PS Vita will Storm Uncle Sam Next Year!

Two days ago, on Saturday, the 17th of December 2011, the long-waited PS Vita was finally released in Japan and netted a total of 728,000 sold units on the first day of release. PlayStation Vita or commonly known as PSV is the successor of Sony’s previous handheld console, PSP. PSV is capable of producing game graphics equal to the PS3. The Japan release only include Japanese in language selection. Hongkong gamers will get it on the 22th of December 2011 and it will be available in Taiwan the next day. But fellow American, European, and Australian gamers have to wait a bit longer. PS Vita will hit the stores in America, Europe, and Australia on the 22th of February 2012. But if you understand Japanese, why don’t you import it instead of waiting? It is not a bad idea to get your hands on PS Vita earlier than your friends.

PS Vita

PS Vita

Sony is really working hard on producing a real successor. And their effort is worth the time. PS Vita has a lot of new features. Even though the shape is not really different, it is proven to be really different with its predecessor. It has a 130mm OLED touchscreen and 2 analog sticks (PSP only has one single analog stick located just below the directional pad). PSV is also included with Sixaxis motion system like PS3 controllers, making possible motion-enabled games. Other new features are like Bluetooth, also front and rear camera capable of detecting faces, heads, and tracking heads. And the 3G version will have a GPS and digital compass. The 4 core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore installed in PSV allows it to produce high quality graphics similar to PS3’s. PSV also has 512 MB RAM and 128 MB VRAM. The size of the RAM is enough to make cross-game chat possible, unlike PS3 with no cross-game chat feature. The battery is not removable. Universal Media Disc (UMD) is not used anymore in the PSV, instead, a new media called PS Vita card is introduced as the replacement of UMD.

So, what’s new in PS Vita’s software? The Xross Media Bar (XMB) is replaced with LiveArea, the new touchscreen-based user interface. Users of PSV will be able to update their status and socialize in social networks from the PlayStation Networks. Facebook, Twitter, foursquare, and Skype applications is available for download at the Stores with no extra charge. PSV also has the backward compatibility. PSP games are all playable in PSV along with all PSP-compatible downloadable contents from PSN. Playstation 3 games are also being ported to PSV with the same quality.

Games for PS Vita are also already available on the first day of release. The launch titles are Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, F1 2011, Touch My Katamari, Ridge Racer, et cetera. You won’t be bored with PS Vita! And PS3 games like Lost Planet 2 and Yakuza: Of the End has also been confirmed to be available to play on PSV.

There are 2 version of PPS Vita for now. The first version is the PSV with 3G included, bundled at $299 and the cheaper one, the WiFi version, which is bundled at $249.

I will include PS Vita in my first-day-buy list.