Sony’s NGP Is Now PlayStation Vita
During Sony’s E3 2011 Press Conference, their newest handled, previously known as NGP (Next Generation Portable) was finally given an official name, and that was PlayStation Vita. Doesn’t really roll off the tongue, does it? Well, that’s what Sony seems to be sticking with, so we all better get used to it quickly. Sony has listed the specs of the unit in the past, but in case you need a refresher on what the Vita has to offer, here are the handheld’s specs:
- Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED) front display
- Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device
- Dual analog sticks
- Front and rear facing cameras
- A new game medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for PS Vita software titles
- Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass.
- Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
- PlayStation®Network access, including “LiveArea™” (a space for sharing with others), “near” (lets users identify what friends in the vicinity are or were recently playing), “Party” (enables users to enjoy voice chat or text chat not only during online gaming, but also when they are playing different games or using different applications such as the internet browser), and “Activity” (it logs the latest accomplishments from people playing the same games)
- Full PlayStation® Trophy Support
- Able to play PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) titles, minis and video from PlayStation®Store
The PlayStation Vita will come in two flavors; a WiFi-enabled device that will retail for $249.99, and a 3G-enabled device that will go for $299.99. Additionally, AT&T will be the exclusive carrier for the Vita, which curiously garnered a round of laughter and boos when announced at the Sony Press Conference (public opinion isn’t too high on AT&T, considering they have fairly shoddy reception in most markets). The PlayStation Vita is currently slated to arrive in time for the 2011 Holiday season, so you can be sure that pre-orders for this sucker will go by fast.