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PLAYSTATION VITA FAQ (Please read before posting)

#1EternalNetherPosted 11/3/2011 11:12:55 AM
TABLE OF CONTENTS

I: Frequently Asked Questions
II: Confirmed Games in Development
III: Demonstration Videos
IV: Useful Links





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I: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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Q: What is the Playstation Vita?
A:
The Vita (pronounced Vee-tah) is the second entry from Sony into the handheld gaming market. It was announced at a conference in January 2011 under the codename 'NGP', or Next Generation Portable. During E3 2011 it was given the official title of Playstation Vita, the PSP's official successor, as well as a price tag.

Q: How much will the Vita cost?
A:
The Wi-Fi model will cost $249 USD, 249 Euros, or 24,980 yen. The 3G model will cost $299 USD, 299 Euros, or 29,980 Yen.

Q: Is there a release date for the Vita?
A:
Currently, the Playstation Vita is set to launch on December 17th, 2011 in Japan, and February 22nd in North America/Europe. There is also a bundle currently available that will be released a week early (February 15th) in the United States and Canada.

Q: What does the bundle include?
A:
In North America the bundle contains the Playstation Vita (3G), Little Deviants, a carrying case, and a 4gb memory card. It runs $359 USD. The Canadian version is the same bundle, but costs $50 less and contains the Wi-Fi model instead of the 3G.

Q: What is the 3G model you keep mentioning?
A:
Alongside the basic Wi-Fi model, Sony has decided to release a Vita with 3G capabilities. The 3G model MUST go through AT&T, and anyone that wishes to use the 3G feature must pay a monthly service fee. Additionally, the 3G cannot be used for gaming, but rather for the numerous social features that the Vita comes with.

Q: Will the Vita use memory cards? Can I use my memory sticks from my PSP?
A:
The Vita uses a new proprietary memory format. You can not use your old memory sticks on the Vita. Most games will not require a memory card to be played, however, this decision is at the sole discretion of each game's developer. Some games, such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss, require a memory card to be able to play.

Q: What size memory cards can I buy, and how much will they cost?
A:
The memory cards will initially be available in 4gb, 8gb, 16gb, and 32gb flavors. I will NOT be listing prices here, as they only have a currently confirmed price in YEN! There has been a great deal of controversy on this board over pricing and what it will translate to in the states/Europe. I'm not going to add fuel to the flames. Nobody knows what the pricing will be, so speculating will only cause problems.

Q: What is the Vita's battery life?
A:
The Vita's battery has been confirmed to last between 3-5 hours, and the battery is NON REMOVABLE.

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#2EternalNether(Topic Creator)Posted 11/3/2011 11:14:28 AM
Q: Can I use my old UMDs with the Vita? Is it backwards compatible?
A:
Yes and no. The Vita can ONLY play PSP games that have been purchased off of PSN. It does not (and never will have) a UMD slot. The Vita utilizes a new game cartridge similar to that of Nintendo's products. Those cards will be available in 2gb and 4gb sizes at the Vita's launch, but is expandable for developers that have more ambitious game projects.

Q: Can the Vita play PSOne Classics?
A:
At the time of the Japanese launch...no. It is confirmed to be available at a later time. Internet speculation is that they are working hard on a new emulation software which is why it's not initially available. It's unknown if it will be ready in time for the February launches or not.

Q: What are the Vita's specs?
A:
On the outside (for those that aren't tech savvy and don't care about the internals) you get a 5-inch OLED Capacitive Multi-Touch screen (like the iPod/Iphone/Most smartphones), two analog sticks (not sliders/nubs), and a rear capacitive touchpad. On the INSIDE, it's sporting a 4 core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore CPU, 512mb of RAM, and a 4 core SGX543MP4+ GPU. It'll be running all this hardware at a resolution of 960x544. To wrap up the package you'll also get both a front and rear facing camera.




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CONFIRMED GAMES IN DEVELOPMENT
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The following games have been confirmed at the time of this writing:

