Sony's TGS 2011 press conference Finished

Sony's Tokyo Game Show 2011 press conference has come to an end.

Revealed was a launch date for PlayStation Vita in Japan and the games that will be available for it.

Square Enix provided the most excitement of the morning with the announcement of a Final Fantasy 10 remake for Vita and PS3.

Capcom's Yoshinori Ono confirmed rumours of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 on Vita. He said it will be a launch title and perform just as it does on PS3/360.

Hideo Kojima also solidified rumours of the Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders HD Collections heading to Vita.

Eurogamer's blow by blow report of the event is below.

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  • BobbyDeNiro 3 years ago

    Vita looks staid. Do we really want to be throwing Drake around ledges in Uncharted again? Is there not room for something that we all haven't played 100 times before?
  • Ryze 3 years ago

    @zubnut

    No, they said just after launch that there was no UMD scheme. They only did a scheme allowing PSPgo owners to download a limited selection of games that no-one was bothered about.

    Regardless - IF they make this happen (they shouldn't have mentioned it), it will be great for all of those people who want to keep playing Kingdom Hearts, etc.
  • Biker_Bob_1971 3 years ago

    ---you have to buy your own internal memory on a memory stick
  • Biker_Bob_1971 3 years ago

    @Chessboxer (@Biker_Bob_1971



    I thought you hated all things PlayStation yet here you are, trolling..)



    No, one of my kids woke me up and thought to have a laugh at Sony lying and hyping their usual way. They did well. Pre-order now everyone, this will be the ueberbeast of mobile gaming. It comes with Android now, too! Next year you can use it as a phone (with 2 hour battery life) and and and
  • Ryze 3 years ago

    @zubnut

    They shouldn't have mentioned it, until they had SOMETHING REAL to talk about. they did the same damn thing with PSPgo and ended up doing NOTHING. It's bad PR, as nobody listens, and it's now seen as bollocks when Sony speculate anything.

    IDEALLY, this WILL happen, and people will be able to post UMDs to Sony, in exchange for a download code. Sony can win here by selling these UMDs back to the 'tards who buy that new crippled PSP model.
  • dr_faulk 3 years ago

    "If you've a UMD and you want to play it on the Vita... They're considering special download versions of the UMD-only titles. More news on that at a later date."

    The dipshit kind of ideas that are going to mire Sony's Vita before it even launches.
  • smelly 3 years ago

    Im waiting on the EG story which tells me whether sony's stock price rose or fell after this conference...
  • spunkythefunkymunkey 3 years ago

    So pretty much nothing for the PS3 then?

    And for what it's worth, I hope the Vita 3G is with Vodafone, cause I already have a mobile broadband sim from them and I'd hate to have to get another.
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    thx martin for the updates,

    if you;re still awake that is
  • Dewin 3 years ago

    /poke martin
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    right fellas, time to get on with my life
  • frunk 3 years ago

    Is this the most dull conference ever... I really think Martin has fallen asleep... get someone to prod him
  • Dewin 3 years ago

    No Super Stardust Delta?
  • deded 3 years ago

    You don't recall all previous Sony conferences then?
  • dadrester 3 years ago

    it appears thay've been making games rather than trailers :D
  • captain_Carl 3 years ago

    Why did i wake up early to watch this, again?
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    zzzzzzz.........
  • 52pickup 3 years ago

    Where are the supposed 3 unannounced PS3 titles?
  • captain_Carl 3 years ago

    But i preordered one already.
  • frunk 3 years ago

    And a 100 "re-mixes" :( Not so hot...
  • frunk 3 years ago

    26 launch titles... not too shabby.
  • captain_Carl 3 years ago

    FISH ON
  • streetmagix 3 years ago

    RRRRRIDGE RACER
  • streetmagix 3 years ago

    Please don't change
  • streetmagix 3 years ago

    Always @Bertie
  • Bertie 3 years ago

    To "air themselves"? As in, get air to their armpits and probably sweaty bottoms?

    Have I lowered the tone again?

