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E3: Sony's PlayStation Vita due end of 2011 for $249

8:35 PM on 06.06.2011

Bob Muir

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[Update: Missed the press conference?  Here's our handy wrap-up]

In what will come as no surprise to anyone, Sony has renamed the NGP to PlayStation Vita, or PS Vita for short.

The specs (which we've included after the jump) for the device seem to be the same, and the only thing that has really changed is the name on the shell. And with that name change comes a highly reasonable price tag of $249 for the WiFi model (the price of the 3DS!) and $299 for the model with both WiFi and 3G. Gamers in Europe will unfortunately be paying a hefty 249 and 299 euros, respectively. The superpowered handheld will release during the 2011 holiday season in all regions.

More interesting is the announcement of the Party system. It allows players to voice chat via headset or built-in microphone in party rooms across any game, similar to Xbox Live's party system. They also reaffirmed the Near system, which is also similar to Xbox Live's friend features.

Finally, those of us in America will have to suffer with AT&T's exclusive service for the new handheld. The telecom giant will have a complete monopoly when it comes to 3G connectivity.

There's some great news here -- an amazing pricetag for Americans that is highly competitive with Nintendo's 3DS and a party system that should have been on PS3 years ago. But Europe is getting the shaft, and there was an audible groan in the conference hall when AT&T's name came up. With 80 titles in development, will you be grabbing one of the models despite AT&T's spotty service, or are memories of the pre-Verizon iPhone too bad?

 
Platform Name
PlayStation®Vita
Model number
PCH-1000 series
CPU
ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
GPU
SGX543MP4+
External Dimensions
Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen
(Touch screen)
5 inche(16:9)960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear touch pad
Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras
Front camera, Rear camera
Frame rate : 120fps@320x240(QVGA), 60fps@640x480(VGA)
Resolution : Up to 640x480(VGA)
Sound
Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
Sensors
Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
Location
Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys/Switches
PS button
Power button
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
Right stick, Left stick
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)
Wireless communications
Mobile network connectivity  (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP
Slots/Ports
PlayStation®Vita card slot
Memory card slot
SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In], Serial data communication),
Headset jack (Stereo mini jack) (for Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In])
Accessory port
Power
Built-In Lithium-ion Battery,
AC adaptor
Supported
AV content
format
Music
MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)
Videos
MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Hi/Main/Baseline Profile (AAC)
Photos
JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG
 
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