Monday, June 06, 2011

Sony Plugs Into "PlayStation Vita"

Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) reports that the "PlayStation Vita", Is the official platform name for their next generation portable entertainment system. The Wi-Fi model will retail for $249 in the US, available by the end of 2011.

'Vita', which means 'life' in Latin, was chosen as the most appropriate name " it enables a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, aiming to transform every aspect of a user's daily life into an entertainment experience..."

PS Vita incorporates a 5-inch multi-touch organic light emitting diode (OLED) as the front display and a unique multi-touch pad on the rear. Together with the front touch screen and the rear touch pad, PS Vita offers new game play experiences never before seen on any device, allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" finger motions. Also PS Vita features two analog sticks which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience, such as shooters, action games, and fighting games.

"...With both 'Wi-Fi' and '3G' network connectivity, together with various applications, 'PS Vita' will enable infinite possibilities for users to 'encounter', 'connect', 'discover', 'share' and 'play' with friends wherever they are..."

Applications include pre-installed 'near', which will let users discover what games PS Vita users in the vicinity are or were recently playing, as well as let users share their game information, while enabling location-based gaming features such as 'gifting', in which a user can access virtual game-related items that other users are sharing.

The application 'Party' will also be pre-installed, enabling users to enjoy voice chat or text chat during online gaming and when users are playing different games or using different applications.

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