If you bet money on “Vita” becoming the portable’s actual name, you are a winner tonight.
Sony revealed during their E3 2011 press conference that the Vita is officially the name for their upcoming handheld device. In addition, Sony unveiled some new system features and, most importantly, a price.
Sony executive Kaz Hirai took the stage to reveal some of the Vita’s social networking tools built-in to the handheld. Apparently, the Vita will utilize some sort of cross-game party chat similar to the Xbox Live’s functionality. Also, a new service called “Near” will let gamers connect with their friends through whatever games that they play. Details were sparse on these tools, but we will surely discover more throughout the week.
But the biggest mystery surrounding the PlayStation Vita, its price, has finally been revealed. The Vita will come in two SKUs: a 3G model and a Wi-Fi only version. Unfortunately, the 3G Vita will be exclusive through AT&T (to much groaning from the live audience.) The base Wi-Fi model will cost $249, while the 3G device will run you $299. No release date was announced for America yet.