Sony has come out and confirmed the full launch day and launch window lineup for its PlayStation Vita, as well as the pricing on all launch accessories. The Vita arrived in Japan on December 17 and it’s still on track to arrive in the U.S. and Europe on February 22.
- Escape Plan (PSN Only)
- Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
- Hustle Kings (PSN Only)
- Little Deviants
- ModNation Racers: Road Trip
- Super StarDust Delta (PSN Only)
- UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss
- wipEout 2048
- Army Corps of Hell
- Asphalt Injection
- BEN10 GALACTIC RACING
- Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND
- Dungeon Hunter Alliance
- Dynasty Warriors Next
- F1 2011
- EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer
- Lumines Electronic Symphony
- Michael Jackson The Experience
- Plants vs. Zombies (PSN Only)
- Rayman Origins
- Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
- Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN Only)
- Touch My Katamari
- Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
- Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition
- Gravity Rush
- MLB 12 The Show
- Reality Fighters
- Unit 13
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
- Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention
- NINJA GAIDEN ∑ PLUS
- Ridge Racer
- Silent Hill Book of Memories
- Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted
Also, AT&T has announced they will be offering two wireless data plans for the PlayStation Vita console when the handheld launches on February 22. According to the company, neither of the two monthly plans will require a contract.
The first plan will go for $14.99 and provide 250MB of data for use in one month. The second plan will cost $25 and will provide 2GB (8x more than the other plan) of data. These plans come on top of the price of the actual system, which is $249.99 for the Wi-Fi only model or $299.99 for the 3G model.
Not only will you get the data, but anyone who activates their Vita on an AT&T plan will get a voucher for a free game from the PlayStation Store and they’ll also get free access to over 29,000 AT&T WiFi hotspots around the U.S.
Check out G4’s handheld impression’s of PlayStation Vita here.
Kinect for Windows
Microsoft confirmed during CES 2012 keynote that the official Kinect for Windows release is happening on February 1.
There’s no price announced, but Amazon pegs the number at $249.99 (via Major Nelson’s Twitter). That’s a full $100 more than the MSRP for the console version of the peripheral. The PC version of Kinect was confirmed last year to be an improved take on the Xbox 360 release, highlighted by an ability to detect objects in close proximity to the camera lens.
The New Alienware X51
UPDATE: Hey all– I just got off the phone with Alienware and I’ve got some additional information now about these X51 desktops. I speculated in my original post that upgrades might be tough with them, since the amount of physical space inside a pint-sized PC casing like this is at a premium. It turns out that upgrades — particularly for graphics cards — are a snap. It’s one screw and a release latch to get the outer casing off and the actual graphics card sits inside of an easily accessed tray. I hope that clears up any concerns!
ORIGINAL POST: True PC gamers will almost certainly chime in with comments about how it’s always better (read: cheaper) to build your own PC by hand — and they won’t be wrong — but Alienware tends to give pretty decent tech for your dollar. The just-announced Alienware X51 serves up a new kind of gaming PC, one that looks an awful lot like a gaming console.
Prices start at $699 for the Xbox 360-sized gaming desktop, though the top-level $1,149 unit is probably what you’ll want to get for the best possible Battlefield 3 experience. The Alienware website even says so, with the product listing proudly touting that it is “capable of playing Battlefield 3 at 50+ frames per second with 1080p Full HD resolution.”
Of course, the danger with highly specialized and compact designs like this is that you spend all sorts of money and then don’t have the ability to swap out parts as they become outdated. If you’re okay with spending a large chunk of money on a gaming PC that will play the latest games for the next few years — at increasingly lower graphics settings — then the X51 looks like a good choice. The compact size makes it perfect for those who want a PC connected to their TV.
The two lowest price models, available for $699 and $899, respectively, both come with an NVIDIA GeForce GT 545 GPU installed. The cheaper option has half the RAM, at 4GB vs. 8GB. The big difference, however, is the CPU: for $699 you get an i3-2120 3.3 GHz and for $899 you get an i5-2320 3.0 GHz.
The two high-end models ($949 and $1,149) also share the same GPU, an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 555. The RAM difference is 6GB vs. 8GB. The cheaper model uses the same CPU as the $899 option, while the more expensive one packs in an i&-2600 3.4GHz processor. Be aware that hardware customization is limited with the X51; pretty much everything except for the optical drive is standard.