Rumour – NGP to be called PS Vita

Monday, 30th May 2011 01:03 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Reports from multiple sources suggest that Sony’s codenamed NGP will be officially christened PS Vita at E3.

Domain registrations for and were made on April 20 through NetNames, a major registrant service.

Mega Rock Blog is said to have been the first to post “prepared graphics for E3″ showing off the handheld’s alleged new name.

Although a cache exists of the post’s text and author comments, the blog is now inaccessible.

Joystiq reports before the blog closed, an apology appeared, calling the post “one of the stupidest things [the poster had] ever done”.

It’s not clear whether this ‘stupid thing’ was leaking information, or flat-out making it up, but now Ripten is claiming an insider source on the matter.

Adding its voice to the PS Vita claims, the site also reports that the upcoming Uncharted game for the system will be subtitled Golden Abyss. Images have also surfaced showing a rebranded-console with an angled face.

Prior to its official reveal, Sony’s expected new handheld was rumoured to be called “Veta”. Vita, which can be translated as “Life”, appears to fit in with Sony’s early marketing for the console as a lifestyle device.

As ever during the month of build up, we’ll have to wait for E3, and Sony’s press conference on June 6.



  1. Erthazus

    Worst name ever. I’m sorry. This is even worse then Kinect or Project Natal.

    Whats wrong with PSP 2/ Playstation Portable 2? Even their crap like Xperia Play have a really good brand name.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Asura

    PS Vita sounds like a new low fat kind of yogurt, not what is supposed to be most powerful portable on the market.

    PSP2 is good, NGP is good, PSP Next is good, but Vita is horrible, god damn it Sony think for once!

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Erthazus

    “PS Vita sounds like a new low fat kind of yogurt”

    Haha :D for me it sounds like a new perfume :D

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Cygnar

    “Related posts:
    Rumour – PS3 Motion Controller is called Arc [Update]
    Rumour – Natal to be formally called “Wave” [Update]”

    Let’s take this news with a grain of salt, shall we?

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Peetry

    Yet another terrible name, I do hope no-one got paid a lot coming up with it

    #5 4 years ago
  6. Asura

    Could also be targeted disinformation prior to the official E3 announcement.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. NightCrawler1970

    Why not name it “PS ORGY”…. “it will melt in ya mouth not in ya hands”…

    #7 4 years ago
  8. mathare92

    Vita is just a weird name for a handheld gaming device. But then again, they named their music service “Qriocity”, so I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised if the rumours are true.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Patrick Garratt

    @4 – Heh. The only reason they didn’t call it Arc was because there was a trademark issue they couldn’t resolve, so they changed it. Move’s library files were even called Arc when it launched. I promise you, it was called Arc.

    As for Vita, as I said on the forum, Vita was a codename used for the NGP dev kit. Not sure why it’s popped up now, but I haven’t seen this used for ages. Developers called it Vita back before it was announced.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. ultramega

    I don’t see the problem. Sure, it doesn’t say anything about the platform, but that doesn’t really matter, does it? I play games; I couldn’t care less about the name.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. irontag

    Call it PS V. what does the V stand for? Don’t know but sound cool.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. mojo


    Worst name for video game hardware ever. EVER!

    #12 4 years ago
  13. rrw

    @11 PS 5!! (if you think about it the fifth sony main gaming device)

    anyway sony seem try to capture casual market by using casual name

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Bluebird

    Wii is still the worst name, even if we all got used to it.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Goffee

    PSV = PlayStation 5, which is sequentially logical since PSP came out after PS3…

    #15 4 years ago
  16. revolting

    @ Goffee

    Nope, the PSP launched a year and a half before the PS3.

    PSP – December 2004 Japan, March 2005 US, September 2005 Europe
    PS3 – November 2006 all regions

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Tomo

    This is pretty terrible. Wii still stands up as the worst name ever for me though.

    #17 4 years ago
  18. albo88

    vita in italian means life
    have some respect you English scum
    this language witch u type have stole all the culture from the latins
    and im not talking abut Mexicans
    just look at your name British Britannia hahaha barbers that got a name thanks to romans
    and to day they see vita as an ugly name lmao
    wow paradox is really out of control this days

    #18 4 years ago
  19. 2plus2equals5

    Don’ t you like vita? Ok, i wanted psp2(or even ngp) too, but i really don’t understand how you can prefer really stupid names like xbox, gamecube, megadrive etc(the same for games and movies too).
    In countries where english isn’t the main language people buy these products without thinking about the name meaning, but you?
    Don’t you feel really stupid asking for a “xbox”, a “megadrive” etc?

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Bloodyghost

    What? The Vita?!

    Wasnt the damn thing Codename VITA before it was even announced?

    Also If this is the Vita then me Might not get a PS4, but a PS”Something”

    #20 4 years ago
  21. Schindet Nemo


    1. Not all vg247 members are British
    2. Some of us were unfortunate enough to learn latin in school and know the meaning of vita.
    3. Those who didn’t most likely picked up the meaning by playing RPGs like FF
    4. English is a West Germanic language
    5. The name Britannia comes from Prettanike which is greek
    6. Barbarians is again a greek term applying to everything non-greek and while it includes Brits it doesn’t specifically refer to them
    7. Vita has nothing to do with games and is a terrible name for a videogame console

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Dr.Ghettoblaster

    Not only is Vita a bad name for Sony’s PSP2……….but it’s also too similar to Vista.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. OrbitMonkey

    Gosh such rampant dweebism :D

    No Vita on its own has nothing to do with games, neither does the number 360, until of course major companies use them as names for their videogame systems, then they become very much *game related* ;)

    You gotta love the guys who prefer a collection of letters & numbers too. They’d probably prefer The Statue of Liberty to be known as NY 10004-1467 :)

    #23 4 years ago
  24. DSB

    @23 For reals. They clearly have castrated monkeys naming their shit these days.

    Master System! Megadrive! Those are names you can get behind.

    I want a console that’s like “Super Awesome Mega Performance Gameshredding Machine Device”!

    No seriously, I want that. Metrosexuality out of gaming, yesterday please.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. DaMan

    Megadrive or Gamecube were among the better ones,

    at least it wasn’t something mundane like Playstation or Nintendo64. Ohh I bet it took them ages to make those ones up.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Gekidami

    ^ Game & Cube? Really? The ‘Cube’ that plays ‘Games’?

    #26 4 years ago
  27. Bluebird

    It was a cube. ;)

    #27 4 years ago
  28. DSB

    Did someone ever make a Hellraiser casemod for that thing?

    If not, for shame!

    #28 4 years ago
  29. DaMan

    It was a simple yet fun reference to it’s form.

    “Company name Entertainment System’ takes zero effort, as well as putting together ‘Play’ and “station’, the latter is like naming the thing ‘Playgadget’ ot ‘Playmachine’. Xbox was named after the DirectX, which is a lazy way of naming too.

    #29 4 years ago
  30. ManuOtaku

    if sony will like to call it “Life” why not do it by the name “seikatsu” which is the japanese translation, at least it will make more sense.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. Bluebird

    Because most people outside of Japan couldn’t make any connections with a name like that.
    In any case this discussion is a bit moot, considering that it probably won’t be called Vita anyway.

    #31 4 years ago

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