Sep 14, 2011

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TGS 2011: Sony Recap

TGS 2011: Sony Recap

At 1 PM Wednesday in Chiba, Japan (or 11 PM Tuesday Central Standard Time), the 2011 Tokyo Game Show kicked off with Sony’s two-hour press conference. Live blogs and video streams all over the Internet erupted with coverage as huge announcements and reveals were made (special thanks to IGN). This week’s PlayStation Week in Review will certainly be packed, as previews and information surface in the coming days. To get you up to speed on all the PlayStation news that came out of Sony’s show, we’ve condensed the biggest stories from the conference here. Rest assured, Vivid Gamer will be bringing you more detailed coverage in the coming days. For now, feast your eyes on the following news:

  • The PlayStation Vita will launch in Japan on December 17.
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be a Vita launch title.
  • A Final Fantasy X HD remake is in the works for PS3 and Vita. Development is ongoing.

  • Final Fantasy Type-0 will launch in Japan for PSP on October 27.
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2 will launch in Japan this December.
  • The Metal Gear Solid HD Collection will be coming to Vita in 2012, and will feature cloud saves compatible with the PS3 collection.
  • A Zone of the Enders HD collection will be coming to PS3 and Vita in 2012. The collection will feature hid-def remasters of both PS2 Zone of the Enders titles.
  • Hideo Kojima has announced that the newly-developed Fox Engine will power Kojima’s future PS3 and Vita titles. The engine may allow users to transfer game data and saves from one system to the other, essentially getting two games for the price of one. No word yet on whether this feature will apply to the upcoming Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders HD collections. Kojima is also working on a mysterious new project that uses Fox Engine.

  • The PlayStation Vita will support multitasking while playing games, allowing users to access the Near app and social networking features like Facebook and Twitter without exiting games.
  • The Vita dashboard is customizable and will allow users to change the order and layout of apps, similar to the iOS interface.
  • Vita preorders will begin in Japan on October 15. Official accessories such as charging stations will also be available.
  • Early Vita models sold in Japan will offer 100 free hours of 3G data plan.

  • Vita will support most downloadable content for PSP.
  • The PlayStation Vita will launch in Japan with 26(!) games, including: Dynasty Warriors Next, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ridge Racer, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Field, BlazBlue Continuum Shift II, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and Katamari Damacy Nobita (thanks to Eurogamer).
  • 100 titles will be released for the Vita by March 2012, including: Tales of Innocence, Gravity Daze, Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, FIFA, Ninja Gaiden Sigma, and more.

That’s all the big news from Sony’s TGS 2011 press conference! Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you’re most excited for. Stay tuned to Vivid Gamer for more from TGS in the coming days.