PS Vita Takes San Francisco, 10 New Gameplay Trailers Released

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PS Vita Takes San Francisco, 10 New Gameplay Trailers Released

Yesterday, more than 60 members of the gaming press piled into our Vita Hill social club in San Francisco to go hands-on with a slew of updated PS Vita games. The event showcased everything from Escape Plan, MotorStorm RC, Super Stardust Delta, and UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss to Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Army Corps of Hell, FIFA Soccer… even Plants vs. Zombies (now confirmed!) joined in on the fun.

It was a memorable night, and one you can recreate right now if you happen to live near the San Francisco Bay Area — just visit the Vita Hill social club and bring some friends (the club is free and open to the public through mid-February). Expect to see these PS Vita social clubs expanding to new cities in the coming weeks. And a comprehensive PS Vita mall tour is currently rolling out across the country through December, so if you’ve been dying to play PS Vita right now, you’re certainly not short on options!

In other news, today also sees the release of a mother lode of new PS Vita gameplay trailers — 10 in all — covering the game’s launch software lineup and beyond (see the full collection here). When you’re done watching the new vids, read on for a full debriefing from PS Vita’s leading developers, starting with Bend Studios’ Creative Director John Garvin and UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss.

Introducing Intu-Aim to UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss

We started playing with the PS Vita’s hardware features very early in development of UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss. One of our earliest demos involved the player moving and rotating PS Vita to simulate an SLR camera viewfinder and, soon after, a sniper rifle’s scope. PS Vita’s sensitive and accurate motion sensors surprised us, making even the most subtle control adjustments a breeze.

Because the PS Vita is the first device that combines two analog sticks, a Sixaxis motion sensor and a touchscreen, we realized we could create a universal aiming system with fine-tuned controls that would be impossible on any other system. Core aiming still works best on the analog sticks: in over-the-shoulder mode, players still use the left stick to adjust Drake’s position and the right stick to adjust his aiming reticule – just as you would expect in any modern console game. But PS Vita adds a third input: you can can rotate your hands to subtly fine tune the reticule’s placement. Having everything on the same controller creates a synergy between your eyes, your thumbs and your hands that feels natural: use the sticks to aim at an enemy, use the motion sensor to aim at his head.

We’ve talked to focus testers who’ve spent hours with the game and didn’t even realize they were using the motion controls – it’s that subtle and intuitive. We call it Intu-aim, as opposed to auto-aim, because the player is in complete control. In fact, the player has more control than he’s ever had before. We think this mechanic will change the way shooters are played.

Nihilistic Software’s Studio Director Robert Huebner gave us a quick-and-dirty rundown on today’s new showing of Resistance: Burning Skies:

Showing off the Sixeye in Resistance: Burning Skies

It’s exciting to roll out a little bit more about the settings and story for Resistance: Burning Skies! Today we showed off a new mission that takes place on the George Washington Bridge during the first day of the Chimeran assault on the US eastern seaboard. The surprise attack has created a massive refugee crisis, with hordes of people jamming Manhattan’s bridges and tunnels only to be cut down by the relentless Chimeran forces (There’s more to that story, but we can save it for another day).

We also showed off some new weapons for the first time, including my personal favorite: the Sixeye. The Sixeye is a sniper rifle of Chimeran manufacture, and like the fan-favorite Bullseye, it features a tagging mode. But there’s a catch: Sixeye tags are timed proximity explosive devices that the player can implant either into enemies or into the world itself using the highly accurate scope. Old-fashioned grenades are handy, too, especially now that you simply touch PS Vita’s screen to accurately toss one and rid yourself of a few more Chimera.

The game is shaping up great, and we’re pleased to see how true to the experience of the original Resistance franchise we have gotten on PS Vita. After a few minutes of hands-on time, it’s easy to forget you’re even playing on a portable device!