    It's ABOUT TIME.
  • frunk 3 years ago

    Sharp, sharp white suit...
  • BartsBlue 3 years ago

    The iPhone App for turning taska into RPG quests is called Epic Win.
  • Bertie 3 years ago

    The bombshell announcement will be... Gran Turismo Vita!
  • Bertie 3 years ago

    Totally loving those photo ops.
  • deded 3 years ago

    Good to hear wireless transfarring is now real.
  • chessboxer 3 years ago

    Kojima!!!!!!!!!
  • Coolsboy 3 years ago

    Here I thought he was going to announce FF7 :)
  • deded 3 years ago

    @Martin - Amen.
  • deded 3 years ago

    Hrm, never a big fan of FFX (XII much better IMO), but probably a Megaton for the US.
  • ro-kurorai 3 years ago

    and PÜS3 with better specs =)
    monster specs ^^
  • Spazgadget 3 years ago

    Holy shit did they just announce FFX for Vita?
  • metallicorphan 3 years ago

    okay nvm on Squares second title :/
  • metallicorphan 3 years ago

    are we still on Vita?...are these Square games on the Vita or PS3?..and what is the second title?
  • deded 3 years ago

    Army Corps of Hell?! Wow.
  • Bumbuliuz 3 years ago

    So spring release of Vita in Europe and US aint a far off bet?
  • deded 3 years ago

    Real-time viewing of game-playing?! OMG!

    Wait...
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    oh yeah, the pull the vita outta your pocket trick.

    ohhh MvC3
  • dadrester 3 years ago

    awkward silence there
  • chessboxer 3 years ago

    @Biker_Bob_1971

    I thought you hated all things PlayStation yet here you are, trolling...
  • deded 3 years ago

    Games? Get in!
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    yey game time
  • dadrester 3 years ago

    ono is always so cheery!
  • kesouk 3 years ago

    Anyone remember games? They were what we played on our handhelds back in the olden days.
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    think we could all do with a double dose of professor Genki right now, lol
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    and ears from al the japanese i cant understand -__-
  • deded 3 years ago

    Must... get... coffee...
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    @martin DO IT!!!!!!!! MY EYES HURT!!!
  • dadrester 3 years ago

    oooh... niiiice
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    @martin

    Hopefully after he does that we might have someone try steal them, on stage,

    Sorry i couldn't help it
  • Beano 3 years ago

    This is extremely boring. Going back to bed....
  • kingpin3000 3 years ago

    I think I've seen enough to make me hate myself for staying up for this.
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    what a demonstration :0 now i need to remember that when the psp is out
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    @martin

    its more than GOLD i tell ya
  • deded 3 years ago

    Try turning it on?
  • kingpin3000 3 years ago

    How long is the conference due to last? Really want to go to bed.
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    @Martin

    I was kinda hinking that too
  • deded 3 years ago

    Shhh! The Box is on stage...
  • Coolsboy 3 years ago

    @deded Thanks
  • ro-kurorai 3 years ago

    yea, social stuff and GPS mainly
  • Beano 3 years ago

    Show us new games dammit!
  • Spazgadget 3 years ago

    THat's my understanding too, Dark_Era.
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    some one correct me if am wrong.

    3g is only for social conectivity and not multiplayer

  • Bertie 3 years ago

    This is scintillating.
  • jmechan 3 years ago

    Is he saying that those data plans are shared between vita and phone/tablet? My japanese isn't good enough to catch that...
  • Playarmy 3 years ago

    Grazias
  • dangerousbrian0 3 years ago

    @coolsboy for me it just comes internet explorer cannot display the page

  • Spazgadget 3 years ago

    Did they really just mis-spell "Playstation" on that slide?
  • deded 3 years ago

    Watch here (Japanese)

    http://fightan.robotpuke.com/STR
    EAM.html

    http://ja.twitch.tv/puchi_/

    http://live.nicovideo.jp/watch/l
    v6357161...
  • Brutal_Zen 3 years ago

    WTF Zone of the Enders!! I love that game and its sequel... OMG want it
  • Playarmy 3 years ago

    @coolsboy me too
  • dadrester 3 years ago

    hadn't kojima already specifically said the hd remakes were coming to vita?!
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    ohhh just heard "pre paid data plan"
  • Playarmy 3 years ago

    How i can watch the conference?
  • Coolsboy 3 years ago

    Is anyone able to see the live stream at tgs.playstation.jp like sony promised?

    The site times out for me :(
  • Spazgadget 3 years ago

    Me too Brutal_Zen. :(
  • dadrester 3 years ago

    be interesting to hear the 3G plans. Specifically cost
  • Brutal_Zen 3 years ago

    Nice to hear it's being released in Japan in december... Bit bummed about the release dates in the Westerside of things tho...
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    ohhhh is that who he is........*YAWN*
  • deded 3 years ago

    Don't think the usage levels of 3G Vita and Kindle are going to be equivalent...
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    WOW that was a kodak moment right there....

    snap
  • Flynn 3 years ago

    This is a dynamic presentation.
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    waiting to hear hot the £G is gonna be catered for.
    here's me wishing for a one off payment, kinda like the amazon kindle.

