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New PS Vita Apps This Spring: Friend Network and Imaginstruments

Don Mesa's Avatar + Posted by Don Mesa on Feb 25, 2013 // Director, Product Planning & Platform Software Innovation, SCEA

Friend Network for PS Vita

We’ve had a slew of exceptional new applications hit PS Vita recently, like the otherworldly simulator Ecolibrium, Wake-up Club, and plenty of others. Today, we wanted to unveil two great new applications you’ll soon be enjoying on PS Vita.

Friend Network, already a huge hit in Japan and other territories in Asia, is a unique social application for PS Vita that allows you to interact with friends and meet new people in a whole new way. Guided by PlayStation mascot mainstay Toro, the app lets PS Vita owners visualize their network of friends and gaming buddies through the use of avatars in a colorful environment, and through growing their friends list, players can grow their own unique town space within Friend Network. With the ultimate goal of reaching 100 friends within Friend Network, lobbies are available where players can meet new friends and exchange virtual “business cards.” These cards contain information that players can use to get to know others within Friend Network.

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Friend Network for PS VitaFriend Network for PS Vita

Additionally, Friend Network comes fully integrated with your favorite social networks. Players can connect to their Twitter and Facebook accounts to see which friends are also participating in Friend Network and add them immediately. Players can also request tasks from their friends, like planting crops in their garden, to expand their town yard space. As you can see, Friend Network is a great way to maintain and grow your PSN friends list!

Imaginstruments for PS Vita

Next up we’re bringing you a one-of-a-kind music application called Imaginstruments. The application offers a slew of musical composition tools to potential PS Vita song smiths to create and manipulate a bevy of sounds and instruments. Our neighbors in Europe have already had a chance to begin crafting songs in Imaginstruments, but we’re now bringing this musical experience to North America.

Players can create whole songs from scratch and save them to on PS Vita memory cards. Using three distinct song creation tools, players can compose a virtually endless amount of unique music. Players can edit drum tracks in the “Passive” mode to create complex rhythms for their tracks, then switch over to “Active” mode to create melodies using instruments like the guitar or violin. The interface has been laid out to allow non-musicians an easy point of entry to create and craft songs without the need of a Ph.D in musical composition. We’ve also included a Sequencer mode, that takes parts of your drum and rhythm sequences to help you construct the song, and then record it. There are plenty of interesting ways Imaginstruments can enable you to begin crafting your very own songs on the PS Vita, and we recommend you try it out for yourself!

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Both of these apps will be coming your way this Spring for PS Vita. We look forward to hearing what you think of new applications, and know that we’re always looking for new ways to expand your experience on PS Vita. Also, stay tuned to the PS Blog as much exciting PS Vita digital content is soon to come!

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+ cool_trainer on February 25th, 2013 at 10:19 am said:

Cool. Toro, coming to America. Nyan.


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+ jh6269 on February 25th, 2013 at 10:20 am said:

“Both of these apps will be coming your way this Sprong for PS Vita.”

I can’t wait for Sprong to pick these up :)

Seriously though, the Friend Network looks really cool. Can’t wait.


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+ Zookey on February 25th, 2013 at 10:21 am said:

Looks cool! I know this is a big ‘if’ but is there any chance you guys could update the music program so we could import created tunes into LBP Vita?


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+ G-Force08 on February 25th, 2013 at 10:22 am said:

The Friend Network looks pretty cool.

Looking forward to checking both apps out! Hopefully their file sizes aren’t too big. I have to repeatedly delete items from my Vita (32GB memory card). It gets a bit annoying and frustrating.


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+ Wario64 on February 25th, 2013 at 10:22 am said:

Friends Network sounds neat! But my friends list is already full :(


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+ Xcaligamer1 on February 25th, 2013 at 10:24 am said:

even though i havent replaced my vita…obviously will with ps4 and all…im really liking things happening with the vita


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+ dragonmagician on February 25th, 2013 at 10:25 am said:

With so many apps coming, it would be great if Vita supported folders…


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+ vanwinkle on February 25th, 2013 at 10:25 am said:

Sounds good, guys. Thanks.


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+ Bicgoozgetten-69 on February 25th, 2013 at 10:26 am said:

Sound like Animal Crossing I hope its just like animal crossing. And whats a sprong is that a new type of season. lol


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+ T3DV0L70L1N4 on February 25th, 2013 at 10:26 am said:

I can understand that there might be an audience for these types of social apps, but could you please pay some more attention to creating awesome games for the Vita?


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+ XtemmA2 on February 25th, 2013 at 10:26 am said:

My relationship with my dear Vita is getting stronger over time!


