While Nintendo have been churning out a new DS model pretty much every other month, Sony has been quiet on the handheld front. However, that has come to an end with the announcement of the PS Vita.
The 3G and Wi-Fi enabled PS Vita will introduce connectivity unlike any seen on previous Sony handheld models. Party play and connecting with friends will be easier than ever before, or so Sony claims, and a number of facilities will enable users to interact with their friends vie the network set up around the PS Vita.
Playing games on the PS Vita will be a different experience, thanks to some new control ideas that have been added. The unit has the standard D-pad and four face buttons, as well as two shoulder buttons – much like a PSP. It also has two analogue sticks. But the real difference will come from the 5-inch multitouch LCD screen and the rather unique rear mounted touch pad. By combining these two control devices, Sony are hoping to create what they describe as a “three dimensional motion” through using both control systems at the same time.
A whole bunch of games have been announced for the Vita already, including first party franchise entrants like WipeOut, Uncharted and ModNation racers.
The PS Vita promises to be highly original, if nothing else, and a refreshing change in the Sony handheld stable. Chances are that the 3G unit will land locally at the R3000 mark, although no prices have been confirmed just yet. Still, this may be one that you want to start saving up for…
PS Vita Price:PlayStation Vita will be available for $249 for the standard Wi-Fi model and $299 for the 3G model.
Expected release date of PS Vita is 2nd of November 2011.