    Please

    please
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    dayummmmm those mo' f****r gonna be workin hard before christmas
  • captain_Carl 3 years ago

    Sold
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    my jap is bad, really bad, but is that december 17th i see?
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    17/12 realease date ??
  • Biker_Bob_1971 3 years ago

    Ahh well. Boring, getting some sleep while I still can. It is the usual overhyping marketing dribble catering to both casual and hardcore. Casuals destroyed gaming. Just look at Nintendo..
  • Flynn 3 years ago

    I have both streams going at once. They sync perfectly one beat behind. It's quite musical.
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    thr feed is in japanese right, or am i missing something 'ere
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    find it annoyin i mean.......im tired
  • Biker_Bob_1971 3 years ago

    I haven't stuck around, Sony. So no need to thank me again. Nor for my patience.
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    Also, im i the only one when ppl speak a different language they randomly switch to english :S
  • deded 3 years ago

    Welcome. :)
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    @deded Nice one mate
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    DEDED, you my man are my kinght in shining armour, lol.

    Thanks man
  • deded 3 years ago

    Also here:

    http://fightan.robotpuke.com/STR
    EAM.html
  • Flynn 3 years ago

    Thank you deded! I can see!!
  • jmechan 3 years ago

    Nice one deded
  • Biker_Bob_1971 3 years ago

    Here comes the willy waving...
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    ohhhhh here he go with the figures agen
  • Spazgadget 3 years ago

    Thanks deded, better than nothing!
  • deded 3 years ago

    Thanks to MarkMacD
  • jmechan 3 years ago

    Getting nothing on the live stream pages. :-(
  • deded 3 years ago

    Working live feed:

    http://ja.twitch.tv/puchi_/

    In Japanese though
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    i refreshed and i failed -__-
  • jmechan 3 years ago

    Andy House lived in Japan for a few years so he's pretty much fluent I'd guess.
  • Biker_Bob_1971 3 years ago

    Still think this is one of the most stupid names to grace a console. Vita...pffff pretentious.
  • Flynn 3 years ago

    Why don't EG ever have the live video feed of these things on their page? Is it a rights thing?
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    awww until i went to bed i could open the live feed page. now am up, bammmm. nadda. page won't load.

    not fair not fair

    OOHHHH did you just hear the uero gamer expo 2011 shout out, lol
    sweeeeeeet
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    now ppl are sayin that im scared to refresh lol
  • Flynn 3 years ago

    That would explain my situation quite well then.
  • Spazgadget 3 years ago

    Don't think any of the live feeds have started yet, Flynn.
  • Bertie 3 years ago

    Flex.
  • Flynn 3 years ago

    I can't get a single live feed to work :/
  • dadrester 3 years ago

    THIS. IS. THE. NEWS.
  • CernaML 3 years ago

    I think Sony's servers are being hammered. Can't seem to access their stream. =\
  • Dark_Era 3 years ago

    top pf the morningto ya folks
  • Spazgadget 3 years ago

    Katamari!
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    cheers peoples :D
  • dadrester 3 years ago

    http://tgs.playstation.jp/info/c
    onferenc...

    url suggest this is somehow in english
  • captain_Carl 3 years ago

    I went to bed at 8:00 last night and woke up at 1am. Lol.
  • jmechan 3 years ago

    It hasn't started streaming yet tho
  • jmechan 3 years ago

    I think you can watch it here: http://tgs.playstation.jp/
  • Spazgadget 3 years ago

    tokenwebster, this seems to be the place:
    http://tgs.playstation.jp/info/c
    onferenc...
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    did anyone work out how to watch it live coz i dont understand a word of the website :S
  • jmechan 3 years ago

    Martin, I was lucky enough to be at the E3 one - the transition between Press Conference and party alone was worth it. I'm expecting this one to be all about Vita, with a little chunk of PS3. Maybe some PSS stuff mentioned too?
  • deded 3 years ago

    Lower back spasms dragged me out of bed at 4am. Oh well, something to take my mind off it... Nintendo might be in some trouble but if Sony drops the ball and leaves the field open to them they can relax again. I'm hoping for good things from Vita, although probably not from TGS. They need to hit the ground running though and not let the Vita train derail before it launches.
  • Spazgadget 3 years ago

    Hoping we see a firm release date for EVERYWHERE!
  • tokenwebster 3 years ago

    LEEEEROYYYYYYY JEEENKINS!!!!
  • jmechan 3 years ago

    Not quite as jazzy a location as E3 then
  • MohawkGuy 3 years ago

    sony needs a white vita to compliment the black one
  • Charlie_Miso 3 years ago

    Just finished lunch - let's do this
  • MohawkGuy 3 years ago

    sony should rock it tonight
  • Spazgadget 3 years ago

    Before 9pm California time - no need for getting up early or staying up late. Yay me.
  • dadrester 3 years ago

    right on time my daughter woke me up to swap beds! good on ya!
  • Biker_Bob_1971 3 years ago

