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TGS 2011: PS Vita dated for December in Japan with hardware details, launch line-up revealed

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During Sony’s Tokyo Game Show 2011 press conference today, the company has announced a raft of new details regarding its upcoming handheld, the PS Vita, including expected battery life, the Japanese launch line-up of game, official pricing and availability options: and a release date in Japan.

PlayStation Vita

Let’s start with the good goods: PS Vita will release on December 17th in Japan and will retail for ¥24,980 for the WiFi only version of the device, and 29,800 for the 3G only version.

The handheld will initially become available in a ‘Crystal Black’ colour, with three bundles. Here they are:

  • For ¥24,980, the base model PS Vita system with WiFi will simply include a USB cable, AC adapter, power cord and manuals

  • For ¥29,980, the ‘limited edition’ version of the PS Vita will include the 3G and WiFi systems, as well as a USB cable, AC adapter, power cord, manuals and a SIM card with a reported 20 hours of pre-paid 3G connectivity.

  • For ¥29,980, the ‘first run’ edition of the PS Vita (only 500 000 units made) will include the 3G and WiFi systems, as well as a USB cable, AC adapter, power cord, manuals and a SIM card with a reported 100 hours of pre-paid 3G connectivity.

Keep in mind, these bundles are for Japan, and thanks to Sony’s partnership deal with Japanese service provider NTT DoCoMo, gamers in the country will be able to buy pre-paid 3G cards for 30 and 100 hours of connectivity time, priced between ¥980 and ¥4 980 respectively.

A few new hardware details also cropped up, with the reveal that the PS Vita’s battery is expected to allow for between three and five hours of game play time with one charge, as long as you’re not using Bluetooth or any of the network features.

Five hours of video playback and nine hours of music playback (while in standby mode) is also promised. Additionally, it’ll take approximately two hours and forty minutes to charge the system’s battery from empty to full.

Sony's gamescom Media Briefing - PS Vita Line-Up

And what of that Japanese launch line-up for the PS Vita? Here’s a list of an incredible 26 titles:

  • BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend (Arc System Works / Fighter)

  • Project NOELS (Arc System Works / Music Player (Download Only) )

  • Browser Sangokushi Touch Battle (AQ Interactive / real Time Simulation)

  • Fish On (Kadokawa Games / Sports)

  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (Capcom / Fighting Action)

  • Dynasty Warriors Next (Tecmo Koei / Tactical Action)

  • F1 2011 (Code Masters / Racing)

  • Army Corps of Hell (Square Enix / Army Action)

  • Lord of Apocalypse (Square Enix / Action RPG)

  • Shinobido 2 (Spike / Ninja Stealth Action)

  • Power Smash 4 (Sega / Sports)

  • Uncharted: Chizu Naki Bouken no Hajimari (Sony / Action Adventure)

  • Sawari Ma Kuru (Sony / Mini Game Collection / Download Only)

  • Minna to Issho (Sony / Visual Friend Network / Download Only)

  • Hot Shots Golf 6 (Sony / Golf Game)

  • Yuusha no Kiroku (Sony / Lifesyle App / Download Only)

  • Monster Radar (Sony Marketing / Positional Information Game)

  • @field (Sonic Powered / Virtual Space Golf Action)

  • Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru (ChunSoft / Sound Novel)

  • Dream Club Zero Portable (D3 Publisher / Love Simulation)

  • Nico Nico (Dwango / Nico Nico / Download Only)

  • Disgaea 3 Return (Nippon Ichi / Simulation RPG)

  • Katamari Damacy No Vita (Namco Bandai)

  • Ridge Racer (Namco Bandai / Racing / Download/Retail TBA)

  • Dark Quest (Ubisoft / RPG)

  • Michael Jackson The Experience (Ubisoft / Rhythm Game)

Look forward to more PS Vita news emerging out of Tokyo Game Show this week!


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