For those of you who don’t know what the PSVita is, it is Sony’s new entry in the portable gaming world, the PlayStation Portable’s successor, it was announced in this year’s E3, with a lot of speculations and rumors flying around before then, it was for a pretty long while codenamed the Next Generation Portable, or NGP for short, but Sony had shed the light on the newer, nicer name in E3 2011, with it’s pricing of $250 for the WiFi only version, and $300 for the 3G +WiFi version, but for those of you who, like me, don’t use 3G that often, $250 is an impressive price for a new handheld console, let alone a new Sony entry (Need I remind you of the $600 price tag that was associated with the PlayStation 3’s launch? That was nothing short of brutal).
As you can see from the picture above, the XMB is out, and the new (bubble?) design is in, which is designed to be more touch friendly, since the PSVita sports a 5 inch OLED multitouch capacitive touchscreen, so you can basically draw noodles on that thing and it won’t mind… But you probably should not do so. An intriguing new aspect for handheld consoles altogether, is the Vita’s rear touch panel, while it may prove as an inconvenience at some points, for those with bigger hands, it is pretty innovative. This beast of a handheld has a 4 core ARM-Cortex A9 CPU, 512 MBs of ram, and 128 MBs of VRAM, and all of that for only $250 (in other words, Nintendo can go cry in a corner… Yes, even after the price drop).
Sony announced in the Tokyo Game Show 2011 that in the release window of the Vita, 100 games will launch, 26 of which will be launched with the launch of the Vita, while there was no mention whether the new Uncharted or Little Big Planet will be part of those 26 launch games or not, I’m guessing since it launches in Japan on the 17th of December, by the time it launches in Europe and the US, a good portion of the rest of those 100 bad boys will have been released by then.
Another cool thing is that the Vita is backwards compatible with PSP roms, and if you happen to have PSP UMDs, keep those, Sony is working on a way to get the digital version of the UMDs for you guys!
I’ll leave you all now with the trailer from E3 2011 to feast your eyes on.