Sony has christened the NGP or Next Generation Portable with a proper name, the PlayStation Vita.
The PS Vita is a bit of an odd sounding name to our ears, although we’ve certainly heard worse device monikers. Vita is Latin for “life”, and Sony reckons the PSV “enables a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context”.
Don’t you just love those buzz words? We’d like to see a combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within an alternate reality context, ourselves…
Anyway, Vita’s the name and Sony also unveiled pricing details, with the wi-fi version costing $249 in the US and 249 Euros. Pounds weren’t mentioned, but no doubt we can expect around about the same figure.
You can get a 3DS for £157 now (at Currys), although in fairness, when the Nintendo handheld was first announced it was at an RRP of £230. Sony might well try to match that initial RRP. There’ll also be a 3G version of the Vita which will be $50 more.
Rumour has it that Sony has halved the memory on its device to stay more competitive with the 3DS.
The PSV will come with a 5 inch OLED touchscreen and a multi-touch pad on the back, along with twin analogue sticks, plus front and rear cameras.
Sony also mentioned games to be released from SCE Worldwide which include Gravity Daze, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Little Deviants, Hot Shots Golf, Reality Fighter, Hustle Kings, ModNation Racers, Wipeout 2048 and Super Stardust Delta.
The PlayStation Vita will be available towards the end of the year.