PlayStation Vita launching globally by end of 2011, starting at $249.99

Sony has officially revealed that, yes, its Next Generation Portable will be named PlayStation Vita.

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Sony's own worst-kept secret before E3 has finally been confirmed. SCE boss Kazuo Hirai has announced that the Sony Next Generation Portable--the PSP successor--will be named the PlayStation Vita. The name of the system had previously leaked.

PS Vita will launch globally by the end of 2011 and be priced at $249.99 for the Wi-Fi-only handheld, while the 3G-enabled system will be priced at $299.99.

Sony also revealed that it will partner with AT&T as the exclusive mobile service provider in America for 3G service on the PS Vita. The announcement drew laughs from the crowd after AT&T was called the "fastest" network in America by Hirai.

Hirai also reiterated a number of announcements that had previously been made.

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    June 6, 2011 6:34 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, NPG officially named PlayStation Vita.

    Sony has officially revealed that, yes, its Next Generation Portable will be named PlayStation Vita.

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      June 6, 2011 6:39 PM

      I do not like the name. But will probably buy it XD

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      June 6, 2011 6:40 PM

      UPDTAED WITH PRICE! Starts at $249.99!

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        June 6, 2011 6:42 PM

        That's right, UPDTAED. That's a word now.

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          June 6, 2011 6:44 PM

          Haha! I hadn't even noticed!

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            June 8, 2011 7:29 AM

            Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe.

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          June 6, 2011 6:48 PM

          I LIEK IT

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          June 6, 2011 6:51 PM

          At least you're doing your fucking job.

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        June 6, 2011 6:44 PM

        Oooooooh. Me likey! I was fearing the price.

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        June 6, 2011 6:45 PM

        Any word on monthly 3G fees?

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        June 6, 2011 6:47 PM

        Wow really? They got it in that low?

        Maybe they did learn something from $599.99.

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      June 6, 2011 6:46 PM

      Wonder how much games will sell for

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      June 6, 2011 7:03 PM

      Sony gets an A. $249 is a great price. They will sell tons.

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        June 6, 2011 7:05 PM

        They're making the Nintendo 3DS look like a complete ripoff at this price point.

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          June 7, 2011 7:47 AM

          People who waited on the 3DS will get a 50$ price drop by holiday.

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        June 6, 2011 7:05 PM

        However,with that price my guess is that rumor about them cutting the memory in half is probably true.

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          June 7, 2011 6:56 AM

          ya, i agree. its a shame too since i would have paid a little more for the additional memory...

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        June 6, 2011 7:36 PM

        Yeah, not kidding. That certainly rivals the iPod Touch in price, if not pocket space.

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      June 6, 2011 7:05 PM

      That's awesome exactly what people wanted.

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      June 6, 2011 7:05 PM

      Five Hundred Ninety-Nine Dollars

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      June 6, 2011 7:06 PM

      Price is right. I was expecting over $300.

      My problem with my PSP really boiled down to content. There wasn't anything that really appealed to me all that much. I hope content is better this time around.

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      June 6, 2011 7:06 PM

      Vita, Fhita?

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      June 6, 2011 7:22 PM

      I Love how AT&T gets laughed at in press conferences by various carriers

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      June 6, 2011 7:33 PM

      I was going to pick one up anyway...but now I'll be getting the 3G one...I mean for that price; why not?

      This surprised the hell out of me...thats a really great price. I think if you're Nintendo; you have to be looking at a price drop on the 3DS between now and the Vita launch (whenever that is).

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      June 6, 2011 7:37 PM

      What does Vita mean? Did they say? They all have some fancy artistic reasoning behind their stupid names, those Japanese.

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        June 6, 2011 7:39 PM

        think Latin

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        June 6, 2011 7:39 PM

        They said it means life...

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        June 6, 2011 7:46 PM

        I was kind of liking NGP, it sounded strong and big.

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        June 6, 2011 8:20 PM

        never heard of a CV?

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        June 8, 2011 7:35 AM

        They are a Japanese company, with their development headquarters in Japan. Therefore, it stands to reason that their chose of the name 'Vita' was because it sounds good in Japanese. And that they tough that it might be a good idea in English because it sounds similar to Vitality.

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      June 6, 2011 7:47 PM

      For sale: One like-new 3DS

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      June 6, 2011 7:47 PM

      I hope someone finds out if you can hook it up to a TV or play Vita games on the PS3 :(

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      June 6, 2011 7:54 PM

      Can't believe anyone cares about the name. It's just a name, at the end of the day you are buying it for the product, not the name. At least it's not called the PlayStation Shitbag or something, it is a one syllable, and easy to remember.

