Sony TGS Conference 2011: Vita dated for December 17

Tuesday, 13th September 2011 18:51 GMT By Patrick Garratt

SCEJ has confirmed that PlayStation Vita will ship on December 17 in Japan, reconfirming a price of ¥29,980 for the 3G version and ¥24,980 for the WiFi SKU.

Sony’s TGS ’11 press conference

Vita to launch on December 17 in Japan.

NTT Docomo named as Japanese 3G provider.

3G data to be sold pre-paid: it’s to cost ¥980 (£8.09, €9.36, $12.74) for 20 hours of use and ¥4,980 (£41.10, €47.54, $64.73) for 100 hours.

No details at all for western Vita launches.

Final Fantasy X remake confirmed for Vita and PS3.

MGS HD Edition confirmed for Vita.

Zone of the Enders HD Edition confirmed for Vita, to contain both ZoE 1 and 2.

Vita will launch with 26 games in Japan.

Sony said 100 Vita games will launch before next March.

SCEJ has confirmed that PlayStation Vita will ship on December 17 in Japan, re-asserting a price of ¥29,980 (£248/€286/$390) for the 3G version and ¥24,980 (£206/€239/$325) for the WiFi-only machine, speaking at the firm’s TGS 2011 press conference.

NTT Docomo was confirmed as Vita’s 3G partner in Japan, as was a pre-paid system for 3G data. It’s to cost ¥980 (£8.09, €9.36, $12.74) for a 20-hour pre-paid card, and ¥4,980 (£41.10, €47.54, $64.73) for 100 hours pre-paid.

No details were given for any western launches.

Games – farsands of ‘em

Square Enix’s Shinji Hashimoto dropped the biggest game announcement of the conference, confirming a special tenth anniversary edition of Final Fantasy X for Vita and PS3. There was no date, however.

Hashimoto-san also announced Lord of Apocalypse for Vita – the action-RPG that leaked earlier from Famitsu – and something called Hell’s Army, which will appear at December launch.

Final Fantasy Type-0 will launch on October 27 for PSP, and FFXIII-2 will hit PS3 in December in Japan, he said.

Konami’s Hideo Kojima also appeared leaning on the Transfarring system, which tracks play on both PS3 and Vita, synching progress.

He confirmed the Metal Gear Solid HD Edition for Vita: it’s releasing next year before announcing a Zone of the Enders HD Edition for 2012, showing a very short video.

The ZoE pack will include both the first and second games from the mech shooter series.

Kojiima then said that his Fox engine will support Vita, meaning you’ll essentially be getting two versions in one. Don’t hold your breath, though: his next game will “take a while”.

Capcom’s Yoshi Ono confirmed Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3 for Vita, as had been previously leaked.

The fighter’s to have online play and will use Vita’s Near app to find players. It was confirmed as a launch game.

Massami Yamamoto, the SCE WWS Japan boss, showed Everybody’s Golf 6, talking about its online and competitive features. It’s to have national tournaments, apparently.

Sony said Vita will launch with 26 games, including Everybody’s Golf 6, Ridge Racer, a Michael Jackson title, BlazBlue, Dream Club Portable, F1 2011, Virtua Tennis 4, and much more.

A stream of developers then appeared on the screen, including Tomonobu Itagaki and Toshihiro Nagoshi: Sony said 100 Vita games will be out by next March.

Vita pre-orders will begin on October 15.

In the House

The event started with a Japanese address from Andrew House, the now-president of Sony Computer Entertainment, in which he talked about working in the US and Europe, and how excited he is to be working with the PlayStation brand.

PlayStation 3 has now sold shipped 51.8 million units worldwide, Sony said, and PSP has moved 71.4 million.

Red and blue PS3 SKUs were confirmed for Japan, as was a red and black PSP.

Sony talked about the PSN hacking outage, and said the issue had raised awareness of security in the organisation and that things on PSN are now “vibrant”.

Vita was the main topic for the day, though, with SCEJ boss Hiroshi Kawano saying the handheld is important for Sony’s growth, before showing a video of the machine in action.

Gravity Daze was the first game to be shown running amid a variety of social networking apps. A four-player game of Everybody’s Golf and a core RPG were also seen.

After confirming Vita’s date and 3G data pricing, Kawano-san went on to demo the unit itself on stage, showing its UI, setting time and date, connecting to a mock 3G network and more.

SCEJ’s Kenjo Akiyama showed off a customisable desktop, his dog-based wallpaper and played a Spider Man movie trailer.

The console’s music player was also shown.

Vita has an iOS- and Android-style slide interface for different home screens, it was seen. The handheld’s picture viewer works as it does on a phone, with the user pulling images to either side of the screen.

Akiyama-san then showed Vita’s Welcome Pack, an interface training program in which the user’s shown how to open and operate apps.

We saw the browser; a content manager that works with PS3; a Friends management system; Trophies; and reconfirmation that Facebook, Twitter, Skype and Foursquare will all appear on Vita.

