Sony Confirms Vita Launch Lineup

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Posted by Jeff (3425 posts) -
Sold. I suspect I'll hate myself almost immediately afterwards, but... sold.

As part of my efforts to keep the data looking A-OK on Giant Bomb, I've recently been digging through press releases and retailer sites in an attempt to figure out what, exactly, is launching alongside the Vita when it hits North America next February. The bits and pieces out there weren't great or conclusive, so I'm a bit relieved that Sony decided to make it somewhat easier by posting a list of confirmed launch day and launch window releases over on its official blog.

Here's the lowdown:

Launch Day Retail Games

These balls are not available in stores.

While some or all of those games will also be available for sale digitally through the PlayStation Store, there will also be a few launch games that are digital-only. Which ones, you ask? Well, how about...

Launch Day PSN-Only Games

And, lastly, these are "launch window" games, which I take to mean as games that absolutely won't be available on launch day, but should be available soon after. Sony simply doesn't specify what sort of timeframe it's referring to. Retailers are listing launch day (or pre-launch day) dates for most of these games right now, so we'll have to sit on our hands and wait to figure out what's up with these games, as some of them were originally slated for launch. Maybe they'll still make it out in time?

Launch Window Releases

It's very interesting (to me, anyway) to see Ridge Racer not in the Day 1 column. Maybe the US version won't just be some sort of three-track rip-off like it apparently is overseas? Pricing details, or at least a range of prices, were also briefly discussed. Each of the games listed above will fall somewhere between $9.99 and $49.99.

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#1 Posted by Jeff (3425 posts) -
Sold. I suspect I'll hate myself almost immediately afterwards, but... sold.

As part of my efforts to keep the data looking A-OK on Giant Bomb, I've recently been digging through press releases and retailer sites in an attempt to figure out what, exactly, is launching alongside the Vita when it hits North America next February. The bits and pieces out there weren't great or conclusive, so I'm a bit relieved that Sony decided to make it somewhat easier by posting a list of confirmed launch day and launch window releases over on its official blog.

Here's the lowdown:

Launch Day Retail Games

These balls are not available in stores.

While some or all of those games will also be available for sale digitally through the PlayStation Store, there will also be a few launch games that are digital-only. Which ones, you ask? Well, how about...

Launch Day PSN-Only Games

And, lastly, these are "launch window" games, which I take to mean as games that absolutely won't be available on launch day, but should be available soon after. Sony simply doesn't specify what sort of timeframe it's referring to. Retailers are listing launch day (or pre-launch day) dates for most of these games right now, so we'll have to sit on our hands and wait to figure out what's up with these games, as some of them were originally slated for launch. Maybe they'll still make it out in time?

Launch Window Releases

It's very interesting (to me, anyway) to see Ridge Racer not in the Day 1 column. Maybe the US version won't just be some sort of three-track rip-off like it apparently is overseas? Pricing details, or at least a range of prices, were also briefly discussed. Each of the games listed above will fall somewhere between $9.99 and $49.99.

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#2 Posted by AlisterCat (5488 posts) -

I will absolutely buy one when Persona 4 comes out.

#3 Posted by Aegon (5419 posts) -

mmmmGravity Dazemmmmm

#4 Posted by RE_Player1 (7551 posts) -

Very good launch lineup. Glad I pre-ordered some of the games in full because they will probably be in the higher price range. Best Buy put Uncharted and Modnation for $29 on their site -$5 if you pre-ordered them for awhile so I jumped on that.

#5 Posted by endaround (2140 posts) -

I wasn't going to get one, but where else could I get Plants vs Zombies?

#6 Posted by RE_Player1 (7551 posts) -
Product NameRelease DateMSRP
4 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$19.99
8 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$29.99
16 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$59.99
32 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$99.99

Those are the memory card prices btw.

#7 Posted by Enigma777 (6057 posts) -

Uncharted, Wipeout and lumines for me. Cant wait!

#8 Edited by wolf_blitzer85 (5250 posts) -

That sure is a lot of games. Also up to 50 bucks for I'm assuming the top-tier games seems a little steep for a hand held.

Still though, there are some interesting titles in that bunch.

#9 Posted by JJOR64 (18914 posts) -

Really hope they fix Ridge Racer before it hits the US. Heard it was a complete pile of shit.

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#10 Posted by JJOR64 (18914 posts) -

@msavo said:

Product NameRelease DateMSRP
4 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$19.99
8 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$29.99
16 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$59.99
32 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$99.99

Those are the memory card prices btw.

$100 doesn't seem too bad for a 32GB card. I spent around $70 for my 32GB SD card earlier this year. I guess that little Sony magic makes it more expensive.

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#11 Edited by ChrisF (11 posts) -

Ridger Racer (for Vita) is priced at just over £15 here in the UK. So I wouldn't expect much in the way of new content!

#12 Posted by RE_Player1 (7551 posts) -

Looking over the list I'm familiar with all those titles except that Silent Hill one. What the hell is it? Is there any footage online?

#13 Posted by Alex_Carrillo (276 posts) -

@endaround: Absolutely everywhere.

