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NGP is dead: PlayStation Vita name confirmed, 2011 global launch and prices confirmed

Tuesday, 7th June 2011 02:25 GMT By Johnny Cullen

SCE boss Kaz Hirai has finally confirmed what’s been clear for a while: NGP’s full name is PlayStation Vita.

The Vita name means “life.”

Hirai announced that US provider AT&T will be a service partner for Vita.

He also announced details of a new feature called Party, which will enable you to use headset and microphone chat. Near is a social connection tool for Vita that allows to track and chat to friends, compare trophies, make recommendations and more.

SCEA sent out a press release after Hirai’s announcement to confirm that the handheld will arrive by year’s end in Japan, Europe and US.

Prices for the Wi-Fi flavour are ¥24,980 in Japan, $249 in the US and €249 in Europe. No sterling price.

For the 3G version, it’s ¥29,980, $299 in the US and €299 in Europe.

In total, 80 titles are in development for Vita from first and third-party developers, according to SCEA WWS boss Scott Rhodes.

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17 Comments

  1. Phoenixblight

    ROFL AT&T service = crapola.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Johnny Cullen

    Prices and 2011 global launch confirmed.

    That’s me down then.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Len

    I’m tempted at that price, $249-99 is impressive.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Razor

    Good price.

    UK gets shafted though I bet :(

    #4 3 years ago
  5. NoxNoctisUmbra

    Where I live AT&T is faster then competition for 3G.
    Also if you dont like ATT, just get another 4G Box that will make a wifi signal from 4G and use that for your wifi only PSP, thats what I will do :D

    250 bucks is sweet spot. Sony made first true good move lol.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. NightCrawler1970

    What a rip-off in Europe….

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Christopher Jack

    @6, Isn’t it the same RRP as the 3DS?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. Razor

    You think Europe is bad, wait until they announce the UK price…

    Don’t think I’ll be getting one a while.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Asura

    Do not forget US prices are without tax, EU and UK are with tax, but still we do get worse prices.

    #9 3 years ago
  10. Asura

    Uk price for the lower model is estimated to be 223 pounds.

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    @9

    Every state has different taxes and that generally why its not listed. SO for example Texa, its .0875 I believe I would be paying around $270.79.

    #11 3 years ago
  12. triggerhappy686

    good name, snappy, rememberable. good price too

    #12 3 years ago
  13. frostquake

    WAIT…is it FREE 3G like you get with the Amazon Kindle or will you have to pay AT&T a monthly Fee???????

    #13 3 years ago
  14. frostquake

    Amazon it:
    http://www.amazon.com/PlayStation-Vita-3G-WiFi-Sony-PSP/dp/B004L5MYJA/ref=sr_tr_2?ie=UTF8&s=videogames&qid=1307425848&sr=1-2

    #14 3 years ago
  15. Blerk

    Don’t like the name, but cheaper than I was expecting (in the US, at least). Is this download-only, or are there still boxed versions of the games?

    #15 3 years ago
  16. Fin

    @15

    The games are cart-based.

    250 U.S. dollars = 151.901811 British pounds

    Even with tax added, we’re still getting screwed.

    #16 3 years ago
  17. Matman657

    Tech specs for it here if anyone cares: http://us.playstation.com/psvita/tech-specs/

    #17 3 years ago

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