E3 2012: PS Vita coverage

Sony's newest handheld is getting more apps, more games, more ways to stay connected. In console years the PS Vita is still a baby, but it's impact on the way we game has been a big one. Polygon will be providing coverage for each console in streams. Follow this stream for everything and anything PS Vita at E3.

Drilling into Big Daddy's PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale cameo

My overwhelming victory behind the wheel of Big Daddy during my PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale demo is probably reliant on one of two factors: My skill, or my drill.

The BioShock mini-boss, which was announced for PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale during Sony's E3 2012 press conference, is a wrecking ball. He's a lumbering goon, slow, but with a rushing drill attack that clears entire platforms at a time, racking up the valuable energy required to execute Battle Royale's ever important super attacks. He also possesses a handful of plasmids, but they were of limited use when...

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'Orgarhythm' blends 'Pikmin,' 'Patapon,' and 'World of Warcraft' on the Vita

Game developer Tak Hirai is no stranger to mixing videogames and music. Once known primarily for his work on Shenmue, Hirai went on to help create such beat-heavy classics as Space Channel 5 and Meteos. Now Hirai runs his own studio, Neilo, and is preparing to release its first Vita game, that difficult-to-describe Orgarhythm.

In their efforts to give me a quick pitch of what Orgarhythm is, representatives from Xseed describe it as "Pikmin meets Patapon meets World of Warcraft." So what does that mean in practice? At first glance, Orgarhythm looks like a straight-forward real-time strategy...

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LittleBigPlanet Vita turns doodling into level design

LittleBigPlanet has often been pitched as a game that allows you to build the kind of Vita titles that the system currently lacks — but it wasn't until today that I realized it could actually pull that off.

As fans of the franchise know, the embedded levels inside LittleBigPlanet represent the hyper-refined tip of an infinite iceberg; the real meat is in Create mode. In LittleBigPlanet Vita, that mode has been bolstered with touch-based options that, thankfully, do away with the near-constant menu navigation of the console games' level creators. Instead of opening the Pop-It, moving your...

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'Assassin's Creed III: Liberation' coming to PS Vita on October 30th, along with 'crystal white' Vita hardware

Sony and Ubisoft just took the wraps off Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, the first game from the franchise built from the ground-up for the PS Vita. The game will feature the first playable female assassin in the series' history, as well as some sharable goods across the PS3 and Vita. The game will launch on October 30th of this year, and will be made available as a special bundle featuring a brand-new "crystal white" PS Vita, plus a 4GB SD card and the new game. We already knew the white Vita was coming to Japan, but its nice to see it make its way to the US as well.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified coming to Vita

As part of Sony's E3 2012 press briefing today, PlayStation U.S. head Jack Tretton announced an official title for the first Call of Duty game on Vita — Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified.

We don't have any details on the game at this point, though the title suggests a spin-off of this year's mainline release.

Tretton confirmed that Black Ops Declassified will ship "this holiday season."

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PSOne Classics coming to PS Vita this summer

PSOne Classics will be added to the PS Vita's store this summer, Sony just announced during its E3 2012 press conference.

The service, which was announced alongside the Vita but has been mysteriously absent from the PS Vita PSN for some time, will allow Vita owners to download (or transfer) titles like Final Fantasy VII, Chrono Cross and hundreds of others to their handheld. The PSP also had that functionality, so it's adoption here isn't much of a stretch. Though, those older games weren't made for the Vita's aspect ratio, so they might actually be pretty stretched.

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PS Vita getting Hulu Plus and Crackle video-streaming apps 'soon'

Sony has just announced that Hulu Plus and Crackle apps will be available on the PS Vita "soon." Both streaming video services are US-only, and have been available on the Playstation 3 for some time. Sony has been pushing apps on the Vita — Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare all have a presence on the potent portable since launch or shortly thereafter. The two video streaming apps will join the recently-announced YouTube app for PS Vita, which will launch later this month. Hulu Plus and Crackle both appeared onscreen alongside mainstays like the MLB.TV, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, Sony Music...

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PS Vita YouTube app coming at the end of June

Sony has announced that a YouTube app will come to the PS Vita next month. It'll feature standard features like comments and favorites, and is set to be released by the end of June. It follows the recent release of Skype, Facebook, and other non-gaming apps for Sony's latest handheld, and should be useful for anyone interested in watching mobile video on the device — in our review, we noted that the Vita's browser doesn't even support HTML5, let alone Flash. There aren't many details or any screenshots yet, but chances are we'll get to see the app shown off at E3 next week.

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