PS Vita gets more games, entertainment options in 2012

Despite the doom and gloom wrought by lagging sales, the future seems bright for the PlayStation Vita handheld gaming console.

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Speaking to thousands of press members and observers at Sony's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) press conference, PlayStation CEO and president Jack Tretton spoke fondly of the Vita's future. One major reason for his enthusiasm: 60 new games will arrive for the Vita in 2012, which the device sorely needs.

Those wanting more items to play might also find the upcoming availability of PlayStation 1 games for Vita appealing, including major hits like Tomb Raider and Final Fantasy.

Tretton also revealed that we should expect Hulu Plus and Crackle on the Vita "soon", and he couldn't seem to resist confirming that Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified for the Vita comes this "holiday season" in the US.

(Credit: Sony Computer Entertainment)

Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, a new sneaky slasher, will also arrive on the Vita in October in the US. For the first time in the series, this Vita version of the game features a female protagonist. Tretton noted that Liberation makes full use of the Vita's array of sensors (such as the rear touch panel) and the "Near" location-discovery service. The game debuts on 30 October in the US, along with a separate white Vita bundle that includes a 4GB memory card.


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