In a surprising announcement during Sony’s Tokyo Game Show press conference that is sure to cause much distress to Spoony fans everywhere, Sony confirmed that the PS2 game Final Fantasy X will receive a HD re-release for the PSVita and the PS3. There aren’t many details known about this (at all) other than this was done to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Final Fantasy X (Expect a HD re-release of FFXI on May 26th 2013 Oculin). While this may not be the long awaited FFVII remake that fans of the series have been waiting for a long time, this development is likely to make fans of the original game very happy.
On a specification page published by Sony a couple of days before this years Tokyo Game Show (which started today), details were given surrounding the battery life of Sony’s upcoming PSVita. On the sheet it gave a range of average times depending on the application being used. For PSVita games, the system is expected to last between 3 to 5 hours, which is the same range of times given for the 3DS system when playing a 3DS game (This only applies with WiFi and Bluetooth settings turned on with the default brightness setting). When using the PSVita as a video player, the average battery life is said to be in the region of 5 hours while as a music player it reaches up to around 9 hours. Charging the PSVita from zero to full should take 2 hours 40 minutes (again, similar to the 3DS). While this is following a rather unfortunate trend in the reduction of battery life through portable consoles (A trend started by the DSi), the PSVita is building a strong lineup of games to make sure that those 3-5 hours can be used well.
It’s the news some people wanted to find out about, Sony have announced what the twenty six games will be at launch, learning from the backlash at the 3DS release when the only two good games where Ridge Racer and Super Street Fighter 4.
Japan gets a hold of the next-gen portable on the 17th of December, with six games download only from the PS Store, ninteen will be downloadable or in the form of PS Vita Cards, with Ridge Racer – the working title for Namco’s latest addition to the series – yet to be confirmed in terms of distribution. The full list of games, and what genre they fit into are below – a few of the games still have Japanese-only titles, hinting they may not see release in the US and Europe.
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As part of the unstoppable juggernaut that is the PSVita lineup which currently features games such as Project Gravity, Dragon’s Crown, Uncharted and so on, Another title may join the system’s elite ranks as a mysterious preorder option for Marvel Vs Capcom 3: A Fate of Two Worlds on Amazon France for a previously unannounced PSVita edition. The date is set for Early 2012 which would coincide with Capcom’s other major Non-Street Fighter release, Street Fighter Vs Tekken (and conversely, Tekken Vs Street Fighter). This release will be after the lauch of Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3: Sorry about Mega Man Legends 3 edition which is set to be released on the Xbox 360 and the PlayStation 3 later this year.
The PlayStation Vita is still on track for a holiday 2011 release, in Japan at least… Sony confirmed that the Vita will not launch outside of Japan in 2011, with a “Phased Global Release” starting there and reaching western shores in the beginning of next year.
Well, here’s a grain of salt for everyone- Apparently features found in the WiiU’s new tablet/controller would be possible on the PS3 using a PS Vita: Gyroscope, all physical controls, front and back touchpads/screens, game streaming, the works.
In combination with cross-platform gaming like with WipEout 2048 and WipEout HD as well as Continuation Play, where your PS3 saves can be instantly ported to your PS Vita system and you can continue on the go- Nintendo’s new system seems to have some direct competition right out of the gate, since both will be released in the same time frame of “sometime in 2012″…
(Sources: CVG and Eurogamer)
At Develop Conference 2011, Phil Rodgers – Sony’s European R&D Manager – gave some details on what we can expect the Vita to be capable of when it launches.
First off is Near, eerily similar to the 3DS’ Spotpass. However the gifts that you can obtain follow the system around, rather than exist in one place. Users can create their own little gifts, but can not exceed more than 100kb – these may be things like weapons, rare stuff and even challenges in games such as Wipeout.
Party is a borrowed concept from the 360, that allows up to four users to chat via voice and text no matter what they are playing or doing on the system. However, this won’t be shoehorned into games for the Vita, with Rodgers stating that “game can choose not to” include the system, however with a push of a button, people in your party can join the game you’re playing.
Finally the LiveArea, which is where you go when the system is booted up. It’s a bit of mixture of the current PS3 menu as well as Facebook, as you can comment on other player’s progress and achievements, with automatic updates given. LiveArea is also a way for developers and publishers to give out more news about the game as well as DLC and updates.
They certainly seem promising, even if they are taking the best elements from different consoles – no official release date as yet, but the rumoured date is still sitting at November 4th of this year.
(Source: Eurogamer )