Sony Shows off PlayStation Vita at Tokyo Games Show

Sony demoed the PlayStation Vita at the Tokyo Games Show yesterday, giving gamers a new look at the highly-anticipated handheld console.

Shuhei Yoshida, President of Sony’s Worldwide Studios, showed off the slick device which features a five-inch multi-touch screen, front and rear facing cameras, and a pad built for “touch, grab, trace, push and pull” finger motions. The console is also able to play videos and music and connect to social networking sites. 

“Control every movement with the tap of a finger or blow up enemy fighters soaring through your living room,” boasts the official PlayStation Vita website. “Some of your favorite PS3 brands, and some new titles developed just for PlayStation Vita let you discover a gaming experience with no limits. The world is in play.”

Sony announced it will release 26 titles with the Vita, including Reality Fighters, a game in which players can create their own combat avatar.

There is a downside, however. Sony reports that the PlayStation Vita has a battery life of only 3-5 hours, an amount of time that PC World's Justin Haywald describes as “an incredible turn off.”

The PS Vita, which starts at $249, arrives in Japan December 17th. No official word on when the Vita will arrive in Europe or the United States, despite speculation the console could hit U.S. shelves as early as December 31st.

Sources: Dawn, PCWorld, Photo: PlayStation Vita


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