A post was recently published on the official PlayStation blog outlining the upcoming PlayStation Vita launch in the US and Canada region. Penned by Sony’s Director of Hardware Marketing John Koller, it puts February 22 as the launch date for both countries. And he goes to give out some more juicy details that are sure to attract the attention of the entire gaming community.
According to the post, the PS Vita launch will see the largest collection of games at launch in the history of the PlayStation platform. He also calls it the grandest ever. The SCE Worldwide studio and Sony’s major publishing partners have apparently all been working hard to create a great amount of the content for the new platform. The end result is that PS Vita will have a massive 25 game line up on the launch day itself. For an entirely new platform, that is saying something.
Added to the total number of games that are currently under development, the figures go over a hundred apparently. Sony is no stranger to popularizing a new platform and it is clear that they understand the basic principle of this game — content is king. The PS Vita might be the best portable gaming device ever developed. But without hit titles, it will still be just another gaming device. And it shows that Sony and its partners are equally toiling away at it.
The pricing seem quite reasonable. The range will be between a minimum of $9.99 and $49.99 (MSRP). That MSRP is for purchase at retail outlets all over and also for buying from the PlayStation Network (PSN). However, since this is the MSRP, you can still look forward to getting some in store discounts at retail outlets.
The list games looks quite good. There are a total of 8 in house titles developed by SCEA that will be available on the launch day itself. More are under development, as Koller has already mentioned. The rest of the 17 titles are from gaming industry biggies like Square Enix, Ubisoft, Electronic Arts, Sega and Capcom. 10 more titles are going to become available around the time of launch. Out of these, 4 are in house titles from SCEA and 6 are from the likes of Namco Bandai, Warner Bros Interactive and Konami Digital.
Sports game fans will be happy to know that EA is releasing the 2011 FIFA Soccer on the launch day and F1 2011 will also be there from Codemasters. There’s also Asphalt Injection from Ubisoft. Casual gamers would be delighted by Plants Vs Zombies — available exclusively on PSN. No physical retail purchase will be possible for this popular time killer. Other popular titles that will become available soon after launch include Silent Hill Book of Memories from Konami Digital, LEGO Harry Potter 3: Years 5-7 from Warner Bros Interactive and MLB 12 The Show from SCEA.
Sony has already stated before that the PS Vita is something that users will only understand when they experience it. Hence, Sony will start touring from next month onwards to bring people in contact with the device prior to the launch. This is a first for Sony and it shows how invested they are in the device.