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E3 2011: Sony unveils PlayStation VitaAt E3 2011, Sony's Kazuo Hirai debuts the company's next-generation handheld, the PlayStation Vita. Due in stores in time for the holidays, the Vita will come in Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi/3G models for $249.99 and $299.99, respectively.
I'm very proud to showcase for the first time in North America, the successor to the PlayStation Portable. What you've come to know as NGP or Next Generation Portable is officially named PlayStation Vita. Thank you, thank you. So, what does Vita mean? Vita means life and we're confident that Playstation Vita will be the first product that truly blurs those lines between entertainment and your real life. Empowering you to play, interact, and connect like never before. The features alone are cutting-edge. Two analog sticks that give you Dual-Shock-like control of games, a stunning multi-touch 5 inch OLED screen, front and rear touchpads, six-axis motion sensing technology, and of course my favorite feature: front and rear cameras allowing for augmented-reality experiences never before seen, completely blurring the lines between reality and interactive entertainment. Playstation Vita will have both Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi models for on-the-go entertainment. This will allow for everything from social networking to location-based gaming that help you find and meet friends for brand new experiences. Now, of course, having such an impressive set of network features and ambitions requires the nation's fastest mobile broadband network and we'll be partnering with AT&T as the exclusive carrier for Playstation Vita in the United States. Here we go. Now, customers with an AT&T service plan will also have free access at more than 24,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide. So, together we'll deliver breakthrough entertainment experiences that bring you closer to your entertainment and, of course, closer to others. And more information, including pricing and the carriers for the other territories will be announced soon. Playstation Vita offers a truly unique social experience and there are a few key reasons why we say that. With a feature we're calling Party, users in the same game room on Playstation Vita can voice chat live over headsets or the built-in microphone no matter where they are or what game they're playing. And, it's a perfect way to stay in touch with your friends and chat during gameplay from wherever you might be. Another critical step forward is a social connection tool for Playstation Vita that we're calling Near. Near allows you to connect and play with others around you, recommend content to them, compare Trophies, and a variety of other social connection tools for the Playstation Network. Both Party and Near will power the connected experience for Playstation Vita and we'll be unveiling more specifics on them in the very near future. And I'm pleased to announce that this entire package of all these incredible features will be available starting from the holiday season this year and as I mentioned, there will be two models available at launch, a Wi-Fi only model and a 3G/Wi-Fi model. And I'm happy to announce that the Wi-Fi only model will retail for 249 dollars. Yeah. 249 Euro and 24,980 yen. And, the 3G/Wi-Fi model will retail for 299 dollars, 299 Euro, and 29,980 yen. PlayStation Vita will revolutionize the portable entertainment experience. It takes the best technology from a gorgeous OLED Screen to a front and rear touchpads and marry them with the PlayStation Network and the industry's best games and services. PlayStation Vita gives you the most completely entertainment package in the palm of your hands and the power to interact with the world around you. It is an experience you really need to see and feel to believe.