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Vita owners will finally get the chance to make use of Sony’s PlayStation Plus program on November 19. The premium service will be expanded to include the handheld as part of the Vita’s next system update (2.00).
As previously announced, the popular “Instant Game Collection” will come to the Vita in a big way with six games available for download in the first month. The initial “Instant Game Collection” includes Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Jet Set Radio HD, Wipeout 2048, Gravity Rush, and Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!, as well as the PSP title Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions.
Even with the inclusion of Vita games to the “Instant Game Collection,” a PlayStation Plus subscription remains $17.99 for the three-month plan and $49.99 for a year.
Besides the addition of PlayStation Plus, additional functionality will be added to the Vita in the 2.00 update:
- Email: Check read and send email directly from PS Vita
- Content Management: Wirelessly transfer content between PS Vita and PC in addition to browsing folders on PS3/PC and copying them to PS Vita
- PSone Classics: Now assign controller buttons to touchscreen, rear touch pad and buttons with select games on the PS Vita system
- PSone Classics: Custom screen mode option for flexible screen size adjustment
- Web Browser: Ability to “Tweet” web page addresses
You may have noticed that yesterday’s PlayStation Store update featured a distinct lack of Jet Set Radio for the Vita.
The Dreamcast favorite was originally scheduled to be added to the PlayStation Store yesterday, but Sega decided to delay the game’s re-release on the handheld due to a need for “necessary development optimizations.” The publisher didn’t offer up an English translation of that bit of marketing speak or a new release date, but they did promise to announce one soon.
A release date, that is, not a translation of “necessary development optimizations.” Because I think that’s just gibberish.
The rollerblading graffiti taggers of Sega’s Jet Set Radio make their way to the Xbox Live Arcade this week in a new high definition remake. Available for 800 Microsoft Points ($10), you can download one of the Dreamcast’s most beloved games now:
Tag, grind, and trick to the beat in Sega’s hit game Jet Set Radio! Fight for control of Tokyo-to, mark your turf with graffiti, tag walls, billboards, and even rival gang members! Perform tricks and flips on magnetically driven in-line skates, but watch out for the local police force! Now on Xbox Live Arcade, Jet Set Radio is part of Sega’s Heritage Collection series and now features lush HD visuals, developer interviews, and amazing fan-created graffiti.
Also available this week is the action RPG R.A.W.: Realms of Ancient War, which has been priced at 1200 Microsoft Points ($15):
R.A.W.: Realms of Ancient War – the new heroic-fantasy hack‘n’slash (action/role-playing game) takes you on a continent ravaged by a war! Take control of a powerful Warrior, a dark Sorcerer or a Rogue master of stealth, and plunge into a grand quest full of action! The explosive Hack’n’Slash (action/rpg) R.A.W. leads you, alone or in 2-player co-op, through many, varied levels full of deadly monsters and intense action! Earn experience through the violent battles you fight, loot weapons and magic items on the lifeless bodies of your opponents, and develop the power of your hero! Learn new powers and ever-more devastating spells, some of which, when mastered, will inflict tremendous damage and eradicate your enemies by the dozen! Take direct control of the body of your most powerful foes, seeding discord and destruction right at the heart of the enemy’s armies! In cooperation mode (local), invite a friend to join your quest. Coordination and teamwork are essential ingredients to exterminate your outnumbering opponent!
I guess Sony is definitely serious with this “PS3 Full Games” thing as they added two games to the PlayStation Store yesterday on the same day the disc-based versions were released. For all shooting and looting needs, Borderlands 2 is now available to download. And for all your open-wheel racing needs, there’s F1 2012.
Also available this week is the extreme snowboarding of SSX (the PS3 reboot, not the PS2 Classic), the extreme rollerblading of Jet Set Radio, and the extreme running of Feisty Feet. I’m sensing a theme Sony.
Hit the jump for all the details on these games (along with a few others) and hit up the PlayStation Blog for a complete list of this week’s new game add-ons and demos (including a demo of Resident Evil 6). (more…)
If you’re interested in purchasing the game from the PlayStation Network, it’ll be available to download on September 18. However, if you’re a PlayStation Plus member, you’ll receive early access to Jet Set Radio on September 11. Either way, the game will set you back $9.99.
PC and Xbox 360 owners will be able to download the game through Steam and the Xbox Live Arcade, respectively, on September 19. Once again, whichever version you choose will be priced at $9.99 (well, it’ll be listed as 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox 360).
Finally, the Vita version will be downloadable from the PSN on October 16, and it too will carry a 9.99 pricetag.
Not bad Sega, not bad. Now where’d I leave my roller blades?
Sega confirmed today that an updated version of Jet Set Radio, the rollerblading Dreamcast classic, will be available on th Vita, as well as the Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network, and PC this summer. Also, it will be playable at E3 2012.
This version of Jet Set Radio will feature upgraded HD visuals, but keep the original soundtrack, which will come as a relief to fans of the series. The Vita version promises enhanced interaction with the environments in the game, making use of the system’s touch functionality and camera for activities like spraying graffiti.