The PlayStation Vita will be released in Japan and other parts of Asia on December 17, 2011. On the other hand, the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia and Europe will see the release of the PSP’s successor two months after, on February 22, 2012. The handheld console will come in two different models, a $249.99 Wi-Fi model and a $299.99 3G-capable one (which will use AT&T as provider in the US.) European pricing will be slightly different as the Wi-Fi version will cost €249.00 and the 3G will be €299.00, and in Japan the Wi-Fi Vita will be available for ¥24,980 and the 3G will cost ¥29,980.
From a more technical perspective the Vita has been praised by the dedicated press for incorporating state of the art technology. The handheld has two analog sticks, a 5 inch OLED touch-screen and touchpad, GPS functionality, Sixaxis motion sensor, extremely powerful GPU and CPU and two cameras. Furthermore, games will be stored in flash cards (replacing the woefully inadequate and pretty much dead UMD format,) the PlayStation Store will be more integrated to the core experience and the console will support various audio and video formats (MP3, MP4 and JPEG for pictures.) Finally, the graphics for PSP games will be upscaled to better resolutions to “smooth” the experience of playing older titles.
The announcement didn’t make reference to the international lineup of games. In any way and according to Sony, there are more than a 100 titles being developed for the powerful handheld console.
Here’s the official Japanese launch lineup, consisting of 26 games:
- BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend – 2D fighting game (Arc System Works)
- Project N.O.E.L.S. (working title) – music player (Arc System Works)
- 3gokushi touchbattle (working title) – MMO/RTS (AQ Interactive)
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 – fighting game (Capcom) – Launch title
- Nature of Night of Kamaitachi – 11th visitor, A Suspect (tentative) – adventure: sound novel (Chunsoft)
- F1 2011 – racing game (Codemasters)
- Dream C Club Zero Portable – dating simulation game (D3 Publisher)
- Niconico – Niconico (Dwango)
- Fis Oh – sport fishing (Kadokawa Games)
- Katamari Damacy (working title) – roll-’em-up (Namco Bandai)
- Ridge Racer (working title) – racing game (Namco Bandai)
- Disgaea 3 Return – strategy RPG (Nippon Ichi Software)
- Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition – sport tennis (Sega)
- @field – sport golf (Sonic Powered)
- Uncharted: Golden – action adventure (Sony)
- Little Deviants – mini-game collection (Sony)
- Minnato Issho – social communications (Sony(
- Hot Shots Golf Next (Everybody’s Golf Next) – sport golf (Sony)
- Yuusha no kiroku (TBD) – life management (Sony)
- Monster Radar – location-based game (Sony)
- Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja – stealth action (Spike)
- Army Corps of Hell – action (Square Enix)
- Lord of Apocalypse – action RPG (Square Enix)
- Dynasty Warriors Next – action with a bit of thinking (Tecmo Koei)
- Dark Quest – RPG (Ubisoft)
- Michael Jackson: The Experience HD – rhythm action (Ubisoft)
Six of these games will only be available through PSN: Little Deviants, Minnato Issho, 3gokushi touchbattle, Project N.O.E.L.S., Yuusha no kiroku and Niconico. The remaining titles will be available through PSN and on physical media.
List taken from Eurogamer