The image above was the lovely one greeting those who happened across the Playstation Blog today, or specifically this article which puts an end to the speculation and whatnot about what Vita things are going to cost. As with anything and everything anywhere ever, they're bound to make some people happy and some people less so, but that's just how it is. You will be pleased to know that the Memory sticks and indeed, some of the other accessories are priced much less than previously rumored (even after the update of lesser prices being possible), though some will still argue that they're too high-priced yet. Regardless, it's a rather moot point on anyone's concept of why the Vita should support other memory formats and comparing prices because, well, it doesn't. Kind of sucks for some people, but that's just how it is, so either deal with it or move on. Sony aren't the first ones to charge more for proprietary things, nor will they be the last.
Anyways, the blog post also lists the Twenty-Five(?!) Vita games that will be available on the North American Launch on February 22nd as well as ten other launch window titles from First and Third party developers. Here's the bad(?) news, however, in that the price range of Vita games has officially been confirmed as $9.99-49.99, which may or may not be a surprise to you depending on your position. I was under the impression that the highest end Vita games would be $39.99, but I guess it's just ten bucks and I doubt a lot of games will be at the highest pri-.....Well, I can hope that a lot of devs with put out their games at $30 or $40, but we'll see. Though, enough prattling, here's the lists as a direct copy/paste from the Blog post linked above.
SCEA Launch Day Titles
Escape Plan (PSN Only)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
Hustle Kings (PSN Only)
ModNation Racers: Road Trip
Super StarDust Delta (PSN only)
UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss
Launch Window Titles
MLB 12 The Show
Third Party Publisher Launch Day Titles
|Army Corps of Hell||Square Enix, Inc.|
|Asphalt Injection||Ubisoft, Inc.|
|BEN10 GALACTIC RACING||D3 Publisher of America|
|Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND||Aksys Games Localization, Inc.|
|Dungeon Hunter Alliance||Ubisoft, Inc.|
|Dynasty Warriors Next||Tecmo Koei America Corporation|
|EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer||Electronic Arts, Inc.|
|Lumines Electronic Symphony||Ubisoft, Inc.|
|Michael Jackson The Experience||Ubisoft, Inc.|
|Plants vs. Zombies (PSN Only)||Sony Online Entertainment LLC|
|Rayman Origins||Ubisoft, Inc.|
|Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen||Namco Bandai Games America Inc.|
|Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN Only)||Drinkbox Studios|
|Touch My Katamari||Namco Bandai Games America Inc.|
|Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3||Capcom Entertainment, Inc.|
|Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition||Sega of America|
Launch Window Titles
|LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7||Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. Inc.|
|Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention||NIS America, Inc.|
|NINJA GAIDEN ∑ PLUS||Tecmo Koei America Corporation|
|Ridge Racer||Namco Bandai Games America Inc.|
|Silent Hill Book of Memories||Konami Digital Ent. America, Inc.|
|Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted||505 Games|
Worth mentioning are...quite a few things, really. Dynasty Warriors NEXT, Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention among a couple others can be considered officially announced for the West with this, I imagine, as I hadn't heard of any previous announcements saying as much. Also with this, Escape Plan has officially been outed as a PSN only title which shouldn't surprise me in the least, but it does a bit. I hope this has a positive effect on its length and overall quality, as it's generally the retail puzzle games that fall into the normal pitfalls I described the other day when I featured Escape Plan as one of the trailers that interested me and was on the official Playstation Youtube channel and was easy to get to. Not that PSN-Exclusive is an indicator of anything, but it could suggest a smaller, more focused experience is what I was getting at.
Something else that's a bit surprising is the fact that Reality Fighters isn't actually making the launch but rather the launch window, meaning a month or two post-launch, meaning March or April. This is only surprising because, well.....seeing Reality Fighters doesn't instill me with the feeling that it is a quality game that requires extra months of polish. Not only that, but with AR and the Cameras being a thing for the Vita, you'd think they'd want that out right off as an example for people. Regardless, that's a thing, I suppose, and perhaps it's not as bad as I anticipate, but we won't know til it's out. Still, I'm sure there's other somewhat surprising things there, of which the fact that 35 games are going to be available for the system likely by the end of March if not more is one of them.
Anyways, I promised Accessory Prices, so here they are.
|4 GB Memory Card||February 15, 2012||$19.99|
|8 GB Memory Card||February 15, 2012||$29.99|
|16 GB Memory Card||February 15, 2012||$59.99|
|32 GB Memory Card||February 15, 2012||$99.99|
|Starter Kit with Memory Card||February 15, 2012||$39.99|
|In-Ear Headset||February 15, 2012||$19.99|
|Carrying Case||February 15, 2012||$19.99|
|Travel Pouch||February 15, 2012||$19.99|
|Protective Film (2 pack)||February 15, 2012||$9.99|
|Card Case||February 15, 2012||$5.99|
|Cradle||February 15, 2012||$19.99|
|Portable Charger||Spring 2012||$49.99|
|AC Adaptor||February 15, 2012||$14.99|
|Car Adaptor||Spring 2012||$14.99|
|USB Cable||February 15, 2012||$14.99|
I don't know why/how that transfered as a table but screw it, I'll take it. Like I said, some of the accessories (at least the ones that are on both lists) have been priced less (unfortunately the Portable Charger is the same price; I wouldn't have minded a Ten-spot less on that) with the most notable examples being the Memory sticks, with all of them a good $10-20 less than we have been previously led to believe. As such, the 8 Gig stick or even the 16 Gig stick are much more palatable price-wise which means you're in luck if you're worrying about having a lot of space for your games (and don't want to re-download things a lot). All in all, I don't see anything too bad outside of maybe the USB Cable, but that's an extra one anyway, and what -doesn't- come with a USB cable anymore? Lots of things, but you know what I was getting at.
February can't come fast enough still.