    Nintendo already knows it is in trouble. It doesn't need the success of the Vita to know that.
  • Brutal_Zen 3 years ago

    @Razz

    I feel the same about the Vita. Actually, I am hoping the Vita will be a massive succes just to bring Nintendo back to earth and get them to wake up and smell the coffee.
  • chessboxer 3 years ago

    Doesn't cheap byte size gaming already come in the form of Minis which have been available for 23 months?
  • Razz 3 years ago

    Can't believe that company is finally ina position to topple Nintendo's handheld crown. If any console can do it, it's the Vita. They just need to market it correctly. Also, I reckon if they find a way to incorporate the Android Market on it, we could see a whole new offering in cheap byte sized gaming
  • Razz 3 years ago

    Can't believe I'm up all night waiting for this.
  • Ashcroft 3 years ago

    Sony basically just have to not completely fuck everything up for the next year or so, and the Vita and PS3 are going to shred everything else.

    But they fuck things up so well.
  • 1Dgaf 3 years ago

    Don't need to say '5am Wednesday morning'. 5am is morning. Redundant.
  • RSene 3 years ago

    "That's 6am central European time (CEST), midnight US East Coast (EDT) and 9pm Tuesday evening on US West Coast (PDT)."



    Oh, man, i'd love to know where Brazil time zone comes in on it.
  • dsmx 3 years ago

    Just remember people this is TGS and any news that comes out of it is intended mainly for the Japanese audience don't go into it expecting anything else.
  • exenpipp 3 years ago

    Last Guardian, Monster Hunter for PSVita and world domination by Sony. I hope.
  • evarofzentral 3 years ago

    "three mystery PS3 games" - please can Resident Evil 6 be one of these.
  • Duke_Red 3 years ago

    Sony Rulz dude!
  • Sid-Nice 3 years ago

    I'm not interested in The Last Gaurdian, nor was I interested in the last News of the World.
  • Ryze 3 years ago

    I really feel for Ueda right now, trying to fit Last Guardian's vast ambition into less than 2x256MB while it runs / streams.

    I expect a PS4 remake in 2017-18.
  • Ryze 3 years ago

    frunk+1
  • lockload 3 years ago

    Live stream with english will be here http://tgs.playstation.jp/info/c
    onferenc...
  • Incarta 3 years ago

    Not sure why people are so baffled by the rear touch pad. I can see it working well as a replacement for console controller triggers, for example.

    It's going to be expensive.
  • Beano 3 years ago

    MH4 may be 3DS exclusive, but I will be very surprised if a new MH is not on the way for Vita.
  • RodHull 3 years ago

    They'd better announce Vib Ribbon for Vita or there'll be trouble. Double trouble!
  • alcides 3 years ago

    @Ryze : they said it would never come on PS3, but that it'll be integrated out of the box with Vita :D

    I think sony had already won the portable next gen war even before Nintendo stock plummeted or they cut the price of they announced that horribly wrong addon.

    Right now Nintendo are only stalling SONY's advance by throwing money at third partys, much like Microsoft is doing on the home console market. I doubt MH4 will be an exclusive.
  • frunk 3 years ago

    Sony have failed to leak everything before the show... what has happened... Sony tend to be as information tight as Wikileaks.
  • Ryze 3 years ago

    Crossgamechatlol?
  • DonnieDarko333 3 years ago

    New Jak & Daxter! :)
  • Mr_McSavage 3 years ago

    all i want is mh3rd hd...in english
  • Vice.Destroyer 3 years ago

    God of War 4. No more. That is all.
  • djkav 3 years ago

    I decided to give the 3DS a miss this generation and instead will pump for the Vita.

