Vita playable at TGS, with important questions to be answered

Sony’s new handheld console, the PlayStation Vita, will be playable at this year’s Tokyo Game Show.

The event, held in September, is said to be focusing heavily on Vita and SCEJ president Kawano had more exciting news.

He confirmed that as well as being playable, details on the “release date, launch line-up, 3G pricing and UMD issues” will be clarified, hopefully answering all the questions we still need answering before slapping down 250 on this.

It’s already confirmed that the Vita will be released in one region before Christmas and worldwide just afterward. This would usually be nailed on for Japan to be first, but with the horrific events earlier this year, there is talk it could well be North America who gets their hands on the powerhouse portable first.

Written by Raj Mahil

Game collector. Journalism graduate. Batman addict. Movie goer. WWE nut. Sports obsessive. Arsenal fan. Sub-Editor.

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  • Rob

    I wish the PSN outage could influence Sony to do a few more things.

    • Anonymous

      Like give us free games?

  • Is the wording really correct, “playable” , wasn’t that the case last E3, I’m being a dick and my asian ignorance to the language is blocking my sub leveled linguistic processing power. I’m hearing it differently in my head 🙂

    • Yeah, it was playable at E3 as well, he didn’t say that TGS was the first time 😛

      • ok got it, I was hoping for a Gamescom or PAX appearance , oh well

  • Anonymous

    I’m definitely excited for the Vita. It pretty much looks like pure improvement at this point. My two main questions are about the UMDs (hopefully a way to transfer them to your Vita, though I’m not holding my breath) and about the memory. I’m hoping they go the PSPGo route with internal memory instead of cards only, but I fear that may be getting left out to keep the price low as possible. Until then I’m hoping for good news, and tons of it.

  • Anonymous

    Just wondering what ‘UMD issues’ may be.  My only issue with UMD’s is that they won’t fit in my xperia play, no matter which way I try and jam them.

    • Anonymous

      Would be nice if the Vita would come with an external UMD drive. It that happens, people will love Sony even more.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah, I always hoped sony would do that for the PSPgo but no-go there (pun intended).
        There is no way they will allow us to transfer old UMDs or release a drive to support a format that is basically dead.  They don’t want us to buy old UMDs second hand or bargain bin style.  Sony wants us to buy the games digitally (again) and also sell us propriety storage cards to store these games on. 

        It’s a good thing I started saving my pennies way back when they first announced the NGP.  This is going to get messy.
        (plus, what am I going to do with my three PSPs?)

  • Super excited for this! However, news tends to drip out of TGS due to the language barrier and the lower number of western journalists there.

    • Clin_Diesel

      the only important question to this thing gonna support just cause 2?