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Sony Confirms PS Vita to Hit Japan on December 17 at TGS 2011

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149w ago - Today at Sony's Tokyo Game Show (TGS) 2011 [Register or Login to view links] the PS Vita handheld console has been confirmed to hit Japan on December 17, 2011.

According to [Register or Login to view links] via [Register or Login to view links], there will be twenty six PlayStation Vita titles (game logos pictured below) at launch, including Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Sony's Hot Shots Golf & Uncharted: Golden Abyss, with various other titles like Dark Quest, BlazBlue, and Rodeo.

For those curious, PlayStation Vita will sell for 24,980 yen (US $324) for the Wi-Fi version and 29,980 (US $390) for the 3G model, which will be available in partnership with Japan's biggest mobile operator NTTDoCoMo.

In the US, a PS Vita model that connects to the Internet only using Wi-Fi will be priced at US $249, while a version of the gadget featuring 3G connectivity to telecom data services will be priced at US $299. Sony did not reveal when the PS Vita will be heading to North America or Europe yet, however, it is predicted to arrive during Q1 of 2012.

Sony also issued a Press Release stating that a memory card will not...
 

Video: LittleBigPlanet for PS Vita at Gamescom: Touch of Creation

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152w ago - Today Sony Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has shared some Gamescom 2011 footage of LittleBigPlanet for PS Vita dubbed a Touch of Creation below.

To quote: LittleBigPlanet and LBP2 enabled PS3 players to play, create and share custom-made levels and game modes online for all to enjoy.

Now, with the upcoming PS Vita game harnessing the handheld's plethora of inputs and sensors for playing and creating, Sackboy's new adventure will be the most accessible - and empowering - LittleBigPlanet yet.

We've seen glimpses of what PS Vita adds to Play starting at E3, when SCEE's Pete Smith demonstrated how the touch screen, gyroscopes, and rear touch panel helped Sackboy navigate levels in all-new ways.

At Gamescom, Smith was joined by Tarsier Studios designer Richard Meredith to show us some more Play possibilities and tools you'll use to Create new types of games.





Even the "Super Oval" shape of PS Vita is giving the development team novel new possibilities. Smith turned the Vita vertically to demonstrate a gravity-based game where players rapidly sort colored balls into the right chute - reminiscent of a touch-enabled version of PSN game Droplitz.

Next, the duo demonstrated an air hockey game...
 

Video: Virtua Tennis 4 PS Vita Exclusive Features and VT Apps

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153w ago - Sony Senior Social Media Manager Jeff Rubenstein has made available some video footage today of Virtua Tennis 4 for PS Vita which showcases the game's exclusive features and VT apps below.

To quote: Virtua Tennis 4 for PlayStation Vita first stepped onto the court at E3. Even at that early stage in its development, the game showed signs of ambition.

It seems that Sega is taking great care to adapt the tried-and-true gameplay for PS Vita by extensively leveraging the handheld's hardware strengths, all without dumbing down the series's winning formula.

Now, at Gamescom, I finally got to see some of these game modes in action.

Virtua Tennis 4's core experience is nearly identical to its recently-released PS3 counterpart; you can create a character, start a career, and participate in tournaments while enhancing your skills through all kinds of bizarre tennis-related skill tests. Likewise, you can jump into the shoes of Andy Roddick, Roger Federer, or other real-world tennis stars.





What PS Vita brings to the court is a new, yet optional way to control the main serve-and-volley action, plus a series of "VT Apps."

The core gameplay opens up considerably thanks to the PS Vita touch screen. Tap on the screen...
 

Video: Escape Plan: PS Vita Trailer from Gamescom 2011

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153w ago - Fun Bits Interactive Producer Chris Millar has shared a video trailer below for Escape Plan on the PS Vita handheld from Gamescom 2011 today.

To quote: Some of you may know me as one of the collaborative partners with SCEA Santa Monica Studios for the award-winning PlayStation Network exclusives, Fat Princess and Fat Princess: Fat Roles.

I'm not only here to introduce Fun Bits Interactive to you, but to also introduce Escape Plan, as one of the upcoming titles for the PlayStation Vita.

Escape Plan made its debut on Tuesday at the Sony Computer Entertainment Europe press conference and I have to express how thrilled I have been to see how well it has been received by colleagues and media alike throughout the week.





Placing bite-sized entertainment in the palm of your hands, Escape Plan features two hapless characters, Lil and Laarg, who have been captured and need your influence, skill and brainpower to escape from a dark labyrinth of irreverent puzzles and traps.

Escape Plan takes advantage of the PlayStation Vita's multi-touch display, rear touch panel and swipe interfaces. Players can swipe, squeeze, poke and slap these guys to interact and manipulate the environment and help Lil and Laarg survive each deadly...
 

PS3-Vita Connectivity and More Revealed in Leaked Sony PDF File

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153w ago - Today Examiner.com (linked above) reports that a leaked Sony R&D presentation PDF File ([Register or Login to view links]) has revealed PS3-Vita connectivity, save sharing and more through PlayStation Network.

In addition, features such as voice chat and messaging along with remote play will also be available. Those interested can check out some slides from the SCEE R&D presentation HERE.

To quote: "Today a PDF file was discovered from a Keynote given at Develop in Brighton, the PDF reveals plans for Vita and how the new portable will interact with other Vita's locally and over the internet, what services the handheld will feature, DLC, as well as how the Vita and PS3 can interact - Vita as a PS3 controller but using Vita's unique features to enhance the game experience and several others are touched on.

The PDF document also details Vita's communication modes and how it will interact with the PlayStation Network, future updates, information on cross-platform play, cross-game chat, and much more."
 
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