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New Life: PlayStation Vita launches in Japan

Saturday, 17th December 2011 08:00 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Sony has launched PlayStation Vita in Japan, with a flood of reports, pictures and videos making their way online while SCE heads Kaz Hirai and Andy House met and greeted day one buyers.

PlayStation Vita

Announced and unveiled at PlayStation Business Meeting in January 2011

Comes with OLED touch-screen and backward touch panel support, two cameras – one forwards, one backwards – and SIXAXIS support.

Western launch happening on February 22, 2012. Here’s the European launch line-up.

Vodafone in Europe, AT&T in the US and NTT Docomo in Japan all signed up as 3G partners

Q&A – PlayStation Vita.

Up to 600 people waited at Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara, waiting to get their hands on the system, first announced at PlayStation Meeting 2011 in January as NGP. The Vita name was announced at E3.

One person who queued up at the retailer for a unit was someone who decided to dress up as Mario. We’ve got nothing else to add to that.

It was reported yesterday that Sony had upped shipment numbers of the handheld by 200,000 across Japan, from 500,000 to 700,000 units, making it easier for anyone who didn’t pre-order to walk in and buy it without the need to reserve. Sony refused to specify numbers earlier this week.

But Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House has said he’s hopeful there won’t be any demand shortages in the long-term following the launch, although admits there may be issues short-term.

“I’m pretty confident … that there will not be major challenges in meeting demand, even though there may be short-term,” he said to reporters earlier this week, as reported by MSNBC.

House and SCE chairman Kaz Hirai were at the official launch in Shibuya, where Andriasang had a liveblog of the event. There’s also photos on Game Impress.

Official launch titles and apps include Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, F1 2011, Katamari Damacy, Ridge Racer, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Little Deviants, BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend, Dark Quest, Disgaea 3 Return, Lord of Apocalypse, Virtua Tennis 4, Dynasty Warriors Next, Hot Shots Golf, Dream C Club Zero Portable, Fish On, Minnato Issho, Monster Radar, Nature of Night of Kamaitachi, Niconico, Project N.O.E.L.S, Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja and Yuusha no kiroku.

My Name is Vita

A three-part introduction to Vita from the Japanese launch, via NeoGAF‘s twentytwo22.

The Wi-Fi version of the handheld launched for ¥24,980, while the 3G version came in at ¥29,980.

Vita launches here in Europe and the US on February 22 for £229/£279, €249/€299 and $249/$299 for either Wi-Fi or 3G units respectively.

Vita already gets first Firmware update

A fit-inducing flood of media has flooded in since the launch this morning, with Famitsu (1, 2, 3), MSN Japan, Kotaku and Dengeki among others posting launch day pictures and videos from outlets across Japan.

Kotaku‘s Brian Ashcraft has posted a ton of pictures of him unboxing his unit. There’s an unboxing video from Gamewave on Engadget, while there’s a three-parter in the boxout to the left via NeoGAF.

Meanwhile, Sony has already launched a day one Firmware updatefor the system. Firmware 1.50 was ready to download just as consumers turned on their systems for the first time, although it’s currently unknown what the update brings.

And already, someone has taken apart a Vita unit. You can see the insides if that’s the sort of thing that turns you on at 7 in the morning over on Pocket News (via Andriasang).

Famitsu drops first reviews, Everybody’s Golf 6 scores highest

For its new issue earlier this week, Famitsu gave the first reviews for the launch games, with Everybody’s Golf 6 coming out as the highest scoring game with a 38/40. Dynasty Warriors Next followed with a 36, followed by Uncharted: Golden Abyss with a 35.

Full review scores are below from GameSpot:

  • Minna no Golf 6 – 10 9 10 9
  • Uncharted Golden Abyss – 9 8 8 10
  • Dynasty Warriors Next – 9 10 9 8
  • Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom – 9 9 9 8
  • Disgaea 3 – 8 8 9 8
  • True Night of the Kamaitachi – 9 8 7 9
  • Virtua Tennis 4 – 8 8 9 7
  • Ridge Racer – 8 8 8 8
  • Army Corps of Hell – 7 8 9 8
  • Katamary Damacy – 8 8 8 7
  • Blazblue – 8 8 8 7
  • Mahjong – 7 8 9 7
  • Shinobido 2 – 7 8 8 7
  • Lord of Apocalypse – 8 7 6 7
  • Little Deviants – 7 7 6 7
  • Dream Club – 7 6 8 6
  • Asphalt – 6 7 6 7
  • Monster Radar – 6 6 5 6
  • Michael Jackson – 7 6 5 4
  • Dark Quest – 5 7 4 6
  • F1 2011 – 6 5 4 5

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  1. tatsujin

    Nice. Awesome job Sony. <3 Vita.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Dimaco

    @1 + 1
    Day one purchase for me.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Kaufer

    Bad news for importers. Vita specific PSstore for NA and EU are not up and wont connect. Probably wont be available until Febuary so only games you can play are Japanese games. But non-Japanese PSNIDs will log-in if thats any consolation if you want to earn trophies from retail games.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. xxJPRACERxx

    Is the guy in the picture taking a shit?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Erthazus

    I want it, but 39.99 GBP for 16 GB PS VITA small memory card at amazon.co.uk that should cost (3$-10$) is a bit off.

    I mean, Sony is crazy with these small memory cards. They are overpriced as hell, to be honest… 3$ already too much for it.

    Preordered already 3G PS Vita for 279.99 gbp at Amazon + Screen protector + Officially Licensed PS VITA 4Gamers Deluxe Travel Case + (I wait for 32 GB memory card, but for now there is only 16 GB one at amazon) + i’m waiting for the games. For now there is zero list at Amazon except for Shinobido.. or whatever.

    I’m very excited for Ps vita, except for memory cards…

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Moonwalker1982

    Yeah, the overpriced memory cards are a huge fun-breaker. The Vita itself without 3G is only 250 euro, which really ain’t alot for a handheld with such power. But the fun gets ruined when they don’t even include at least 2 or 5gb memory card with it. Ridiculous actually….and then you still have to buy a game as well.

    Are gameprices known yet?

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Erthazus

    “Are gameprices known yet?”

    Nope. I really don’t know why they forgot to say something about game prices. You can preorder Vita, but you can’t preorder games.
    With 3DS it was completely opposite.

    ” But the fun gets ruined when they don’t even include at least 2 or 5gb memory card with it”

    I’m still confused to be honest. There is no memory card at all? I thought there was 4GB one.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Moonwalker1982

    I just checked a few online stores from my country, and Uncharted and Modnation Racers for example are gonna cost 45,99 euro. Which is well….the same i pay for 360 games at online stores.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Kabby

    Early adopters always get butt-raped.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. ASBI

    my ps3 HDD is 40GB and it is enough for me (if u delete the finished games data)

    I think 32GB is more than enough for a handheld console

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Joe Anderson

    Those review scores are fake. Famitsu didn’t review any Vita games in this week’s issue.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. back_up

    can’t wait for european release

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Gekidami

    Had to be done:
    http://i39.tinypic.com/kai8ex.jpg

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Deacon

    ^ hahaha

    #14 2 years ago