Sony debuts PSP's successor PlayStation Vita, $249

Playstation Vita

Shown in early previews as "NGP" or "Next Generation Portable," Sony officially announced the PlayStation Portable's successor will be called PlayStation Vita, and it will be available with AT&T 3G connectivity.

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Sony's new portable combines the traditional dual-analog gamepad interface with a smartphone-like capacitive OLED touchscreen, and adds a rear-mounted touchpad, and sixaxis motion sensors for a versatile gaming experience. It is also equipped with a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor and an SGX 543MP4+ graphics processor.

Like mobile tablets, Vita will come in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi+3G models. The Wi-Fi model will be available for ¥24,980 in Japan, $249 in US and €249 in Europe, 3G/Wi-Fi model will be available for ¥29,980 in Japan, $299 in US and €299 in Europe starting in the 2011 holiday season.

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