PlayStation Vita come out in Southeast Asia?
Where can I buy the Vita in Southeast Asia?
Sony revealed that it will only launch the Vita "across national specialist game and specialist technology retailers." The reason for this, according to Sony, is that the intended target market for the console is "active" gamers; however, the publisher did state that as with the PlayStation 3, it anticipates that it will eventually broaden the channels of distribution for the Vita in the future.
The list of retailers in Singapore are as follows: major Sony Store outlets, major Sony Center outlets, major HMV outlets, G3 Interactive, major Best Denki outlets, Gaming World, Gamescore, Scenic Multimedia, Funzcentre, and Uptron.
How much is it?
The device will sell for S$399 in Singapore. Bundles include the Sony Value pack and Software Bundle pack. The first value pack comes with the PS Vita, a copy of Uncharted: Golden Abyss (English version with Chinese subtitle options), a 4GB Vita memory card, and an accessory pack. The second value pack replaces Uncharted: GA with Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus (the English voice version). The former pack costs S$499 ($400), while the latter costs S$489 ($392).
The Software Bundle pack contains the same things, but without the accessory pack. The bundle with Uncharted: GA costs S$479 ($384), while the bundle with Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus costs S$469 ($376).
What are the 3G pricing plans for the Vita?
There isn't any at the moment. Sony HK has yet to make any announcement concerning the 3G version of the Vita.
What are the first-party titles available at launch?
Here is a list of all first-party titles that will be launching with the Vita. Where available, click on the game title to see GameSpot's review or preview of the game.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (selling for around S$69.90)
Gravity Rush (Chinese version, selling for about S$54.90)
Wipeout 2048 (selling for around S$39.90)
Little Deviants (selling for around S$32.49)
ModNation Racers: Road Trip (selling for around S$39.90)
Reality Fighters (selling for around S$39.90)
Everybody's Golf 6/ Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (selling for around S$54.90)
Escape Plan (selling for around S$19.49)
Super Stardust Delta (selling on PSN for S$12.99)
What other titles will be available at launch for the Vita in Southeast Asia?
Sumioni: Demon Arts (Vita, Japanese version)
Ragnarok Odyssey (Vita, Japanese version)
FIFA Soccer (Vita)
Rayman Origins (Vita)
Disgaea 3 Return (Vita)
Ridge Racer (Vita)
Dynasty Warriors Next (Vita)
Dungeon Hunter: Alliance (Vita)
Touch My Katamari (Vita)
F1 2011 (Vita)
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 (Vita)
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen (Vita)
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition (Vita)
Lord of Apocalypse (Vita)
Putty Squad (Vita)
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus (Vita)
Asphalt: Injection (Vita)
Army Corps of Hell (Vita)
Lumines: Electronic Symphony (Vita)
Reality Fighters (Vita)
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend (Vita)
Puzzle by Nikoli V Sudoku (Vita)
Accessories: What about them?
Gamers in Asia are able to purchase a PlayStation Vita accessory pack, which costs S$39.90 and contains a case, a protective screen film, a cleaning cloth, a card case, and a wrist strap. The proprietary memory cards available on February 22 are the 4GB version (S$27.90), 8GB version (S$39.90), 16GB (S$77.90), and 32GB version (S$129).
Other accessories on sale at launch are the USB cable (S$11.90), AC adapter (S$11.90), cradle (S$19.90), and in-ear headset (S$19.90).