Sony presented the new revolutionary hand held game console called PlayStation Vita at E3 2011 in Los Angeles, CA. The unveiling took place moments after Sony CEO Jack Tretton gave a public 'I'm sorry' apology for the company's network hack that affected millions of users.
You are the lifeblood of the company...Without you there is no PlayStation. I want to apologize personally and on behalf of the company for any anxiety caused, announced Tretton.
Formerly named the Next Generation Portable (NGP), the company presented the new console with a new name PlayStation Vita.
Vita means life...And we're confident that Vita will be the first product that blurs the lines between reality and interactive entertainment, said Sony Computer Entertainment president and group CEO Kazuo Hirai.
The PlayStation Vita makes its North America debut after first launching in Japan back in January 2011. Sony's new portable game console looks very similar to the PSP but is packed with new hardware and specs.
Its quad core ARM Cortex A9 CPU supports eye-catching graphics which is displayed on a 5-inch 960x544 OLED screen. The display screen also supports touchscreen along with a rear touch pad accompanying the dual joysticks and buttons. The new style of play which combines physical controls with multi touch is sure to give users a new gaming experience.
Users can expect to play online with a community network of other PlayStation gamers through the console's Wifi, 3G, and GPS capabilities. The front (320x240) and rear facing cameras (640x480) are sure to give gamers a social network environment while engaging in online play.
Sony's PlayStation Vita comes game-ready, offering an array of titles to choose from. Game titles that are planned for the Vita include Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2084, Street Fighter X Tekken, LittleBigPlanet, Ruin, Modnation Racers, Reality Fighters, Top Darts, Super Stardust Delta, Little Deviatns, Everybody's Golf, Smart As, Sound Shapes, Virtua Tennis 4, Gravity, BlazBlue, and Shinobido 2: Tales of Ninja. The most interesting game that utilizes Vita's motion and Six Axis sensor is Gravity. Gamers can truly experience the console's capabilities using different senses of play from touchscreen, button smashing, to tilting the physical console.
The Vita comes in 2 versions, the Wifi and 3G version. The Wifi console will sell for $249 while the 3G version will go for $299. Both are expected to be available for the Christmas holiday season. Sony announced that AT&T will be the wireless carrier for American PlayStation Vita consoles.