The PlayStation Vita may have hit stores today but it officially launched last night, in some schizo weather, at Randlords on the 22nd floor of the the South Point Towers in Braamfontein. The search for the venue was less frantic than the search for parking, since that was about as easy to locate as one of Nathan Drake’s lost treasures. Almost the entire team was present for the event (fearless leader Nick, Dawid, Mike, contributor Jarred and myself) and there was much drinking and snacking on spring rolls.
The Vita launch featured an unobtrusive security presence, probably due to the large number of demo Vita units tethered to posts and showcasing the various launch titles Sony and others have on shelves today. It may also have something to do with the silver-clad promo girls on the floor but they were mostly outshone by the Vita and the performance art on display. In that order. It seems that few people (besides us) noticed that June 2011 South African Playboy Playmate Victoria De Lima was in attendance as part of Sony’s promotional efforts.
Despite some sound hassles – which saw the actual launch announcement being largely muted, followed by journos being rocked by concussive music – the launch went off with nary a hitch. We did get a chance to test a few of the games (Escape Plan, FIFA, Super Stardust Delta and Gravity Rush among them) but don’t intend to spoil the fun by posting impressions prematurely. Reviews for the launch titles from all over the publisher spectrum will be hitting these pages soon.
The PlayStation Vita is available now: the Wi-Fi-only Vita will run you R2,999 the 3G-model is a wallet-crushing R3,599.