New Vita Accessories Inbound: DualShock Grip and Extended Battery

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    The PlayStation Vita launched in Japan one month ago along with tons of games and also some accessories, mostly from Sony themselves. However, in the coming months, consumers will start to see third party companies making their own accessories. One peripheral that will surely catch the attention of long time PlayStation fans is the “Assist Grip” by Datel Japan.

    Like its name, the purpose of this accessory is to assist gamers in holding the Vita in their hand. “Assist Grip” is unique because it provides a really close feeling of holding a DualShock controller, the same controller design used by Sony for its PlayStation products since PS One era, almost making the product like our concept DualShock 4. Impress Watch reports that the premise behind the accessory holds true with no major complaints about its constructions. Even though most Vita owners have reported no complaints in holding the device itself, it is still nice to have a peripheral that will enable us to duplicate the feeling of playing a Sony home console. The “Assist Grip” will retail for ¥1,380, which is around $18, when it releases on January 31.

    Another peripheral coming for the Vita is USB Portable Power Set made by Sony. This 2,000 mAh device can charge the Vita on the go via USB. This charger can provide an additional three hours, give or take, of gameplay time. Even though this device is made by Sony, it is not made specifically for Vita only, it also works with any USB-based device such as Vita’s competitor Nintendo 3DS. The USB Portable Power Set will set you back around ¥2,980, which is around $39. Release date is unknown at this point.

    Both accessories have not been announced for North America just yet, but hopefully they will as we get closer to the Vita’s launch on February 22nd.



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    God that looks really dumb. I know they had cheap shells for the PSP but nothing Sony branded.

    The battery was announced when the system was unveiled though and I already said my shpeel about it being them shooting themselves in the foot.
     
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    This certainly looks a lot better than the Circle Pad Pro.
    But CPP has the advantage of actually enhancing game experience, while this is just a simple grip just like those you could find for the GBA SP.
     
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    Weird... I just noticed that the Vita's D-Pad is not broken into four separate buttons. Thanks goodness! Sony is finally learning :D
     
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    Hahahahhaha. That grip will make the Vita even more HHHHHHUUUUUUUUGGGGEEEEE
     
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    That would'nt be so bad but the buttons are a little small for a grip.
     
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    Well, on the bright side you have the ability to get higher battery life with this.
     
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    More battery life = Good.
    Comfortable grip = Good.
    Looks fugly as hell = Not so good, but "pretty" and "practical" rarely walk hand in hand.
     
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    It cant be as bad looking as the Analog attachment for the 3DS... :(
     
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    That stuff is like the Mega CD attachement from hell, don't even remind me.
     
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    Holy hell! I hope that isn't the final design... I honestly think the circle pad pro looks better (and that say's quite a lot).
    I wonder how the back piece of this looks, I mean... the back touch pad?
     
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    You guys really think it looks that bad?
     
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    It's not like touchpads are expensive - there's either a hole there or just another touchpad and the whole contraption is connected to the serial port to transfer the data.
     
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    I don't think this looks bad.
     
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    Finally something bad to talk bad about the Vita!!! /fanboy

    It looks okay to me. Definitely not getting it since it doesn't add that much other than an extended battery and lesser portability.
     
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    It's not like it weighs a ton, and if it comes with a case (seeing that it's official hardware, you'd expect them to make cases for it) then the portability isn't really affected that much.

    You're not supposed to keep your handheld consoles in your pocket anyways. Get a bag, a backpack, something.
     
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    You know, I baby ALL my handhelds and accessories. I won't want that two holders to be damaged in my bag together with... say an umbrella, a bottle and some other stuff?

    It's not really a case to me. If its a full pouch I won't really bother.

    Let me add another point: personally I don't need the thing because the Vita is thick enough and has those 'holders' at the back.

    I know the peripheral is light and doesn't weigh a fuckton but I simply don't want to bring around two holders jutting out of my fantastically designed Vita (no sarcasm here - I love the design) and the possibility of having them scratched.
     
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    I'm pretty sure they're made with pockets in mind.
     
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