PS Vita Games Are All Downloadable

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 17th, 2011 at 1:20 pm,

PS Vita Games All Downloadable

Sony is putting on a big show at Gamescom 2011, starting with the announcement that the PS3 is getting another price drop and following up with an impressive listing of features on the upcoming PlayStation Vita.

Along with boasting dual analog sticks, allowing the Vita to play any sort of game available on home consoles – and working as a PS3 controller itself as a result – and sporting impressive graphics that look a generation ahead of the 3DS, the device will support key social networking features to keep up with the smartphone competition. So, not only should Vita players have a solid line-up of games to play near launch but they use it with Facebook, Twitter and foursqure. We know those apps will be downloadable for free through PSN, but now we know that every single Vita game will also be downloadable through the PlayStation Store.

While there may be some pressure to cut the retail price of the PS Vita before release – since the PS3 and 3DS are now cheaper – that’s not going to happen and seeing the latest news on the unit, Sony doesn’t need to (and shouldn’t) reduce the price. It’s all about value and where Nintendo’s latest handheld arguably failed to deliver on that front with its lack of games and features some expect from a modern day handheld, the Vita is doing everything it can to show why the Vita is a must-buy for gamers (and for Sega employees who say the Vita is “technically brilliant”).

The latest news, coming from Sony’s press conference this morning, that the format of Vita games will be all downloadable may be the first bit of contentious news for players since many still prefer the ability to own hard copies of their game library and to be able to borrow, trade and purchased used. We knew all along the device would not support UMD (like the original PSP) but it was previously reported that the Vita would utilize flash-memory storage as a way to purchase and play retail games. So, whether this leads to full retail games being only downloadable or not is something we’ll have to wait on, but it’s the inevitable end point of the path of digital distribution. It’s cheaper and helps deter piracy from the standpoint of developers.

Downloadable content, whether it be full games or additional content, is growing market, but having the option to buy games and then trade back, is important to many gamers. Some gamers still don’t have high-speed internet access that’s fast enough to take advantage of frequent and large downloads, but on the flipside, having one’s game library built-in to the console and not having to carry around small discs or cartridges is a checkmark in the portability and ease column.

What this also means it that the only PSP games that will be compatible with the unit are the ones made available in PSN. Video game prices for the platform haven’t been announced so we don’t know if there will be a price difference between downloadbles and retail versions.

Do you prefer downloadable games or retail hard copies?

The PS Vita releases in Japan this holiday season and in North America and Europe in early 2012.

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TAGS: Gamescom 2011, PS3, PSN, PSP, PSPgo, Sony, Vita

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  1. Downloading games is fine, so long as my PSVita doesn’t get full with say, 10 games or a little more. My 40 GB PS3 can’t handle too much, I’m constantly deleting. Otherwise I will buy the hard disk if they don’t offer FREE cloud storage.

    Running out of space on the hard drive is like not buying a game because your shelf is full.

    • oh HELL no! well i guess i wont be getting one.

      • It sucks bro. I’ve got maybe 9 GB left, ONE download full game and maybe 5 saved game files. Deleting videos from PSN gave me about 3 GB back. Each saved game is maybe 1GB, so I can’t figure out what is taking so much space.

        • install data maybe? my ps3 got full quick with install data.

      • They will also have a memorey card type game disc for the psvita like the classic cartiledge games so gameraders is wrong about there review cause if you look at gamestop.com they are selling the uncharted game for pre-order. So the games are like a memorey card now not disc.

  2. The good thing is there will be more real estate available after the gaming industry moves to all digital downloads and bankrupts Gamestop etc. just as movie streaming did to Blockbuster.

    • Seeing as how I work for GameStop (not retail) that would definitely suck lol

      If I worked retail I could easily find another minimum wage job.

      • Yes – I understand. I wasn’t necessarily happy about that statement. Just the progression of technology like the industrial revolution will be phasing out not only workers but companies existence unfortunately.

    • I profer actuall physical dics cause what if your system crashes and you loose all your data and cant get the games back and blockbuster shutdown cause of netflix with streaming and unlimited dvds and the redbox alowed u to get a dvd for rent for a $1.

      • Could of used a couple more periods there buddy.

  3. @Author
    Pleaseeeee do some research before writing your BS sensationalist article
    They confirmed that games will come in physical and digital format yesterday. And that only the small budget games from indie teams would release PSN only ala PSN games that we have on PS3

    • 1) The article says they are available in hard copy as well.
      2) It was Sony who said they’d ALL be available through the PSN Store.

      • Sorry Rob – I do not find where you said they would be available in hard copy. A quick string search found 5 hits. You mentioned

        “Vita games will be all downloadable may be the first bit of contentious news for players since many still prefer the ability to own hard copies…”

        -And-

        • “Do you prefer downloadable games or retail hard copies?”

          So, I don’t follow your first point.

          P.S. I don’t know why a CLR caused my first incomplete post to be published.

        • “We knew all along the device would not support UMD (like the original PSP) but it was previously reported that the Vita would utilize flash-memory storage as a way to purchase and play retail games. So, whether this leads to full retail games being only downloadable or not is something we’ll have to wait on, but it’s the inevitable end point of the path of digital distribution. It’s cheaper and helps deter piracy from the standpoint of developers.”

          and…

          “Video game prices for the platform haven’t been announced so we don’t know if there will be a price difference between downloadbles and retail versions.”

          I mention the idea of games potentially only being sold through PSN (which will happen).

          • well rob im looking at 40 on gamestop.

          • The same GameStop that puts up pages of unannounced games and fake release dates? lol

          • the same gamestop that puts up ANNOUNCED games and release dates that are CLEARLY stated as: “Important Information:

            Official release date has not been announced by the publisher. These are estimates only and subject to change. ”

            and:

            “Important Information:

            Official pricing and release dates have not been announced by the publisher. These are estimates only and subject to change. Worry Free Guarantee – if the price decreases between the time you place your preorder and the release date, you’ll receive the lowest price.”

            i am appalled that you are so uninformed.

          • Well I stand corrected.

  4. well digital distribution of everything is gonna be the future, but as this article says that consumers still used to hard copies which is not gonna be bad if both forms would be available for Vita. They better be also including PSP games that i like via PSN DL ><

  5. Memory cards as video games would still be cool. Idek why you guys care so much. The vita is gonna be awesome!!!!!

  6. no, I don’t like the idea of going all digital for video games or media in general, even though I think it’s heading that way… it takes choice away from console owners… I’m okay with certain full games for download, but most shouldn’t be, and I also think that developers should create ways to take care of both mediums…… example, I have downloaded the PSX Classics for Final Fantasy 7,8,9 & Tactics… I don’t see why Sony/Square Enix couldn’t release them(or at least 7,8,9) on a disc, it’s not like a PS# Blu-Ray disc couldn’t hold the information… again, not for me personally, but for those that don’t have the internet connection that don’t own the originals can enjoy this collection… BUT I do see a benefit that Sony could implement… if the games or on a flash-like card, why couldn’t DLC for that title be saved to the same card? it’s an idea isn’t it? ~The Master

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