Back when the PlayStation Vita launched in February, Mark and I had a head-to-head chat about it and decided it wasn't much chop. I passed mine on to a 10-year old, while Mark lost his somewhere in the midden of free games and general rubbish he chooses to call a desk. Somehow, I don't think the three new "Discovery Apps" Sony has just announced for the platform will inspire him to dig it out again.
Here's the official press gumpf:
In Travel Bug, players create and personalise their very own bug which is given a travel-based mission to complete. Your bug can take “travel snaps” on its journey and you can track its whereabouts on an interactive map. This innovative application also invites you to compete against friends to reach destinations first – all tracked via the “near” application.
Take on a divine role in Ecolibrium, an imaginative eco-system simulator where the aim is to maintain harmony within your own created environment. If the environment becomes unbalanced, species in your eco-system must be fed manually until you have restored balance and created the optimum environment for your animals and plants. Users can collect different species and trade them with other PS Vita users using “near”.
If you are feeling musical then give Imaginstruments a try. Imaginstruments is an ‘imaginary instrument’ application designed from the ground up around the myriad of PS Vita inputs. Players can play drums, guitar, theremin, and even the violin. Once each imaginstrument has been mastered players can record their tracks and share with other players.
So two things filled with insects and a mini-Garage Band. Hold me back! Even if you are somehow excited, don't be: the titles are not out yet, though Sony says they will be available "in the coming months".