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PlayStation Vita Unveiled

Published June 17, 2011 by |

This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly known as E3, saw Sony once again join Nintendo and Microsoft as the big players to whet people’s appetites for their upcoming wares. Although there was plenty on offer from the people behind the PlayStation brand, it was clear that the unveiling of their next portable console – PlayStation Vita – was due to dominate their presentation.

Previously codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable), the newly-named Vita is the successor to the PlayStation Portable with a whole bunch of improvements including:

  • Dual analog sticks
  • Front and rear cameras (currently unspecified resolution)
  • 5-inch OLED multi touch screen
  • Rear multi touch pad
  • Sixaxis motion sensing technology
  • Built in GPS

All of this packed into a WiFi and 3G plus Wifi models due to retail at €249 and €299 respectively. Be warned however as the UK prices may not be an exact conversion, although Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE) boss Andrew House has stated in an interview with Eurogamer that £230 and £280 are good starting points. Naturally we’ll update you with definite prices once the information is available.

In terms of games, E3 had plenty to show off for Sony’s new offering. New Vita titles from the world of Uncharted, LittleBigPlanet and ModNation Racers were all demoed and appeared to take advantage of the new technology. The touchscreen integration for LittleBigPlanet and ModNation Racers looks especially promising for the creation elements, while Uncharted’s additions seemed a little more like optional extras.

Another notable game was Reality Fighters, which used the cameras to not only allow players to map their face to fighters but also allowed them to superimpose the real world as a combat arena. Two other current games making the leap to Vita were Hustle Kings (a pool game) and Top Darts (a darts title), both sporting touchscreen controls.

PlayStation Vita is currently slated for a late 2011 release in Japan and North America although use Europeans may likely have to wait until early 2012 to get our hands on one. Further details will undoubtedly be revealed as the years goes on and we’ll be sure to keep you updated.