At the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011 (E-3), the big video game confab in Los Angeles this week, Sony’s PSP successor was rebadged as the PlayStation Vita. It will be available worldwide this holiday season and features a 4 core ARM Cortex-A9, 5-inch OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, and a 200 MHz SGX543MP4 graphics coprocessor.
The WiFi-only version will run $249, while the 3G model will cost $299, which puts the handheld in direct competition price-wise with Nintendo’s 3DS. The device will support backwards compatible PlayStation Portable downloadable titles.
Sony also announced that AT&T will be the exclusive provider for the handheld in the US, which was met with derision from the assembled audience at the E3 keynote, who openly booed the announcement, reports ArsTechnica.
“You are the lifeblood of the company. Without you there is no PlayStation. I want to apologize personally and on behalf of the company for any anxiety caused,” said Sony Computer Entertainment America CEO Jack Tretton addressing “the elephant in the room.” Sony has suffered from horrendous network break-ins recently, which led to the possible disclosure of tens of millions of customers’ personal information.
Sony first unveiled the PlayStation Portable in January. Back then, the company disclosed many of the tech specs, including the fact that it has an ARM Cortex A9 (core) CPU, and a SGX543MP4+ GPU, and a Sixaxis motion-sensing system.
Sony launched its PlayStation Portable line in 2004 and has sold 68.2 million units worldwide, according to independent analyst outfit VGChartz.com. But it remains a distant second to the line of Nintendo DS devices, which have sold 147.5 million units worldwide, according to VGChartz.com. The Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection is an online multiplayer gaming service run by Nintendo to provide free online play. Games designed to take advantage of Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection offer Internet play integrated into the game.