Sony’s next handheld gaming machine has been going by the name Sony NGP, but at the E3 conference today it was revealed that the device will be called the PlayStation Vita, and its release will be just under 6 months away.
The PlayStation Vita will have a 5 inch multi-touch OLED screen on top, and a multi-touch pad on the underside. The underside pad, and the regular Sony buttons and switches, offer up a whole level of control and complexity to games. There will also be a choice in PlayStation Vita models – Wi-Fi only model, or a 3G + Wi-Fi model.
Wi-Fi and 3G capability bring in a few new exciting ways to play games. Sony’s “near” app is loaded onto the PlayStation Vita, and in addition to showing what games nearby PS Vita are playing, or have recently played, plus share game information and share unlocked content from games, such as character costumes, weapons, and treasures, through something Sony calls “gifting”.
More interactivity with other PlayStation Vita user is the “party” app, that opens up voice chat or text chat during games or internet browsing. This also is pre-installed, as is “Welcome Park”, a tutorial program to teach you how to use all the controls – top and bottom, switch, screen and touchpad.
Sony’s games specifically made for the PlayStation Vita and available at launch will include Gravity Daze, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Little Deviants, Hot Shots Golf, Reality Fighter, Hustle Kings, ModNation Racers, Wipeout 2048 and Super Stardust Delta (all actual game names here are possibly working titles only). In between now and the launch third-party games will be announced.
PlayStation Vita price
Some PlayStation Vita pricing details were revealed, but unfortunately no Australian pricing was given. These are the US, Japanese and European prices, so look at these as a guide only:
USA – $249
Japan – 24,980 yen (including tax)
Europe – 249 Euros
USA – $299
Japan – 29,980 yen (including tax)
Europe – 299 Euros
PlayStation Vita specifications
PlayStation Vita Model number PCH-1000 series
CPU ARM Cortex™-A9 core (4 core) GPU SGX543MP4+
External dimensions approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5 mm (W x H x D) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen: 5 inch multi-touch OLED screen (960 x 544), in 16:9 ratio. Approx. 16 million colours
Multi touch screen (capacitive type) rear touch pad
Multi touch pad (capacitive type) cameras
Front camera, Rear camera
Frame rate : 120fps@ 320 x 240 (QVGA), 60fps@ 640 x 480 (VGA)
Location: Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only), Wi-Fi location service support
Buttons: PS button, power button, directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left), action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square) shoulder buttons (Right/Left), right stick, left stick, START button, SELECT button, Volume buttons (+/-)
Wireless communications: Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only), IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1) (Wi-Fi) (infrastructure mode/ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth 2.1+EDR?A2DP/AVRCP/HSP?
Slots/Ports: PlayStation Vita card slot, memory card slot, SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only), multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In], Serial data communication), headset jack (stereo mini jack for audio – stereo out / mono in), accessory port