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      June 6, 2011 7:56 PM

      get a shitty handheld or a shitty console.... hmm, id rather use that money towards a PC

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        June 6, 2011 7:58 PM

        Nice, a great reply to the thread. You get a star! ★

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          June 6, 2011 8:07 PM

          im just trolling. i just dont understand how people think 250$ is a deal or some shit. you can get a ps3 for that price!

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            June 6, 2011 8:17 PM

            It has some technology in it that even Apple is charging $500 for. Honestly I was expecting $350 or $400. I think it could have easily cost that much, Sony is definitely undercutting a bit, not afraid of losing profits for the sake of getting sales.

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              June 6, 2011 8:28 PM

              ima have to look up dem tech specs

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                June 6, 2011 8:52 PM

                Here you go:

                CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)
                GPU: SGX543MP4+

                That's what is at the core of an iPad 2. I wonder if we'll be seeing quick turnaround in the App Store.

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                  June 6, 2011 9:02 PM

                  Just because it's got the same/similar architecture doesn't mean we will get ports or that it is even that easy to port. Just like how the Mac doesn't get Windows ports that easily. Different programming languages, different APIs, etc etc.

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                    June 6, 2011 10:45 PM

                    True. Architecture though is usually a major hurdle.. and now, its not.

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                  June 7, 2011 2:47 PM

                  Actually, that's faster than the iPad 2. The iPad 2 only has a dual core A5 and a SGX543MP2.

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            June 6, 2011 9:14 PM

            i bet your phone retails for $499

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            June 6, 2011 9:21 PM

            do you ever leave your house? portable gaming is a thing people do when they're mobile and have some time to spare

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            June 7, 2011 5:34 PM

            first rule of trolling is: never say "im just trolling"

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          June 8, 2011 7:38 AM

          Whoah, there is something different about your post's font. The spacing of the letters seems wider. It's nicer on the eye and easier to read.

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        June 6, 2011 8:14 PM

        Can't I get all three...well two because I already have all the current consoles (damn I wish I had room for some old consoles...I really want to get a NeoGeo off ebay...but I just don't have room for one and a proper setup for it...I'd also like a Super Famicom...those are sexy).

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      June 6, 2011 7:58 PM

      This is good for the 3DS. People need something to compare and contrast to so they can finally decide. People compared and contrasted the DS and PSP and overwhelmingly chose the DS. We'll see how this one goes.

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        June 6, 2011 8:00 PM

        I like how this will heat up the competition a bit. They each offer unique experiences, but it will be great to see the price wars starting and game developers having to make more choices in terms of what to develop for.

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        June 6, 2011 9:38 PM

        The DS was purely about the games, building on the monopoly Nintendo had with the Gameboy series.

        The hardware doesn't really matter that much. I am really leaning towards Sony this time. But if Nintendo secures a bunch of great exclusive games I'd be obligated to go with a 3DS. I don't give two shits about the 3D though.

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          June 6, 2011 9:46 PM

          i want to play games and 3DS has basically jack shit. i guess we'll see tomorrow but i'm not buying a 3DS to play the shit that is out now

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      June 6, 2011 8:00 PM

      Im still pissed at sony right now, but I gotta say, this thing looks awesome. All of that for the same price as the 3DS. Now they just need some good launch titles. Please dont fuck it up!

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      June 6, 2011 8:08 PM

      now we need a game library this time

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        June 6, 2011 8:10 PM

        games better not be $49.99

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          June 6, 2011 8:56 PM

          3DS games are $39.99. My guess is that the Vita games will be the same.

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            June 6, 2011 9:05 PM

            i think that's pretty expensive, handheld games should be around $20

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            June 6, 2011 9:15 PM

            I'd pay $40 for the AAA titles. But the average game should be $30

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      June 6, 2011 8:09 PM

      Sony must be taking a hit if that price is right. Are the specs still the same?

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        June 6, 2011 8:18 PM

        Yes, same specs. I bet they're losing $40-50 per handheld.

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          June 7, 2011 7:22 AM

          They'll make it back from early adopters in game/accessory sales, most likely. If they tie most of the compelling online stuff to a Plus sub, they'll drag folks into that as well.

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      June 6, 2011 8:18 PM

      Sony wins this round, Nintendo. $250 is impressive!

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        June 6, 2011 8:22 PM

        i am so stoked about this..it shows Sony has learned something from the previous round of handhelds. I hope this takes Nintendo down a few pegs..

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      June 6, 2011 8:29 PM

      looks nice, but Vita is a terrible name

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        June 6, 2011 8:51 PM

        Almost as bad as when Nintendo announced that their console would be called the Wii instead of Revolution.

        • Zek
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          June 7, 2011 7:20 AM

          Revolution would have been the worst name.

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        June 6, 2011 9:33 PM

        Do you really care what it is called?

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      June 6, 2011 8:30 PM

      Fantastic! Day one purchase.

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      June 6, 2011 8:53 PM

      I was guessing it would launch at $400, if the games are there I will be to.

