It’s not exactly the world’s best kept secret, but Sony’s next handheld was officially named the PlayStation Vita this afternoon at the company’s E3 2011 press conference. The system has been highly-anticipated since Sony divulged some of its details with us a few months ago.
“We’re confident that the PlayStation Vita will be the first device that truly blurs those lines between entertainment and real life,” Sony executive Kaz Hirai said on stage.
- Two Analog Sticks
- Front and Rear Cameras
- 960 x 544 Resolution (4x the PSP)
- 5 inch OLED screen
- Screen is touch capable.
- Front and back touch pads for additional control.
- 3G and Wi-Fi Capable
- Flash Card Media
- Motion Sensors
- “The most advanced CPU in its class.”
- New UI: LiveArea. A place to see what friends are doing, communicate, find games, check out earned trophies and launch media.
That’s right, this system packs a gorgeous OLED display. Battery saving, high contrast-ratio wielding and glorious refresh rate rocking, the Vita will have one of the best displays available. The resolution comes in at 960 x 544, 5x that of the PSP. And, go figure, it’s touch-based.
The Vita will mesh of motion and touch based control. The front is a touch screen, the rear is an equally sized touch pad and the unit has a gyroscope. This makes for all sorts of interesting ways to play. Users have every possible option in front of them, so hopefully developers will take the device and make games capable of both analog only and touch only controls.
With 3G and Wi-Fi only models, the PlayStation Vita will partner with AT&T to subsidize the system. The Wi-Fi only model will cost $249. 3G functionality will cost you an extra $50. The system will be on store shelves in the United States by the end of this year.
What do you, fellow gamers, think? What do you think of the PlayStation Vita’s name? Will you be an early adopter of this system? Sound off in the comments below!