Sony will take Vita on tour in Japan from November, visiting Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo and Fukuoka.

The press conference took place the day before Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida provides the show’s keynote, from which VG247′s Brenna Hillier will be reporting live.

For more details on what’s happening at TGS this week, check out Brenna’s guide.



  1. daytripper

    hopefully a set in stone vita release date :-D

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

    @1 This! I really want to know, because I am seriously considering one.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. KAP

    Its a shame The Last Gaurdian is a no-show… AGAIN!

    #3 3 years ago
  4. daytripper

    @2 the oled screen, uncharted, wipepout and the price sold it for me. cant wait, i just hope developers make more competent games suited to the machine and not just an array of ports. for example, how about a catherine spin off or mass effect exclusive to vita? or if they really wanted to surprise…dare i say a call of duty spin off only on vita?

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Razor

    Hope they drop a western release date.

    Would be nice to finally get a date nailed down for this thing.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. Patrick Garratt

    I’d be very surprised if we didn’t get solid Vita launch details here. They have to do it now. It’s out in a few months.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    I’d like to hear a $300 AUD RRP.

    #7 3 years ago
  8. TD_Monstrous69

    The only disappointment for me is NO LAST GUARDIAN?! WTF!? Also @daytripper (awesome profile name btw), Call of Duty’s already been confirmed as coming to Playstation Vita, back when it was announced as the NGP, the only thing that hasn’t been unveiled is what exactly the game is.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. daytripper

    @8 thanks. yeah last guardian is a bit of a frustrating one but am sure it will be worth it in the end. yeah i watched the announcement of call of duty vita when it was called NGP but for me it needs to be it’s own game, not a port of MW3 or Black Ops.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Goffee

    Hopefully Vita gets Monster Hunter 4 too, unlikely to be a Ninty exclusive

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Erthazus

    I’m sure Monster Hunter 4 will be released for Vita at some point but for now Sony have ZERO killer apps for it’s handheld, although Ps vita have some impressive launch lineup. Nintendo made a smart move announcing MH4 for it’s device.

    There is so much potential with that device for RPG games and even Western RPG games. No more shitty Ps1-Ps2 quality games this time around.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. Clupula

    I actually noticed that Sony didn’t announce any new big PS3 exclusive at E3 (Starhawk isn’t a system seller. I’m talking about the Uncharted, Last Guardian, God of War-level exclusives) TGS would probably be the perfect time to do so.

    #12 3 years ago
  13. ultramega

    “…to keep abreast of the goings on…”

    Oh, baby.

    But seriously, is it like 20 minutes that it starts in then, or am I totally out of it?

    #13 3 years ago
  14. Johnny Cullen


    #14 3 years ago
  15. Razor

    Not sure why I’ve stayed up for this.

    The presser is being completely ignored by both SCEA and SCEE judging by their [lack of] blogs and tweets, so this is probably going to be insanely Japanese focused…probably more than usual.

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Johnny Cullen

    They’ve allowed Western press in for the first time, though. Eurogamer and ShackNews are there.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    You can watch it here:

    #17 3 years ago
  18. Razor

    Woah, Andrew House, respect.

    No wonder he was promoted with Japanese like that.

    #18 3 years ago
  19. Johnny Cullen

    I was properly impressed. :O

    #19 3 years ago
  20. Stoopid_Snot

    does the engkish link work for anybody?

    #20 3 years ago
  21. Razor

    Ah, balls to this. I’m gonna leave you guys to pick out the headlines. This Japanese is giving me a headache :)

    And someone needs to get on SCEJ about their streaming. Last year’s was awful, and this year’s just plain doesn’t work. Am disappoint, Sony.

    #21 3 years ago
  22. Unlimax

    Was it over .. !!

    Terrible .

    #22 3 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    So basically Nintendo won just by announcing MH4.

    Well, woop di doop Sony.

    #23 3 years ago
  24. Lounds

    @23 won what?

    Vita has more of a chance of being succesful than 3DS, the line up, the tech, atlest SONY knows what they’re building, now Nintendo wants to add an acessory to have another stick.

    #24 3 years ago
  25. Erthazus

    @24, no, i’m just saying that Nintendo won presentation. There are 6 million MH fanbase in Japan. It’s a really big 3rd party game for Japan. Japanese gamers have a boner for MH and Monster Hunter 4 announcement as being developed alone and exclusively for the 3DS is a huge thing.

    3DS in my opinion is a failed product. Vita is not and i’m sure it will be successfull but with the TGS thing Nintendo has a slight advantage.

    #25 3 years ago
  26. SadyFarah

    I am worried about this Ps3/vita releases….If it means that I´ll have to TWICE for the same game for the convinience of playing it on the go… I´ll just stick with one of the available versions….

    #26 3 years ago
  27. Gekidami

    ^ I know that Ruin will come for both platforms in one box, so there are games that will run on that idea. We just have to see how many in all.

    #27 3 years ago

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