Asphalt Injection
BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend (JAPANESE LAUNCH TITLE)
Broken
Call of Duty
Disgaea 3 Return (JAPANESE LAUNCH TITLE)
DJMax Technika Vita
Dragon's Crown
Dream Club Zero Portable (JAPANESE LAUNCH TITLE)
Dungeon Defenders
Dungeon Hunter Alliance
Dust 514
Dynasty Warriors Next
Esecape Plan
F1 2011 (JAPANESE LAUNCH TITLE)
Fife 12
Final Fantasy X
Gravity Rush
Great Little War Game
Hot Shots Golf Next (JAPANESE LAUNCH TITLE)
Hustle Kings
Killzone
Lego Harry Potter Years 5-7
Little Busters! Converted Edition
Little Deviants (JAPANESE/ NORTH AMERICAN LAUNCH TITLE)
Little Kind's Story 2
LittleBigPlanet (NORTH AMERICAN LAUNCH TITLE)
Lord of Apocalypse (JAPANESE LAUNCH TITLE)
Lumines: Electric Symphony
Malicious
Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
Micheal Jackson: The Experience (JAPANESE/ NORTH AMERICAN LAUNCH TITLE)
ModNation Racers: Road Trip
Mortal Kombat Vita
Mr Ink Jet
Ninja Gaiden Sigma
Persona 4: The Golden
Ragnarok Odyssey
Rayman Origins
Reality Fighters
Resistance: Burning Skies
Rugby Challenge
Ruin
Shin Megami Tensei (working title)
Shinobido 2: Tales of the Ninja (JAPENESE/ NORTH AMERICAN LAUNCH TITLE)
Silent Hill: Book of Memories
Smart As
Sound Shapes
Stardrone
Street Fighter X Tekken
Sumioni
Super Monkey Ball
Super Stardust Delta
Tales from Space: Mutant Blobs Attack
Tales of Innocence R
Top Darks
Touch My Katamari
Twisted Metal 2086
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (JAPANESE LAUNCH TITLE)
Uncharted Golden Abyss (JAPANESE/ NORTH AMERICAN LAUNCH TITLE)
Assassin's Creed (working Title)
Badman (working title)
Bioshock (working title)
Ridge Racer (JAPANESE/ NORTH AMERICAN LAUNCH TITLE)
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition
Wipeout 2048
WWE '12
YS IV
Zone of the Enders HD Collection


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#3EternalNether(Topic Creator)Posted 11/3/2011 11:15:11 AM
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DEMONSTRATION VIDEOS
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Official Trailer 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIaJHh60hQY

Official Trailer 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ni--QnZkRnw

Hands-On Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3gViy_3uZ4

Live-Area Interface Demo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG3axU2mnPA

Uncharted; Golden Abyss footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqcJ4tFsC1o

Gravity Rush Footage: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M63neInBd5U




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USEFUL LINKS
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Vita Wikipedia Page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_Vita

Playstation Vita Official Site: http://us.playstation.com/psvita

Playstation Blog: http://blog.us.playstation.com/

Gamestop Vita Page: http://www.gamestop.com/ps-vita


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#4EternalNether(Topic Creator)Posted 11/3/2011 11:27:55 AM(edited)
Whew. That sucked a few hours out of my day! If you guys could please keep this near the top of the page I would appreciate it. I just got so tired of seeing people asking the same obvious questions, and the only people that attempted to make a FAQ either did a very bad job, or were just trolling other users with lame posts and topics. So I decided to take as tab at making my own.


EDIT: Also, if you guys see anything I missed that's WORTH ADDING let me know quickly I have an hour in which I can edit it and make changes. I apologize for any errors in spelling or any such mistake. Especially on the list of developed games. I typed out the whole list (it wasn't a copy/paste job) so some errors are bound to happen.


EDIT2: This is not meant to be a guide to end-all guides. There's a reason I linked to the wikipedia page and other useful websites at the bottom. If I try to outline EVERYTHING in this guide it defeats the purposes under which I made it. And that was to help clear up the absolute MOST common questions on the front page every day. If it's a convoluted mess with heaps of info nobody is going to want to navigate it. I just wanted to give people the basic info they need and give it to them quickly. If they need more info there are other websites for that.
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#5neskyPosted 11/3/2011 12:37:17 PM
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#6LHS_2012Posted 11/3/2011 12:39:53 PM
If this doesn't get stickied...
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#7Natureboy99Posted 11/3/2011 12:45:48 PM
Here are a few features you missed:
homebrew
Remote Play
PSP games have pixel perfect upscale and will now use the second analog
The memory card is included in the bundle (maybe a whole section on bundle
Will it play PS2 games?
Will it play PSN games?
#8EternalNether(Topic Creator)Posted 11/3/2011 12:58:50 PM
Natureboy99 posted...
Here are a few features you missed:
homebrew
Remote Play
PSP games have pixel perfect upscale and will now use the second analog
The memory card is included in the bundle (maybe a whole section on bundle
Will it play PS2 games?
Will it play PSN games?


There is a whole section on the bundle, and the memory card was listed as part of it. There's also a section on memory cards. PSN games...Eh. I didn't really think about that outside of PSP games which is what everyone was most worried about. I admittedly didn't think to mention PS2 games.

Oh, and not every PSP game will use the second analog. Only some.

Anyway I'm outside of my hour to edit the post. Damn posting restrictions =)
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#9iveriadPosted 11/3/2011 2:58:02 PM
Actually, the 3G can be used by games technically, Hot Shot Golf can utilize 3G for multiplayer match.

But, due to unreliabilty of 3G, it's not good enough to be used for games with intense actions like FPS and fighting game.
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#10beastwarkingPosted 11/3/2011 4:21:33 PM
Good stuff: kudos on all the hard work
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