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PlayStation Vita – Prepare for launch

The PlayStation Vita arrives this Wednesday in the UK and Europe, after what seems like a very long wait. To mark this occasion we thought we’d round up our coverage so far, as well as giving you a guide to what games will be available alongside the console, both at retail and on the PlayStation Network.

In addition to this, we’ll also look at what’s in the box, the accessories available and the games which you can look forward to in the future.

So let’s get started.

What’s in the box?

As you no doubt know by now, the PlayStation Vita is available in two forms, the WiFi and 3G model. Both of these models, if bought separately, include the console itself, an AC Adaptor, USB Cable, six augmented reality cards and in the case of the 3G model, a Vodaphone sim card.

There are no pre-installed games on the console, however you do have a tech demo in the shape of Welcome Park, which allows you to get a feel for the console’s various features. In terms of Apps, the Vita includes Near; Group Messaging; Photos (now with video recording ability due to the latest patch); Party Chat; Friends; PlayStation Store; Trophies; Music; Videos; Browser; Content Manager; Maps and Remote Play. Other Apps will also be downloadable on day one, with Twitter, LiveTweet (Twitter), Facebook and Flickr recently being confirmed by Sony.

You must be aware that any Apps being added via the PlayStation Store, such as those mentioned above, will require you to have a memory card as the Vita has no internal memory for this purpose. The same goes for any downloads or save games (other than those which save to the card), with some games not even starting without a memory card being plugged into the system. We would highly recommend that you own a memory card with your PlayStation Vita from day one, in fact we’d say it’s just about essential.

The launch games

There are around 28 games being released for the PlayStation Vita at launch, ranging from blockbusters and higher budget titles such as Uncharted Golden Abyss and FIFA, to those on the other end of the scale (although no less impressive) such as Motorstorm RC and Super StarDust Delta.

To give you an idea of the sheer scale of the games available we have listed them below. You can click the hyperlink (if available) to read our review of the game your interested in, with more reviews being added over the coming week.

Retail & PSN Titles available at launch:

  • Army Corps of Hell
  • Asphalt: Injection
  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II Plus (review soon)
  • Dungeon Hunter: Alliance
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • Escape Plan (PSN Only) (review soon)
  • Everybody’s Golf
  • F1 2011
  • FIFA Soccer
  • Hustle Kings (PSN Only) (review soon)
  • Little Deviants
  • Lumines:Electronic Symphony
  • ModNation Racers: Road Trip
  • MotorStorm RC (PSN Only) (review soon)
  • Michael Jackson: The Experience
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
  • Plants vs. Zombies (PSN Only)
  • Rayman Origins
  • Reality Fighters
  • Ridge Racer (review soon)
  • Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
  • Super Stardust Delta (PSN Only)
  • Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack (PSN Only)
  • Top Darts (PSN Only) (review soon)
  • Ultimate Marvel Vs. Capcom 3
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Virtua Tennis 4
  • WipEout 2048

You can take advantage of the pre-order deals from ShopTo, allowing you to save some money by purchasing a game alongside your console. There is a full list of the deals available here.


You will no doubt want to protect your Vita when you purchase it and there are certainly no shortage of accessories. We have already brought you our impressions of the 4Gamers official product line, however there are a few more accessories out there.

Sony itself is to release an official travel kit which includes a screen protector, cleaning cloth, wrist strap, game cartridge case, travel case and car adaptor, while a starter kit, minus the car adaptor is also available.

Of course you can also buy memory cards in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB forms, although you’ll have to purchase the official card and pay for the privilege, since there are currently no third party alternatives available.

Unfortunately the official cradle and portable charger do not seem to be arriving at launch, however we’d expect these to follow soon after.

The Future

There’s no doubt that the future is, for the moment at least, looking bright for the Vita. Not only has Sony confirmed that there are around 100 titles in development for the handheld, but it also recently said that it’s planning to release around 2-3 first party titles per month. With games such as Gravity Rush, Resistance Burning Skies and Bioshock all on the way, you can be sure that your investment will be a worth while one.

Here’s the titles confirmed so far for future release:

  • @Field
  • Alien Spidy
  • Aquatopia
  • AR Combat Digi Q
  • Assassin’s Creed
  • Battlefield of Maidens 2nd
  • Bioshock Vita
  • Broken
  • Browser Sangokushi Next
  • Build ‘N Race Extreme
  • Call of Duty Vita
  • Cave shooter project
  • Daito Giken Official Pachi-Slot Simulator Series
  • Disgaea 3 Returns
  • DJ Max: Technika
  • Dragon’s Crown
  • Dragon’s Racing
  • Dream Club Zero Portable
  • Dungeon Defenders
  • Dust 514
  • Emergency Escape Adventure: Trust or Betrayal
  • Falcom Project
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 [PSP Title but Enhanced for Vita]
  • Final Fantasy X
  • Fish On
  • Frobisher Says!
  • Ginsei Igo
  • Ginsei Shogi Huun Ryuuko Raiden
  • Gravity Rush
  • Great Little War Game
  • Gyokugen Dasshutsu ADV: Zennin Shiboudes
  • Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA — PS Vita Version
  • Hideo Kojima “Fox Engine” Project
  • Jumpin’
  • Jurassic: The Hunted
  • Killzone Vita
  • Let’s Try Bass Fishing
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  • LittleBigPlanet Vita
  • Little Busters! Converted Edition
  • Lord of Apocalypse
  • Mad Blocker Adventure
  • Mahjong Fight Club: Shinsei Zenkoku Taisen
  • Mahjong Haoh
  • Malicious
  • Marvel Pinball
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
  • Mr. Ink Jet
  • New King’s Story
  • NPG
  • Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee HD
  • Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath HD
  • Orc Attack
  • Pachi-Para Series
  • Project N.O.E.L.S.
  • Pub Games
  • Puddle
  • Pure Chess
  • Putty Squad
  • Ragnarok Odyssey
  • Resistance: Burning Skies
  • Robot Rescue Revolution
  • Saikyo Todai Shogi
  • Sengoku Hime 3rd
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 Golden
  • Shirotsuku DX
  • Shoot Many Robots
  • Silent Hill: Book of Memories
  • Smart As (working title)
  • Sound Shapes
  • StarDrone Extended
  • Street Fighter x Tekken
  • Sumioni
  • Super Monkey Ball Vita
  • Supremacy MMA
  • T@G
  • Tales of Innocence R
  • Tales of the Heroes: Twin Brave
  • The Flying Hamster HD
  • The Legend of Heroes: Zero no Kiseki
  • The Pinball Arcade
  • The Treasures of Montezuma Blitz
  • Time Travelers
  • Troopies
  • Urban Trials
  • Wallabies Rugby Challenge
  • Warrior’s Lair
  • Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees
  • Zone of the Enders HD Collection
  • Unit 13
  • WWE12

As you have no doubt seen by our comprehensive PS Vita coverage, we feel that the PlayStation Vita has a very bright future ahead of it. Whether you are purchasing it at launch or holding off for a little while, your sure to get a lot of this very impressive portable console.

Edited On 19 Feb, 2012

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