E3 – Sony announces PS3, PSN, and Vita details

Uncharted 3 Multiplayer screenshot 1

Uncharted 3 - Multiplayer (PS3)

Sony held their press conference today and announced some new numbers for the PlayStation 3, upcoming titles, and an official name for the successor to the PlayStation Portable. The company also made a few additional announcements covering a wider range of their product line, including a new game-centric 3D television with a special two-player feature as well as new games and features for the PS Network.

The PS3, now over 50 million strong worldwide, continues its embrace of 3D with support in the upcoming God of War: Origins Collection (HD-ified versions of the two PSP titles) as well as Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Resistance 3, and Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The Move’s library is set to expand with Carnival Island (working title), Everybody Dance, and Medievil Moves: Deadmund’s Quest. The system’s third-party lineup will continue to receive extras, as with the recent Dead Space 2 and Medal of Honor bonuses, with the Move-supported BioShock Infinite including the original BioShock; Battlefield 3 including the PS Network title Battlefield 1943; and some unannounced extras for Need for Speed The Run, Saint’s Row: The Third, and SSX.

Tapping into their non-gaming roots, Sony will also be releasing a PlayStation-branded 3D HD LCD display. The 24-inch set will include 3D Glasses, an HDMI cable, and Resistance 3 for $499.99. The unit will also include full two-player support so that each can “see individual, unique, full-screen images of gameplay using the bundled 3D Glasses and supported software title.” The 3D Glasses will also be available separately for $69.99.

The PlayStation Network will see some new blood with the launch of BestBuy’s CinemaNow video service this fall. The service provides access to more than 12,000 TV episodes and movies for rental or purchase. On the gaming front, Dust 514, from EVE developer CCP, will not only be exclusive to PSN but also support Move and eventually make its way to Sony’s upcoming new handheld. Star Trek, a Move-enabled sequel to the 2009 film, is set to launch in 2012 from Paramount Digital Entertainment. The network will also be home to an exclusive Star Trek prequel.

And lastly, some of the biggest announcements had to do with Sony’s upcoming successor to the PSP. Up until today, the handheld had been going by the NGP, but it now has an official name: the PlayStation Vita. Sony is hoping that the 70 million PSP owners will scratch their next-gen itch with the Vita while also keeping their UMD-compatible systems around, as they stated they will “continue to promote the expansion of the PSP platform and offer a variety of interactive digital entertainment along with PlayStation Vita.” The Vita will arrive in two formats, a $249 Wi-Fi model and a $299 3G/Wi-Fi Model, with AT&T being system’s service provider. The PS Vita will begin its global rollout later this year. The system itself will have a 5-inch multi-touch organic light emitting diode (OLED) for the front display and a multi-touch pad on the rear. The front and rear touch support is to be a part of a new three-dimensional control scheme with players pushing and pulling, in addition to tapping and sliding, but the unit also has two analog sticks for a more traditional feel.

As for the games, Sony announced Vita versions of some of the PS3’s biggest franchises: Hot Shots Golf, LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Super Stardust, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and Wipeout. Hustle Kings, Little Deviants, Reality Fighter (working title), and Sound Shapes were also announced. The system will also have a pre-installed “near” application that will let players know what other nearby Vita owners were or are playing. A “gifting” feature will then let owners share items between them, such as costumes and weapons. “Party” will also come pre-installed, a program which will allow owners to chat via voice or text while playing the same game as well as when playing different games or using different applications. And as with the PSP, the Vita will also come with an Internet browser.

PS Vita Announcement system small

Vita Specs:

Platform Name PlayStation Vita
Model number PCH-1000 series
CPU ARM Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
External Dimensions Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen(Touch screen) 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLEDMulti touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear touch pad Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras Front camera, Rear cameraFrame rate : 120fps@320×240(QVGA), 60fps@640×480(VGA)

Resolution : Up to 640×480(VGA)

Sound Built-in stereo speakersBuilt-in microphone
Sensors Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
Location Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)Wi-Fi location service support
Keys/Switches PS buttonPower button

Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)

Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)

Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)

Right stick, Left stick

START button, SELECT button

Volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless communications Mobile network connectivity  (3G/Wi-Fi model only)IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)

Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP?

Slots/Ports PlayStation®Vita card slotMemory card slot

SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)

Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In], Serial data communication),

Headset jack (Stereo mini jack) (for Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In])

Accessory port

Power Built-In Lithium-ion Battery,AC adaptor
SupportedAV content


Music- MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)


– MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Hi/Main/Baseline Profile (AAC)


– JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG

Official Site: US.PlayStation.com – Blog

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