Sony has launched its next generation portable gaming device, the PlayStation Vita. According to the organisation, the device, which comes with a touch-interface and motion sensor, is its biggest product launch since the PlayStation 3 was released about 5 years ago.
PS Vita users will be able to play against gamers using PlayStation 3 consoles over the Internet-based PlayStation Network. This means that users will be able to connect with one another over mobile phone networks, WiFi hotspots and use GPS location-tracking technology. In addition, the device comes with front and back cameras, a touchscreen in front, a touch pad on the back and two wee joysticks. It also comes with an accelerometer, which means that it can respond to being held at different angles and movements through the air. Sony hopes that the PS Vita device, which is available for $249 (£150) for its WiFi-only version, will revolutionise the portable entertainment gaming experience.
Other features of the Vita includes,
- Built-in stereo speakers and microphone
- 6-axis motion sensing system (3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis accelerometer) and 3-axis electronic compass
- Built-in GPS
- WiFi location service support
- 3g, WiFi and Bluetooth wireless communications and;
- ‘Party’ communication service to that will allow voice and text chat during games.
The PlayStation Vita was unveiled by company CEO Kazuo Hirai at a news conference at the 2011 E3 Gaming Convention in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the PlayStation Portable (PSP) will continue to be sold along with new games.