PS Vita–Sony’s new handheld detailed

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Sony’s PS Vita was the worst kept pre-E3 secret and now that the Sony conference has been held we can officially announce it.

The big news is that we can expect the Vita to hit this holiday season and the prices being talked about at the moment are $249 – $299 (with 3G) which equates to a theoretical value of R2 031 but a real value of close to R2 800 – R3 000.

There are currently 57 third party publishers signed up to make titles for the PS Vita but the big games that were announced were a mobile version of Uncharted and obviously a LittleBigPlanet port.

The official fact sheet that’s being handed out at the moment is as follows

PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) from Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) offers an unparalleled combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, made possible by leveraging SCE’s experience from its acclaimed console and handheld entertainment systems. Blurring the lines between interactive entertainment and reality, PS Vita enables revolutionary gaming experiences with dual analog sticks, front and rear cameras, front multi-touch display, multi-touch rear pad, GPS, six-axis motion sensors, and three-axis electronic compass.

This next generation portable entertainment system enables a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context. Among the titles in development for PS Vita are offerings from some of the biggest franchises as well as a myriad of original titles.

KEY FEATURES:

• Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED) front display

• Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device

• Dual analog sticks

• Front and rear facing cameras

• A new game medium, a small flash memory based card, dedicated for PS Vita software titles

• Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass.

• Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity

• PlayStation®Network access, including “LiveArea™” (a space for sharing with others), “near” (lets users identify what friends in the vicinity are or were recently playing), “Party” (enables users to enjoy voice chat or text chat not only during online gaming, but also when they are playing different games or using different applications such as the internet browser), and “Activity” (it logs the latest accomplishments from people playing the same games)

• Full PlayStation® Trophy Support

• Able to play PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) titles, minis and video from PlayStation®Store

And the all important images found on Google Images

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Oh and did we forget to mention it really does have dual analogue sticks, finally… now it’s a real handheld in my humble FPS addicted opinion.

So what do you think about the Vita? Is it going to decimate the 3DS and is that name any good?

Last Updated: June 7, 2011

Gavin Mannion

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