Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Sony unveils the Playstation Vita at E3

Sony on Monday night revealed at the E3 video games show in Los Angeles that the successor to its PlayStation Portable (PSP) system will be called PlayStation Vita.

Once codenamed NGP, the new handheld gaming console features dual touchpads, front and back cameras (for augmented-reality gaming), GPS, an OLED screen and six-axis motion sensors. The Wi-Fi only version will sell for $249.99, while the 3G enabled model will be a little more expensive at $299.99. The Vita, which is slightly bigger than the PSP, will successively launch in the global market by the end of the year.

Jack Tretton, the president and CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment of America (SCEA) also used the opportunity to apologize to the public for the recent attack on the PlayStation Network, wherein some 77 million users were affected in the hacking.