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PSVita Rooms Hit Glasgow

As most of you will know by now, Sony’s  new  PSVita has been launched; hitting stores in Japan before even the US and the EU. Sony have been promoting the PSVita by touring some of the cities in the UK; this week, it’s Glasgow ’s turn to get excited over the PSVita .


The PSVita rooms, run by Playstation Access, started off their Glasgow tour with a private party - held to give people who follow Playstation Access on twitter and Facebook a chance to get their hands on the new hand held console before launch.


Doors opened at 7.30 last night (23rd Jan) on Sauchiehall Street in the city center and with a good size queue growing every minute, everyone slowly made their way in to the event.


Taking over 2 floors of a store, Sony had kitted out the venue in PSVita glory which looked great. A DJ set up on the ground floor ensured that and the music was pumping, the place was packed and with a great atmosphere; this event was looking to be a great success.

As you entered the event you got handed a few drink vouchers and your challenge card, with 3 challenges to do on it for a chance to win a PSVita.


Once in, the guys and girls from MotorStorm stood at the left - proudly showing off MotorStorm RC. In my eyes, it reminded me of the old retro game ‘Badlands’ but way way better looking and with a few great features, I can see me getting this one straight away.


Next was Little Big Planet; it looks amazing on the 5-inch OLED screen and I was lucky enough to have one of Media Molecule guys on hand to show me a few neat tricks that the PSVita had to offer. For example; on some of the pre made in-games, you can turn the PSVita long ways and play a 2 player game using the touch screen, which I thought was cool. This one also makes my must buy games list.


Right at the back of the store was the Uncharted The Golden Abyss section which was mobbed and had a good size queue to get on it. I had a wee shot of F1 2011 before heading up stairs to find the Wipeout crew being mobbed (well, the lovely Ami in her Wipeout suit) while the main man Karl Jones chatted to fans of the game.


I had a great wee chat with them before jumping on to Wipeout 2048 for some cross-platform gaming and all I can say is WOW. The game looks amazing and the cross-platform with the PS3 worked a treat .


With loads of gamers trying to get on all the PSVita games, I decided to look for a Sony rep just to find out a bit more info on the cameras on the Vita. I was in luck, I found Matt who wasn’t even meant to be working, but, still kindly took the time to have a chat about the cameras and a few other things with me.


With the venue almost full it was harder to get on all the games but, lucky from me, I’d already got to play most of them in London where they all looked and played great.


There were games that had me talking about them for ages, and the ones on my ‘must buy’ games list for the PSVita are: Uncharted The Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, Reality Fighters, MotorStorm RC, Little Deviants, Escape Plan and Super Stardust. All the others games do look great, there really is something for everyone.


It was great to meet a few more developers and a few guys I game online with; I had a great time. Playstation Assess can really hold their heads up high with this event, as it was a job well done.

The PSVita rooms are now open to the public till the end of the week. So, if you are in or near Glasgow and want to get your hands on the new console, pop in and have a go; you won’t be disappointed. More details of the opening times can be found on Playstation Access facebook page.

Picture's of the event will be posted up soon, so keep an eye on this page.