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Sony's Next-Generation Portable Is Out, In Japan 134

Posted by timothy
from the people-used-to-wait-in-line-for-concerts dept.
A few months before it's due to arrive in the U.S., Sony's PlayStation Vita, successor to the PlayStation Portable, has been released in Japan. Says the linked Associated Press article: "For the Tokyo-based electronics and entertainment giant, the Vita is the biggest product launch since the PlayStation 3 console five years ago. It's also accompanied by two dozen software products — the largest number of launch titles in PlayStation history. The Vita has front and back cameras, a touchscreen in front, a touch pad on the back and two knob-like joysticks. It will enable gamers to play against each other using PlayStation 3 consoles over the Internet-based PlayStation Network, a system that was hit with a massive hacking attack earlier this year."
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Sony's Next-Generation Portable Is Out, In Japan

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  • by pecosdave (536896) * on Sunday December 18, 2011 @07:54AM (#38415356) Homepage Journal

    There's a simple test I put electronics through before I buy them - it reads something like this:

    Does it need a data port?

    Y - Go to next step
    N - Star weighing other details

    Does it have a Micro USB port?

    Y - Star weighing other details
    N - Go to next step.

    Does it have a Mini USB port?

    Y - Star weighing other details
    N - Go to next step.

    Does it have a Full sized USB port?

    Y - Star weighing other details
    N - Go to next step.

    Does it have a six pin Firewire port?

    Y - Star weighing other details
    N - Go to next step.

    Does it have a four pin Fiewire port?

    Y - Star weighing other details
    N - DON'T BUY THE DAMNED THING

    Playstation Vita fails this simple test. It's also why I passed on the Galaxy Tab. I really don't need to carry any more cables with me.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday December 18, 2011 @08:23AM (#38415472)
      You forgot one step:
      Is it a SONY product? Y - move along, nothing to see here.

      (Sorry, but it has not been long enough to forget the last screw up.)
    • by Trepidity (597)

      As a programmer, something about the way this conditional logic is specified makes me twitch.

      • by pecosdave (536896) *

        Can't make a flow chart on Slashdot.......

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Megane (129182)

        As a programmer, something about the way this conditional logic is specified makes me twitch.

        It's s/star/start/g that makes me twitch. If you're going to copy and paste something six times, you could at least notice that you've left a letter off.

    • My implementation deals with a corner case.
      "Does the hardware maker's site loads some homepage elements apparently fine and then smacks a "javascript is required" DIV in front?
      Keep noscript and surf somewhere else."

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Which part of your test considers whether or not the attached keyboard has a "t" key?

    • by Galestar (1473827)
      I think its the opposite for most everyone else. They ask the following questions.
      Does it have Firewire? Yes - Fuck that, move on.
      Does it have USB? Yes - Awesome lets see what else it has...
  • A good thing? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by lyinhart (1352173) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @07:59AM (#38415370)
    Somehow this seems a little irrelevant, considering the boon of gaming on mobile phones and an economy that makes people think twice of buying a separate portable gaming system.
    • You apply good ol' fashioned logic where there usually is none. Nowadays, people mostly buy things because they are affordable, not because they are necessary. If this gizmo is affordable, it will sell.

      • by PopeRatzo (965947) *

        If this gizmo is affordable, it will sell.

        "Affordable" is a slippery term.

        Personally, I cannot afford to support a company like Sony. I'm not sure we can afford to have companies behave the way Sony behaves. So no Sony product is "affordable".

    • by wrencherd (865833) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @08:12AM (#38415432)

      Somehow this seems a little irrelevant, considering the boon of gaming on mobile phones and an economy that makes people think twice of buying a separate portable gaming system.

      I have to agree that "gaming" is becoming a redundant function.

      The first reaction to something like the Vita has to be, "What else does it do?"

      • by shione (666388)

        You can listen to music, browse the internet (has html5 support), go on youtwitface, watch movies, read ebooks I guess. Basically the same stuff as a smartphone minus gps and phone features and in a bigger form factor but the gaming experience should be better. It runs a arm chip so I wouldnt be surprised if somebody manages port android to it like they've done with a ipod touch.

