Sony Unveils PlayStation Vita

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Sony has officially announced the release of its PSP successor, the PlayStation Vita, formerly known as the NGP.

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The new handheld will be released at the end of 2011, priced at a distinctly reasonable (for Americans at least) $249/€249/¥24980 for the standard wifi model and $299/€299/¥29980 for the 3G/wifi model, which requires the usual exploitative data plan.

The launch titles:

PS Vita’s launch lineup is a force to be reckoned with, featuring exciting and attractive new titles from SCE Worldwide Studios, including UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, and Ruin (working title), which utilize PS Vita’s groundbreaking technology to make unprecedented immersive, interactive and social game play available on-the-go.

In addition, titles such as Little Deviants, Hot Shots Golf, Reality Fighter, Hustle Kings, ModNation Racers, Wipeout, Super Stardust Delta and a broad range of third-party game developers and publishers make use of PS Vita’s unique feature set.

The wildly optimistic trailers and preview footage:

Sony further promises new ways of having personal information stolen whilst being stalked in public, by way of its “LiveArea” system:

Further enhancing your entertainment experience are new PS Vita features, such as “LiveArea,” an interactive space for each PS Vita software title that allows you to access the latest game information through PlayStation Network; “near,” a pre-installed application that lets you see what other PS Vita users in the vicinity are playing; “Party,” which lets you voice chat or text chat while playing games or using the Internet browser; and “Welcome Park,” a tutorial application designed specifically to guide you through PS Vita’s new user interface.

The future of the 3DS suddenly looks distinctly troubled…


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