Vita TV unveiled, a new Vita model and PS4 launch details revealed for Japan

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9th September 2013 Richard Pilot

At a Japan focussed press conference this morning, Sony talked a lot about their games line up for the country, but there was also a surprise or two.

In the most important news for those awaiting the next-gen console in Japan, Sony finally revealed the launch date for the PS4, 22nd February. Its a little later than the US and Europe; it also marks the first time a PlayStation console won’t launch first in Japan. To make up for it, Japan will get a "limited pack" which includes a digital download copy of Knack and a year's extended warranty. The launch lineup features the usual suspects like Assassin's Creed IV, Final Fantasy 14 and Driveclub but two new titles were also announced, a new entry in theDynasty Warriors series and Natural Doctrine, a fantasy RPG from Kadokawa Games.

A new model of PlayStation Vita was also announced. This new model, PCH-2000 is 20% thinner and 15% lighter than the current device; it also has a better battery life. Curiously though, the OLED screen has been replaced with a regular LED one and for those who like colour in their lives, it will come in black, white, lime green, light blue, pink and khaki. The revamped Vita will launch on October 10th in Japan. No word on a release date overseas.

Finally, in a surprise announcement, Sony unveiled a new device, the Vita TV. As you can probably guess by the name, this is a device designed to play Vita games on the TV. Not sporting a display of its own, it will connect to a TV via HDMI and will be able to play Vita, PSP and other compatible PlayStation games such as PSOne. The device will sync up with up to two DuelShock 3 controllers, but this choice means that touch support is out of the question resulting in a number of titles that won't be supported by the device. Interesting, like the Vita handheld, the Vita TV will also support PS4 Remote Play, effectively turning this device into a PS4 extender. The device launches on the 14th November and will cost 9480 yen or ~£63.

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