Sony’s next-gen handheld, the PlayStation Vita, is nearly upon us, and although it’s “just” a handheld, it has a game lineup deep enough to make you think we’re about to encounter the launch of a full-fledged console. The system’s elegant, no question there, but the games are really what matter to gamers. So, in light of the system’s impending Feb. 22 launch in North America, we thought it would be helpful to provide a quick reminder of the PS Vita launch games slated to hit shelves on or about the system’s launch day.
The PS Vita platform has the full development support of the gaming industry, including SCE Worldwide Studios and all third-party publishers, who are combining to deliver 25 titles on day one. First-party launch titles will include Escape Plan, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, Little Deviants, ModNation Racers: Road Trip, UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss and wipEout 2048. Key launch titles from third-party partners will include EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer, Lumines Electronic Symphony, Touch My Katamari, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition.
Pricing for all software will range between $9.99 – $49.99. Software titles will be available via PS Vita game cards at retail stores or digitally via PlayStation Network. In addition, a select number of titles will be available exclusively on PlayStation Network.
SCEA Launch Day Titles
- Escape Plan (PSN Only)
- Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
- Hustle Kings (PSN Only)
- Little Deviants
- ModNation Racers: Road Trip
- Super StarDust Delta (PSN only)
- UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss
- wipEout 2048
SCEA Launch Window Titles
- Gravity Rush
- MLB 12 The Show
- Reality Fighters
- Unit 13
Third Party Publisher Launch Day Titles
- Army Corps of Hell
- Asphalt Injection
- BEN10 GALACTIC RACING
- Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND
- Dungeon Hunter Alliance
- Dynasty Warriors Next
- F1 2011
- EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer
- Lumines Electronic Symphony
- Michael Jackson The Experience
- Plants vs. Zombies (PSN Only)
- Rayman Origins
- Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
- Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN Only)
- Touch My Katamari
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
- Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition
Third-Party Launch-Window Titles
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Disgaea 3:Absence of Detention
- NINJA GAIDEN Sigma PLUS
- Ridge Racer
- Silent Hill Book of Memories
- Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted
The gameplay experience on PS Vita provided new ways to interact through features such as a 5-inch OLED multi-touch screen and rear touch pad, dual analog sticks, dual cameras, and six-axis motion sensing system. PS Vita will also interact with the PlayStation 3 with compatible titles, offering multi-player gaming across both platforms and cloud-saving so consumers can play a game on one platform and pick up where they left off on the other.
PS Vita will draw consumers deeper into the gameplay experience by providing both 3G/Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi only models, enabling them to connect and play with the world around them, including their friends and other PS Vita owners. A variety of social networking and communications services such as Facebook, flickr, foursquare, Skype and Twitter will be available on PS Vita.
PS Vita will launch at major retailers in the United States and Canada on February 22. The Wi-Fi model will be available for $249.99, and the 3G/Wi-Fi model will be available in the United States for $299.99. Consumers who pre-order the PS Vita First Edition Bundle will be able to pick up their devices as early as February 15. All first-party launch software titles and a selection of peripherals and third-party games will be available that day to support the release of the pre-sale Bundle.