  • kesouk 3 years ago

    I was hoping SE would show a 3DS remake of FF5 today, but alas, no joy. It's a long shot, but I'd love to see it announced for Vita.
  • Doctor_What 3 years ago

    I'm not really a mobile gamer, so I won't be picking up a Vita myself I expect, but I'll still be very interested to see if they've managed to make anything compelling with the slightly bonkers rear-touchpad feature. I could see Ninty getting away with it, but can Sony step up to the mark? I'm not sure.
  • Retro_ 3 years ago

    Is there anything left to announce? Lets hope so!
  • Bennicus 3 years ago

    oh boy oh boy! I'd be peeing my pants if I wore any!
  • PixelPirate 3 years ago

    expect lots of Final Fantasy stuff maybe even 13 vs??
  • Seoh 3 years ago

    EDIT: addition
  • Seoh 3 years ago

    I'd love to see more vita launch titles announced, MH 4 or MH tri would be a good edition.
  • HyperTails 3 years ago

    Come on Sony, give us a good'un ;)
  • INTELIGENCIA 3 years ago

    lol who cares for this?
  • skowhegan 3 years ago

    Sony to unveil Monster Hunter 5 in retaliation.
  • jonbwfc 3 years ago

    5AM?.... probably not, actually.
  • alcides 3 years ago

    Oh my god, I wasn't expecting it at all and here I am free to follow the whole thing!!

    Though this is a japanese showfloor, here's hoping there'll be some Wipeout love.
  • lcmnick 3 years ago

    Yoshida \o/

Our live coverage has now ended. Here's what you missed: Updating...

04:40 By Martin Robinson

Hello from Tokyo Midtown Hall!

04:41 By Martin Robinson

aka we're in, online and up and running. Well, kind of - we're being shunted around by quite literally hundreds of SCE staff, who quite handsomely outnumber the press here.

04:42 By Martin Robinson

Quick show of hands - who's stayed up all night for this one?

04:43 By Martin Robinson

And who's done the more sensible thing of getting up nice and early?

04:45 By Martin Robinson

*whistles to self* Well, hopefully if you're up and watching this you'll be rewarded with some half decent news.

04:46 By Martin Robinson

It'll be interesting to see if Sony has a response to Nintendo's decent showing yesterday - especially the mugging the Kyoto outfit carried out when it announced Monster Hunter 4 would be a 3DS title.

04:47 By Martin Robinson

Proscenium update, 'cos I know that's all you care about. Tokyo's Midtown Hall's a pretty austere place with the dimensions and atmosphere of a school hall.

04:48 By Martin Robinson

So the proscenium's a fittingly blank number. Can't even call it a proscenium really. More of a roof.

04:50 By Martin Robinson

Anyways, back to business. Odds on that this'll be heavily Vita focused. I'm hopeful that we'll see a firm release date for Japan.

04:51 By Martin Robinson

@jmechan - the difference is night and day. It's proper functional here - I don't think there'll be any dancing crews or celebrity appearances.

04:52 By Martin Robinson

Important and exciting news - straight after the Sony conference I'm going to snoop around Treasure's offices. I am happy about this.

04:54 By Martin Robinson

And even more exciting news - the Konami shop next door in the Roppongi mall has a Vic Viper model. I'm also very happy about this.

04:57 By Martin Robinson

So, we're expecting a big Vita presence - and the most recent issue of Famitsu has revealed that Ninja Gaiden, Katamari and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will all be coming to the handheld.

04:58 By Martin Robinson

We've been given the five minute warning. This is about to get real.

05:00 By Martin Robinson

An image of the hall, courtesy of the big Shu. http://yfrog.com/kkdxsplj

05:02 By Martin Robinson

Fred's my right hand man here, and he'll be turning this all into some serious news felch. Also, big shout out to Bertie who's woken up early to take point from Brighton, and whose cats are confused as they think he's woken up to feed them. Serious business, this.

05:04 By Martin Robinson

Time for a quick plug - you will of course be able to play the Vita in just under two weeks at the Expo, some show or something that's going on in Earl's Court. Should be a cracker, that.

05:05 By Martin Robinson

Just as Fred gets a little freaked out by the electro music being pumped into our earpieces we're told the show is about to start.

05:05 By Martin Robinson

And so it does! Hiroshi Kawano takes the stage. No, us neither.

05:06 By Martin Robinson

A year of conferences comes to a head - Sony started their Vita tour in January, and now they're going to explain some of its Japanese strategy.

05:07 By Martin Robinson

And now it's Andy House, taking the big stage for the first time since he stepped up at the beginning of September.

05:07 By Martin Robinson

Incredible Japanese skills from our man House. Can you do that, Jim Ryan?

05:08 By Martin Robinson

House is talking about the support that Vita's got - and how well the PS3 and PSP have done since their respective price cuts.

05:09 By Martin Robinson

Kawano's back on - and will give us an overview of today's topics.

05:10 By Martin Robinson

51.8 million world wide PS3 sales.

05:11 By Martin Robinson

And a runthrough of the software line-up. It's Japan centric - Tales of Xillia and FFXIII-2, which we won't be seeing until much later.

05:12 By Martin Robinson

Some more impressive numbers - 71.4 million for the PSP. Sony's coming out well from the numbers game, evidently.

