Sony adds titles to the PlayStation Vita launch list

Sony's Michael Denny has officially confirmed the games that will be available when his company's next-generation PlayStation Vita hand-held console launches in February next year.

Reeling off the list at a preview event in London, Denny claimed that the wealth of titles on offer represented "one of the best launch line ups of any games console ever launched".

While many might take issue with Denny's hyperbole, there's certainly a plentiful selection of games for early adopters to be getting on with: fans of the Uncharted series of third-person action games get Uncharted: Golden Abyss, racers get sci-fi anti-gravity hit WipEout 2048 or ModNation Racers: Road Trip, and those with a more pugilistic streak can enjoy Reality Fighters.

Additional titles include platform showcase Little Deviants, Everybody's Golf, Escape Plan, Top Darts, Hustle Kings, and two new titles for last night's announcement: Unit 13 and MotorStorm RC.

Unit 13 was revealed as a third-person shooter developed by Zipper Interactive, giving the Vita its own entry into the crowded 'ultra-macho realistic military guns-blazing action' genre. Developed specifically for the Vita, Unit 13 promises bite-size missions with a non-linear structure and six overall classes - Infiltrator, Sniper, Solider, Technician, Point Man, and Support - for players to pick.

MotorStorm RC is another choice for the racing fans, developed by Evolution Studios and providing the ability to drive a range of 24 vehicles - to be expanded with future downloadable content packs, naturally - cross some familiar terrain from the PlayStation 3 versions.

Denny also unveiled a Nintendo 3DS-style deck of six physical cards for augmented reality gaming - although he was quick to point out that it also supports Wide-Area Augmented Reality technology for using all six cards simultaneously, along with as-yet-undemonstrated 'markerless AR' for card-free gameplay.

While the somewhat short list of launch titles is a trifle underwhelming despite Denny's evident enthusiasm, many publishers have pledged support for the platform, with the likes of Ubisoft, WB Games, Tecmo Koei, Bandai Entertainment, Take Two, Konami and Activision Blizzard all announcing that they will bring their much-loved franchises - including Bioshock, Call of Duty, Rayman, OddWorld and Silent Hill - to the Vita in the weeks and months following its launch.