#14 Posted by MisterMouse (3541 posts) -

for some reason that seems like a lot of games to me...

#15 Posted by paulunga (1936 posts) -

Gotta say, this seems to be one of the best launch line-ups I can think of in recent years. Way better than the DS, 3DS, PSP, Xbox 360 or Wii ones. Don't remember the PS3 launch though.

#16 Posted by vonFlampanker (327 posts) -

No LittleBigPlanet in the launch window? I believe I'll wait.

#17 Posted by Vexxan (4616 posts) -

@AlisterCat said:

I will absolutely buy one when Persona 4 comes out.

#18 Posted by Gerhabio (1977 posts) -

Waiting fo the golden

#19 Posted by jeff4moso (212 posts) -

Has there been any information on how big these Vita games will be? They can throw out these memory card sizes all they want, but it doesn't mean much if we don't know how many games can fit on them...

#20 Posted by Curufinwe (1249 posts) -

@JJOR64 said:

@msavo said:

Product NameRelease DateMSRP
4 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$19.99
8 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$29.99
16 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$59.99
32 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$99.99

Those are the memory card prices btw.

$100 doesn't seem too bad for a 32GB card. I spent around $70 for my 32GB SD card earlier this year. I guess that little Sony magic makes it more expensive.

Apple charges an extra $100 to go from a 16 GB iPad 2 to a 32 GB iPad 2.

#21 Edited by Sanj (2353 posts) -

I've been really tempted to get one recently. If I were to get one on launch, the games I'd get from the launch line-up would probably be Uncharted, Little Deviants and/or Lumines. From the "launch window", definitely Gravity Rush.

#22 Posted by ThePilgrums (424 posts) -

@MisterMouse said:

for some reason that seems like a lot of games to me...

Because it is... for a launch, at least. Sony learning from both the PS3 and 3DS launches, right here.

Still don't want one, though. Nothing here interests me.

#23 Posted by Video_Game_King (36088 posts) -

Aw hell. It's shaping up to be the 3DS again: I know I'll buy the hell out of it, but definitely not at launch.

#24 Posted by OriginalGman (293 posts) -

@Curufinwe said:

@JJOR64 said:

@msavo said:

Product NameRelease DateMSRP
4 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$19.99
8 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$29.99
16 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$59.99
32 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$99.99

Those are the memory card prices btw.

$100 doesn't seem too bad for a 32GB card. I spent around $70 for my 32GB SD card earlier this year. I guess that little Sony magic makes it more expensive.

Apple charges an extra $100 to go from a 16 GB iPad 2 to a 32 GB iPad 2.

Excellent point, one that most people (including the Giant Bomb staff, who almost all own iPhones and iPads) fail to realize. It's still pretty gross, and one of the reason's I've never owned an Apple product. I'll probably wait to see if someone makes a cheaper 3rd party solution, around the time when Gravity Rush and P4:TG come out.

#25 Posted by TehJedicake (878 posts) -

Awesome lineup, way better than the 3DS imo

#26 Posted by Blair (2501 posts) -

@Vexxan said:

@AlisterCat said:

I will absolutely buy one when Persona 4 comes out.

I'm thinking the same.

#27 Posted by Chubbaluphigous (571 posts) -

@msavo said:

Product NameRelease DateMSRP
4 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$19.99
8 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$29.99
16 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$59.99
32 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$99.99

Those are the memory card prices btw.

Where did you get those numbers from? No NA seller has the cards listed at those prices. Gamestop still has them listed at $30, $45, $70, $120. While Sony has said that those prices are not necessarily finalized, there hasn't been any news of prices dropping to what you listed.

#28 Posted by BobJustBob (22 posts) -

Where is Sound Shapes?

#29 Posted by RE_Player1 (7551 posts) -
@Chubbaluphigous From the same post Jeff got all the game info from, Playstation Blog. Jeff focused on the games but several accessories, like memory cards, were listed as were the prices.
#30 Posted by Hef (1102 posts) -

Ridge Racer isn't a launch day release? Has this ever happened before? The end is nigh!

#31 Edited by mariokart64fan (366 posts) -

its a ok launch not the best ive seen better

-looks at the snes n64 , , 3ds .. wii .. xbox original and ps2 ,, those were awsome launches

the 2 games i see is asphalt injection -loving the 3ds version cant wait for this

and uncharted, other then that, meh rest of it just ports and take your chance kind of games

and the prices ---49.99 for uncharted has me worried is this the future of handheld gaming 50 buck 60 buck games and i hope ridge racer is not over 20 after hearing that! scratches ridge racer from list of good games

#32 Posted by fugie7 (1108 posts) -

me it will be army corps of hell and Uncharted

#33 Posted by lead_farmer (1040 posts) -

LUMINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shinin, shinin, shinin, shinin.......

#34 Posted by Duffyside (885 posts) -

@vonFlampanker said:

No LittleBigPlanet in the launch window? I believe I'll wait.

Yeah, what's up with that? I'll do the same...

... by which I mean I pre-ordered the week-early bundle the day it was announced and can't fucking wait to download Valkyria Chronicles 2.