Associate Producer Kumi Yuasa demonstrated new character progression details in the upcoming mindbending adventure Gravity Rush:

New Powers in Gravity Rush

Kat keeps adding new gravity-defying skills as she explores this upside-down world, and today we introduced two useful new powers for the first time. One is called “Gravity Slide.” If you hold left and right corners of the PS Vita’s 5’’ OLED screen at the same time, Kat will start sliding as if she’s on a skateboard. Then you can tilt PS Vita to turn left or right. If you run into an enemy while gravity sliding, you will automatically attack the enemy with greater force.

The other skill is called “Stasis Field,” and it allows Kat to levitate objects and hurl them in any direction. You can use this skill to defeat flying enemies or to move objects and people during missions. As you enhance it, you will be able to grab more and more objects at the same time.

These two skills will come in handy during side missions where you need to defeat as many enemies as possible within the time limit, or when you need to pass through every checkpoint to complete a race. Use every gravity skill and trick at your disposal to enjoy this game to the fullest!

And finally, Zipper Interactive’s Creative Director Seth Luisi dropped by to show off a new build of Unit 13, the studio’s social shooter:

Unit 13: How 3G Expands Social Combat

We have made a lot of progress over the past few weeks, so jumped at the chance to travel from Seattle to San Francisco to show off the latest for Unit 13. If you aren’t up to speed, Unit 13 is a modern-day third person military shooter designed exclusively for PS Vita. As a member of the highly specialized military and intelligence group known as Unit 13, you’ll choose one of six operatives to master 45 challenging, action-packed missions while unlocking new gear, skills, mods, and guns. Each mission is pick up and play and can last anywhere from five to 30 minutes depending on how you decide to play. All missions can be played solo or via online two-player co-op.

We also had Unit 13 connected via 3G to show off the extensive social and competitive features. The in-game notification center is a hub that provides real-time alerts on status updates, leaderboard positions, and Daily Challenges. Get a high score, post, and see how you are doing against your friends and those Near you, both regionally and globally. You can access all these features via Wi-Fi, but the 3G connectivity allows you access to the information almost anytime and anywhere. This comes in handy when competing for rare “High Value Targets,” which are accessible for scoring high in different missions. High Value Targets unlock at 20 stars and go all the way up to 180 stars. One cool thing about HVTs: if you are on my PSN friends list or available via Near and I defeat a High Value Target, you get a notification to play – even if you haven’t unlocked the mission! It lasts for a finite time, so let’s hope you’re ready for that one shot!

We’re very excited about the positive feedback we’ve received on the game, and how it’s naturally an engaging and competitive social experience with lots of ways to play. Stay tuned to the PlayStation.Blog for more news and updates.

What PS Vita title are you most interested in trying for yourself?

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  • So… Gravity Rush looks incredible, eh? Depending on what else comes out before I eventually get my Vita, Gravity Rush looks like it should be my first game.

  • Aweosme, PS Vita on my must-buy list !

  • Wow i am soooo amped for the vita! two of my favorite franchises in resistance and uncharted on this thing, and so many other awesome looking new IPs!!!!! only thing that could make this better would be an infamous title :) oh and does anyone on the blog have any idea when the ratchet and clank trivia questions for the controllers are gonna be asked???? it said every day from the 12th thru 16th and i was on twitter all yesterday for those things lol.

  • “In other news, today also sees the release of a mother lode of new PS Vita gameplay trailers — 10 in all — covering the game’s launch software lineup and beyond (see the full collection here).”

    So can you confirm that these the 10 US launch titles for the Vita?

    • Nope — some are (most likely), others will be a bit further out. We’ll have a final announcement of the US launch titles pretty soon, the team is busy finalizing the details as we speak.

  • I’m on Google Chrome and the vids won’t play. However, Uncharted’s plays on the front page of the PS Blog and where these vids are linked on other news sites play fine–so something about this page ain’t jiving with my browser. Regardless, saw the vids on those other sites and naturally hyperventilated.

    I love Uncharted, a LOT (Platted all 3) but Gravity Rush is VERY QUICKLY becoming my most desired Vita title.

    • Thanks Zookey — working ok for me in Crome. Could you drop details on 1) your OS and version 2) your version of Chrome? Thanks!

