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Sony TGS Conference 2011: Vita dated for December 17

Tuesday, 13 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.

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27 Comments

  1. daytripper

    hopefully a set in stone vita release date :-D

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Stephany Nunneley

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

    #2 4 years ago
  3. KAP

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

    #3 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    I’d like to hear a $300 AUD RRP.

    #7 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  10. Goffee

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

    #10 4 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.

    BRING YOU FUCKING BASTARDS TALES SERIES TO EU!1111 for vita.
    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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago
  14. Johnny Cullen

    MY NEWS BODY IS SO READY TO THE EXTEND I AM WRITING IN CAPS NOW!

    #14 4 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 4 years ago
  16. Johnny Cullen

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

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Patrick Garratt

    You can watch it here: http://ja.twitch.tv/puchi_/

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Razor

    Woah, Andrew House, respect.

    No wonder he was promoted with Japanese like that.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. Johnny Cullen

    I was properly impressed. :O

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Stoopid_Snot

    does the engkish link work for anybody?

    #20 4 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 4 years ago
  22. Unlimax

    Was it over .. !!

    Terrible .

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Erthazus

    So basically Nintendo won just by announcing MH4.

    Well, woop di doop Sony.

    #23 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago

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  • Get Spec Ops: The Line for free through 2K Games sale on Humble Store

    A 2K Games sale is going on this weekend on the Humble Store with up to 83% off on select titles. Games on sale include Evolve, Bioshock, Civilization and other franchises. Plus, Spec Ops: The Line can be yours for free with the purchase of any -2K title on sale. To see the full list […]

  • Dota 2 The International 2015 tickets are sold out

    Tickets to Dota 2 The International 2015 are now sold out, which shouldn’t surprise anyone. The tickets went on sale in two phases starting March 27. Phase one sold out in six minutes, and phase two sold out in four minutes. Each round of sales offered the same quantity of General Admission tickets priced at […]

  • Here’s what’s expected in Battlefield 4′s Weapon Crate DLC – video

    A new Battlefield 4 drop is on the horizon, and to give you an idea of what to expect, we have a video for you below featuring information on the Weapon Crate DLC. According to Battlefield expert Westie, players can expect five new weapons along with the return of the Gun Master game mode. The […]

  • Pillars of Eternity issues to be addressed in patch 1.03, expected next week

    Obsidian Entertainment plans to release a Pillars of Eternity patch next week to combat issues users have reported. Until the patch is released, the developers have posted workarounds for some of the most common issues. The issues reported span framerate drops, inability to launch the game unless in administrator mode, crashes on 32-bit machines, animal […]

  • Mortal Kombat X videos show Erron Black gameplay, Ermac fatalities, more

    Erron Black, the gunslinger which was outed for Mortal Kombat X in the achievements listing last week, was featured in the latest livestream from NetherRelam Studios yesterday evening. Along with gameplay, fatalities and variations for Black, the developer also provided a look at gameplay for: Ermac vs Mileena; Ermac’s brutality and fatality moves; Lui Kang […]

  • The Legend of Zelda Wii U: 2015 release not a “priority”, skipping E3

    The Legend of Zelda franchise producer Eiji Aonuma is featured in the latest video update on the status of The Legend of Zelda for Wii U, stating a 2015 release is no longer a “number one priority” for the team. While Aonuma never specifically says the game has been delayed into 2016, the announcement confirms […]

  • Destiny gameplay designer exits for Bethesda

    Destiny’s senior gameplay designer Josh Hamrick announced on Twitter overnight he would be leaving the company in a week’s time for Bethesda. Hamrick joined Bungie in 2009 after working two years at Midway Austin, where he created multiplayer maps, modified single-player levels, and other designer functions. He was in charge of fixing bug in code […]

  • What to expect from the Call of Duty Championship this weekend

    Just settling down to the Call of Duty Championship this weekend? Here’s a rundown of today’s matches and what else to expect over the next three days. The Call of Duty Championship is taking place in LA this weekend until Sunday, with 32 four-player teams battling it out for a prize pot of $1 million. […]

  • MLB 15 The Show video highlights improved graphics, updated grass patterns

    Sony has released a video for MLB 15 The Show which provides a look at graphical improvements made to the game. Along with the visual upgrade over MLB 14 The Show, the game contains new minor league stadiums, dynamic sun generated in real-time, and upgraded grass patterns which reflect each stadium’s unique look. MLB 15 […]

  • Valve to offer HTC Vive Developer Edition free to qualified developers

    Valve has said it will offer the HTC Vive Developer Edition for free to qualified developers in an effort to buoy projects before the tech launches commercially. Surgeon Simulator developer Bossa Studios and The Room studio Fireproof Games are just some of the developers which already have a free Vive in-hand. According to Valve’s Doug […]