05:12 By Martin Robinson

A dual-tone PSP being shown - but it doesn't look like the entry model one introduced at Gamescom earlier this year.

05:13 By Martin Robinson

'As you may remember, not everything's been smooth' - Kawano's tackling the PSN outage.

05:14 By Martin Robinson

A humbler and drier appraisal than Jack Tretton's one at E3 - Kawano's thankful to the users for sticking around, and there's been some positives as Sony's identified some security weaknesses.

05:14 By Martin Robinson

And now for the main course - the PlayStation Vita.

05:15 By Martin Robinson

A new member of the PlayStation family. 'The way gamer's interact with these devices is changing.'

05:15 By Martin Robinson

Many of PS Vita's features are a response to the rise of smart gaming.

05:16 By Martin Robinson

And! It's going to have games that are both Casural (sic) and Unique.

05:17 By Martin Robinson

And now we're seeing some of those casural games being played in a swift little video.

05:17 By Martin Robinson

A quick peek at a Monster Hunter game in the demo reel - not sure if it was a PSP one though, so don't get too excited.

05:18 By Martin Robinson

The video showed core games, casural games and some of the apps like Near - so it's a diverse line-up, then.

05:19 By Martin Robinson

A quick recap of the prices - 29,980 and 24,980 yen in Japan.

05:19 By Martin Robinson

And now the launch date - December 17.

05:20 By Martin Robinson

That's Japan only, obviously. That's a Saturday, should you wish to fly over to Tokyo and pick one up.

05:21 By Martin Robinson

So, with the release date out the way, we'll get a look at the 3G features, the launch line-up (which has already been leaked) and the PSP compatibility.

05:21 By Martin Robinson

The second main announcement is......

05:22 By Martin Robinson

NTT Docomo will be carrying the 3G in Japan. None of the murmuring that met the AT&T announcement at E3, but it's a much politer crowd.

05:22 By Martin Robinson

Obviously of little interest to those outside of Japan. But here's a nice photo opp as a chap from NTT Docomo takes to the stage.

05:24 By Martin Robinson

While this is going on, here's an update on the leaks. A slide is doing the rounds that reveals that Metal Gear Solid HD and Zone of the Enders HD will be coming to Vita. So pretend to look surprised when that's announced.

05:24 By Martin Robinson

This could be relevant - the data plan for Japan. a 980 yen 20-hour prepaid plan, or a 100-hour prepaid plan for 4,980 yen.

05:25 By Martin Robinson

That's around a tenner and fifty quid according to my loose currency conversion skills that have been getting me into all sorts of trouble while I've been out here.

05:27 By Martin Robinson

Docomo, btw, is a strong service provider. None of that AT&T business here - though obviously Japan's phone networks are from the future.

05:28 By Martin Robinson

Be fascinating to see who snaps up the contract in the UK/Europe.

05:29 By Martin Robinson

Never thought I'd say this, but where are the celebrity appearances and dancing crews when you need them?

05:29 By Martin Robinson

This could totally be enlivened by a little Morris Dancing.

05:30 By Martin Robinson

Kawano's not got a Vita in hand - presented to him by a man wearing white gloves. Which is the closest we've come to a dance troupe appearance so far.

05:31 By Martin Robinson

Although we're told it's a prototype and won't be connecting to a 3G network.

05:32 By Martin Robinson

And it doesn't work. He turns it off an on again. Standard.

05:32 By Martin Robinson

Selecting language, time and date. This is gold.

05:32 By Martin Robinson

And it connects to a 3G network! Well, a mock 3G network.

05:33 By Martin Robinson

From here it's possible to access your account.

05:33 By Martin Robinson

And now he's inputting his account details and inputting his date of birth. I really want to see some dancing now.

05:34 By Martin Robinson

We actually just watched a man input his date of birth live on stage. Quite unbelievable scenes.

05:35 By Martin Robinson

Someone fresh from SEJ. Maybe we'll see him update his credit card details.

05:36 By Martin Robinson

Start-up screen being shown, as well as the wallpaper - which can be peeled away. Smart.

05:36 By Martin Robinson

Media playback looks handsome - and is easily accessible using a touch-screen enabled spin on Sony's traditional XMB.

Dark_Era says:

@martin

Hopefully after he does that we might have someone try steal them, on stage,

Sorry i couldn't help it

05:38 By Martin Robinson

I think Fred's just fallen asleep. Multitasking will be possible o the Vita, so you can look at photos of your ex-girlfriend while you listen to The Smiths.

05:39 By Martin Robinson

Welcome Park is the Vita tutorial. It's fun!