  • Hmph. You guys didn’t invite me to this event for “important press folk”. I’m good enough to attend opening night but not play the games I wanted most?

    Anyway… now that the press event has passed, can I visit Vita Hill again, and try out these new games (Gravity Rush, Escape Plan, Super Stardust)?

  • no Motorstorm RC , Resistance Burning Skies new trailers ? noooooooo!!!!!! , those are my 2 most anticipated vita titles !!!! of course im getting Uncharted , Little Deviants , ModNation , Gravity and Escape Plan , hey when can we expect to see more of Killzone vita?

  • Interesting stuff! Not sure if I will buy the Vita in the first place, but if I do I know what games I will be getting!

  • Gravity Rush looks really interesting.

    • That seems to be the big winner lately. It’s completely unlike anything I’ve ever played, but it also feels natural.

  • Holy smokes, agree with the folks above that Gravity Rush really looks impressive, far beyond my initial expectations. Overall, Vita looks to be a very strong contender for best launch lineup ever. I can’t wait :)

  • I’ve bought systems with far less reasons to own one (3DS for example) and the Vita has so many!
    Touch My Katamari, Final Fantasy X, Uncharted Golden Abyss and so much more!!

    Please allow retailers to take pre orders on memory soon!!

  • Out of the 11 videos on the PS Vita YouTube channel, the only game I’m not interested in is Reality Fighters. Does anyone know if Escape Plan is a retail release or will it be a PSN only title like Super Stardust Delta and Hustle Kings? I’m planning on buying the game and want to know if I should save my money to preorder it in store, or purchase a PSN card instead.

  • Is Gravity Rush a download or retail title?

  • That’s exactly the PERFECT way to make a trailer, because you show the game AND its features. Every trailer should be like that. It shows consumers what to expect about the game, what it has and how it plays.

  • Can’t wait for this, just heard that Final Fantasy Type 0 will have Vita support such as dual thumbstick use (I think i heard at, sure hope The 3rd Birthday will do the same. LOVE THAT GAME!!

  • Getting the VITA on day 1. This is the first time ever I’ve been this excited for a handheld.

    On day 1…

    PS VITA Bundle on the 15th of Feb
    Gravity Rush
    Hot Shots Golf

    then Uncharted later on

  • Please give Gravity Rush lots more coverage and release the game on Game Card, not just PSN.

    IGN has a new piece about some of the RPG gameplay:

  • Hot Shots= Just tap it into my veins!

    Seriously please please release the first party games Feb 15th instead of the 22nd for us Cool kids.

  • @ Sid I’m on Mac OSX Snow Leopard latest version of Chrome (16)

  • @ Sid almost forgot–went to the Naughty Dog // Last of Us post–I can watch that vid on the blog so I don’t know why this page won’t work for me….

  • Im getting the PS Vita first day buy :) just need another 120 bucks to save up until February :)

  • Any info on if and or when the Vita will support PS1 classics(PSN digital version) or PS2 classics?I only purchase the PS1 games off PSN to play on a portable and I imagine no backwards compatibility will hurt the sales of PS1 games.

  • On my wishlist is Uncharted GA, Plants vs Zombies, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Street Fighter X Tekken

  • @Darewind im sure Sony will make PSone games available for the Vita in an update later on…. i wonder why it wont be available at launch though xD its common sense that people wanna carry over everything they can play on the PSP to the PS Vita xD

  • In cristmas, at my home, japan vita coming… too late to wait 2012…

  • I want Gravity Rush!!!! Please be launch title
    PSV Wi-fi&32GB day one

  • no new trailer for Shinobido 2 :(?

  • When are you guys going to show more stuff off for Ruin?

    • They’re deep into development, so I’m not expecting to see any news for a little bit. Let’s see what happens!

  • Its getting hard to ignore the incredible line up of games coming with the Vita or soon after.Hope it will still have some good normal apps like Pandora radio and Netflix, but its not a huuuge deal if not. Dont see why ps1 or psp games wont work with it right away, that takes awayalot of content :/
    also, having an exclusive GTA for it would be a huge bonus I think.

