E3 2011: Sony's NGP officially unveiled as PlayStation Vita

PSP fans interested in the handheld's successor have spent the last month rumor-checking and domain-snooping (they've had little else to do online, after all). So there's little surprise to the announcement that the PSP2/NGP will be called the PlayStation Vita – though it marks an end to the console's time as a rumor, and the beginning in earnest of the selling of the machine – at launch prices also revealed today.

The Vita, whose early titles we were able to preview ahead of time last week, will launch with front and rear cameras (okay), twin joysticks (damn right), a touchscreen (excellent), Sixaxis-style accelerometer control (sure, why not) and a rear-mounted touchpad (now you're just getting silly). While Sony promise a simple pipeline for porting PS3 titles down to the handheld, the company have opted not to release a fully PS3-spec console that, in their words, would “last five minutes [and] probably set fire to your pants.” Party-poopers.

Above: Want previews? We've got one for everything Sony had on show for us last week

The console will boast online play, with connection options varying depending on which model you buy: expect to pay $US/EU299 for 3G, or $US/EU249 for Wi-Fi only. Surely you need to sign up with a network for that? “Announcement of AT&T as [US] carrier met with derisive laughter,” tweeted GamesRadar's head words-wrangler from the conference: “Doesn't anyone at Sony have an iPhone?” That machine, of course, did okay for itself despite longtime carrier exclusivity with the same company – and Vita is certainly less reliant on mobile coverage than the iPhone ever was. If you missed Sony's grand unveiling of the Vita, you can see Sony's E3 2011 conference in its entirety here.

Jun 6, 2011


  • Kage_No_Shi - June 7, 2011 4:19 p.m.

    What's the betting that at some point in the next month (if not next day or two) Nintendo announces that the 3DS will drop in price to $199? They can't be the same price as the techno-awesome PSP2 (I will NOT call it the Vita if I can avoid doing so ~_~). I won't get the 3G version I think. I don't really need anything like that...
  • Clovin64 - June 7, 2011 2:07 p.m.

    I love my PSP, but only buy RPG stuff for it. Vita needs some good RPG's to pipe my interest. I can imagine Square Enix putting out some good stuff for this considering that they made plenty of ace PSP games.
  • gothicknight - June 7, 2011 11:44 a.m.

    near PS3 quality great $250 great now what am i forking over for games is the question
  • lilbuddha - June 7, 2011 10:53 a.m.

    Now make a $300 version with a phone built in, and a dual-boot of Android. I can't justify having a handheld (with less than awesome battery life) when smartphones have ~75% of the power of this. A tegra 2 phone could totally run anything i've seen on 3ds, its just a matter of the games being made...
  • Yeager1122 - June 7, 2011 5:36 a.m.

    Still need to decide between this or a 3ds but i have to wait and see what more i hear about this the price is already spectacualar just not sure on the games.
  • Sketchy - June 7, 2011 5:13 a.m.

    I guess I don't understand the amount of hate towards AT&T. The majority of tests show that the iPhone on either network has very similar coverage. To me the only reason people seem to like Verizon better is because of their marketing that says they're the best (which, strangely enough, is the same reason everyone hates Apple).
  • helix699 - June 7, 2011 5:12 a.m.

    How do you get games for it is it like the PSP GO?
  • Imgema - June 7, 2011 5:12 a.m.

    You know the word "Vita" is how the letter "B" is pronounced in the Greek alphabet by the Greeks. It makes sense because its the second letter like this console is their second handheld. But i guess they couldn't use the word "Beta" (which is practically the same word) because that would assume the console is unfinished ;)
  • CoryM1134 - June 7, 2011 4:37 a.m.

    Livin' la VITA loca! I'll show myself out...
  • Shuuvuia - June 7, 2011 4:19 a.m.

    Pricing it the same as the 3DS was a good move. The PSP was always the more expensive one on the block, and that hurt sales and support. It was a good system, but I'm looking forward to a handheld that actually thrives and gives Nintendo a run for the money. Get some real competition in here!
  • Spybreak8 - June 7, 2011 4:17 a.m.

    Questions what the price might have been if the 3DS didn't come out before it. If anything it's a good thing. Maybe I'll finally play a LBP game but hmm 3DS has Ocarina, StarFox, Paper Mario, Mario Kart and new 3D Mario so Vita needs more for me to go their way.
  • SparkleDevon - June 7, 2011 3:51 a.m.

    I'm getting it. I just want the NGP exclusive games. Like Little Deviants and stuff. It looks like they've got a pretty good line up so far. and yeah, I know it's the PlayStation Vita, but it sounds awkward so until I'm used to it, I prefer the Next-Generation Portable(which technically is still correct) instead.
  • QWERTYCommander - June 7, 2011 3:47 a.m.

    Holy shit; that's the same price as the 3DS! I might actually buy one when it comes out!
  • Mortified_Cow - June 7, 2011 3:45 a.m.

    PS vita...DUMB, HATE IT. Hmm?? $249.99!!! SOLD!!!
  • Shenlong4517 - June 7, 2011 3:40 a.m.

    I myself was expecting something more to the tune of the original PS3 pricing. 249 for a handheld with near-PS3 capability is practically highway robbery.
  • ultimatepunchrod - June 7, 2011 3:32 a.m.

    thats the price everyone was hoping for so...awesome

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