Industry stalwart Sony recently had PlayStation fans salivating as they announced their latest games and gadgets at this year’s E3 exhibition in Los Angeles. The long-awaited NGP (Next Generation Portable) officially got renamed to PlayStation Vita, and its being released by the company in the hopes to strengthen their portable games market since the disastrous launch of the Playstation Go.
“What you’ve come to know as NGP is officially known as PlayStation Vita. So, what does Vita mean? Vita means life, and we’re confident that PlayStation Vita will be the first product that truly blurs those lines between PlayStation entertainment and your real life,” Sony’s Kaz Hirai told the tradeshow’s visitors.
Apart from being able to play supported games on the go, the handheld device will also support social networking features, like the ability to compare PlayStation trophies. In terms of chatting to fellow players and friends, a feature called Party will allow players to chat to each other over PSN no matter what game they are playing.
At the heart of the machine will be a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, the SGX543MP4+ GPU chip, a 5in OLED capacitive multi-touch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 960×544 display resolution.
Initially there will be two version of the Vita available on launch day this spring, with the standard Wi-Fi version setting gamers back about €249.99, while the 3G plus Wi-Fi model will be €299.99 (£268).
By Charlie Fripp – Consumer Editor