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Sony Computer Entertainment America today announced software launch details for the highly anticipated PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) handheld entertainment system, which will boast the biggest and best launch-lineup across the history of PlayStation platforms.
PS Vita will offer the most popular franchises in gaming along with entirely new titles – all built from the ground up to take advantage of PS Vita and the unique ways it enables gamers to play. 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’ (Electronic Arts), ‘Lumines Electronic Symphony’ (Ubisoft), ‘Touch My Katamari’ (Namco Bandai Games America), ‘Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3’ (Capcom Entertainment) and ‘Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition’ (Sega of America).
Pricing for all software will range between $9.99- $49.99 (MSRP). 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.
“PlayStation Vita is the ultimate portable gaming device, offering all of the interface, controls and social connectivity that gamers have been dreaming about to deliver unsurpassed entertainment and completely new ways to play,” said Jack Tretton, president and CEO, Sony Computer Entertainment America. “PS Vita features the most extensive launch-lineup in PlayStation’s history, and there are more than 100 games in development, ensuring that PS Vita gamers will always have a steady stream of amazing titles at their fingertips.”
The gameplay experience on PS Vita is unmatched by any other mobile device in the market, providing new ways to interact through features such as its 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 (PS3) 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 launches at major retailers in the United States and Canada on February 22, 2012. The Wi-Fi model will be available for $249.99 (MSRP), and the 3G/Wi-Fi model will be available in the United States for $299.99 (MSRP). Consumers who pre-order the PS Vita First Edition Bundle will be able to pick up their devices as early as February 15, 2012.
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. Consumers who purchase PS Vita will also be able to experience Augmented Reality (AR) right out of the box. Included with every PS Vita system are six AR Play cards and one voucher to download a handful of augmented reality mini games via PlayStation Network.