Rumor: Sony's NGP console gets official name - PS Vita

Even though Sony announced and released a number of details about its upcoming next generation portable console device in January of 2011, there's still a lot of mystery surrounding the NGP. Now a web site claims that it has info about the real name of the console. Games Pundit reports via an unnamed source that Sony will officially name the NGP the PS Vita.

The report is backed up somewhat by the above image which Games Pundit claims comes from a proof sheet for E3 2011. Of course, this image could have easily be Photoshoped and even the article states that while it is not making this info up it adds, "to take this with a grain of salt."

According to Wikipedia, "Vita" means "life" in both Latin and Italian. Naming a portable gaming conole the PS "Life" certainly has a lot of of interesting connotations. In any case we should learn whether this report is correct on June 6 when Sony holds its pre-e3 press conference in Los Angeles.

As we mentioned, Sony first announced its plans for the NGP last January. The console is supposed to be released sometime before the end of 2011 and is supposed to have features like 3G and WiFi connections and a multi-touch screen. However another set of rumors have recently popped up that suggest that Sony might make some changes to the NGP's hardware in order to make it cheaper and thus make it more competitive with the recently launched Nintendo 3DS portable console.

Image via Game Pundits

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you know what's going to happen now, right?

We're going to have poll threads on Neowin for the correct punctuation of Vita. Is it "veetuh" or "veyetuh?"

wow what a stupid name...

Should have just gone with PSP2, with so many companies making minor revisions to their hardware and adding a word it kind of makes it sound like this is just a PSP thats had a redesigned battery a chip.

They sure kept most of the original design intact (besides making it more rounder and adding the extra analog stick like with the go). Wish they'd improve more on the comfort in design when holding this baby. Looking forward to the system specs though.

"According to Wikipedia" -> wtf? That is basic knowledge, no need to "doubt it" or so... Just say what it means, no source needed for such things... It's not like it's just released info.

@Topic: Oh God, please no! X_x

GS:mac

Vista actually sounded ok when it was announced. I'm just glad we called it Vista and not WinVI or whatever it was that a few bloggers wanted to call it.

But what's up with the stupid names of gadgets:

Wii, iPad, Windows PHONE ... 7, and now VITA!

eilegz said,
its so hard to name it psp 2, sure its unoriginal but its a better name

I don't think it's so much unoriginal as it is sticking to naming conventions.
If they can have a PS2 and a PS3 (and apparently a Ps4 in dev) it seems logical their portable device would do a similar thing.

Vita sounds stupid but if the hardware and the games are awesome it can be called Big Pile of **** in Your Hands for all I care. After all, a rose by any other name. . .

Vita sounds alright to me. Then again, I was a complete Nintendo fanboy when they announced the Wii name and I pretty much heralded the end of Nintendo with a name like the Wii, but hey, 70m+ units later, I have been firmly put in my place. I can see how the name will work well (although I can't help but think of Ryvita (a nutritious snack in the UK) everytime I hear the name ).

Greek alphabet is pretty much none??? loooooooool
Even the word Alphabet is Greek from Alpha and Vita(!)

You have any idea how many languages of the world are based on it and how many words from your everyday language are Greek??

nMIK-3 said,
Greek alphabet is pretty much none??? loooooooool
Even the word Alphabet is Greek from Alpha and Vita(!)

You have any idea how many languages of the world are based on it and how many words from your everyday language are Greek??

His point was that no-one cares to be that 'deep' about a gaming handhelds name.

Vita may have 'intellectual' meaning but do guys playing japanese games with androgynous characters really care to hear it?.

Vita is the second letter in Greek Alphabet. (like English) A=Alpha, B=Vita, also synonymous with "second" or 2.

So PSP Vita in Greek, pretty much means PSP 2, so yes the name makes perfect sense

nMIK-3 said,
Vita is the second letter in Greek Alphabet. (like English) A=Alpha, B=Vita, also synonymous with "second" or 2.

So PSP Vita in Greek, pretty much means PSP 2, so yes the name makes perfect sense

Nvm, apperently vita is the greek pronounciation of beta...I only took latin

nMIK-3 said,
Vita is the second letter in Greek Alphabet. (like English) A=Alpha, B=Vita, also synonymous with "second" or 2.

So PSP Vita in Greek, pretty much means PSP 2, so yes the name makes perfect sense



Good one!

GS:mac

might be coincidence but psp.com, which redirects to sony, and psvita.com are both registered by the same company with psvita.com only being registered last month :-/

More likely fake, sony would rather go with basic names that are coded, like PSP = Playstation Portable or PS3 = Playstation 3.

Maybe POS?

Wow, that's a horrible name. Maybe on it's own ("Vita" instead of "PS Vita"), but combined it just sounds odd. Playstation Vita? Yeah, not a very good ring to it.

Ayepecks said,
Wow, that's a horrible name. Maybe on it's own ("Vita" instead of "PS Vita"), but combined it just sounds odd. Playstation Vita? Yeah, not a very good ring to it.
I can see it getting shortened to just "Vita" in regular speech. It's not that bad - PSP2 would be an awkward name even though it's logical, and at least you can shorten PS Vita down unlike PSP2.

This sounds worse than when they first announced Wii, but the Wii sounds alright now. Somehow I can't see people adjusting to that.

Chasethebase said,
This sounds worse than when they first announced Wii, but the Wii sounds alright now. Somehow I can't see people adjusting to that.

There's 2 differences: 1. This is only a rumor, the Wii naming wasn't. 2. I disagree, anything sounds better than the Wii.

But personally, I'm just gonaa say this: names don't matter.

6205 said,
Hopefully will be more successfull than Vista...

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the biggest problem with Vista is the damn "S"...

Aghares said,

Yeah, I'm pretty sure that the biggest problem with Vista is the damn "S"...

I always thought the S was a great addition like in "Slim"