The PlayStation Vita is the new handheld console from Sony, which is officially launching in the US on February 22nd, but customers who ordered the First Edition Bundle will get their hands on it February 15th. In this post we'll be laying out all the features including Vita price points, features, launch titles, and more to help you understand the Vita launch.
The Vita is Sony's follow up to the PlayStation Portable (PSP) and the now defunct PSP Go. The hallmark new features of the device are the front and rear touch screens, which allow for never before seen types of interactive gameplay. The front OLED screen displays 16 million colors in 16:9 and looks as sharp as the HD gameplay we've become accustomed to on our HDTVs. In addition to the touch screens, the Vita also boasts dual sticks, a d-pad, shoulder buttons, plus the classic Sony action buttons.
There are two versions of the Vita: Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/3G. The Wi-Fi version will only allow you to connect when you are in a place with an active Wi-Fi network, but the 3G version will work like a cell phone, and allow you to go online almost anywhere. AT&T provides the 3G coverage for the Vita, and this service requires a separate contract with them, exactly like a phone.
Games for the Vita will be available both as physical copies that you can buy at the store, and in the form of digital downloads available via the PlayStation Network. The Vita has little native memory, meaning that it requires Sony's proprietary memory card. They are available in different sizes (4GB for $19.99, 8GB for $29.99, 16GB for $59.99, and 32GB for $99.99), but without a memory card, you will not be able to download games from PSN or save your games. Ostensibly, the system will function without a memory card, but without the ability to utilize any game saves, it will make the system hard to use.
PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle
If you are the type of person who just can't wait, you might want to pick up the PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle. Not only do you get access to the system a week early on February 15th, but you also get a case, a 4GB memory card, and a copy of Little Deviants.
3G Launch Bundle
The 3G enabled Vita will be available February 22nd, and the bundle comes with an 8GB memory card and a free PSN game. In order to use the 3G, you will need a contract with AT&T, and they have two tiers of service: 250MB for $14.99 per month or 3GB for $30 per month. These are no-contract agreements, so you can cancel anytime you like, but without the 3G service, you'll have to rely on Wi-Fi networks to connect.
This is the base model of the Vita and offers only the Wi-Fi enabled Vita. You will have to purchase the memory card and any games separately.
Vita Launch Titles
Available February 15th
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
ModNation Racers: Road Trip
Super StarDust Delta
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Dungeon Hunter Alliance
Lumines Electronic Symphony
Michael Jackson: The Experience
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Available February 22nd
Army Corps of Hell
Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend
Dynasty Warriors Next
Plants vs. Zombies
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs
Touch My Katamari
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
Available Later During the Launch Window
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention
Silent Hill: Book of Memories
MLB 12: The Show
Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted