Over the span of two minutes and 24 seconds in the video above, one marketing voice on behalf of Sony will rundown a laundry list of the PS Vita’s upcoming capabilities. If the work was done well, you’ll finish watching and immediately bust open the piggy bank in order to count your loose change.
The system will sell for $250 in its base, Wi-Fi only form.
The PS Vita looks packed and capable of doing just about anything at any time related to the world of gaming. Sporting features like strong graphics, a touchscreen display, two analog sticks (which feel much better than the nub on the PSP, I promise you), front and rear facing cameras, a touch panel on the back of the device and a host of wireless play options, this portable won’t be short on ways to interface.
For me, personally, the front and rear touchscreens hadn’t done much to whet my appetite for gaming. They were interesting at the time of announcement, but have since faded into a less impressive posture.
The front touch display has clearly been done before, and the backside touch panel seems practically frivolous; however, I changed my tune after seeing ModNation Racers: Road Trip. If you hop to the 1:24 mark in the video at the head of this story, you’ll catch a glimpse of what makes touchscreen interfaces great for gaming in my book. The front panel is used to map and create tracks, while the rear panel will let players bump up terrain around the course. Trying it in person at E3 was wonderful and sold me on features I’d otherwise dismissed.
What about the PS Vita has you excited? Or, if the device hasn’t done much for you, what about the PS Vita is leaving you discouraged.
The handheld system will launch in Japan on December 17th, 2011. It will see release in North America and Europe on February 22nd, 2012. Will you be in line to grab one?