Sony kicks off E3 by revealing NGP as Playstation Vita

The first order of business for Jack Tretton, SCEA President Monday night at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports arena, was to apologize for the Playstation Network outage.  Jack emphasized that the developers andSony customers were obviously those most affected and then congratulated the press on having an easy story for a month and a half.  While it was necessary, as Jack said to address the elephant in the room, the apology seemed a little disingenuous as once it was out of the way there was no further mention and Sony CEO, Kazuo Hirai did not echo the sentiment when he spoke a short while later.

Kazuo Hirai was there for one reason, and that was to announce and sell the Playstation Vita and Playstation Suite.  Vita described as meaning life is the name of what has been formerly referred to as Sony NGP (next generation portable.)  The Vita will feature dual cameras, dual touchpads, dual analog sticks, six-axis motion sensing and OLED screen.  It will be available this fall in a WiFi and 3G format.  TheSony Vitas will be priced at $249 and $299 respectively.

While the new Playstation Vita adds many new features and much more connectivity, it remains to be seen if it will make much of a dent in Nintendo’s stranglehold on the handheld console market.  If nothing else, it does shed some harsh light on the Nintendo 3Ds pricing. Of course as everyone knows, its games that sell a console and here Sony seems to be on track.  The star demo for the Vita is Uncharted: Golden Abyss.  Golden Abyss is one of Drake’s adventures prior to Uncharted.   Little Big Planet and Mod Nation Racers are of course lined up.  Sony has also promised unprecedented 3rd party support and as Ken Levine announced, even the atmospheric series Bioshock is coming to the Vita.

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