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Sony Japan conference round-up: Vita TV, PS4 launch date, pretty colors


If you didn't stay up for Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference and don't fancy trekking through two hours or so of sometimes confusing translations, we've got you covered here on Joystiq. Sony's presser did not disappoint when it came to news, some reveals looking very positive, others... less so. Here are the highlights for you to peruse:
  • Vita TV is the littlest new console in the PlayStation family. It connects to the TV, can play Vita games via a slot (using a DualShock 3) and stream PS4 games using remote play. And it's priced at around $100 in Japan. A little big announcement!
  • If you wanted your Vita smaller but not that small and not so screen-less, there's a new Vita model hitting Japan in six oh-so-pretty colors. The 2000-series Vita is 20 percent thinner, 15 percent lighter, and comes in pink. Pink!
  • Almost as surprising as those reveals was the PS4's Japanese launch date: February 22, 2014 - some three months after Europe and North America get their hands on the next-gen system. At least there'll be a fair few launch day games by then.
  • Plenty of games got unveiled for systems, including Soul Sacrifice Delta and Phantasy Star Nova for Vita, and Yakuza Restoration for PS4. Suda51's Grasshopper has a new PS4 game in the works too, although quite what it is beyond a "supreme action" game with a strange title - well, we'll have to wait and see.
  • No Final Fantasy 15 to revel in yet, but Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn has a PS4 beta date - the console's launch day no less. Meanwhile, the Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD remasters are getting sentimental with a special edition Vita.
All that excitement, and TGS 2013 is still yet to start. We'll be there when it does, though, so look out for our coverage from Tokyo starting next week.

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