In case you hadn't heard the news, Sony's Next Generation Portable is no more. Instead, it's going to be called the PlayStation Vita and it's coming in 2011. Yes, this year.
The word vita translates into 'life', which is appropriate considering how much of an emphasis Sony is placing on social networking. PlayStation Vita will support a new feature called 'Party', a nifty little way of communicating with your friends through headsets and microphones. The system is being built with some of the same functions that you can find on the PlayStation 3, e.g. the ability to compare trophies, make suggestions about other games and so on. There is also said to be eighty titles currently in development.
But the release date is what will come as a big shock; the PlayStation Vita handheld will be launching this year in Japan, Europe and the United States. And then you have the price, surprisingly low considering how advanced the hardware is. The standard Wi-Fi only versions costs US$249 (AU$233), while the 3G version will be US$299 (AU$280).
Will any of those Australian prices be accurate? Almost certainly not, but the successor to the PlayStation Portable is on the way, and it's looking mighty tempting.