Sony unveiled today at the E3 2011 the PS Vita. The PlayStation Vita is the official name of the Sony NGP, that Sony pre-announced earlier this year. Sony will launch the PS Vita for $249 ($299 for PS Vita 3G) end of this year around the globe.
The features of the PS Vita include 5-inch OLED touch screen, multi-touch pad in the back, two analog joysticks, Wi-Fi, 3G option, front and rear cameras, ARM Cortex A9 (4-Cores) CPU, SGX543MP4+ GPU, GPS, and Bluetooth.
Together with the front touch screen and the rear touch pad, PS Vita offers new game play experiences never before seen on any device, allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" finger motions. Also PS Vita features two analog sticks which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience, such as shooters, action games, and fighting games. Exciting and attractive new titles are scheduled to be released from SCE Worldwide Studios, including "GRAVITY DAZE", "Uncharted Golden Abyss", "Little Deviants", "Hot Shots Golf", "Reality Fighter", "Hustle Kings", "ModNation Racers", "Wipeout 2048" and "Super Stardust Delta," as well as from a broad range of third party game developers and publishers, which will deliver value only possible on PS Vita.
Additionally, PS Vita (PCH-1000) will come pre-installed with a newly developed application called "Party." "Party" is an innovative application for a portable entertainment system which enables users to enjoy voice chat or text chat not only during online gaming, but also when users are playing different games or using different applications such as internet browser. Through "Party", which offers a new form of social networking, and "near", which enables users to share their game information with other users anywhere, anytime, users can dramatically expand the boundaries of interactive communication.
Also a tutorial application called "Welcome Park," developed specifically to guide every user about PS Vita's brand new user interface such as the front touch display and the multi-touch pad on the rear, will come pre-installed. By playing "Welcome Park", users can easily become accustomed to the three dimension-like finger motions used on PS Vita.
The new PS Vita will be clearly the most advanced portable gaming console when it will be released. The PS Vita comes though in the aging PSP design. Sony should have given the PS Vita for starters a stronger name and a new overall design. It is also pretty fat with 18.6mm.
You can explore the PS Vita on the Sony site.