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Sony labels NGP as PlayStation Vita

Sony labels NGP as PlayStation Vita

Sony has announced that the handheld previously known as NGP is now the PS Vita.

Sony has announced the name and some launch details for its new handheld platform, previously known as the NGP or Next Gen Portable.

From now on, says Sony, the NGP is to be known as the PlayStation Vita.

'Vita means life, and we're confident that PlayStation Vita will be the first product that truly blurs those lines between PlayStation entertainment and your real life,' explained Sony's Kaz Hirai.

Sony has also provided more details on the upcoming device, promising a new social networking feature, called Near, which will let user compare in-game trophies.

The PlayStation Vita will come in two flavours - a WiFi model and a WiFi and 3G model. AT&T has the exclusive carrier contract for the US.

In-game chat will also be possible via a new feature called Party.

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coolius 7th June 2011, 10:09 Quote
Can it play crisis?
Kamikaze-X 7th June 2011, 10:14 Quote
Cue Playstation ViSta puns.
Paradigm Shifter 7th June 2011, 12:03 Quote
Is it just me that doesn't want a console that "blurs the lines between entertainment and life"? It's like this obsession with Facebook/Myspace/Livejournal/del.ico.us/Twitter integration into everything under the sun - I don't want it! If others want it, fine, but at least give me the option, and let me turn it off!

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I also find their justification for the name as bad as the justification Nintendo had for calling the Wii the Wii. The fact that Hirai could say that with a straight face without cringing makes me think he should be an actor, rather than a Sony exec.
javaman 7th June 2011, 12:17 Quote
i wonder how well this will run along side the ps3/4 Like being able to continue playing between devices. ATM there is very little "synergy" between all Sony products especially with PSN purchases.
SMIFFYDUDE 7th June 2011, 13:36 Quote
I think just calling it PlayStation Life sounds better. Vita just makes me think of health food products.
WarrenJ 7th June 2011, 15:09 Quote
I wonder if the name is an Acronym which was "VISTA" and the S stood for "Security" and they just decided to leave it out.
Tokukachi 7th June 2011, 15:24 Quote
I've still got a PSP kicking around here unused for years, its a pretty decent bit of kit, it's just there were no good games for it...
Paradigm Shifter 7th June 2011, 16:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Neat69
I've still got a PSP kicking around here unused for years, its a pretty decent bit of kit, it's just there were no good games for it...

Depends what you call a "good game" really. There are lots of "good games" out for the PSP, but most of them are RPGs... :)
bagman 7th June 2011, 20:26 Quote
the thing is with the psp most of the games are rehashed versions of the PS3 games
Narishma 8th June 2011, 01:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by SMIFFYDUDE
I think just calling it PlayStation Life sounds better. Vita just makes me think of health food products.

They already have a thing called Playstation Life on the PS3. Dunno what it is, I've never used it.
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