All games releasing on Sony’s upcoming PSP successor, PS Vita, will get simultaneous retail and downloadable releases, Sony has confirmed. PlayStation Network will also be supported from day 1.
“You can just leave everything on the Vita — it’s a completely-self contained device,” said senior staff developer at SCEA, Chris Norden, speaking at GDC Online. “PSN is supported from day one, right out of the box at launch,” he added.
Free-to-play titles will also be supported on the PS Vita, he has confirmed. “You are free to explore whatever business model you want. You’ll have to talk to your account manager, and say, ‘Here’s my idea, and here’s what I wanna do,’ but yes, you’re allowed to do that.
PS Vita will launch in Japan on December 17, and early next year in US and Europe. Stay tuned for continued coverage.