I reported the other day, the tech specs of the upcoming PS Vita, today I have the online specs and what we can look forward to with the social interaction abilities that the Vita packs in. At the recent Develop 11 conference, Sony went on the record and revealed the following tidbits of info.
First up is what they’re calling “Near” which basically will allow gamers to swap data with each, leave gifts for each other and find out info about the games they’re playing. So it sounds like the Nintendo 3DS Streetpass ability where you’ll be able to see what games your friends are playing.
Next we have “Party” which will be for gamers to have real time chats much like Xbox Live’s party chat where you’ll be able to communicate with up to 4 other gamers via voice or text chat. Pretty cool 🙂
Next is “LiveArea” which will be the PS Vita launch pad from where you’ll have access to your library of games and incorporates three modes called Index, Live and Game. Here you’ll be able to have a closer look at each game and discover if there’s new DLC for the title or any updates. There may be a function that can be utilised using the GPS function but however there wasn’t any further mention of it.
And lastly there’ll be the “Activity” section where everything you do will be recorded which sounds like the Activity Log section in the 3DS. Any trophies garnered along the way will be recorded here as well as a function where people will be able to comment on what you’ve done lately.
Sounds like a great way to encourage social interaction amongst friends and like minded people 🙂
Check back periodically for more updates on the upcoming Vita launch.