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+ mockduck on February 25th, 2013 at 10:32 am said:

Both look cool. Thanks for the writeup.


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+ CyberOcelot on February 25th, 2013 at 10:32 am said:

Seriously guys?! I don’t mean to be THAT guy, but I don’t understand why conferences speak so highly about integration, and PSP (and now Vita) continue to stand on their own as handhelds. You don’t need a NEW social network… You have one! Bring PlayStation Home to Vita either directly or via Remote Play and stop this shenanigans! /Rant


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+ su43berkut17 on February 25th, 2013 at 10:35 am said:

it would be nice if sony fixed existing apps 1st like wake up club, people doesn’t help you wake up at all if you leave the vita on at night and end up always being first in waking up


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+ ASC2175 on February 25th, 2013 at 10:38 am said:

The Friend Dungeon….that name alone makes me laugh happily. And with Toro, it’s gonna be good.


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+ MakoSOLIDER on February 25th, 2013 at 10:39 am said:

So….the song thing is like Sound Shapes? The friends thing is cool though


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+ Squiggle55 on February 25th, 2013 at 10:40 am said:

@su43berkut17
I was going to ask about Wake-Up club too. I really want to use that app as my alarm clock but it really needs to be fixed. Any word on a patch?

As always thanks for the new apps too.


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+ swisstylez on February 25th, 2013 at 10:40 am said:

Woo this is great really two more apps that might make my first edition Vita a better paper holder. Since that’s all I can do with the big collection of games being released.


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+ TripG on February 25th, 2013 at 10:41 am said:

So is this truly coming in Spring or is it going to be like the Crackle app? Speaking of which, is Crackle still coming to the Vita? Does soon mean this decade or the next one? LOL Hate to be negative but the follow through on getting stuff to the Vita has been inconsistent so it’s hard to get excited for “coming soon” announcements.


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    + Don Mesa on February 26th, 2013 at 11:39 am said:

    I played both titles. They’ll be coming this Spring. Crackle’s still coming to PS Vita, just don’t have an update for you right now.


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+ KazeEternal on February 25th, 2013 at 10:42 am said:

“I didn’t ask for this”


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+ GranpireV on February 25th, 2013 at 10:47 am said:

Imaginstruments is utter boredom, I’ve tried it. There’s no versatility to the tools, and loops all sound similar.

Friend Network looks like fun.


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+ S-moneytheKING on February 25th, 2013 at 10:51 am said:

stop this playstation i dont think ur gona put this out this spring more like fall times i remember what u did with wake up club and that other not so good “app” with the spore looking things. they never came out till a year after you guys made the announcemnt for them. just saying TIME MANAGEMENT guys.


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+ buffalothc on February 25th, 2013 at 10:57 am said:

Not so into social networking but the music app looks cool.


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+ Mister-Nep on February 25th, 2013 at 10:59 am said:

So happy to see something Toro related coming to US. This makes me happy.


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+ Onvertic on February 25th, 2013 at 11:02 am said:

Cool, bring more of those apps, especially that badman calendar thing. :)


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+ Dr-abdulelah on February 25th, 2013 at 11:02 am said:

Friend Network app will come to EU ?


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    + Don Mesa on February 26th, 2013 at 11:36 am said:

    Thanks for the inquiry. Check out the EU PS blog for any updates and announcements.


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+ detictiveconan on February 25th, 2013 at 11:03 am said:

Friend Network looks interesting but I’m not a fan of social networking. Though I assume it will be free( Aside from some add-on DLC) so I guess I can’t complain.


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+ TheExiled12894 on February 25th, 2013 at 11:04 am said:

Friend Network sounds cool

can you guys please localize Malicious Rebirth. I really want to buy it


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+ BlueRobotX on February 25th, 2013 at 11:06 am said:

@ Bicgoozgetten-69 My first thought when I saw (the screen shots) Friend Network was that it looked like Animal Crossing too, hopefully it will be just like Animal Crossing or very similar.


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+ ZaGe-zAiKaNo on February 25th, 2013 at 11:07 am said:

Friend Network sounds fun. Reminds me of Animal Crossing & it looks like it’ll have a similar feeling to it. Can’t wait to try it.

As for Imaginstruments. I love music. Had a fun time & still do with the similar looking PsMobile games (Beats Slider & Beats Trellis) So, def. trying this one out.


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+ Veitsknight2 on February 25th, 2013 at 11:09 am said:

Finally!


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+ TJF588 on February 25th, 2013 at 11:12 am said:

Hell nyan, it’s Toro!! First really glimpsed the guy when I nabbed a PocketStation for FFVIII. Glad to see he’s getting one of his own titles brought States-side.


