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While I was cruising the Playstation Blog , waiting for the PSN Store Update, I saw this nice little tidbit (esp. since my birthday is in February
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Get Ready: PS Vita is Coming February 22nd

+ Posted by Jack Tretton // President & CEO



This afternoon on stage at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco, I shared some very exciting news that I know the PlayStation Nation has been anticipating since we unveiled PlayStation Vita back in January. For those looking to get their hands on the ultimate in handheld entertainment, I’m thrilled to let you know that starting on February 22, 2012, PS Vita will be available at major retailers in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe.


Our first-party studios and army of publishing partners have been extremely hard at work to ensure that PS Vita launches with a vast library of titles that deliver unique gameplay experiences that go beyond any handheld or mobile device on the market. We have more than 100 games currently in development globally that span many different genres, including Sound Shapes, Resistance: Burning Skies, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Capcom’s Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed, EA Sports’ FIFA, Activision’s Call of Duty, and numerous others that you’ll hear about in the months ahead.


I’ve had the chance to spend some time with several of these titles and I think you’ll be blown away by how each takes advantage of the technology packed into PS Vita to deliver amazing gaming experiences. With its vibrant 5-inch OLED screen, dual analog sticks, dual cameras, and front and rear touch panel, PS Vita will deliver rich, immersive games with stunning graphics, which simply can’t be found anywhere else. Now you’ll be able to play shooters and action titles on-the-go with controls that are familiar, and you won’t have to block out the gorgeous screen to interact with the games.


In addition to the deep portfolio of games, you’ll also have access to native social applications – near and Party – that help you connect with your friends and fellow PS Vita owners. We also recently announced that PS Vita will have your favorite social networking applications like Facebook, foursquare, Skype, and Twitter, so you can share and connect with friends. With PS Vita, you can enjoy the best handheld gaming experience available and stay connected to the people and interests you care about.


It’s never been a better time to be a part of PlayStation Nation and I can’t wait for you to experience this revolutionary handheld system. Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we near the February 22, 2012 launch!
 

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Faster than I thought. They might have the most titles available day one than any game machine before it.
 

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Faster than I thought. They might have the most titles available day one than any game machine before it.

Yeah, it surprised me too. I was thinking it would be March for sure. Just pre-ordered it from Amazon (Wi-fi only model) and Amazon still has the date as March 31st, so I think Sony probably caught a lot of people off-guard with this release date.
 

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I would expect to hear some of those titles delayed past launch. I could have sworn Bioshock was still in planning stages. I just don't expect all those titles to be available at launch.
 

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^^^^^^

Ask and you shall receive--news for PS Vita Launch titles is beginning to trickle in:

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3 Namco Bandai Games Set For Vita Launch Day

10/20/2011 Written by Sebastian Moss



It’s hard to believe that it’s only a few months until the Western launch of the PlayStation Vita, but this February Sony’s greatest handheld will become a reality. If you’re planning to pick up the Vita at launch, be sure to not only set aside some of your Christmas money for the handheld, but also for the onslaught of launch titles.



Namco Bandai has announced that three of their Vita games will be available on February 22nd, 2012 in the US – the same day as the Vita launches. Touch My Katamari, Ridge Racer and Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen will all be available along with the Vita.


Carlson Choi, Vice President of Marketing of Namco Bandai Games America said:


We’re pleased today to officially confirm three titles for the PlayStation®Vita system to gamers across North America excited for the launch of this impressive new handheld gaming device. Between the innovative new gameplay features in the irreverent new Touch My Katamari, the blistering speed and online connectivity of the gorgeous new Ridge Racer, and the intense, open-ended, assassin-based action of Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen, NAMCO BANDAI Games will be delivering top-tier content for the launch of the PS Vita in a very big way.


Ridge Racer, which is co-developed by Namco Bandai Games Inc. and CELLIUS, impressed us at E3 , and will be one of the few racing games currently announced for the platform.

Source: Playstation Lifestyle .
 

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I would expect to hear some of those titles delayed past launch. I could have sworn Bioshock was still in planning stages. I just don't expect all those titles to be available at launch.

I read somewhere (don't have the source handy) that "Bioshock Vita" (for lack of a better name) is still in the planning stage--the paper planning stage. My understanding is that they haven't written any code for the game yet. I wouldn't expect to see anything substantial until after Bioshock Infinite ships.
 

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Got my Amazon pre-order in still. Looks like the first handheld worth owning IMO. PSP was an ergonomic pain and Nintendo makes kiddie crap.
 

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Looks like the first handheld worth owning IMO. PSP was an ergonomic pain and Nintendo makes kiddie crap.

You forgot to mention the 800lb gorilla in the room. If the Vita can pull me away from my iOS devices, I'll consider it a success.
 

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You forgot to mention the 800lb gorilla in the room. If the Vita can pull me away from my iOS devices, I'll consider it a success.

Crappy games with no button or analog sticks? No thanks, I can only take so much Angry Birds and dumb tilt the screen games, They are great for kids, but no substitute for a real game.
 

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Crappy games with no button or analog sticks? No thanks, I can only take so much Angry Birds and dumb tilt the screen games, They are great for kids, but no substitute for a real game.

I disagree with that. I'm heavily into a couple of mobile games right now. The other night I chose to sit in the livingroom and play Inotia III on my android tablet instead of going down in the basement to play Infamous on the big screen.


