Like “Project Cafe,” the powers that be found it proper to reveal the details behind the “NGP” — now known as the PlayStation Vita — and we’ve got our hands on the official spec sheet to share with you.
Due by the end of 2011, the PlayStation Vita is Sony Computer Entertainments’s next portable handheld gaming system and successor to the PSP. Boasting graphical powers on par with that of the PS3 powerhouse, the PSV “a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.”
The PSV’s 5″ OLED display is multi-touch capable and is complemented with a multi-touch pad on the rear. The PSV also hosts a D-pad, dual analog sticks, front and rear cameras, a GPS, and an three-axis electronic compass. Following suit of the PS3, the PSV will have a six-axis motion sensing system via its gyroscope and accelerometer, and the games will come on a small flash-based memory card.
As mentioned previously, the PSV will have full Trophy support and online connectivity via Wi-Fi and AT&T 3G, allowing gamers to connect the PlayStation Network, of course, and a number of new social apps, such as the “LiveArea” sharing space and the Street Pass-like “near.” “Party” enables voice and text chat across games and applications, and “Activity” hosts live leaderboards.
On the gaming front, the PSV boasted a wide swath of top-tier games from first-party and third-party developers alike. Uncharted: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, and Street Fighter X Tekken were just a few of the big name games that were demoed with the new handheld. Suffice to say, the new system seems to have some big developer support.
Lastly, the PlayStation Vita will be available for a competively priced $249 and $299 for the Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi version, respectively.