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PlayStation Vita hits Japan December 17

Japan is set to receive the latest incarnation of Sony’s portable console, the PlayStation Vita on December 17.

If you’re worried about your current PSN purchases, don’t be. Sony has confirmed that the Vita will support downloadable PSP titles so we’ll likely see an update to the PSP Engine to support the Vita.

For Japan buyers interested in getting PlayStation Vita with a service plan, you can setup with NTT Docomo. The Japanese telco is set to offer a new subscription plan for the Vita. A 20-hour pre-paid plan will cost 980 yen (close to $13), while a 100-hour pre-paid plan will cost 4,980 yen (about $65). Do note that prices will vary with the carrier for your country so please don’t use that as a metric unless you’re in Japan.

The Vita will be available in 3 configurations, (two technically, one is for marketing).

The base model includes the Wi-Fi only Vita console, a USB cable, AC adapter, power cord and manuals and will be available for ¥24,980.

The “limited edition” model includes the 3G/Wi-Fi Vita console, a USB cable, AC adapter, power cord, manuals, and a SIM card with 20 hours of pre paid 3G credits for ¥29,980.

The “first run” edition is the same as the “limited edition,” but it includes a 100 hour prepaid card and will go for the same price, ¥29,980. Only 500,000 units of the “first run” bundle will be available and once this supply runs out, it will be replaced with the limited edition.

As for the list of launch titles? Well Sony seems to have learned from the slow PlayStation Portable launch as well as Nintendo’s troubles with the 3DS (which resulted in the 3DS price drop). Technically however, the Vita will only launch alongside 26 games as listed below. Sony downplays this, indicating that there will be over 100 games available within ‘launch window.’ How long of a timeframe is it? Sony doesn’t say but we could use the 3DS’s current timeline as a measure (from product launch to pricedrop).

Here is a list of titles that will be available at the PS Vita‘s launch

BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend
Project N.O.E.L.S.
Fish On
Dynasty Warriors Next
WipEout 2048
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
Lord of Apocalypse (Square Enix)
F1 2011
Ninja Gaiden Sigma
Army Corpse of Hell (Square Enix)
Michael Jackson: The Experience (Ubisoft)
Shinobido 2: Tales of a Ninja (Acquire)
Virtua Tennis 4 (Sega)
Uncharted: Golden Abyss (SCE)
Hot Shots Golf 6 (SCE)
Gyokugen Dasshutsu Adv: Zennin Shiboudesu (Chunsoft)
Dream Club Zero Portable (D3 Publisher)
Disgaea 3: Return (NIS)
Dark Quest: Alliance (Ubisoft)
Ridge Racer (Namco Bandai)
Tales of Innocence
Gravity Daze
Metal Gear Solid HD (Konami)
FIFA 12 (EA)

I would have included a longer list of titles that included those that will play catch up on the Vita’s release but felt that this list was a bit more useful since these are the games that we’ll actually see with the hardware without the need to pray for a release.

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  1. Blaze September 14, 2011 Reply

    Man I wish I could buy one! Hope my dad buys me one! Is vita compatible with PSP games?

    • sylv3rblade September 14, 2011 Reply

      Yes. Basically if you have PSN content for the PSP (ergo you bought games from the PSN instead of the UMD), you can download and play them on the Vita.

  2. Kreez~ September 18, 2011 Reply

    I have a question. So basically if the PSP vita could play most of the PSP games. So if I only own a PSP my PSP couldn’t possible play a PSP vita game??

    • sylv3rblade September 19, 2011 Reply

      Yes, you PSP won’t be able to play games for the Vita. Of course the backwards compatibility only works for PSN bought content. UMDs aren’t included 🙂

  3. kathy025 October 2, 2011 Reply

    Na-turnoff ako sa PSVita after knowing it doesn’t have a removable battery. Pano pag nasira? Pano yung mga nagdadala ng extra batteries for extended play for long travels? I know Sony has to put up anti-hacking measures but the unremovable battery is just stupid.

    • sylv3rblade October 2, 2011 Reply

      It’s probably to cut costs more than anything.

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