Sony Computer Entertainment Announces "PlayStation®Vita" as the Official Name for Next Generation Portable Entertainment System Wi-Fi Model: 24,980 Yen (including tax), $249 and euro 249

3G/Wi-Fi Model: 29,980 Yen (including tax), $299 and euro 299

Realizes Unparalleled Interactive Network Entertainment

TOKYO, June 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) today announced PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) (PCH-1000 series) as the official platform name for the next generation portable entertainment system (codename: NGP).  Wi-Fi model will be available for 24,980 yen (including tax) in Japan, $249 in US and euro 249 in Europe, 3G/Wi-Fi model will be available for 29,980 yen (including tax) in Japan, $299 in US and euro 299 in Europe and successively launch in global market starting the end of 2011.

"Vita," which means "Life" in Latin, was chosen as the most appropriate name for the next generation portable entertainment system as it enables a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.  SCE is aiming to transform every aspect of user's daily life into an entertainment experience.  

PS Vita incorporates a beautiful 5-inch multi-touch organic light emitting diode (OLED) as the front display and a unique multi-touch pad on the rear.  Together with the front touch screen and the rear touch pad, PS Vita offers new game play experiences never before seen on any device, allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" finger motions.  Also PS Vita features two analog sticks which enable a wider range of game genres to be brought into the portable experience, such as shooters, action games, and fighting games.  Exciting and attractive new titles*1 are scheduled to be released from SCE Worldwide Studios, including "GRAVITY DAZE," "Uncharted Golden Abyss," "Little Deviants," "Hot Shots Golf," "Reality Fighter," "Hustle Kings," "ModNation Racers," "Wipeout 2048" and "Super Stardust Delta," as well as from a broad range of third party game developers and publishers, which will deliver value only possible on PS Vita.

Also, by having both Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity, together with various applications, PS Vita will enable infinite possibilities for users to "encounter," "connect," "discover," "share" and "play" with friends wherever they are.  On January 27, 2011, SCE announced the first PS Vita application, "near," which will come pre-installed.  It will let users discover what games PS Vita users in the vicinity are or were recently playing, as well as let users share their game information. "near" also enables location-based gaming features such as "gifting," in which a user can access virtual game-related items that other users are sharing, through checking in at geographic locations that others have also visited. The virtual items can include content unlocked from games, such as character costumes, weapons, and treasures. Sharing these items between users adds a unique dimension to the portable gaming experience on PS Vita while enhancing the social connectivity among the PS Vita community.

Additionally, PS Vita will come pre-installed with a newly developed application called "Party."  "Party" is an innovative application for a portable entertainment system which enables users to enjoy voice chat or text chat not only during online gaming, but also when users are playing different games or using different applications such as internet browser.  Through "Party," which offers a new form of social networking, and "near," which enables users to share their game information with other users anywhere, anytime, users can dramatically expand the boundaries of interactive communication.

Also a tutorial application called "Welcome Park," developed specifically to guide every user about PS Vita's brand new user interface such as the front touch display and the multi-touch pad on the rear, will come pre-installed.  By playing "Welcome Park," users can easily become accustomed to the three dimension-like finger motions used on PS Vita.  

SCE will vigorously promote PS Vita towards the launch as the next generation portable entertainment platform and work towards expanding the portable gaming market.*1 Some title names are tentative.  Titles may differ by countries and regions.


Platform Name

PlayStation®Vita

Model number

PCH-1000 series

CPU

ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)

GPU

SGX543MP4+

External Dimensions

Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)

Screen

(Touch screen)

5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED

Multi touch screen (capacitive type)

Rear touch pad

Multi touch pad (capacitive type)

Cameras

Front camera, Rear camera

Frame rate : 120fps@320x240(QVGA), 60fps@640x480(VGA)

Resolution : Up to 640x480(VGA)

Sound

Built-in stereo speakers

Built-in microphone

Sensors

Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass

Location

Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)

Wi-Fi location service support

Keys / Switches

PS button

Power button

Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)

Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)

Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)

Right stick, Left stick

START button, SELECT button

Volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless communications

Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)

IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)

Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP

Slots/Ports

PlayStation®Vita card slot

Memory card slot

SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)

Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In], Serial data communication),

Headset jack (Stereo mini jack) (for Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In])

Accessory port

Power

Built-In Lithium-ion Battery,

AC adaptor

Supported

AV content

format

Music

MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)

Videos

MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Hi/Main/Baseline Profile (AAC)

Photos

JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG




About Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

Recognized as the global leader and company responsible for the progression of consumer-based computer entertainment, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) manufactures, distributes and markets the PlayStation® game console, the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, the PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) handheld entertainment system and the PlayStation®3 (PS3®) system.  PlayStation has revolutionized home entertainment by introducing advanced 3D graphic processing, and PlayStation 2 further enhances the PlayStation legacy as the core of home networked entertainment.  PSP is a handheld entertainment system that allows users to enjoy 3D games with high-quality full-motion video and high-fidelity stereo audio.  PS3 is an advanced computer system, incorporating the state-of-the-art Cell processor with super computer like power.  SCEI, along with its subsidiary divisions Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC., Sony Computer Entertainment Europe Ltd., and Sony Computer Entertainment Korea Inc. develops, publishes, markets and distributes software and manages the third party licensing programs for these platforms in the respective markets worldwide.  Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, SCEI is an independent business unit of the Sony Group.