05:39 By Martin Robinson

You tap numbers! Which teaches you how to use the touchscreen!

05:40 By Martin Robinson

And you learn how to use the cameras via a little puzzle mini-game!

05:40 By Martin Robinson

I hope by throwing excessive punctuation marks I'll keep some of you awake!

05:42 By Martin Robinson

The browsers getting a rundown now.

05:43 By Martin Robinson

Few problems with the CMS - I think it's fallen asleep itself. Just kicking it awake now.

05:44 By Martin Robinson

An overview of the Vita - and a look at the final product. It's a handsome bit of kit, and it does do an awful lot. Would love to see some games now though please!

05:45 By Martin Robinson

Itagaki and Nagoshi flash up - as do many other developers who are all behind the new console.

05:46 By Martin Robinson

"Some people say that the Japanese games industry is lacking energy... But if you ask me what type of business model will revitalise the industry I'm sure that Japan's games industry will be a part of that."

05:46 By Martin Robinson

"By working with these people, we hope we can revitalise the industry" says Iwano.

05:47 By Martin Robinson

You're expecting Streetfighter x Tekken, but today he'll surprise us.

05:48 By Martin Robinson

Except we knew that Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 will be a launch title 'cos it leaked earlier on!

05:48 By Martin Robinson

For what it's worth, the game will be out on December 17. And the game's complete.

05:49 By Martin Robinson

"The same amazing PS3 experience on PS Vita" Observation mode is already installed, and obviously the connectivity of the Vita will be played to.

05:49 By Martin Robinson

And it'll be at 60 fps!

05:50 By Martin Robinson

Touch-screen gaming will also feature (optionally, of course) and it'll make the most of Near. Ono can't say too much about that though.

05:51 By Martin Robinson

So, apparently this is Ono's third appearance at a conference this year.

05:52 By Martin Robinson

Community and connectivity is important. It'll link to PS3 - and we're just finding out how.

05:53 By Martin Robinson

Fighting games are all about community - so the Vita and its connectivity are a natural home for them. Can't argue with that.

05:54 By Martin Robinson

UMvC 3 wil be playable tomorrow on the Vita. Which is exciting for me, and less so to you at home. Sorry.

05:56 By Martin Robinson

The Awano and Ono show as they go through the community features. It's like seeing Eric and Ernie in their prime.

05:56 By Martin Robinson

Toro and Kuro will be characters in SF x Tekken. Who won't be a playable character in SF x Tekken?

05:57 By Martin Robinson

Toro and Kuro are the PS mascots in Japan, btw. They'll be announcing that Max from Eastenders is playable at the Expo next week. You heard it here first.

05:57 By Martin Robinson

Square Enix on the stage to announce two titles.

05:58 By Martin Robinson

First, Lord of Apocalypse, an action RPG.

05:59 By Martin Robinson

Army Corps of Hell. It's supposed to be a 'horrifying' title. One hundred goblin troops, apparently.

05:59 By Martin Robinson

Both launch titles. And both not that exciting, if I'm being honest.

05:59 By Martin Robinson

Final Fantasy Type-0 coming on October 27.

06:00 By Martin Robinson

Final Fantasy 13-2 released in December. On the PS3, of course.

06:01 By Martin Robinson

10th anniversary title will be....

06:01 By Martin Robinson

A quick announcement.....

06:01 By Martin Robinson

Final Fantasy X on Vita!

06:02 By Martin Robinson

HD version coming to Vita and PS3.

06:02 By Martin Robinson

For what it's worth, I like Final Fantasy X. But Final Fantasy XII on Vita? That'd be something.

06:03 By Martin Robinson

There's nothing to show on FFX on Vita right now, unfortunately.

06:04 By Martin Robinson

Kojima's on stage for, let's have a quick guess.... Metal Gear and ZOE HD?

Coolsboy says:

Here I thought he was going to announce FF7 :)

06:05 By Martin Robinson

Transfarring - Kojima's own barmy name for playing at home then on the go.

06:06 By Martin Robinson

Transfarriring's got a logo and everything! Peace Walker will support it, enabling transfer between the PSP and upcoming PS3 version.

06:06 By Martin Robinson

MGS 2 & 3 HD also coming to Vita early in 2012.

06:07 By Martin Robinson

You won't need wires to transfar!

06:07 By Martin Robinson

Zone of the Enders takes centre stage now.

06:08 By Martin Robinson

Again, for PS3 and Vita, and again for 2012. Both of these will be on the show floor, so we'll let you know what they look like soon.

06:09 By Martin Robinson

Fox Engine, Kojima Production's in-house engine, is being developed across PS3 and Vita. So expect future titles to come across both.

