Sony Launches New Apps for PlayStation Vita

Sony announced a slew of new apps coming to the PlayStation Vita today via their PlayStation Blog with promises of more coming in the future.

Three apps were released today, covering a wide variety of content from anime to hockey to live concerts.

Crunchyroll is an anime streaming app, allowing subscribers to watch the newest anime episodes an hour after they air in Japan.

NHL GameCenter Live allows subscribers to stream HD-quality hockey games.

Qello Concerts allows subscribers to stream HD-quality concerts and band-related documentaries.

Three more apps are slated to release sometime in spring: Hulu Plus, Gaiam TV, and Redbox Instant, the latter two launching March 25th.

These new apps will be sharing space with the likes of Crackle, Facebook, Flickr, NBA Game Time, Netflix, Skype, TuneIn Radio, and YouTube

“There are more apps coming later this year, so keep and eye on PlayStation.Blog for more PS Vita news,” so expect more content for the PlayStation Vita in the future.

My Opinion

Given the PlayStation Vita’s lackluster sales—which is a shame as the handheld really has a large spread of quality games—it’s interesting to see what Sony does with it. Game software is always the preferred option, yet handhelds are now competing with smartphones and tablets, and those devices market themselves as versatile. Seeing the large list of applications for the PlayStation Vita, I’d say Sony can easily say the same.

Though given the PlayStation Vita’s poor battery life, I wonder how useful some of these newer applications will be…

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