PlayStation, PS3 and PSP are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "PSVITA" is a trademark of the same company.

ARM and Cortex are trademarks or registered trademarks of ARM Ltd.

The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are owned by the Bluetooth SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. is under license.

All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

List of Third Party Game Developers and Publishers

As of June 7th, 2011

(in alphabetical order of developer/publisher)




JAPAN




ACQUIRE Corp.

Jorudan Co., Ltd.


ALPHAUNIT CO.,LTD

KADOKAWA GAMES, LTD.


ALVION Inc.

Kadokawa Shoten Publishing Co., Ltd.


AQ INTERACTIVE INC.

KAGA CREATE CO., LTD


AQUAPLUS Co., Ltd

Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.


ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co., Ltd.

LEVEL-5 Inc.


ARIKA CO., LTD.

MAGES Inc. 5pb


ARTDINK CORPORATION

Mainichi Communications Inc.


ASCII MEDIA WORKS Inc.

Marvelous Entertainment Inc.


ASGARD Co., Ltd.

media5 Corporation


Aspect Co., Ltd.

NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc.


BROCCOLI Co., Ltd.

Nihon Falcom Corporation


Capcom Co., Ltd

Nippon Ichi Software, Inc.


CHUN SOFT CO., Ltd

NOWPRODUCTION, CO., LTD


Codemasters Software Company Limited

OaKs co., Ltd.


Crafts & Meister Co., Ltd.

PAON CORPORATION


CyberConnect2 Co., Ltd.

POLYGON MAGIC, INC.


CYBERFRONT Corporation

PROTOTYPE CO., LTD.


D3 PUBLISHER Inc.

Q Entertainment Inc.


DIGITAL WORKS ENTERTAINMENT INC.

SAFARI GAMES., Ltd


Dimps Corporation

SEGA CORPORATION


dorasu corporation

SilverStarJapan Co., Ltd.


Edia Co., Ltd.

SNK PLAYMORE CORPORATION


ENTERBRAIN, INC.

Sonic Powered co., Ltd.


FromSoftware, Inc.

Spike Co., Ltd


Gameloft K.K.

SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd.


GANBARION Co., Ltd.

Starfish-SD Inc.


Genki Co., Ltd.

SUNCORPORATION


Grasshopper Manufacture Inc.

SystemPrisma Co., Ltd.


GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc.

SystemSoft Alpha Corp.


GUST CO., LTD.

TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD.


HAMSTER Corporation

TGL


HUNEX CO., LTD.

TOMY Company, Ltd.


IDEA FACTORY CO., LTD.

TOSE CO., LTD.


Ignition Entertainment Ltd.

tri-Ace Inc.


IMAGICA DIGITALSCAPE Co., Ltd.

Ubisoft K.K.


Index Corporation Atlus

Views Co., Ltd.


IREM SOFTWARE ENGINEERING INC.

YUKE'S Co., Ltd.



76 companies in total




NORTH AMERICA




Activision, Inc.

Paramount Digital Entertainment


Capybara Games

PopCap Games


"CCP"

Powerhead Games


Demiurge Studios

Rockster Games


Electronic Arts

THQ


Epic Games Inc.

Trendy Entertainment


Far Sight Studios

Ubisoft®


Frima

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment


High Voltage Software

2K Games


Kung Fu Factory

2K Sports



20 companies in total




EUROPE/PAL




Alawar

Beatshpers


Allegorithmic, makers of Substance

Blitz Games Studios


Beatnik Games

Broadsword Publishing Limited


Catalyst Outsourcing

Rebellion®


"CCP"

Rockstar Games


Climax Studios Ltd

Rubicon Mobile


Codemasters®

Sanuk Games


Codeplay

SEGA


Electronic Arts

Sidhe Interactive


Enigma Software Productions, SL

Spinvector


Eurocom Entertainment Software

Stainless Games Ltd


Eutechnyx Ltd

StormBASIC Games


Exient

Sumo Digital Ltd


Firelight Tech

Tag Games


Fresh3D

Take2


FUN labs

The Game Atelier


Gameloft SA

THQ


Gameshastra

Tonika Games


Home Entertainment Suppliers PTY Ltd

Trine Entertainment Ltd


Honeyslug

Trinigy


Icon Games

Tru Blu Games


Impromptu Software Ltd

Ubisoft Entertainment SA


Just Add Water Ltd

Umbra


Kuju Doublesix

VeeMee


Lexis Numerique

ZAPPAR


Mobile Interactive Group Ltd

Zen Studios Ltd


Namco Bandai

2K


NaturalMotion

505 Games


Playerthree Ltd

57 companies in total












SOURCE Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.



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