        • by Megane (129182)
          Good luck jailbreaking it first. That's one of the reasons they're completely breaking away from the old PSP architecture other than more or less keeping the same form factor.
          • by Legion303 (97901)

            SKFU has already run homebrew ("hello world") on it. Sony just changed the old AES key they were using, but since this is Sony, there is undoubtedly more fail inbound.

      • by CityZen (464761)

        This is a sign that you are getting old. Time to buy a nose-hair trimmer.

    • by loufoque (1400831)

      Right, because iPhone/Android games are really comparable to PSP or Vita ones.
      And a touchscreen is better than an actual keypad or a joystick too I suppose.

  • by WrongSizeGlass (838941) on Sunday December 18, 2011 @08:12AM (#38415426)

    It will enable gamers to play against each other using PlayStation 3 consoles over the Internet-based PlayStation Network

    Just like RIM's PlayBook, the Vita requires another expensive manufacture & platform specific product to be able to use its full capabilities. This isn't as bad as RIM's requirement for a BlackBerry just to be able to get email, but this type of forced dependency is never good for the consumer.

    • by Gravatron (716477)
      You don't need a ps3 for online play you know, no more then you needed one for the PSP. You can just play over normal wireless if you so chose, provided your in range of a network or hotspot. The PSvita does support playing against ps3 games in certain games though, a first for a handheld.
  • If it wasn't for piracy the PSP wouldn't have sold. Sony has admitted that in at least one interview. Yet they continually tried to lock it down.
    That was a handheld that was only $200.. I've seen prices around $500 for this. Sony just doesn't seem to have a clue. The PSP Go was a huge hit for them too

    • by Narishma (822073)

      The Vita will cost $250 when it launches, the same price the PSP and 3DS started with. The $500 you're seeing is for devices imported from Japan.

    • by BenoitRen (998927)

      If it wasn't for piracy the PSP wouldn't have sold.

      That's wrong, at least as far as the portable's second life is concerned. Retailers started pushing it in Japan because it had less piracy than the DS. Then came titles like God of War, Monster Hunter, Phantasy Star Portable and others that revitalised it.

  • Is more revisions to their xperia play. This should be a phone of some sort. Doesn't have to be Android (though preferred). Just a cool gaming device, with proper controls, that can also make phone calls.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    If one goes to the official PSVITA FAQ section on Sony's website, one can see this interesting screw-up:

    >Q: Can the PSVITA's output be displayed on a TV?

    >A: Can the PSVITA's output be displayed on a TV?

    http://jp-playstation.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/12268/p/1251/page/3/r_id/100001

    I found this because I was genuinely curious about this feature and Googled for it, only to find this. Apparently, 2chan is getting a laugh out of it.

    A lot of other complaints about the VITA are already piling up f

  • A: Cease and Desist letter.

  • "The Vita has front and back cameras, a touchscreen in front, a touch pad on the back and two knob-like joysticks."

    Who's their target audience? An octopus?
  • Progress happens. Fewer devices, cables, parts, total cost. Phones and their tablet kin have more uses and allow gaming to be done by even more people than before, but Sony doesn't want to believe it.

    • by Gravatron (716477)
      Different styles of games yo. I've had a smartphone for years but very very rarely are the games worth playing for more then 5 minutes, mostly being on the level of newgrounds java games. 3DS and Vita looks are much more substantial in terms of design and depth. Both devices are also showing multiple capabilities beyond games, such as movies, photo, and in the vita's case, apps.
  • Be warned, you cannot change the battery yourself (officially). I have a 2005 PSP-1000 (USA/Canada) and it's currently on it's third battery (1 original, 2 high-capacity), and I'm just an occasional player. The device is working perfectly, and because of the new battery holds it charge fine. If the battery had not been replaceable I'd either have a portable player I can use for 30 minutes, or use it off an AC adapter, or throw it out and buy a new one. Sony's "solution" (after the Ah-oh moment) is an exte
    • by BenoitRen (998927)

      What batteries would you recommend? A friend tried several third-party ones and none of them held their charge for as long as advertised. In fact, the longer it should last, the less it did.

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