Gaming on phones/tablets can be fun and rewarding, and you're not just limited to Angry Birds. Although I will agree that not all game genres lend to good playback on a touchscreen.


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Crappy games with no button or analog sticks? No thanks, I can only take so much Angry Birds and dumb tilt the screen games, They are great for kids, but no substitute for a real game.

Not sure what sort of "kids" have iPhones and iPads, but regardless, you're definitely selling the platform short. If you think Angry Birds is all iOS has to offer, you're either unfamiliar with the platform or just not paying attention.


And either way, I'm hoping Vita can differentiate itself enough to justify the added expense of the device ($100-200 more expensive than an iPod Touch, $100 more than a 3DS), the added expense of the games (not yet announced, but certainly more than the $1-10 price of most iOS games), and the added dimensions of the unit (2-3 times the size of a phone or 3DS).


I, for one, am excited to see what Vita can do. I just worry that, like with the first year or two of the PS3, the device is overloaded with hardware features that no one (including developers) will use. The big sell for me will be how well developers integrate cross-PS3 functionality/play.
 

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Not sure what sort of "kids" have iPhones and iPads, but regardless, you're definitely selling the platform short. If you think Angry Birds is all iOS has to offer, you're either unfamiliar with the platform or just not paying attention.


And either way, I'm hoping Vita can differentiate itself enough to justify the added expense of the device ($100-200 more expensive than an iPod Touch, $100 more than a 3DS), the added expense of the games (not yet announced, but certainly more than the $1-10 price of most iOS games), and the added dimensions of the unit (2-3 times the size of a phone or 3DS).


I, for one, am excited to see what Vita can do. I just worry that, like with the first year or two of the PS3, the device is overloaded with hardware features that no one (including developers) will use.

I mostly agree. Although I see the $250 price for the Vita as a decent price, I question the longterm viability with $40-a-game games.


With games like Shadowgun going for $4.99

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=4SW9vcCK6i8


and other games like ROc coming out for likely single digit prices,

http://phandroid.com/2011/10/20/race...ls-to-android/


Will these mobile games be a big pull at $40? I'll be interested to see.


Don't get me wrong, a real D pad and analog sticks are much better for gaming, but a tablet or a phone that can do these kinds of games already (and 4 core devices are just around the corner) I couldn't justify the hassle or the price of having a dedicated mobile game player anymore.


It will be interesting to see how it does though.


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I have a pre-order in for a Kindle Fire. I would gladly cancel it if I knew the Vita would have a native and decent e-reader app. Otherwise it's hard for me to justify getting a Vita as I don't commute/travel much and have plenty of gaming options on my PS3.


Guess I'll just have to wait until a Vita Uncharted Collection for the PS4 is released. lol
 

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Originally Posted by Zookster /forum/post/21110064


I have a pre-order in for a Kindle Fire. I would gladly cancel it if I knew the Vita would have a native and decent e-reader app. Otherwise it's hard for me to justify getting a Vita as I don't commute/travel much and have plenty of gaming options on my PS3.

Vita isn't being marketed in that direction. They're really pushing the "entertainment device" thing to try and avoid comparisons to mobile gaming and e-readers. It'll be gaming focused with some basic media/internet functionality. So it won't really be targeted at those looking to replace their readers and phones.


Sony's best bet is to target existing PS3 owners looking to take that content with them on the road.
 

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I already got my Vita preordered with SFxT and Hot Shots Golf. I will get UMVC3 as well. Can't wait!


I agree with confidenceman, Sony needs to market this as an awesome gaming machine. Try to market it as an all-in one device and they can't keep up with iPad, Fire, etc.
 

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More Vita Information from Playstation Lifestyle --this time in regards to games that require External Memory Cards:

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Some PlayStation Vita Games Require External Memory Cards for Save Files

10/21/2011 Written by Anthony Severino




The PlayStation Vita uses a flash memory storage solution for games, allowing for things like DLC and game saves to be saved directly to the game itself. However, some games either won’t support this feature, or have filled the flash memory to the point where additional space isn’t available, forcing you to have an external memory card in order to save your progress.


Were you hoping to avoid purchasing a PlayStation Vita memory card on day one? Then you’ll want to avoid these games, which require a memory card to save data:


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Uncharted: Golden Abyss

Dream Club Zero

Disgaea 3 Return

Hot Shots Golf 6

Monster Raider

Ridge Racer


However, the following titles all allow save data to be saved directly to the game, which could help you avoid buying a costly memory card at launch:


Asphalt Injection

Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

F1 2011

Dynasty Warriors Next

Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru

Dark Quest Alliance

Army Corps of Hell

Shinobido 2

Power Smash 4

Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend

Michael Jackson

Mahjong Fight Club

Let’s Try Bass Fishing Fish on Next

Lord of Apocalypse


It’s worth noting that these are Japanese launch titles, and there is the possibility that something may change for launch outside of Japan. But don’t be stuck without a way to save your game — do yourself a favor and pick up a PlayStation Vita memory card, just to be on the safe side.
 

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Crappy games with no button or analog sticks? No thanks, I can only take so much Angry Birds and dumb tilt the screen games, They are great for kids, but no substitute for a real game.

There are plenty of real games on IOS. Admittedly, the virtual controls aren't always a good fit for games with a traditional d-pad/button control interface, but there are some good games to be found that take advantage of the touch scream. 'IOS is Angry Birds and some cheap flash games' is, honestly, a 2010 mentality.
 
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