Sony just finalized it's release plans for the North American launch of the PlayStation Vita, and we have all the details below.
According to SCEA, the Vita is set to launch with the "Biggest and Best Software Lineup in Sony Computer Entertainment". That's a pretty big claim, and with 25 launch day games from 1st and 3rd parties, plus several more "launch window" titles, they may be able to actually pull it off.
Honestly, just give us Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, wipEout 2048 and Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and we'll be more than happy, but over 2 dozen launch games certainly isn't a bad thing.
Read on for all the details, including pricing for all the accessories and the launch dates for 1st and 3rd party titles. Make sure to check out our Amazon pre-order link below as well.
Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC today announced software launch details for the highly anticipated PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) handheld entertainment system, which will boast the biggest and best launch lineup across the history of PlayStation platforms. PS Vita will offer the most popular franchises in gaming along with entirely new titles – all built from the ground up to take advantage of PS Vita and the unique ways it enables gamers to play.
The PS Vita platform has the full development support of the gaming industry, including SCE Worldwide Studios and all third-party publishers, who are combining to deliver 25 titles on day one. First-party launch titles will include Escape Plan™, Hot Shots Golf®: World Invitational, Little Deviants™, ModNation™Racers: Road Trip, UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss™, and wipEout® 2048. Key launch titles from third-party partners will include EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer(Electronic Arts, Inc.), Lumines ™ Electronic Symphony (Ubisoft, Inc.), Touch My Katamari™ (Namco Bandai Games America Inc.), Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3® (Capcom Entertainment, Inc.) and Virtua Tennis™4: World Tour Edition(Sega® of America).
Pricing for all software will range between $9.99- $49.99 (MSRP). Software titles will be available via PS Vita game cards at retail stores or digitally via PlayStation®Network. In addition, a select number of titles will be available exclusively on PlayStation Network
"PlayStation Vita is the ultimate portable gaming device, offering all of the interface, controls and social connectivity that gamers have been dreaming about to deliver unsurpassed entertainment and completely new ways to play," saidJack Tretton, president and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America. "PS Vita features the most extensive launch lineup in PlayStation's history, and there are more than 100 games in development, ensuring that PS Vita gamers will always have a steady stream of amazing titles at their fingertips."
The gameplay experience on PS Vita is unmatched by any other mobile device in the market, providing new ways to interact through features such as its 5-inch OLED multi-touch screen and rear touch pad, dual analog sticks, dual cameras, and six-axis motion sensing system. PS Vita will also interact with the PlayStation®3 (PS3™) with compatible titles, offering multi-player gaming across both platforms and cloud-saving so consumers can play a game on one platform and pick up where they left off on the other.
PS Vita will draw consumers deeper into the gameplay experience by providing both 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi only models, enabling them to connect and play with the world around them, including their friends and other PS Vita owners. A variety of social networking and communications services such as Facebook, flickr, foursquare, Skype™, and Twitter will be available on PS Vita.
PS Vita launches at major retailers in the United States and Canada on February 22, 2012. The Wi-Fi model will be available for $249.99 (MSRP), and the 3G/Wi-Fi model will be available in the United States for $299.99 (MSRP). Consumers who pre-order the PS Vita First Edition Bundle will be able to pick up their devices as early as February 15, 2012. All first-party launch software titles and a selection of peripherals and third-party games will be available that day to support the release of the pre-sale Bundle.
Consumers who purchase PS Vita will also be able to experience Augmented Reality (AR) right out of the box. Included with every PS Vita system are six AR Play cards and one voucher to download a handful of augmented reality mini games via PlayStation®Network.
SCEA Launch Day Titles
Escape Plan™ (PSN Only)
Hot Shots Golf®: World Invitational
Hustle Kings™ (PSN Only)
ModNation™ Racers: Road Trip
Super StarDust™ Delta (PSN only)
UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss™
Launch Window Titles
MLB® 12 The Show
Third Party Publisher Launch Day Titles
Army Corps of Hell
BEN10™ GALACTIC RACING
Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND*
Dungeon Hunter Alliance
Dynasty Warriors Next
EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer
Lumines ™ Electronic Symphony*
Michael Jackson The Experience
Plants vs. Zombies™ (PSN Only)
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN Only)
Touch My Katamari™
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3®*
Virtua Tennis™4: World Tour Edition
Launch Window Titles
LEGO® Harry Potter™: Years 5-7
Disgaea ®3:Absence of Detention
NINJA GAIDEN® Sigma PLUS
Silent Hill Book of Memories
Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted™
Peripherals and Accessories
There will be a broad selection of official accessories that will be available at PS Vita's launch, such as a Carrying Case, In-Ear Headset, and Cradle.
For consumers looking for a complete solution, a Starter Kit will be available for $39.99 (MSRP), which includes a 4GB Memory Card, Pocket Pouch, Protective Film, Card Case, Headphones, and Cleaning Cloth. Standalone Memory Cards will start at $19.99 (MSRP), providing plenty of options for storing games and save data, videos, music, photos and more.
Product Name Release Date MSRP 4 GB Memory Card February 15, 2012 $19.99 8 GB Memory Card February 15, 2012 $29.99 16 GB Memory Card February 15, 2012 $59.99 32 GB Memory Card February 15, 2012 $99.99 Starter Kit with Memory Card February 15, 2012 $39.99 In-Ear Headset February 15, 2012 $19.99 Carrying Case February 15, 2012 $19.99 Travel Pouch February 15, 2012 $19.99 Protective Film (2 pack) February 15, 2012 $9.99 Card Case February 15, 2012 $5.99 Cradle February 15, 2012 $19.99 Portable Charger Spring 2012 $49.99 AC Adaptor February 15, 2012 $14.99 Car Adaptor Spring 2012 $14.99 USB Cable February 15, 2012 $14.99
Source : PlayStation