Sony Next Generation Portable → PlayStation Vita

The Sony PlayStation Vita. PSVita. What a terrible name. PSP2 would have been much better. There will be two versions: WiFi and 3G. Here are the prices:

  • WiFi: ¥24,980, US$249, €249
  • 3G: ¥29,980, US$299, €299

These are some very aggressive prices for such high-end hardware that packs a quad-core CPU. The display is a 5-inch 16:9 multitouch OLED with a pixel format of 960×544. The backpanel of the PSVita is also multitouch, which I think is a little weird. The rear camera can capture 640×480 at 60fps.

In the US, AT&T will be the exclusive 3G wireless network provider for the 3G PSVita. I’m not sure if this is a good choice since a lot of network issues continue to surround the GSM iPhone 4 in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in New York City, two areas where there will potentially be a lot of demand for the PSVita. The PSVita is expected to ship worldwide toward the end of 2011.

In light of what Apple just announced for its GameCenter connectivity will be essential for gaming that will involve people from all around the world playing with/against you. If the 3G PSVita can be hacked to use the 3G connection as a tablet of sorts this $250 portable gaming machine from Sony might be the very best deal for a modern 3G-connected gadget.

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