@BILLNYE6983 Well let's make one thing clear, I'm making this comment based on my own personal experience, not idle speculation. I own both a PSP and a Nintendo DS. To date the only games I've really played are Crisis Core, Birth by Sleep, Peace Walker and Valkyria Chronicles 2. Every single one of those titles are games I would have much rather have played on a PS3, mainly because of the lack of dual analog sticks. On the DS I've enjoyed playing Ace Attorney, Ghost Trick, 999, Layton, Devil Survivor, Radiant Historia and many, many others. What these all have in common are that they are games made directly with the DS's control scheme in mind. With PSP games they're really just games that have done well on PS2/3 ported over to the PSP. That's why despite having such powerful graphics, I love my NDS games much more than my PSP ones. I don't need good graphics to enjoy my portable games at all. These kinds of serious games like Uncharted, Valkyria Chronicles, or Metal Gear are games that I want to sit down and play with a big screen, loud speakers, and most important of all, a comfortable and responsive controller. Games that I want to play on the go or in bed before I sleep definitely do not fall under this category. I'll still buy the Vita on launch day because I'm crazy in love with Uncharted, but I honestly hope games like Gravity Daze become more prevalent on the Vita (Gravity Daze looks AWESOME).
E3 2011: Numerous rumors and clues point to new moniker for Sony's portable; E3 reveal likely in the cards.
Source: See below.
What we heard: When Nintendo renamed its Revolution console the Wii, the rebranding was met with disbelief and derision. Now, an increasing number of clues indicate Sony may be prepping a similarly offbeat name for its upcoming handheld, currently code-named the Next Generation Portable.
Speculation began over the weekend, when Games Pundit leaked a photo (above) of the NGP bearing the name "PS VITA" on its bottom. The image apparently comes from a proof sheet for Sony's upcoming Electronic Entertainment Expo press briefing, where the new name will reportedly be unveiled. Since then, gaming blog Joystiq has uncovered a blurry scan of more printed materials (middle) that appear to show the NGP with the PS VITA logo next to it--a logo that shares the same "PS" font as the "PS3" logo.
This week, the evidence continued to mount. Several outlets discovered that the URL "vita.scedev.net" redirects to the Sony Computer Entertainment Developer Network site, just as psp.scedev.net, ps3.scedev.net, and ngp.scedev.net do. However, the URL psp2.scedev.net yields a "page not found" error, apparently eliminating that name from the running.
Finally, this week Sony launched the official PlayStation.com page for its E3 2011 presence. Though not visible from the front, inside the page's code are numerous references to "PS Vita." However, the index page the tags point to--http://us.playstation.com/psvita/features/--leads to a "page not found" error.
The official story: Sony had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.
Bogus or not bogus?: Though the series of clues is pretty convincing, it overlooks one fact. As far back as January, there have been rumors that the NGP was internally code-named "Vita" at Sony.
Also, Sony has had past successes using code names to throw journalists and Internet sleuths off the scent. Last year, the company used the code name "PlayStation Arc" for its motion-sensing system when talking with third-party publishers, and even went as far as to trademark the name in Japan. That system was later revealed to be named the PlayStation Move at the last minute.
Isn't it funny how the code names are often cooler than the actual names? Nintendo Revolution? FAR superior to the amorphous Nintendo Wii. The Playstation Arc? Way cooler than the Playstation Move. Project Natal? Okay... pretty lame. But Kinect is only a tiny bit better. I'm not sure how I feel about Project Cafe right now. That is clearly not going to be the final name. As for Playstation Vita... It's better than the generic NGP... but not cool by any means.
alright, i rehearse it: "i was playing with my Vita"...like i was playing with my girlfriend! anyway, i like it.
@Auronvolgar you're right, but i think it doesn't fit in this case, Vita is an Italian word and it means Life, Vida in Spanish.
I like the name of it PS Vita (vita is the second greek letter on alphabet) for those that dont know it.
Ok is it just me does it look like the NGP or VIta in the pic is like folded or is suposed to be that way
I like the name actually, it will have alot of things in it.The name is appropriate for having great and alot of features.
PS Vita isn't THAT bad, not as bad as the "Wii" anyway. Still I'm actually more than happy to just keep referring to it as the NGP
@Dx-Entity come to think of it , when you say my Wii , it is like you are talking about your vice , lol.
Think PS Vita is a cool name...It's trying to be different, take the PS brand in a different direction. Plus, if's not all that different to Vaio.....
Naming a device is never easy. No matter what you come up with someone is going to hate it. I tossed around some ideas with some friends. We came up with Playsatellite, NeoStation, NeXGeN Portable,Playstation Nexus ( which means link or bond between it and the PS3) As you can see its not easy cause after some thought I didn`t like most of these. As for th rumor of cut stats. well Sony has learned that price is important. $350 would be hard to do for many. $300 - $250 is the sweet spot. Although many serious gamers wil pay anything for the biggest, baddest toy on the block. However, battery life is something many won`t accept compromise with. 5 hrs minimum. the higher the battery life the better. So if cutting the stats makes ffor a longer playing experience that exceeds 5 or 6 hrs I`m for it.
atopp399 Posted Jun 3, 2011 12:54 am SST Why didn't they just use the word Life instead of Vita? _________________________________________ "life" sounds even wierd than "vita"
PS Vita? Kinda sounds like Windows Vista. Gotta agree with Gamespot, i'm sure it'll be a last minute name change to something more conventional.
They should call it "PSA", with all these fuzz about the appocallypse it think "PLAYSTATION PORTABLE APPOCALYPSE" would kind of sell nicely....
Whenever I hear people say current gen names for consoles sound silly I can't help but think of how weird the names "Atari" or "Nintendo" must have sounded when they where first revealed to the general public so long ago. I'm willing to bet many people were running around asking questions along the lines of "What the hell is Atari!? Some kind of new Shampoo?"
The name ultimately isn't important but since they do have to chose a name that is supposed to promote the Sony brand they should definitely not go with something as lame as Vita. WTH is Vita supposed to mean? You could say the same about Nintendo and the Wii. Just what are they driving at with the name? Is it just basically nonsense and over all irrelevant. Or are they trying to evoke something to gamers. At least go with something cool sounding if you aren't going to just call it the PSP2. Just try not to make it the Duo or something equally number 2 sounding.
i dont care what name, i care about spec. and i care that they didnt cut any spec. i rahter have and i WANT to pay 350usd++ for full specs instead of 250usd for half specs. yes i dont care, i want a ps3 as my handheld. otherwise im not buying. ill just get 3ds instead (and i really dont want to, i really want my ngp)
No matter what they call it. In order to be a great system you need games to be made for it. No matter what name you give the system if they games are not there it will be a fail
It makes me think of something healthy,like steamed broccoli.The very next thing that came to mind is some sort of simple medical device designed to test blood or deliver nutrients to the body.Well whatever.The Wii had a weird name,but now it's a household name.
Vita.........aww man! that makes me think of vitamins! But seriously -.- They can't really be naming a console like this as "Vita" can they? Cause for some reason it makes me think of a chocolate drink rather than a gaming handheld console.
It makes me think of a somewhat attractive latin girl, not a gaming console. However, it doesn't make me think of the toilet, so it's still better than the Wii.
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