PS Vita Launch Details Confirmed

As part of their Tokyo Game Show press conference, Sony have issued a press release detailing PlayStation Vita, the launch line-up, technical specs and – yes – pricing.  We know that the unit itself has already been locked down in terms of costs, but that initially cheap unit price has some hidden extras…

“As the next generation portable entertainment system, PS Vita enables a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, transforming every aspect of a user’s daily life into an entertainment experience,” says the PR blurb.

First up – the games.  There are 26 “exciting” software titles at launch, with more than 74 games currently in development.  Here’s the list of day-one (or at least, launch window) games for Japan:

  • Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
  • 3gokushi touchbattle (working title)
  • Project NOELS (working title)
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Nature of Night of Kamaitachi – 11th visitor, A Suspect (tentative)
  • F1 2011
  • Dream C Club Zero Portable
  • Niconico
  • Fish On
  • Katamari Damacy (working title)
  • Ridge Racer (working title)
  • Disgaea3 Return
  • Virtua Tennis 4 – World Tour Edition
  • @field
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Little Deviants
  • Minnato Issho
  • Hot Shots Golf Next
  • Yuusha no kiroku (TBD)
  • Monster Radar
  • Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja
  • Army Corps of Hell
  • Lord of Apocalypse
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Dark Quest
  • Michael Jackson the Experience HD

But here’s the tricky bit – you’ll be needing a memory card for Vita, and they don’t come cheap.  The smallest, 4GB, is ¥2,200 with the largest, 32GB, a staggering ¥9,500.  That’s about £80, and with games reportedly running between 2 and 4GB you’ll be wanting that biggest one, for sure.

[drop2]”Some PS Vita software titles may require the use of separately sold memory card for saving game’s saved data while some software titles are capable of saving it on to the PS Vita card itself,” confirms the PDF.  Don’t go buying a PS Vita without a memory card, basically, or chances are you’ll not be able to save your game.

Other accessories include an AC adaptor (¥1,800), protective film (¥800) and a travel pouch (¥2,300), although it’s worth noting that although Vita doesn’t come with a memory card (boo) it does come with a charger.  As you’d expect.

Along with confirming the innards of the system (512MB RAM, 128MB VRAM and an ARM A9 CPU) the press release mentions battery life: a very 3DS-like 3 to 5 hours (with default screen brightness, bluetooth off and headphones on) and the Vita takes just over 2 and a half hours to charge from zero power.

I’m disappointed in the battery life – it seems a little short to me even though it’s roughly on par with 3DS and PSP, and it’s not replaceable either.  I guess I’d just hoped Sony would go all out and give us something that would last a long haul flight without needing to break into First Class to borrow a power point.  I’m not put off, just disappointed.

But the price of the memory cards is shocking, and clearly a way for the manufacturer to offset the relatively cheap price point of the Vita itself.

You can read our hands on with PS Vita here.

76 Comments

  1. Nothing here puts me off. I wouldn’t be able to play any hand held console / tablet / phone for an entire long haul flight so I’m not too fussed by the battery life. I don’t often venture out for long so I would usually be close to a power point.

    The games line up looks very good. I expect there are other mini/PSN type titles too as well as the Andoird/Playstation cross over games too. Just missing a football title I think?

    The accessories are on the pricey side, especially the memory cards.

  2. I usually rush out and buy at launch, but after getting stung with the PSP revisions, might wait until version 2 is released. It might then have a better battery life and some built in memory. And for me personally, Uncharted is the only “must have” release title, which would make it an expensive purchase. Plus, I’ll still have all the November PS3 releases and Bioshock Infinite to finish.

    • Im with on this one Youles. I’d be foolish not to want one but when it comes to handheld devices I am far from an early adopter. I’ll just hang on like you until the 2nd, maybe 3rd edition is released

      • Already this week MGS and FF remakes have been announced, all of which I have the originals of anyway. Following this I think some games will be available on both – I can see the Uncharted game getting a PS3 port, much like PeaceWalker, Ico etc. If it’s a big game, it’ll probably end up on PS3. I may hold out for a CoD or Dead Space game before buying, then I know I’ll get my use out of it! Also, by then, should be able to pick some of the release titles up for cheap.

  3. Give it two weeks after launch and there will be third party memory cards – you can get a stnadard 8 gig card for less than a tenner these days so wont be expensive.

    • Yeah I was thinking this – surely Sony haven’t locked down the memory card tech.

    • good point Tuffcub, although wise to wait until they prove to work fast and to full spec before buying them. Once people do though the pressure is on Sony to lower cost of originals. This is an early adopter tax, there is always one there.

    • didnt they lock out third party memory cards for the ps2 after some time of allowing them?

    • PSP memory cards were ridiculously expensive at first, but after a while the third party ones (sandisk, etc) were a fraction of the cost and just as reliable.

      • I can remember paying best part of £50 for a 512mb I think it was for my PSP lol

    • Good idea. I may even wait until the inevitable 2nd generation model of Vita. Both PSP and DS did the same thing and made money off the decision. I don’t see that changing. Maybe the next version will be thinner and come with some internal memory. Who knows?

  4. Looking forward to this. Agree with tuffcub. roll on the 3rd party memory!!

  5. Cue the solar powered add on battery charger packs from the Far East :P

  6. £80…did you say £80? Holy bottom farts. Fingers crossed for third party ones too. great amount of games to start with though.

    • Bear in mind that’s about the going rate for a decent speed 32Gb CF card, in fact Sandisk extremes are about double that for 32Gb. I don’t really see the problem here, other than the fact that they’re first party products and as such all sales will benefit Sony.

    • That not expensive for a memory card. I agree, it’s a lot of money, but it’s on par with camera cards and things.. sadly.

  7. The price of memory cards will certainly make me think twice when the time comes to decide whether or not to purchase the Vita. Its going to make it very expensive for those who get the 3G model (console price+ data plan + memory card + 1-2 games to start with). And then there’s the issue of game prices. If they do make every title downloadable, I hope they sort out the pricing unlike the situation with PS3 downloadable titles.

  8. Waaay too much money overall for me to justify picking one up. That launch line up is awesome though, especially when you compare it to the 3DS…

    • It’s a powerful line up number wise, but there’s maybe only 2 or 3 games I’d really want, and two of those (Ridge and Everybody’s Golf) are hardly innovative…

      • Will wait until hands-on with each game before writing some off or hyping others…

      • Yes becasue the 3DS lineup was so innovative!

      • definitely waiting to see hands on and proper prices before purchasing now. I was going to pre order but not anymore.

      • with out playing them & seeing how they work with the Vita controls that is a bit harsh.

    • with respect the Vita is in another league compared to the 3Ds.

  9. If they’re memory sticks, i’d do the same as what I did with my PSP. Two micro SDHC cards (16gb a piece) in an adaptor. Came to about £50 :)

  10. “I guess I’d just hoped Sony would go all out and give us something that would last a long haul flight without needing to break into First Class to borrow a power point.”

    You’d be surprised how man planes have power points beneath the seats. Have a check next time you are on a transatlantic flight. I’ve been to america over 10 times in the last 5 years with work, with 3 different airlines, and all had points capable of taking a 3 pin plug under the seat.

    • And most European flights have them till row 14 which is in economy class.

      • And a lot of trains! They really come in handy..

    • Oooh I didn’t know that!

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