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+ ThreeLeggedFreak on February 25th, 2013 at 11:18 am said:

We need about 100 new non gaming apps each week. There’s like 5 total there in the ps store which is ridiculous.

When is the e book reader being integrated with the rest of psn? Japan got that and we want that in the US. Bring comic store back that Japan got when you do integrate it.


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+ reson8er on February 25th, 2013 at 11:19 am said:

Very cool, I’m always looking for people to add to my FL since a lot of my friends play the other console.


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+ macy113 on February 25th, 2013 at 11:31 am said:

Friends Network looks like a better version of Playstation Home. I cant wait :)


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+ jds07 on February 25th, 2013 at 11:34 am said:

I like the Friend Network idea, but only one problem through. You said it will integrate with our favorite social networks. My favorite is Google+. Where’s the integration for that?


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+ Kchow23 on February 25th, 2013 at 11:44 am said:

Great to see some more apps coming to PS Vita… any ETA as far as firmware updates? with the recent PS4 talk, I hope that some of the immediacy and background updates rubs off on the PS Vita.


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+ DarkSoul_80_ on February 25th, 2013 at 11:45 am said:

Cool. I’ll check them out for sure. A Dropbox app would be nice :)


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+ obed17 on February 25th, 2013 at 11:49 am said:

When is Hulu Plus coming out?!


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+ RE4LNOiZE_42 on February 25th, 2013 at 12:03 pm said:

Even if people say that the Vita, compared to a tablet, is a proper GAMING handheld (can’t agree more, BTW), tablets are nonetheless a direct competitor. Its price (Vita) put it also in direct competition with tablets.

Even if the Vita has “real” games on it, many people looking at it, because of its price, think it is not a very good deal, as they can have a tablet for the same price and do a lot more on it. I know, I know, it’s really two different beasts… but that’s what many people told me when I talk to them about it. They don’t see the point.

And even myself… I read all my comic books on my tablet, my magazine subscriptions, my news, and the browser on a tablet is actually decent compared to the Vita’s.

So sure, the Vita needs more games. But it also needs more APPS. WAY MORE.

Why there isn’t a Comixology app for Vita? That would be a real winner on this.

Anyway, Sony, bring more non-gaming apps. WAY MORE. (And way more games too, btw).


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+ evanicafan on February 25th, 2013 at 12:07 pm said:

Friend Network looks like a Sony’s Animal Crossing lol but the idea seems pretty neat, hope it doesn’t come ’till late march!


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+ Kchow23 on February 25th, 2013 at 12:08 pm said:

Please add the functionality to upgrade a secondary account to a master account, this is crucial on PS Vita since I am not able to add multiple accounts. Moreover, any chance that we could get the last major sport with a NBA League Pass app?


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+ AmaterasuOkami1 on February 25th, 2013 at 12:08 pm said:

<3 Toro!


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+ Edzo04ps on February 25th, 2013 at 12:10 pm said:

its about time they gave us Friend Network. now i just need some playstation friends :( i only use my vita and ps3 for single player games.


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+ Hogwild333 on February 25th, 2013 at 12:17 pm said:

The friend network sounds fun. Is there any chance that it will integrate with Google Plus? None of my facebook friends are gamers (I guess I need new friends) so it would be a lot more useful if it tied into G+ instead.


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    + Don Mesa on February 26th, 2013 at 11:41 am said:

    Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll bring it up with the Friend Network team.


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+ Kchow23 on February 25th, 2013 at 12:17 pm said:

imaginstruments sounds quite a lot like beats trellis hopefully with a tutorial :)


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+ tusunami on February 25th, 2013 at 12:44 pm said:

This i’m most interested in, lovin the apps for PS Vita!!!!!!!!!


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+ TwisDeaD on February 25th, 2013 at 12:52 pm said:

I’d rather have the PlayStation Home friend social network on PSVITA!


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+ lisatsunami on February 25th, 2013 at 12:54 pm said:

Hey, Squiggle55, I’ve tried to pay more attention since you first commented on Wake Up Club needing a patch. It’s working for me still. I took at least a minute to wake up this morning and I was not first place. I think it depends on your area because sometimes I have a lot of real PSN iDs in my circle, some days it’s mostly fake names.

@14, how do you know people are helping you wake up? Is it the voice saying wakey, wakey, and maybe other things? I’m so groggy that I can’t discern all that.

I love these apps on the Vita.


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+ PatricioUSA on February 25th, 2013 at 1:09 pm said:

Do any of them have trophies?


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