Sony confirmed and detailed the official name for their Next Generation Portable at their E3 media briefing in Los Angeles. Called PlayStation Vita, the handheld will launch globally by the end of 2011. Two models will be available — the Wi-Fi and the 3G Wi-Fi models — which cost $249 and $299, respectively.
The handheld offers two analog sticks, a touch screen, a touch panel on the back, an OLED screen, dual cameras, and more.
AT&T will be the exclusive service provider for the 3G model in the United States.
Games in development for the system include Uncharted: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, ModNation Racers, Reality Fighter, Super Stardust Delta, Ruin, and more. A demo of Street Fighter x Tekken running on Vita was shown by Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono, with inFAMOUS 2 protagonist Cole McGrath in the game as an exclusive playable character.
Sony has “virtually every publisher” on board, developing games for Vita, including the likes of EA, THQ, Ubisoft, Activision, and many others.
A “Party” app was shown, where players can communicate via voice chat and see what they’re friends are up to, no matter what games they are playing. Yes — Vita has cross-game voice chat.
PlayStation Vita is out this holiday.