06:10 By Martin Robinson

Kojima's developing a original title to release across both. He can't say any more right now, but he'll reveal more soon.

06:10 By Martin Robinson

"When can we expect new information?" Kojima: "It will take a while"

06:11 By Martin Robinson

It's an original game, apparently. Does that rule out MGS5? Or another Boktai?

06:12 By Martin Robinson

The social side and connectivity will be catered for by this new game from Kojima.

06:13 By Martin Robinson

From Worldwide Studio we have Yamamoto from Japan Studio.

06:14 By Martin Robinson

Connectivity is important for the Vita - Everybody's Golf 6 will have online, as wel as national competitions.

06:14 By Martin Robinson

Two new applications being introduced.

06:15 By Martin Robinson

The first one's called You Channel.... something. Not hopeful of seeing this one outside of Japan.

06:15 By Martin Robinson

Your day to day schedule is treated as tasks that feed into an RPG.

06:16 By Martin Robinson

There's an iPhone game that does this, but I'm too jetlagged to remember what it's called. Any answers out there?

06:16 By Martin Robinson

The next one is... No, it's not got an English name, and if I try to phonetically type out what he's just said you might accuse me of being racialist.

06:17 By Martin Robinson

It looks very much like the 3DS's Mii Plaza, for what it's worth.

06:18 By Martin Robinson

Meanwhile on Twitter, @patlike's taking bets on Sony announcing Pokemon on the Vita as a conference-ending bombshell. Any takers?

06:19 By Martin Robinson

Mr Sugimotmo, president of niwango, on-stage. No, us neither.

06:20 By Martin Robinson

He's got his collar popped up like a bad boy though, so colour me interested.

06:20 By Martin Robinson

Nico Nico Douga! Take that Nintendo!

06:21 By Martin Robinson

I'm loving the white gloves that the assistant is using to handle the Vita. I hope they come as standard with the console.

06:22 By Martin Robinson

Would anyone notice if I slumped over my keyboard and got a little sleep?

06:23 By Martin Robinson

Sorry, back to the game at hand. It's a video sharing thing. It'll come out in December, with functionality being rolled out over the following months.

BartsBlue says:

The iPhone App for turning taska into RPG quests is called Epic Win.

06:24 By Martin Robinson

Nico Nico Douga could allow players to air themselves playing a game live to other Vita users.

06:24 By Martin Robinson

Also, thanks BartsBlue. I'll buy you a box of Sugar Puffs if we ever meet.

06:25 By Martin Robinson

Bertie reckons the bombshell will be Lair for Vita. I live in hope.

Bertie says:

To "air themselves"? As in, get air to their armpits and probably sweaty bottoms?

Have I lowered the tone again?

It's ABOUT TIME.

06:28 By Martin Robinson

Quite literally falling asleep here as Awano wraps up. More as it happens.

06:28 By Martin Robinson

Finally, we're on to support for PSP titles.

06:29 By Martin Robinson

Actually, here's the launch line-up first.

06:29 By Martin Robinson

Fish On, Ridge Racer, Dream Club Portable, Project Noels, F1 2011, Virtua Tennis 4.

06:30 By Martin Robinson

There's more - 26 in total - that will be releasing at launch on December 17.

06:31 By Martin Robinson

And more games to come - Metal Gear, Ninja Gaiden, WipEout 2048, FIFA. 100 games to be out by March. Maybe that's when we'll see the Vita outside of Japan?

06:32 By Martin Robinson

And NOW we're on to PSP support.

06:32 By Martin Robinson

Around 500-600 available. Dual sticks will be functional on the device, and they're scaled up for the shiny new screen of the Vita.

06:33 By Martin Robinson

If you've a UMD and you want to play it on the Vita... They're considering special download versions of the UMD-only titles. More news on that at a later date.

06:34 By Martin Robinson

A recap on today's news - release date of 17 December, NTT Docomo will be providing the data in Japan and will be doing prepaid plans. First 500,000 models will come with a data plan included, with 100 hours free.

06:35 By Martin Robinson

You can start pre-ordering the Vita on October 15, in just a month's time.

captain_Carl says:

But i preordered one already.

06:36 By Martin Robinson

At TGS 2011, some 31 games will be available. 80 Vitas will be there (and remember there'll be at the Expo n'all!)

06:37 By Martin Robinson

If you're in Japan in the next month, there'll be a Vita caravan touring the country. Sounds like fun.

06:37 By Martin Robinson

"Where there is fun, people gather and new friendships are born" is the concluding message.

06:39 By Martin Robinson

And that's a wrap. Thanks for staying up!