As has been previously stated on a number of Marketplace shows and nervous business executive luncheons, there is a LOT riding on today’s launch of the PlayStation Vita, the latest hand held game console from Sony. Starting at $249 and shooting upwards rapidly, it’s not really a gamer for the casual gamer and it remains to be seen whether there are enough hard core gamers to make this a success, despite the rave reviews Vita has received. In time for launch day, Sony announced a huge sweetening of the Vita pot: a Twitter app,. Flickr and Netflix support, and augmented reality games: Cliff Diving, Table Soccer, and Fireworks.
Augmented reality is made possible with the Vita's cameras, which identify user movement. In my experience with it on the Vita, augmented reality is by no means a key reason to buy the device, but it's a fun add-on--especially when friends are interested in trying it out.
Also more downloadable games:
In addition, Sony launched a number of new Vita games to its store, including Touch My Katamari and Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack. The former is going for $24.99 in the PlayStation Store, while the latter will set you back $7.99.