Gamers can't wait for la dolce Vita

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 December, 2011, 12:00am


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Last night's low temperatures failed to cool the enthusiasm of more than 100 computer gamers who queued overnight in Wan Chai in the hope of snapping up the latest devices at the Asia Game Show, which begins today.

The keenest, a group of eight, had been camping outside the Convention and Exhibition Centre since Tuesday night in their desperation to get one of the hottest items this year - Sony's Play Station Vita.

'I am a die-hard Play Station fan,' said a university student who came all the way from Hunan province and uses the nickname 'Ceva' Liu. 'I have a PS3 [Play Station 3] at home, but I plan to buy a HK$6,000 set which includes a PS3 and a Vita.'

The Vita, a hand-held device, was launched in Japan a week ago. A successor to the Play Station Portable, it hits Hong Kong and Taiwan this month.

With powerful hardware including a high-definition touch screen, a rear touch pad, two cameras, 3G wireless connection and four-core CPU, it will compete with smartphones in the gaming market.

'Sony hasn't released any new devices over the past five years. With the launch of PS Vita, we expect business to grow 15 per cent from last year,' said James Hong Ming-sang, of Sony Computer Entertainment HK.

A women's entertainment zone, where hunky male staff will teach them how to play computer games, is featured for the first time.

Also making its debut in the show is a motion-sensing chair, Gyroxus, for playing car racing and action games with Xbox 360 and PS3.

Bernard Leung, the company's director of global business, said: 'Instead of using hand consoles, those who sit on the chair use their body movements to control directions.'

Local talent is represented by a car racing game developed by 10 students at the Institute of Vocational Education, which is available for enthusiasts to use but not to buy.

The show, which continues until Monday, features more than 40 exhibitors this year.