  • DriveClub gameplay video features MotorStorm’s off-road buggies

    Some gameplay footage of MotorStorm’s off-road buggies in DriveClub has surfaced. Pictures of the buggies were shown on the Japanese PlayStation Blog earlier this month, which considering the game was developed by Evolution Studios – which developed MotorStorm – this isn’t too much of a surprise. The buggies were first spotted by Videogamer, which pulled […]

  • Mortal Kombat X live-action TV spot features the track Chop Suey

    The TV sport for Mortal Kombat X has been released, and not only does it contain a “spontaneous fight circle” taking over an entire city, but it features the System of a Down track Chop Suey. Mortal Kombat X will be released on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One April 14. The […]

  • Bloodborne Forbidden Woods progression bug caused by multiplayer summon

    A progression bug in Bloodborne is in the works, according to Sony and From Software. The issue occurs when players activate a multiplayer session in the Forbidden Woods using the Sinister Resonant Bell or Small Resonant Bell. It also appears the Lunarium Key won’t appear because of the multiplayer bug, and without the key you […]

  • Yo-Kai Watch game franchise has sold over 7 million copies

    The Yo-Kai Watch IP has sold over 7 million copies, according to developer Level-5. The figure included both physical and digital download sales. Yo-Kai Watch 3 will be unveiled during Level-5 Vision 2015 next month. The first title is in the works for the west but is still without a release window. Thanks, Gematsu.

  • Bloodborne trademark returned to Sony after accidentally losing it

    In case you were worried or anything, Sony has once again obtained the Bloodborne trademark. Earlier this week it was revealed that Sony mistakenly abandoned the Bloodborne trademark along with four others registered with US Patent and Trademark Office: Guns Up!, Kill Strain; How Games Were Made to Sound, and No Heroes Allows: No Puzzles […]

  • GTA 5 PC official trailer coming next week, 15 new screenshots released

    New PC screenshots of GTA 5 have been released along with word of a new trailer coming on Monday. The screens below are from the PC version and you can view them in 4K glory over on Rockstar Newswire. The PC version of GTA 5 releases on April 14.

  • PSN real-time server status page launching in Europe soon

    PlayStation users in Europe will soon have its own a PSN Service Status Indicator. It was released earlier this month in North America. The indicator makes it easier to check whether PlayStation services are down or running as planned. This includes account management, PlayStation Now, the store, social services, etc. Sony told Eurogamer the service […]

  • Exclusivity contract prevents Bioware from revealing Dragon Age: Inquisition DLC release on PS4

    Bioware is unable to discuss when the Jaws of Hakkon DLC for Dragon Age: Inquisition will arrive on platforms other than PC and Xbox One. According to various tweets from executive producer Mark Darrah, due to the exclusivity contract between EA and Microsoft, the studio is unable to announce a release date for PlayStation 3 […]

  • LEGO Batman 3 demo, Namco Museum, more added to North American eShop

    Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with a demo for LEGO Batman 3, Namco Museum on Wii U Virtual Console, and various sales. Below is the full update. Nintendo eShop Dot Arcade – Wii U LEGO Ninjago – 3Ds LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham Demo – Wii U Harvest Moon: The […]

  • Square Enix’s Easter Surprise bundle contains five mystery PC games

    Square Enix offering another mystery bundle to customers in the UK, which comes with five mystery PC games for £3.99. As before, customers will be unaware of the games they are purchasing in the mystery bundle, but the bundle contains triple-A titles worth £40 combined. One of Square’s previous mystery bundles contained Tomb Raider, Just […]

  • From Software’s PSone game Shadow Tower coming to PSN

    Shadow Tower, the first-person action-RPG developed for the original PlayStation by From Software, will be released on PlayStation Network. In the 1998 title, players took on the role of a mercenary who has returned home to the Holy Land of Zeptar to find the place has been sucked into the Underworld. He must use the […]

  • PlayStation TV gets price cut in the UK, now £44.99

    PlayStation TV has received a price cut in the UK. After several retailers started offering the console for less than the RRP of £84.99, users on DealSpwn began to wonder whether this is an official price cut, and not just regular deals or stock clearance. Sony later confirmed the new price of £44.99. “Starting from […]

  • Fast & Furious expansion for Forza Horizon 2 is now available, for free

    You can download Forza Horizon 2 expansion Fast & Furious starting right now. Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious is available to download now through Xbox Live for Xbox One and Xbox 360. The expansion is standalone, so you don’t need to own Forza Horizon 2 to play it. It’s also free from now […]

