Sony Unveils Next Generation Portable Gaming System

Sony unveiled it's highly anticipated Playstation Vita(PSVita), formerly NGP last week at the E3 Conference in Los Angeles. To everyones surprise it will be released at the end of the year with a starting price of just $249.99, which puts it in-line with the Nintendo 3DS. Also announced, is that Sony has chosen AT&T to be the data provider for the $299.99 WiFi/3G version.

Overall then PSVita looks similar to the older PSP with a few notable and major differences. Similarities include the shape, joystick and shoulder buttons. Although the shape is similar to it's predecessor, the Playstation Vita is quite a bit larger and lighter. It also includes not one, but two touchscreens, a beautiful 5" organic light emitting diode(OLED) screen , a front and rear camera, six-axis motion sensing and built-in microphone. Ports and add-on slots include USB, memory card, Vita card slot(?), and SIM card slot(3G model).

Of all the features, the front and rear touchscreens look to be the most exciting. According to Sony these touchscreens will allow the user to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" finger motions. This sounds pretty awesome.  Another of the new features that could appeal to hard core portable gamers is the 3G option available.  With this option you could be playing a game at home, pause it and pick up where you left of while riding as a passenger in the car.  This is all assuming that you have purchased the PSVita WiFi/3G version, paid for a data plan with AT&T and are able to pick up a 3G connection where you are.   I own  an iPhone with unlimited data plan through AT&T and can say that I can pick up a 3G connection about 95% of the places I go.

You are probably saying to yourself this all sound great, but what about the games that will be available for this device.  Check out my InfoBarrel on Expexted PSVita Games to be released.

PSVita Front ViewCredit: Sony