INSECURE GAMES HOUSE Sony took the lid off its Playstation Vita handheld console at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) last night.
Sony's ability to hang on to its own roadmaps seems to be on a par with its ability to stop hackers from breaking into its networked media services. Every dark corner of the internet knew that Sony would introduce a new handheld gaming device at E3 and change the name from the Next Generation Portable to the Playstation Vita, which means 'life' in Latin. But Sony followed up with details about specifications and features and announced some of its flagship 3D game titles that will be coming out soon.
Sony VP of marketing Scott Steinberg blogged the full details of the Playstation Vita, which will have a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 CPU, the SGX543MP4+ GPU chip, a 5in OLED capacitive multi-touch screen with a 16:9 aspect ratio and 960x544 display resolution. Sony is refitting the two analogue sticks so they're easier to use than those on the Playstation Portable and the Playstation Vita will get six-axis motion sensing, two built cameras and a built in GPS.
As you probably already know, the Playstation Vita has near Playstation 3 graphics capabilities and Sony is hawking it as a social gaming device. That means it has a lot of connectivity through 3G, all wireless standards and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.
The 3G Playstation Vita will be marketed exclusively on AT&T in the US for $299 (£181) and the wireless version will cost $249 (£151). No UK pricing or availability date has been set yet.
It will feature a line of game titles including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Little Big Planet and Ruin. These games are designed to use the new back facing multi-touch screen of the Playstation Vita.
Sony has gone for 3D games in a big way. CEO and president Jack Tretton said the company will release a Playstation branded 24in display that will come with Sony's own 3D glasses and an HDMI cable, and will be bundled with Resistance 3.
The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant also made some effort to make it sound like its Move controllers are in the same league as Microsoft's record breaking Kinect technology. Sony announced that games including Bioshock Infinite Battlefield 3, Dust, Need for Speed: The Run, Saint's Row: The Third, and SSX: Deadly Descents will all support Move. µ