  • Fire-based weapons come to PayDay 2 with the Butcher’s BBQ Pack

    The 20th DLC for PayDay 2, the Butcher’s BBQ Pack, is now available on Steam. The DLC will run you $4.99/€4.99 and features: Piglet Grenade Launcher, 12G Steakout Shotgun and Mk1 Flamethrower Molotov cocktails and incendiary ammo Four new masks, patterns, materials and achievements The Butcher’s BBQ Pack is another co-development between Overkill and Croatian […]

  • Lords of the Fallen developer offers Hideo Kojima a job

    Amid the current turmoil between Hideo Kojima and publisher Konami, one studio has offered the legendary designer a position. Lords of the Fallen developer Deck 13 took to Twitter to extend a job offer to Hideo Kojima. Dear Mr. @HIDEO_KOJIMA_EN In case you are currently searching, we have an open position as Head of Game […]

  • Destiny Xur update: should you buy MIDA Multi Tool?

    The question on every Destiny player’s lips today. And the answer, supplied by resident Destiny expert Paul Davies, is… Yes! We asked Paul whether or not he thought Xur’s Exotic weapon this week was worth the 23 Strange Coins. Here’s what he said: “It was already a great gun to own for PVP owing to […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 has an all-male cast to make it “more approachable”

    According to Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata, the main cast of the game is all-male because it makes the game “more approachable.” Final Fantasy 15 director Hajime Tabata spoke to Gamespot about the reason for his choice of making the core cast an all-male affair. “Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable […]

  • Hearthstone Blackrock Mountain is coming April 2

    Blizzard has given Hearthstone expansion Blackrock Mountain a solid release date. Hearthstone’s Blackrock Mountain adventure pack will be released April 2 in the Americas region, and April 3 in Europe, Korea, Taiwan, and China. Blackrock Depths is the first wing to be released, others will follow one week apart. Other than the 31 new cards, […]

  • Bloodborne: if you can’t load your save after installing firmware 2.50, this will help

    If you’re having issues loading your Bloodborne save after applying firmware update 2.50 to your PS4, this should help you out. Reddit user KBALLZZ encountered an issue after installing update 2.50 on his PlayStation 4. Bloodborne started reinstalling the day one patch again and when it was done he couldn’t continue his game or load […]

  • Use this code to get 10% off on PSN purchases

    Sony is offering a 10% discount coupon to anyone looking to buy games on PlayStation Store this weekend. Sony’s latest discount coupon code is here. You’ll receive 10% off your cart total when buying from the PSN Store. The offer is not valid on purchases made on PS Vita, PlayStation TV, PSP, or in-game stores. […]

  • Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin upgrade path announced, system specs revealed

    Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin will offer returning customers a chance to upgrade at a discounted price. Those who already own Dark Souls 2 on Steam and are interested in picking up the Scholar of the First Sin edition will be happy to know that publisher Bandai Namco is offering them an […]

  • Bloodborne: this is what happens when you have 40 Insight

    Insight is one of the currencies in Bloodborne, but it’s also a mechanic that affects the gameplay. There are MASSIVE SPOILERS below, so turn back now or one of Bloodborne’s gameplay mechanics will be SPOILED for you. Just like Blood Echoes in Bloodborne, Insight is used to purchase certain items from vendors in the game. […]

  • Phase two of Xbox One April update brings voice messages, dedicated servers for party chat, more

    The second phase of the April update for Xbox One is now open to members of the Preview programme and and it looks like there are even more features in store. Phase one of Xbox One’s April firmware update started a few days ago with improvements to party chat and achievements notifications. Today, phase two […]

  • GTA 5′s graphical “downgrade” is a bug, will be fixed in upcoming patch

    As of patch 1.8 for GTA 5 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, a few graphical issues have cropped up leading some to believe there has been a stealth downgrade to the game’s overall graphics. Over the past couple of days, Reddit went nuts over a video showing what appears to be a downgrade to […]

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory for March 27, 28 – MIDA Multi-Tool edition

    Xur: Agent of the Nine has arrived at The Tower in Destiny to rid you of your Strange Coins. Xur: Agent of the Nine has once again made it to Destiny’s Tower to sell you Exotic weapons and gear in exchange for Strange Coins and Motes of Light. For this weekend, Xur can be found […]

  • Destiny vault space upgrade will have enough room for every Exotic

    Destiny is finally getting the vault space upgrade players have been begging for almost since launch week. Destiny players can currently use vault space to store 20 pieces of amour, 20 weapons and 20 general item stacks. In the latest Bungle Weekly Update, the developer revealed that as of patch 1.1.2, due before House of […]

  • Half-Life 2: Update mod applies some sparkle to the original title

    Half-Life 2: Update will be available tomorrow, and thanks to the modding community, those who own the vanilla version of the game can apply a visual update to the 2004 title. The comparison video shows you the differences between the original version, and the version with Half-Life 2: Update applied. Here’s what the mod includes: […]