#35 Posted by RE_Player1 (7551 posts) -
@Duffyside One of my favorite PSP games. I hope they bring 3 outside of Japan.
#36 Posted by Chubbaluphigous (571 posts) -

@msavo: Wow. I am surprised that no stores have updated. Thanks for pointing that out. I am further surprised that none of the accessories are available for order on Amazon.

#37 Posted by nemesisND1derboy (34 posts) -

@msavo: They won't unfortunately. The first two really didn't sell well. I believe Sega have already said they aren't going to release outside of Japan.

Seriously disappointing, I know.

#38 Posted by MiniPato (2721 posts) -

Gravity Daze, Escape Plan, and Wipeout are the ones I'm looking forward to. Uncharted looks okay, it'll be the showpiece for the Vita, but I don't expect anything at the level of Uncharted 2 or 3 as side stories tend to be like that and it's also not ND developed.

Either way, I'm holding out on a Vita. As with all new handheld consoles, I'm sure there's gonna be some improvements made over time. That and I'm waiting for Persona 4 and for Capcom to announce a Monster Hunter game for Vita. Because you know they are gonna, even if they announced MH4 for 3DS. They'd be throwing away money by not making an MH game for Vita.

#39 Posted by iAmJohn (6110 posts) -
@OriginalGman

@Curufinwe said:

@JJOR64 said:

@msavo said:

Product NameRelease DateMSRP
4 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$19.99
8 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$29.99
16 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$59.99
32 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$99.99

Those are the memory card prices btw.

$100 doesn't seem too bad for a 32GB card. I spent around $70 for my 32GB SD card earlier this year. I guess that little Sony magic makes it more expensive.

Apple charges an extra $100 to go from a 16 GB iPad 2 to a 32 GB iPad 2.

Excellent point, one that most people (including the Giant Bomb staff, who almost all own iPhones and iPads) fail to realize. It's still pretty gross, and one of the reason's I've never owned an Apple product. I'll probably wait to see if someone makes a cheaper 3rd party solution, around the time when Gravity Rush and P4:TG come out.

I would also like to point out that I spent about the same price on a 32 gig PSP memory stick last year ($90 as opposed to $100), so it sounds like a pretty fair price to me. I mean sure, the fact that it's a proprietary format is still a load of balls, but as @JJOR64 pointed out, it's really not that far off from SD card prices.
#40 Posted by demonknightinuyasha (458 posts) -

Glad Lumines will be day 1. Hopefully Gravity Rush wil be soon after. Also nice to see Escape Plan will be there as well...and here I thought I'd just be playing Persona 3 Portable the first couple months >_>;;;/

#41 Posted by Klaimore (945 posts) -

If I shake the Vita will Rachel's boobs jiggle?

#42 Posted by Soulblitz (349 posts) -

y biggest issue is how big are the games going to be? I don't want to spend all that money on a 32GB card, but I don't want to constantly be thinking "Oh, will I have enough space for this" on my Vita, and have to manage which games to have on it.

#43 Posted by Ubersmake (754 posts) -

I'm pretty impressed with that lineup, but I have the same problem with the Vita that I did with the PSP: I'd rather play the majority of those games on a console. I'm sure I'll get one eventually, like I did with the PSP, but until the Vita has more games I'd rather play on the go (like Hot Shots Golf), or if some genre ends up only showing up on that platform, I can't really justify the purchase. I still don't know why the PSP got so many RPGs over the years, and that was one of the reasons I ended up buying one. And if the Vita continues the trend, I may end up buying one for that same reason.

#44 Posted by Joker369 (870 posts) -

Looks cool, at lease the "launch window" stuff is clearer than the 3DS stuff. I will buy it as soon as Persona 4 comes out.

#45 Posted by Vexxan (4616 posts) -

Oh and "launch window" is a term that means absolutely nothing these days.

#46 Posted by HyperionXR (272 posts) -

Personally... I'm gonna have to pass. At least for now. Nothing that really calls out to me, aside from the Silent Hill title. I liked the first Shinobido game, but I'm not dying for a Vita sequel. Perhaps if the 3DS Resident Evil game makes the jump I'll hop on board.

#47 Posted by nohthink (1223 posts) -

Rayman Origin for Vita is a perfect pick!

That is awesome!

#48 Posted by Flameinc (37 posts) -
@endaround

I wasn't going to get one, but where else could I get Plants vs Zombies?

@endaround

I wasn't going to get one, but where else could I get Plants vs Zombies?

This is the best thing I have read today.
#49 Posted by Hugh_Jazz (336 posts) -

What happened to Sound Shapes? Seeing as that's the first and really only Vita game I'd ever heard about, I kinda assumed it'd be in the launch line-up.

#50 Posted by Thor_Molecules (732 posts) -

@msavo said:

Product NameRelease DateMSRP
4 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$19.99
8 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$29.99
16 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$59.99
32 GB Memory CardFebruary 15, 2012$99.99

Those are the memory card prices btw.

Thanks! Those are surprisingly reasonable prices.

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