Sony uncovers next-gen portable device 'Vita'

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By: RYAN NAKASHIMA AP Business Writer

Sony Corp wraps off its next generation portable gaming machine, PlayStation Vita, which will go on sale before the winter holidays this year. A touch-interface and motion-sensitive handheld that outdoes its mainstay PlayStation Portable. Company executives have called the device Sony's biggest product launch since the PlayStation 3 five years ago.

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● Connectivity:-

  • The device will allow gamers to be connected with one another over cellphone networks.
  • The gamers can be connected via Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • Including GPS location-tracking technology.
  • Sony is partnering exclusively with AT&T Inc. for cellphone service. (in US only)
Sony E3 Press Conference Event

● Rate & Plans:-

  • The device, available for $249 for its Wi-Fi-only version. (exposed at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, known as E3)
  • With cellphone service included, it will be $299, and buyers will have to subscribe to a cellular data plan.

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● Specifications:-

  • The device has a front and back cameras.
  • A touchscreen in front.
  • A touchpad on the back.
  • An accelerometer, which makes it easy to control your game on various turns and also through the air.
  • Two knob-like joysticks, which will allow gamers to play against PlayStation 2 consoles over the Internet Network.

The Vita is slightly bigger than the PlayStation portable, which has sold more than 70 million units worldwide since its launch in 2004. Along with social games and email, Sony also unveiled a communication service it called “Party” that will enable voice and text chat during games or when using the Web browser. Users will also be able to sense when other gamers are nearby, what games they have played recently, and enable in-game gifting of virtual items. Sony also said Monday it would put PlayStation games onto smartphones that run on Google Inc.'s competing Android operating system.

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