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        June 7, 2011 7:19 AM

        I believe they mentioned Wipeout and Uncharted were launch titles. That Ruin game that looks suspiciously like Torchlight might be too.

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      June 6, 2011 9:00 PM

      do want!

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      June 6, 2011 9:11 PM

      3G? pass.

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        June 6, 2011 9:19 PM

        yeah i dont see myself paying 30/month and a contract for this

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          June 6, 2011 9:34 PM

          was it said it required a contract?

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            June 6, 2011 9:44 PM

            im watching it now but dont cell providers usually require a contract?

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            June 6, 2011 9:44 PM

            Yeah. I'm assuming it's probably similar to the 3G on a Kindle or similar device, where you get the service just included as part of the price.

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              June 6, 2011 9:48 PM

              you think so? why was it branded AT&T? it's not like you get an ipad and get free data service with it. kindle isnt branded with any 3rd party cell carrier, it's just called Amazon Whispernet (TM)

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                June 6, 2011 9:51 PM

                I just can't see them charging for the device and then charging for the data plan. But, then again, it is Sony.

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                  June 6, 2011 9:54 PM

                  i fully expect it until i hear otherwise. also curious if the 3g model will even come out in canada and the details on that carrier as well.

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                  June 7, 2011 7:22 AM

                  It's at&t that offers it and yes, they are going to charge for it. Do you really think they would do this for free for Sony?

                  Unless you get it free with a Playstation + subscription, I don't see how it could be free.

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                    June 7, 2011 7:31 AM

                    If it's free AT&T will get a cut off the top, it's part of contracts and deal makings to get people to buy a product, this is what I'd expect, especially after the PSN outage debacle, they'd need to do something to get back in peoples good graces. It will be interesting to see how this will work.

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                      June 8, 2011 12:08 PM

                      How about a wi-fi only option and screw AT&T or whoever?

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                  June 7, 2011 7:24 AM

                  Never underestimate the greed of wireless carriers, or Sony. Best I think we can hope for is a non-contract monthly plan - but that'll be expensive enough to drive a lot of folks away.

                  Something like an iPhone/iPad you can justify fairly easily. A dedicated gaming machine, not so much.

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              June 7, 2011 6:59 AM

              I would say the Vita compares more to the ipad than the Kindle....and in that case a monthly fee was required.

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              June 7, 2011 8:42 AM

              No way, they will charge for the Playstation data. The download size of a kindle book is nothing compared to downloading big game content, no way they can offer that for a one time price of $50

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      June 6, 2011 9:21 PM

      Vita is giving me a gaming boner.

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      June 7, 2011 7:18 AM

      The hardware looks awesome. The price is good. The name...not so much.

      Guessing it'll end up called either the "PSV" or "NGP" by most folks. PSVita just sounds like a goofy Taco Bell promotion.

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        June 7, 2011 7:22 AM

        Remember when Nintendo called the Wii the Wii? People thought they were nuts.

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          June 7, 2011 7:30 AM

          I still think that's a silly name too - but at least it's short and memorable if for nothing else than the LOL factor. It was also the only thing of its kind at the time, which gave it a bit of an advantage, mindshare-wise.

        • Ebu
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          June 7, 2011 8:31 AM

          I still do. I still hate that name.

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      June 7, 2011 7:35 AM

      I wonder how much Sony is taking losses with each PSP Vita because with that price they are not making any profit!

      That price will directly hit competion quite well with 3DS, but Nintendo is already making loads of profit per each sold console so I think by the time Vita really hits the scene, Nintendo will take a small price cut to continue selling like hotcakes.

      And after tonight's E3 press conference with new 3DS games like the Mario 3DS properly unveiled, the consoles will start selling again.

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        June 7, 2011 1:41 PM

        The 3DS isn't selling though. It's been a bit of a disappointment.

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          June 7, 2011 11:25 PM

          Well right now there isn't much of a reason to buy a 3DS. The launch was horrible and the price is too high for most of the people who bought a DS.

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      June 7, 2011 9:01 AM

      Playstation Vista anyone?

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        June 7, 2011 2:50 PM

        "Hey Boss... I think the MS guys might sue us if we call it Vista..."

        "Oh ok... Drop the T or something..."

        "But... but..."

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      June 7, 2011 2:54 PM

      Still doesn't have a Built in Screen Protector... (like *EVERY* version of the DS...)

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        June 8, 2011 1:04 PM

        I'm kinda glad about that. This way it doesn't look any stupider and weighs less....

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      June 8, 2011 7:41 AM

      Remember, if you are going to get one of these; get the first production run. If you remember the original PSP1001, and the things you could eventually do with the 1.5 firmware... that no other PSP could do easily for a long time.

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      June 8, 2011 12:09 PM

      This is one excellent PS4, can't wait to see it succeed. Playstation 4!