The PlayStation Vita hits stores today, and Sony’s PlayStation store gets apps for the new handheld device.
While the Sony PlayStation Vita had a soft launch last week with the limited, First Edition bundle ($350 for a 3G Vita, a carrying case, and a 4GB memory card), Sony’s new gaming handheld officially launches today, and with that launch comes new additions to the device’s digital download platform, the PS Store.
The Editors’ Choice PlayStation Vita, so favored because of its excellent gaming abilities in spite of significant media playback issues, is now available from most retailers, with preorders (or, for the earlier adopters, major import markups and fees) unnecessary. The $250 Wi-Fi-only Vita is also on sale for the first time in the United States, along with the $300 non-bundle 3G/Wi-Fi Vita. The 3G/Wi-Fi Vita is part of a launch bundle, separate from the First Edition bundle, which includes an 8GB memory card (but not case) for a limited time.
Today’s launch adds several titles to the PS Store. While several games were available on the store last week, the app selection was nearly nonexistent. But users can now download Netflix, Flickr, and LiveTweet apps for free, though 3G users will definitely want to keep their Wi-Fi connected for the first app. Several new games have also been added, including Plants Vs. Zombies and Touch My Katamari.
While the Vita has a front-facing camera, Skype is still currently unavailable for the device, though it’s expected to hit the PS Store in the near future. Sony has remained quiet about the availability of PSOne Classics or expanding the PSP backwards compatibility library for the Vita.
Vita games and accessories have been on sale for a few weeks, but until now, only importers and purchasers of the first edition bundle last week have been able to use them.
Not sure if you should get the Vita or stick to mobile gaming? Check out Sony PlayStation Vita vs. Your Phone.
By Will Greenwald, PCMag