Sony PlayStation Vita announced
E3 2011 is where Sony has announced their vision of the future of portable console gaming – and they have decided to call it the PlayStation Vita, or PS Vita for short. As usual, it will start off with the lowest number in terms of model naming just like the original PSP, going by the moniker of the PCH-1000 series. This will be the official platform name for the next generation portable entertainment system, where you can choose the from a Wi-Fi only model as well as a 3G capable model – this seems to follow the footsteps of tablet devices, no?
The Wi-Fi only model will retail for $249 in US and €249 in Europe, while the 3G/Wi-Fi model will retail for $299 in US and €299 in Europe, as they will launch in time to meet the frenzied demands of parents this coming Christmas as they make a mad scramble to find a present other than the iPhone 4 or iPad 2 for their kids.
“Vita”, which means “Life” in Latin, was picked by Sony’s top brass because it will be the next generation portable entertainment system, enabling a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity as Sony hopes to change every aspect of user’s daily life into an entertainment experience. PS Vita will ship with a lovely 5″ multi-touch organic light emitting diode (OLED) display on the front, while there will be a special multi-touch pad located on the rear.
Apart from that, the PS Vita fully intends to deliver a totally new game play experience that has never been seen before, letting users interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, via “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” finger motions. Coupled with two analog sticks for a wider range of game genres that can be enjoyed on a portable experience, we suspect that the learning curve for some games might be rather steep.
The PS Vita will also come pre-installed with a newly and specially developed application known as “Party”, where this innovative application will let you enjoy voice chat or text chat when you are gaming online without missing a beat. Seems to be rather pricey at first glance – would you go for the Nintendo 3DS instead?