PlayStation 4 gets Japanese date, games, lotsa Vita stuff


And a surprise for folks who don't actually want a Vita

Well, that was exciting! TGS is still weeks away, but Sony's already bringing the thunder.

The electronics giant has pulled an unprecedented move (for Sony, at least), and officially announced the release date for the PlayStation 4 to take place after the west. The PS4 will release in Glorious Nippon on February 22nd, 2014, almost three months after the western release. One of the reasons given for the delay was the desire to have as many of the PS4's western launch games - which include a gaggle of high-profile indie titles - localized for the Japanese release.

Sony also revealed the console's Japanese launch lineup, which includes the usual triple-A suspects like Battlefield, Watch Dogs, Killzone Assassin's Creed, FIFA, and Call of Duty, but also some more Japan-centric titles like Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, a new strategy title from Kadokawa Games called Natural Doctrine, hostess-dating sim Dream Club, and Yakuza: Ishin, a new Yakuza spin-off set during Japan's Meiji Restoration period.

Other titles shown included Capcom's Deep Down (which may end up a lot weirder than the Dark Souls-esque thing we assumed it was), Suda51's Lily Bergamo, and the home version of Guilty Gear Xrd (which will also come out on the PS3). As yet untitled Gundam and [email protected] games were also revealed. 

That wasn't all, though.

Sony also went in deep on the PS Vita, with the Vita model 2000, a lighter, thinner redesign that trades the OLED screen for an LCD one, adds more battery life, 1GB of built-in storage, and a bunch of games, a bunch of new color op including a new Soul Sacrifice and a (gasp!) single-player Phantasy Star game.

But perhaps the most important (and exciting) Vita announcement isn't directly related to the Vita at all - at least not the handheld console we know of. Instead, Sony unveiled PS Vita TV, a "microconsole" not unlike the Kickstarter darling OUYA.

Combining the features of the Vita and a streaming box such as an Apple TV or Roku, the PS Vita TV (quickly dubbed "ViTV" by some) can connect to your TV and Vita games, PSP games, and Vita-compatible PSN games (which include PSone classics). The ViTV can also run video-streaming apps like Netflix and Hulu, as well as stream PS4 games to remote TVs. Perhaps best of all, it's priced at just about $99 in Japan, though the DualShock 3 controller needed to play games is sold separately (a $150 bundle includes the controller and a Vita memory card).

The ViTV sounds incredibly appealing for that segment of the crowd that wants to play Vita games (including the platform's growing indie and cross-platform stable) without having to do it on the "small screen" of a handheld. I'm sure you've met folks like that, the ones that whine mightily whenever a game is announced for handhelds and crow about the virtues of "playing on a big screen in the living room". Those folks can rejoice, I guess.

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