Sony Announces Vita – a New PlayStation Portable

Yesterday at E3, Sony announced a follow up device to their PlayStation Portable. The new device, called “Vita” sports a 5 inch multi-touch screen (940×544 resolution), a rear multi-touch pad, front and rear cameras, GPS, Accelerometer, compass, gyroscope, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 3G for the AT&T network. There’s no mention of cellular connectivity, so this appears to just be a mobile data connection.

If you’re a hardcore gaming type – the kind of person that has the previous PSP, then I’m sure this device is going to appeal to you, no question. What I don’t understand is why Sony would release this so quickly after the only certified PlayStation phone was released? I realize one is a phone with gaming, and the other is just gaming. But a certain portion of the audience would overlap, and I would bet that overlap is fairly large.

MobileJaw-SonyVita-PSP

Another question that I just can’t seem to understand is why Sony (including Sony Ericsson) wouldn’t just release one device that does it all? As it stands now, there are 3 different variations on the latest Sony Ericsson Xperia smartphone – the Pro (with keyboard), the Arc (without keyboard), and the Play (with gaming controller). And now there’s the PSP Vita. So why not just create one device – like the Arc. A simple unit with lots of power and a large screen and that’s all. Then create a snap-on accessory for the keyboard, and game controller. This gives them one platform to support for software updates, plus it creates the ability for people to add to their device. Perhaps I would like to have a full QWERTY during the day for email triage, but once the day ends I like to unwind with some great gaming action on the train ride home. It also creates a good story for other accessories like cases and carry bags.

You can check out all the details and specs on this device over at the PlayStation website.

About Mike Temporale

Mike Temporale has written 614 posts on Mobile Jaw..

Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.