TGS: Sony Unveil New Vita, PSTV and Japan PS4 2014 Release Date
With E3, PAX and Gamescom out of the way, it's Japan's turn to once again be the centre of attention for the gaming masses. Apparently Tokyo is the place to be right now: not only have they just won the right to host the 2020 Olympics, but next week it's the annual Tokyo Game Show. The event doesn't even start until the 19th, but Sony have kicked the whole thing off early with their preshow conference. The show delivered some big news: the expected PS4 Japan release date and a few surprises to boot.
Surprisingly, Sony have decided to release the Playstation 4 in it's home country significantly behind it's November 2013 launch in the west. In fact, Japanese gamers will have to wait all the way until February 22nd 2014, in something of a break with tradition. At the Playstation 3 launch Japan was one of the initial countries to get the console, and it was Europe (and Australasia) that had to endure the lengthy wait. Of course, it's not unheard of for America to be the first country to see a console, but the sheer size of the gap is surprising. It will certainly raise questions- is Europe now more important to the Japanese corporation than it's home country? How times have changed!
The PS4 will set Japanese gamers back ¥39,980 come launch day. Sony Japan will also offer a bundle with the Playstation Eye camera for ¥43,980, and a digital copy of Knack will also be given away with all preorders.
Sony also debuted a new model for their handheld in the form of the Playstation Vita Slim. The snazzy new unit looks pretty much identical to the current design, but is now 20% thinner and 15% lighter. It features improved battery life and 1GB of onboard battery, while The OELD screen has been dropped. The Slim will arrive in Japan October 10th and will retail for ¥18,980. So far, it has not been confirmed if it will see a release outside of Japan (but it would seem like a no-brainer).
The biggest surprise of all however is a completely new bit of kit- The Playstation Vita TV. PSVTV is a pretty simple yet inspired idea- a mini-console that allows gamers to play Vita and PSP games on their TV with a DualShock controller. It's the kind of thing gamers have been asking for for some time- and unlike Nintendo's old Gameboy Player (remember that, anyone?) doesn't require a full-blown console to run. It will launch in Japan November 14th for ¥9,480.
You can watch the whole thing here: