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.