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.
to install the game. Once installed, open up a new tab and you can find it in the Apps section. The game is currently a beta release and only the levels in Poached Eggs and the exclusive Chrome Dimension levels are available. The developer has promised to bring more levels in days to come.
Best Buy is offering the ultra popular game Angry Birds for PC for free. Just follow the link to download the Intel AppUp Center. Register and download Angry Birds (regularly $4.99). The offer is for a limited time only, so download your copy while you can. Note that the Intel AppUp is only compatible with Windows XP and Windows 7. Vista is not supported.
Nintendo has announced its newest portable gaming device: the Nintendo 3DS. The company provided limited information about the product at a press release in Japan, informing us that the new system will use two screens, will not require special glasses, and will be compatible with current DS and DSi games. Consumers can expect it, at the latest, to be sold in Japan in March 2011. The system may make an appearance at this year’s E3, with more details expected to be given before then. However, Nintendo has not released images of the device, its games, or how it is to be used for gaming.
How will the 3D image be displayed? The current DSi uses its camera to allow players to pan around an area by tracking the motion of the system in relation to their eyes. It works surprisingly well; another version of this effect may possibly be used for the 3DS.
The following is a video showing a 3D game on a DSi.
Nintendo has a history of announcing seemingly silly products and features that eventually turn out to be a huge hit. The Wii had originally been scoffed at, until people saw how vastly popular it became. After the latest influence of 3D technology on the general population via movies like Avatar and the new release of 3D televisions, this eyewear-free, DS-game compatible 3D device may be the right product at the right time.