E3 2011: PS Vita officially announced: $249 WiFi/$299 WiFi+3G

Sony's pre-E3 press conference is over and the highlight of the evening was the official naming of its NGP (Next Generation Portable) console. The rumors are true: It will be called the PS Vita. Due out sometime this holiday season, the PS Vita will retail for $249.99 for the WiFi only version and $299.99 for the WiFi plus 3G version. The 3G service will be provided by AT&T and when this was announced there were a ton of groans from the assembled audience. Pricing for the 3G service has yet to be announced.

PS Vita already has 80 games in various stages of development from nearly every major publisher. Sony will release a number of PS Vita games on their own including Ruin (working title). It's a Diablo-like fantasy action-RPG that will also have a PS3 version. People who play the PS Vita version can save their game to a cloud server and then play the game where they left off with the PS3 version.

Little Big Planet will also get a PS Vita port and will allow players to use the console's touch screen to help make new levels and content. All of the content made for the PS3 version of Little Big Planet can be played on the PS Vita version. The same can be said of ModNation Racers for the PS Vita; all of the PS3 content for that game can work on the PS Vita portable version. It will also have its own PS Vita version of the game's mod tools.

Capcom will release a version of its upcoming fighting game Street Fighter X Tekken to the PS Vita and it will include Cole from the PS3 inFAMOUS series as an extra character.

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I think that will work out to $649.00 and $699.00 in Australia becuase for some reason we need to pay for them to be shipped from Japan to the USA and then back to Aus plus some kind of arbitrary markup plus store profit plus a screw you of 22.8%.

Can't wait, it'll be awwweeesome... thanks Sony.

If someone who already has my credit card details from PSN can please buy my one and ship it over that'd be great... get one for yourself while you're at it ;-)

Spadman said,
I think that will work out to $649.00 and $699.00 in Australia becuase for some reason we need to pay for them to be shipped from Japan to the USA and then back to Aus plus some kind of arbitrary markup plus store profit plus a screw you of 22.8%.

Can't wait, it'll be awwweeesome... thanks Sony.

If someone who already has my credit card details from PSN can please buy my one and ship it over that'd be great... get one for yourself while you're at it ;-)

lol

All of you forget the Sony ongoing hacking fiasco ? Every time you buy from Sony, you give your personal data to 6 billion people on earth.

KavazovAngel said,
Hahahahhahaahahaha! $350 for Europeans... **** you, Sony!

EDIT: ahh nvm you prolly took into account exchange rates..

"People who play the PS Vita version can save their game to a cloud server and then play the game where they left off with the PS3 version."

So, that means, you have to have PSP *VITA* version and additional PS3 version of the same game to play back and forth? Ha!

MaSx said,
"People who play the PS Vita version can save their game to a cloud server and then play the game where they left off with the PS3 version."

I wouldnt dare put anything on something that has "Sony", "online" and "cloud" related to it...

MaSx said,
"People who play the PS Vita version can save their game to a cloud server and then play the game where they left off with the PS3 version."

So, that means, you have to have PSP *VITA* version and additional PS3 version of the same game to play back and forth? Ha!

They might do something like what they did with portal 2, buy it on one and get a code for a free download on the other (possibly linked to a specific PSN account)

vip said,
My question is, will there be a fee for the 3G version

I think the answer is a pretty obvious YES.

I'd pass on it too because aside from maybe downloading games on the run, 3g connectivity really sucks on the move so good luck doing any sort of gaming with it.

lmao @ the tons of groans.

if you're one of the head honcho's at ATT, and this is the reception your network gets, you'd think they would want to do something to increase customer satisfaction.
like possibly rethink they're cell layout.
"theoretically we should have coverage here...."
dropped calls. so much for theory.

Moker said,
lmao @ the tons of groans.

The article writer problably ment that as a joke. I dont think there were groans (irrelevent if AT&T deserves it or not)

seasonic said,

The article writer problably ment that as a joke. I dont think there were groans (irrelevent if AT&T deserves it or not)

When apple announced the iPhone would be on Cingular (now at&t) there was groans too....

****ING BADASS! HELL YESS!! I got such a raging boner right now for this, you just wouldn't believe..!!

Seriously, compared to the 3DS, this is fantastic. Maybe they can do a good job kicking Nintendo's ass. Personally, I think Nintendo could use it too, considering their seeming lack of innovation with their handhelds lately...

Hopefully Sony doesn't screw up this golden opportunity.

i would prefer the psp 2 name but well vita or whatever name it is the price just hit nintendo 3ds i wodner what will nintendo its going to do

IceBreakerG said,

Vita is the correct way to say the word "Beta" in greek. The numerical value of Beta is 2. So yes, it does mean something. It means the number 2. So PSP Vita is actually a confusing way to say PSP 2 lol.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_(letter)

Hope they're gonna enjoy explaining that to 99% of their userbase that is retarded.

Xerino said,
wanna see some device / gameplay vids, and the price is much better than $499 / $599

you mean like them *actually* playing it during the conference? go watch the Uncharted portion.

Lachlan said,

not really since cellphone components are so much cheaper these days..

Yeah, but a high end smartphone is still going to cost like $600 without a contract.

Lachlan said,

not really since cellphone components are so much cheaper these days..


Considering that a phone with similar features would cost as much as a laptop, I disagree.

Caleo said,
Would've liked to see a little more than just pricing/estimated date -- ie, specs.

Don't we already know those?
Gyroscope
4" AMOLED touchscreen
Rear touchpad
Two cameras (front and back)
Quad-core processor and GPU

Caleo said,
Would've liked to see a little more than just pricing/estimated date -- ie, specs.


nothing on Date but the specs are on the site http://us.playstation.com/psvita/tech-specs/

CPUARM® Cortex™- A9 core (4 core)
GPUSGX543MP4+
External Dimensions Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth)
(tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen (Touch Screen)5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear Touch PadMulti touch pad (capacitive type)
CamerasFront camera, Rear camera
SoundBuilt-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
SensorsSix-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope,
three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
LocationBuilt-in GPS
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / SwitchesPS 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 CommunicationsMobile network connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi)(Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

Sacha said,

Don't we already know those?
4" AMOLED touchscreen

Oops, I meant 5" of course Thinking about my phone.