Yeah, you gotta have the games if you want a new piece of hardware to succeed. Sony appears to have finally learned that lesson.
Sony Computer Entertainment America has announced that the PlayStation Vita will enjoy "the biggest and best launch lineup across the history of PlayStation platforms." This will include recognizable, popular franchise names and promising new IPs.
The press release says Sony's new handheld "has the full development support of the gaming industry, including SCE Worldwide Studios and all third-party publishers." All in all, this will result in no less than 25 available titles on the first day of the Vita's availability. Featured on that expansive list are the likes of Uncharted: Golden Abyss , Wipeout 2048 , Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational , ModNation Racers: Road Trip , Little Deviants , and more.
Pricing for Vita software ranges between $9.99 and $49.99; they'll be available via PS Vita game cards at retail stores or digitally via the PSN. Said SCEA president and CEO Jack Tretton:
"PlayStation Vita is the ultimate portable gaming device, offering all of the interface, controls and social connectivity that gamers have been dreaming about to deliver unsurpassed entertainment and completely new ways to play. PS Vita features the most extensive launch lineup in PlayStation's history, and there are more than 100 games in development, ensuring that PS Vita gamers will always have a steady stream of amazing titles at their fingertips."
The release finished by saying the Vita "is unmatched by any other mobile device in the market." With the 5-inch OLED mult-touch screen, rear touch pad, dual analog sticks, dual cameras, and the Sixaxis motion sensing system, it's one hell of an advanced unit. Don't forget that the Vita will also interact with compatible titles on the PlayStation 3; it's one of the most appealing features.
Yeah, February 22 isn't too far off now. Everyone ready?