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Europe's Vita Box and Launch Apps Look Like This

Posted by James Newton

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Vita may not be out until next year, but that doesn't mean you can't find out exactly what you'll be seeing on shop shelves when the console launches.

Sony Computer Entertainment Europe hardware product manager Adam Grant took to the PlayStation Blog to reveal the console's box and pre-installed applications.

The box itself isn't much to talk about — it's just a box, after all — although the striking blue certainly puts us in mind of the PSP-3000's Vibrant Blue variant. It's what's included in the console from the get-go that's most exciting.

Vita launches with ten pre-installed applications, the official descriptions of which we've shared below:

  • Welcome Park – We invite you to the Welcome Park to explore and discover all of the brilliant features packed into PS Vita through a series of mini-games.
  • Party – Fancy a chat while you’re gaming? Speak with your friends anytime you like with Party. The voice and text chat application allows you to talk to up to eight party members, no matter what you’re doing. Party also allows you to set up and jump in multiplayer games and chat with Friends while you play different games, bringing cross-game chat to PS Vita.
  • PlayStation Store – A direct link to PlayStation Store where you will be able to download all PS Vita games, trailers, DLC and apps.
  • Group Messaging – Another great way to contact your PlayStation Network friends is with a PSN Message. Send them an update or even a picture you’ve taken with your PS Vita to let them know what’s going on. You can message your friends on PSP and PS3, and you can have conversations with multiple people at once.
  • Photos – PS Vita allows you to capture photos and this is the direct link to the camera and also the photo viewer application.
  • Near – An exclusive location based gaming network for PS Vita. With near you can stay connected to all of your PlayStation Network friends and make new ones by sharing information about yourself, based on your location. Press the Update button and find new people based on where you are, challenge them to games or play cooperatively and enjoy a completely unique gaming experience on PS Vita. You can even send and receive new levels, unlocks and in-game items to enhance the way you play – everywhere you go will hold new surprises. You can view your friends’ game preferences, see how many trophies they’ve earned and compare your stats to see who the better player is.
  • Trophies – PS Vita games will support Trophies and this app will store and track your Trophies earned on both PS Vita and PS3. It also allows you to compare your Trophies with your friends.
  • Music – A music player that will allow you to play your own tunes transferred to PS Vita via a computer or PS3.
  • Friends – Your Friends List will allow you to search and keep in touch with your PSN Friends. Click on a friend’s profile to see what game they are playing on either PS Vita or PlayStation 3. You can join their game, take a look at what you’ve played together recently or compare your trophy collections. You can also see your friend’s recent gaming activity and what they are doing now. In your profile you can share information about yourself. Choose an avatar that represents you best, add your friends and let the world know what you are playing.
  • Internet Browser – With the 5″ OLED Touchscreen, PS Vita will offer a great web browsing experience over Wi-Fi and 3G.


User Comments (8)



evya35 said:

So cool i hope we will recive more information in the near future!



Rambo-Hamster said:

The fact that Sony isn't being very forthcoming with how AT&T will price the 3G service has me worried. It's kinda like how some developers know that their game is crap and force review sites/mags to withhold the review until on or after the release date. Of course, I'm sure the Vita won't be crap, but this is a classic marketing technique to garner sales before any bad news sinks in.

The 3G is a sort of weird combination in a dedicated game handheld, and instead of showing us the amazing ways it can be integrated, and giving full disclosure on how they will price it, Sony is immensely hush-hush about it. It probably won't be as bad as I expect, but it does worry me. I'd rather hear about all the 3G details than the apps that it comes with.

Although knowing what's there out of the box is good to know. And the box looks pretty nice. But what's with Sony's new infatuation with blue?



James said:

@Rambo-Hamster That's not really a fair comparison: we have four or five months for Sony to announce the AT&T pricing. I'm sure it won't be revealed on or after the console's release date



Rambo-Hamster said:

@james, yeah the comparison isn't too fair, but then I was just illustrating a concept or analogy, not saying that it's the same degree of disappointment. But the fact that they aren't talking about it has me on edge. Not because I think it's gonna be disastrous, but the lack of details has me on edge, for sure.

They definitely won't wait until the exact launch day, but it could be detailed very close to launch. Looking at how they're shaping up their news releases, it seems like they want to focus on the Vita itself and it's games. And then, towards the lead up to release, a small side-note detailing the 3G plan details would be released. Makes sense, because the reason the PSP didn't do as well as it could have is because of a lack of wide-ranging, quality games (relative to the DS), so obviously Sony will want to hammer out the point that the Vita's games are of AAA calibre.



turtlelink said:

Liking the features. I guess there will be an update for the PSP to receive messages ("You can message your friends on PSP and PS3, and you can have conversations with multiple people at once.")?



GameLord08 said:

Is it just me, or does this sound a lot like another gaming company we know and love?

I'm liking the features anyway. It's a step-up from the 3DS, and this is coming from a Nintendo fangirl. I always turned my nose up at Sony game products, but this, I am definitely not missing out on. Just unsure whether or not to get the 3G model...

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