Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show conference was all about Vita and its imminent launch in Japan. A couple new features, lots of new games, and a December 17 launch date were the highlights of this meeting.
Sony revealed Vita has a built-in application dedicated to demonstrate basic features for new users. Vita is also capable of multitasking so you can listen to music while browsing pictures or call up the built-in web browser while playing games.
The biggest news coming out of the conference was several major developers revealing new games in the works for Vita. Konami confirmed Zone of the Enders HD Collection and Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will be available for Vita while Koei Tecmo is working on a port of Ninja Gaiden: Sigma. Capcom will have Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as one of Vita's launch games.
For RPG fans out there, you can expect a remake of Final Fantasy X (also in development for PS3), Tales of Innocence R, a Shin Megami Tensei title, and Ys Celceta Sea of Trees. Level-5 also has an RPG in development.
Here are the 26 games and applications available at Vita's launch:
- Army Corps of Hell
- Blazblue Continuum Shift Extend
- Dark Quest
- Disgaea 3 Return
- Dream C Club Zero Portable
- Dynasty Warriors Next
- Fish On
- F1 2011
- Hot Shots Golf 6
- Katamari Damacy no Vita
- Little Deviants
- Lord of Apocalypse
- Michael Jackson the Experience HD
- Minna to Issho ("Virtual Friend Network")
- Monster Radar
- Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru
- Niconico (Video recording program)
- Project NOELS (music player)
- Ridge Racer
- Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Power Smash 4 (Virtua Tennis 4)
- Yuusha no Kiroku (Lifestyle application)
- 3gokushi touchbattle
Vita Wi-Fi models will go on sale for 24,980 yen (equivalent to $325). 3G models cost 29,980 yen (roughly $390) to purchase.