In January 2013, Disney Interactive unveiled Disney Infinity, a Skylanders-like video game for the Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U and Play Station. Users can interact with the Disney Infinity video game by placing collectable figurines on a mat called the Infinity Base, above. Today, the Infinity Base made an appearance on the FCC, winning approval for its RFID capabilities. FCC documents include internal and external photos of the Infinity Base, as well as a partial manual for the Infinity. A list of package contents from the manual is below.
Disney Infinity is scheduled for release in June 2013.
A Marvel Super Hero Squad-branded WiiMote appeared on the FCC today, winning approval for its Bluetooth capabilities. The controller is manufactured by Performance Designed Products and bears the image of several Super Hero Squad characters.
The timing of this FCC filing is interesting, since the last Super Hero Squad game was released nearly a year ago for the Nintendo 3DS. The Wii version of Super Hero Squad is several years old. It’s possible that this controller will be released with a new version of Super Hero Squad. If so, we’d guess that this version of the game will be released for the Wii U, although there have been no announcements of a new Super Hero Squad game for the Wii or Wii U to date.
I had a couple of minutes hands on with the PS Vita today in Yodobashi Camera in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan. The graphics look wonderful: the screen is sharp, colors are vibrant, and animations are fluid. Controls on the device are responsive, including the device’s touch screen. However, I didn’t have much opportunity to use the device’s rear touch surface.
Load times for some games, like Uncharted, were irritatingly long. The form factor of the PS Vita seemed a bit chunky as well, although the device was enclosed in a plastic security device, making it difficult to get a good idea of the device’s true weight and design.
Check out the video above for a short hands on – unfortunately, Sony reps were timing each person so I wasn’t able to go into depth with the games.
Yesterday, Sony confirmed that the PlayStation Vita will be arriving in the United States on February 22, 2012, and today the device made an appearance on the FCC. The Vita won FCC approval for its Bluetooth and WiFi capabilities, as well as GSM 850/1900 bands, and WCDMA bands II and IV.
Sony will release 3G and WiFi-only versions of the Vita. The 3G version of the device will use AT&T’s network in the United States and will cost $300, while the WiFi-only version of the device will cost $250.
Fans of the Spyro the Dragon series will be happy to know that the bizarre Portal of Power accessory for the Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure game just hit the FCC. The device, pictured above, will be released for the PS3 and XBox 360 with the Skylanders game. The Portal of Power is RFID-enabled and responds when action figures, pictured below, are placed on its top. Action figures unlock characters in the game, and can also be used to save player data such as points. Each action figure is tied to the player’s account, and can be used on other Portal of Power units. The game comes with 3 action figures, and an additional 29 will be available.
It’s a weird/kinda cool accessory that seems rather gimicky, but Spyro’s sub 10 year old demographic may feel differently. Who knows?
Skylanders is an Activision title that is scheduled to launch in Fall of 2011.
Sony’s next generation portable gaming device, the PlayStation Vita, made its way through the FCC today. Known by the model number PCH-1101P, the device won FCC approval for WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, as well as GSM 850/1900 and WCDMA bands II and V. Those 3G bands are the same bands used by AT&T and Sony has already confirmed that the device’s will rely on AT&T’s 3G network in the US.
FCC documents don’t reveal anything new about the Vita, but the device’s FCC approval is a good sign that we will be seeing the Vita soon.