E3 2011: The Next Generation Portable is now the PlayStation Vita

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Sony has finally decided what to call it’s PSP successor, the NGP (or as many call it, the PSP2) and that name is PlayStation Vita. The name of the console comes from the Latin word “Vita” which means “Life”. Yes, we don’t get it either.

The new portable console is available in WiFi and WiFi+3G models and Australian prices and details are yet to be disclosed. An Australian Sony representative revealed that the console will be closer to the European price of €249, which converts to around $341 AUD. So it will almost definitely be under $400, meaning it’s now a direct competitor to the fairly unsuccessful Nintendo 3DS, which hasn’t been selling as well as Nintendo had hoped.

Sony is still a bit unsure of when the console will be released, stating that marketing will begin in late 2011.

Also announced at E3 were some of the titles that will be released for the system, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet and Ruin. Also announced was wipEout, ModNationRacers, Reality Fighter, Super Stardust Delta, Sound Shapes, Hot Shots Golf, Hustle Kings, TEKKEN and Street Fighter X. Also any original PSP game that was already on the PlayStation Store will be available to PSV gamers.