A few weeks ago, a list of upcoming game releases was pictured on a flyer, made by the movie and game rental giant Blockbuster. On the list, every big name piece of software and hardware could be seen, giving store employees an insight as to which big names everyone would be yearning to rent in the weeks running up to Christmas. Interestingly, Sony’s new console, the PS Vita, was listed, release date : 28th of October 2011. That’s less that a month away.
We all want to get our hands on it but Sony are holding some of their cards to their chest (which has never been the specialty) and are keeping hush on many of console’s features. However, keen to get a second opinion from the players themselves, they hosted a survey revealing a whole host of new tidbits about not only the PS Vita but the PS Store too and J Station X has the scoop.
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What I should say before you continue is that the questionnaire was powered by confirmit, a leading survey company who have hosted dozens of Sony-backed surveys in the past.
One of the questions gave takers of the survey 12 different features and asked them to put them in order of preference. The full list from the survey is pictured below.
It seems that Sony are really pushing for the PS Store to become people’s go to for video game purchases as opposed to buying physical copies from actual walk-in-and-buy shops which makes sense as the company seem to prefer that e.g the PSP Go which eradicated discs altogether. We already know that games on the PS Vita will either be downloaded, or, for larger games that require more storage, flash cards will be available. This, combined with their pre-existing cloud memory service makes it look as though Sony are no longer going to make us shell out for pesky memory cards and of course anything that helps us gamers save money is always welcome.
Another interesting thing to point out with the pictured list above is number 2, “priority play”. Just yesterday I witnessed an example of how Sony are already rolling out that feature onto the PS Store. While I cannot state exactly how long it had been on the store before its official release (though from this survey I’m guessing it had been there for almost 48 hours), I can say that it was there several hours before midnight (which would signal the game’s actual release). It was priced at £54.99, far more than the price of the physical copy of the game, the reason for this obviously being early access. Another question in the survey (which I unfortunately do not have a picture of) had lists of possible prices for full downloadable games, the cheapest being £20, going up to £60 with an extra charge of up to £10 being suggested if you wanted priority play.
This next screenshot again mentions several initiatives that Sony are considering to encourage PS Vita users to download games rather than buy them on a flash card, check it out below.
As you can see, priority play is repeated, leading me to believe that it’s not just PS3 users who will get to play games a few days early but that PS Vita players will get the early bird special too.
What do you think about these possible features? – Leave a comment!