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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Sony releases PS Vita launch info for U.S., including game and memory card prices

The PS Vita launched in Japan recently and U.S. gamers have been waiting anxiously for what's in store here.

Well on Sony's blog, most of the details have finally been released, including what games will be available and memory card prices.

25 games will be available on launch day with prices ranging from $9.99 to a whopping $49.99 for premium titles. Games will be available at retailers and on the PlayStation Network, which would explain the cheap $9.99 price. But $50 for a handheld game? Are we ready for that?

Sony's launch titles will be:
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
Little Deviants
ModNation Racers: Road Trip
Uncharted: Golden Abyss
wipEout 2048
On PSN only will be Escape Plan, Hustle Kings, and Super StarDust Delta.
The launch window titles, presumably available sometime after launch day, are Gravity Rush, MLB 12 The Show, Reality Fighters, and Unit 13.

Third party launch day games are:
Army Corps of Hell
Asphalt Injection
Ben10 Galactic Racing
Blazblue: Continuum Shift Extend
Dungeon Hunter Alliance
Dynasty Warriors Next
F1 2011
EA Sports FIFA Soccer
Lumines Electronic Symphony
Michael Jackson The Experience
Plants vs. Zombies (PSN only)
Rayman Origins
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN only)
Touch My Katamari
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition
Launch window games include LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, Disgaea 3: Absense of Detention, Ninja Gaiden Plus, Ridge Racer, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, and Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted.

Each PS Vita system will come with six AR Play Cards and a voucher to download augmented reality minigames.

Memory card prices for the PS Vita have been a hot-button issue, with many taking their frustrations online about how expensive they were rumored to be. The official retailed prices are as follows: $19.99 for a 4GB card, $29.99 for 8GB, $59.99 for 16GB and $99.99 for 32GB. They are slightly lower than rumored prices, but are still expensive, especially when you pretty much need them to play games. A whole range of other accessories are priced, too.

The PS Vita releases Feb. 22 with a WiFi model at $249 and 3G version at $299. The system itself is a deal, but once you add on a memory card and a few games, you could be investing $400-$500 at launch.

Dedicated gaming handhelds are getting a bad rap these days thanks to the media's love for smartphones. But Nintendo has bounced back greatly from their early struggles with the 3DS. I really hope the PS Vita turns into a successful system. Competition is always a good thing.

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