Sony Computer Entertainment (SCE) announced the Playstation Vita as the name of the newest Playstation portable gaming device at the E3 press conference on June 6.
The PS Vita’s assortment of special features includes a 5-inch multi-touch organic light emitting diode (OLED) as the front display with a unique multi-touch pad on the rear. Along with those controls are two analog sticks, two cameras (a front and rear), built-in stereo speakers and a microphone, a six-axis motion sensing system with a three-axis electronic compass, built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model onliy), and a built-in lithium-ion battery.
Also, with mobile connectivity acting as a crucial part in the device’s “interactive experience,” Sony has partnered with AT&T to connect Vita owners with other users through both the Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi models.
In addition, there are other features unique to the PS Vita, including “LiveArea,” which is an interactive space for each device’s software title for user access to the latest game information via the Playstation Network.
This console is to be launched into the global market for $249 USD for Wi-Fi and $299 for 3G at the end of this year.
[via Playstation Blog]
Crackle, a free streaming movie site, has come out with a new app for the iPad and the iPhone. This free app contains many free full-length movies along with various trailers and movie clips. Movies and TV series range from the Ghostbusters, The Da Vinci Code, and Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children to Seinfeld, Charlie’s Angels, and Married with Children, to name a few. Note that not all the shows on site are available on the app.
Crackle – App Store Link
The long-awaited Nintendo 3DS, dubbed by its makers as the “game changer,” is to be released on March 27, 2011 at the price of $249.99. The gaming console is available in both cosmic black and aqua blue.
Features of the device include the traditional two screens seen on all versions of the DS (a touchscreen on the bottom and a 3D display above, 10% larger than the DSi’s); a telescopic stylus; a game card slot that accepts 3DS, DS, and DSi games; a SD memory card slot for a 2GB card that comes with the system; abxy controls; a plus control pad; and an analog circle that allows for precise game character movement, the adjustment of camera angles, and other innovations.
The 3DS is capable of being used as a gaming system, a camera (via three cameras, an inner-facing one and two outer cameras, all of which allow users to take 3D photographs), and a video player.
Within the machine is a motion sensor, a combination of an accelerometer and a gyroscope, that reacts to the motion and tilt of the system. Compatible 3DS games respond instantly to these motions.
By the display screen is a 3D depth slider, which allows the 3D to be adjusted to a desirable degree (hence the added plus of no all-too-fashionable glasses needed to experience the 3D effect). Up until now, 3D volume has generally been decided by the makers of the images. With this slider, it allows the 3D features of the console to be “natural and fully flexible.”
The 3DS also comes with its own charging cradle, so that it can remain in sleep mode indefinitely.
Pre-orders can be made at the Nintendo website. If you’re interested, click on the link to find out more.