Sony will launch its next generation handheld gaming console on December 17 this year. The information was unveiled by Sony’s game business head Hiroshi Kawano while talking to Reuters, just a day ahead of the annual Tokyo Game Show 2011.
Hiroshi Kawano also said that the company will not offer any price reductions or discounts on PS Vita, dismissing rumours that aroused after Sony slashed prices of Playstation 3 owing to the growing competition with the Xbox 360.
The Sony PS Vita features a quad core mobile processor based on the Arm Cortex A9 architecture and a dedicated GPU. The device also features a rear and a front camera. The Vita also features a capacitive track pad at the back of the device like the one featured on the Motorola Backflip for easy and accurate navigation.
Sony has included a six axis motion sensing system that comprises three axis gyroscope and three axis accelerometer for accurate motion sensing. Besides, a three axis compass has also been added to the device for location based tracking in conjunction with the integrated GPS system.
The Sony PS Vita will be available in two variants: the WiFi only variant for $325 (Rs 15,500) and the 3G plus variant for $390 (Rs 18,600).