  • PS vita will be the first PS product I will not buy. scratch that it will be the second I didn’t buy a GO ether.
    Expensive memory cards and Full priced Vita games on PSN make my stomach curl. But the game I want to play the most would be well it’s has not been talked about yet but take a good look at my avatar and take a guess(:

  • Any chance that these PS Vita events make their way to Canada? can’t wait to get my hands on the PS Vita! Also will all the launch titles come out on February 15? I’d love to pick up Uncharted and Gravity Daze along with the First Edition bundle.

  • All I want is for this to have a decent amount of great jrpgs like the psp. Speaking of which.. I would love to see more on the ps3 for that matter.

    • Good call. Who doesn’t love a great RPG? On the bright side, the PS Vita will play downloaded PSP games, and there’s a massive selection there. I’m sure more will come in time. You might also want to check out Gravity Rush and the upcoming Ruin, both of which have some RPG elements.

  • are we gonna be any games out on the 15th im buying the first edition bundle

  • The prices for the Memory are TOO EXPENSIVE in this BAD ECONOMY. What were you thinking Sony?
    You lost like 15-20% of buyers by confirming those horrible prices for such a small amount of data.

  • @33 Justp94 Sony is a Japanese based company and Japan’s economy is very strong at the moment.What with portables dominating the Japanese gaming market they won’t take as big of a loss in the Western market from lack of sales.

  • ModNation Racers: Road Trip needs to be a Launch title for sure, since LittleBigPlanet won’t be.
    oh and to be honest the highest you guys should go for the memory card is 100, cuz that just is ridiculous at a certain extent. I want the 32GB cuz i have over 16GB in psp+psOne content and i wanna buy smaller vita stuff and put on the card. also with the Metal Gear collection for vita, is it including peace walker cuz i wanna know so i have it calculated not to worry about that (i bought off psn)

  • Please make sure these games come out for VITA in NA and all the others and it will for sure be a success.
    Tales of Innocence R
    Lord of Apocalypse (VITA)
    Ys Celceta: Sea of Trees (VITA)
    Ragnarok Odyssey

  • Can’t wait to get my hands on Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Resistance Burning Skies!! Is Uncharted coming out the same day as the Vita?

  • Can’t wait for Touch My Katamari!!!!!!

  • Hey Sid

    were’s the new vid trailer for Resistance: Burning Skies.

    I want to see more of that game in action

    what chimera types did you fight against and what kind of tactics does the AI employ?

  • wow, some of these games and their gameplay features look absolutelly awesome. The Vita keeps looking better and better. Hopefully games don’t get pushed back and it has a strong line up at launch so it doesn’t have the rough start that the 3DS had and only up until now is it looking better.

  • So how about that $299 Wifi only bundle that everyone’s been asking for?

  • They better have plenty of JRPG’s for us later down the road. The only ones I’m looking forward to from that list so far is both Uncharted and Resistance.

  • Looking good PS vita. I want one so bad….but those memory card prices…smh just cant do it while they are that ridiculously high

  • How come we can’t directly reply to other’s comments via a “reply button”? The web coders should look into implementing that, along with email notification of a reply

  • I hope Disgaea 3 comes out for Vita sooner or at least be a launch title.

  • @ Sid yup refreshed page several times!

  • Every video I see makes the Vita look better and better. I cannot wait to pick it up! When I heard Katamari was coming for the Vita I had made up my mind to buy it, but these new titles look incredible! Looking forward to Resistance and Uncharted, too. The list gets longer all the time. It will be the best hand-held out there, no doubt.

  • The 3ds Bombed at 250, nintendo has a WAY bigger portable fanbase ands much bigger market share, and Sony thinks the Vita at 249 when we have to get pay a ridiculous price on those memory card prices will do well? Sony never learns, i thought they learned their lesson after the Terrible PS3 launch and after how much marlet share MS took away just because of Sony mis-management/ Are Sony trying to fail?

    Sony your digging your own grave.

    Who launches a hand held without SOME internal mem or at least come with a 4 GB Mem card? Sony does and then they will wonder why Vita will bomb.

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