New PS Vita and PlayStation 4 Japanese Release Date!
Immediately after Sony Japan's Pre Tokyo Game Show Press Conference, word has spread like wildfire on several announcements:
- Japanese launch date for the PlayStation 4 has now been confirmed for Februrary 22, 2014.
- The PS Vita has been improved in the new slim model.
- The PS Vita TV is Sony's new Apple TV like device.
- 2 Games have been announced as support for the new Vita.
- A new 64 GB Vita Memory Card is available.
Recently announced at Sony Japan's Pre TGS conference, the PlayStation Vita PCH-2000 is the newest iteration of Sony's flagship handheld.
When compared with the original PS Vita, the physical differences are immediately obvious, as the PCH-2000 model is 20 percent thinner, 15 percent lighter and comes in multiple colours. The OLED screen has now been replaced with a 5 inch LCD display - Sony confidently stated that this new screen will still deliver the beautiful graphics found native to the system.
The original dedicated power/transfer cable has now been replaced with a micro USB, allowing convienience of use as well as portability; the original power adapter stays with the original PS Vita. With regards to actual battery life, the PS Vita PCH-2000 boast an extra hour for 4-6 hours of active use.
More importantly, and perhaps the biggest difference of all is the initial price; the new PS Vita is actually cheaper than the original model even after the price drop of the latter - hopefully fans of portable gaming who have not purchased a Vita can finally take advantage of the proposed 100 Vita titles by the end of 2013.
Though admittedly a slow start, Sony hopes to revitalize the Vita brand, especially at a crucial moment just before the launch of the PlayStation 4. For gamers, this attractively priced console is the perfect way to take advantage of all the future cross play Vita/PS4 possibilites if not to just to own one of the most powerful handhelds ever created.
Another surprise reveal from Sony at the Pre TGS press con was the unvieling of the PS Vita TV, a brand new item in the growing Vita family. While the main idea of this tiny device is the ability to play Vita games on a television, the PS Vita TV is capable of a lot more.
Measuring 6cm by 10cm - making this the smallest PlayStation hardware ever, the PS Vita TV has 2 card slots: for Vita games and Vita Memory Cards; it will connect to the DualShock 3 controller with future support for the DualShock 4. While this may already be appealing for those who would enjoy the Vita experience on a bigger screen, the PS Vita extends it's functionality by enabling video streaming services and more. PSone Classics and PSP games from a digital library can also be played; Remote Play with a PS4 is a definite possibility in the future as well.
PS Vita TV has a Japanese release date on November 14th, and is listed at 9,480 Yen ($95); for 14,980 yen ($150) there is also a special bundle with an 8 gig Vita memory card and a DualShock 3 controller. At this moment, Pre-orders in Japan for the PS Vita TV have already begun to reach a critical mass.
|PlayStation Vita TV||US$ 198.99||24h|
|PlayStation Vita TV [Value Pack]||sold|
Sega has recently announced Phantasy Star Nova, a Vita title being developed by Tri-Ace - a studio well known for their RPG games. Phantasy Star Nova is set to release in Japan in 2014, and will be set in the same world as Phantasy Star Online 2. It has been confirmed that the title will be offline-centric, but will be available for both off and online co-op play with up to 4 players.
|Phantasy Star Nova||PSV||JPN||US$ 36.99||24h|
Soul Sacrifice, the monster hunting action title, has lit up the PS Vita. Generating a large following in a short amount of time, fans of the game will be ecstatic at the announcement of Soul Sacrifice Delta! Coming in 2014 the brand new game will feature new monsters, new magic, and according to the producer Keiji Inafune we should be on the lookout for new elements and items. It is still unconfirmed whether or not Soul Sacrifice Ace will be a true sequel or an imroved version.
However, some new features have been reported, a new 'neutral force' that will add a third option after save and sacrifice. Promoted as a part of Sony's 'collaboration battle' series - which also includes Gundam Breaker and God Eater 2.
|Soul Sacrifice Delta||PSV||JPN||US$ 53.99||1w|
PCH-2000: PLAYSTATION VITA SLIM MODEL OFFICAL ACCESSORIES
With the launch of all these new products, Sony has already prepared a gamut of accesories for future Vita slim owners. Most noteable would the introduction of the 64 GB memory card, a welcome addition for all Vita owners; additional space will become a future necessity as Sony plans to focus on the Vita's proported 100 title library, as well as the growing dedicaton to downloadable titles.
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