Ryan Wilson

PlayStation Vita US Pre-Launch Guide

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With the early launch of the newest PlayStation portable powerhouse only a day away, lets take a look at what to expect from the system.

Key Features

Front and Rear Touch – Double the touch of the 3DS without a court mandated restraining order.
Sixaxis – Allows tilt based controls in games; mocking looks in strangers
Trophies – For achievement junkies
Quad-core GPU – Makes the games look pretty at the expense of battery life.
Front and Rear Camera – For augmented reality, chat, and accidentally taking pictures of your nethers during a bathroom play session
Social Networking – For accidentally posting said nether picture for the whole internet to see
Two Analog Sticks – Seriously, it took THIS long to add to portable consoles?
Cross Platform Play – For multiplayer action with PS3 owners.

First Edition Bundle: $349.99

First Edition Bundle includes:

PS Vita 3G/WiFi System
4 GB memory card
Official branded PS Vita case
A copy of Little Deviants

Official Launch Systems

3G/WiFi Model: $299.99

Launch time bonuses: 8 GB memory card, Free month of 256 MB data connection (with purchase of a month), free PSN game

WiFi Model: $249.99


3G service is provided by AT&T for the US release of the PlayStation Vita. Data plans are contract-free, so 3G/WiFi Vita owners can cancel at any time without fear of additional charges. The data plans are as follows:

250 MB/30 days: $14.99
3 GB/month: $30/30 days: $30.00

Vita models that support 3G will also be built in with GPS technology, which can be used to easily connect with friends nearby and accurately display location on social networks.

Launch Titles

(Note: Some titles may not be available during the early release window)

Army Corps of Hell
Asphalt: Injection
Ben 10: Galactic Racing
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
Dungeon Hunter: Alliance
Dynasty Warriors Next
Escape Plan
F1 2011
FIFA Soccer
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
Hustle Kings
Little Deviants
Lumines: Electronic Symphony
Michael Jackson The Experience HD
ModNation Racers: Road Trip
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
Rayman Origins
Reality Fighters
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
StarDrone Extreme
Super Stardust Delta
Touch My Katamari
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition
WipEout 2048

Backwards Compatibility

The PlayStation Vita will be backwards compatible with downloaded PS Minis, PS Suite, PSP, and PS1 Classic titles. It will not support physical PlayStation Portable UMDs.

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