Japanese hardcore gamers get the PS Vita still this year, rest of the world has to wait until 2012.
Sony today announced at their press conference for Tokyo Game Show 2011, that PlayStation Vita (PS Vita, PCH-1100 AA01), will become available in Japan on December 17, 2011, with pre-orders starting on October 15, 2011. Available at 24,980 yen (including tax) for Wi-Fi model and 29,980 yen (including tax) for 3G/Wi-Fi model, PS Vita at launch will be accompanied with 26 launch titles along with a selection of peripherals and accessories. SCEJ also revealed that PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model will support data communication prepaid plans provided by NTT DOCOMO, INC. for Japan.
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In addition to the 26 launch titles for the PS Vita, Sony says that 74 more games are in development.
For the 3G network connectivity, PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model in Japan will support data communication prepaid plans provided by NTT DOCOMO, INC., one of Japan's premier mobile communications companies well known for its network quality and coverage. Two plans announced today for PS Vita are “Prepaid data plan 20h” at 980 yen (including tax) and “Prepaid data plan 100h” at 4,980 yen (including tax). The 3G network connectivity provided by NTT DOCOMO, INC. will allow users to communicate and share their entertainment experience with their friends where ever they are. Taking advantage of the network connectivity, applications pre-installed in PS Vita like “near” which enables users to share their game information with other users anywhere, anytime, as well as the upcoming software titles will deliver unmatched next generation portable entertainment to PS Vita users.
At launch, SCEJ will run a promotional campaign for a limited offer*2 and will bundle with PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model a DOCOMO UIM card that will include the initial contract handling fee 2,100 yen (including tax) along with “Prepaid data plan 100h” or “Prepaid data plan 20h”, enabling users to enjoy 3G connectivity out of the box.
Accompanying the launch of PS Vita is a line-up of 16 peripherals and accessories to be released on the same day or soon after. The line-up include items like memory card for PS Vita as well as protective film.
Sony has already said in early August that the PS Vita will only launch in Japan this year. I am anyway not excited about the PS Vita. I was totally excited about the PSP when it came out. It was a stunning new gadget, but these have been different times. In 2004 there was no iPhone. Maybe the PS Vita will never make it out of Japan. If Japanese gamers are not making it a sales success, Sony will have to rethink mobile gaming like Nintendo.