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New Sony handheld console named PlayStation Vita

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The successor to the PlayStation Portable will be called the PlayStation Vita – the Latin word for life – Sony Computer Entertainment announced at E3 – the Electronics Entertainment Expo.

PlayStation Vita, which has a 5-inch OLED touchscreen and a rear multi-touch pad, will be supported by some of the biggest PS3 gaming franchises Uncharted and LittleBigPlanet.

Titles for the PlayStation 3 were also showcased including Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Resistance 3 and God Of War: Origins.  

The handheld PlayStation Vita, unveiled back in January under the codename NGP (next generation portable), will be available at the end of 2011.

The PS Vita also features dual analog sticks similar to those on the PS3 controller which will allow a wide range of games for the portable device like first person shooters.

The rear touch pad allows for a new way to interact with the game to add another level to the gameplat experience.

Launch titles will include a portable version of Uncharted called the Golden Abyss along with Little Big Planet and role playing game (RPG) Ruins.

Other titles available at launch will be WipeOut, ModNation Racers, Reality Fighter, Super Stardust Delta, Sound Shapes, Hot Shots Golf and Hustle Kings.

The PlayStation Vita has a rear touch pad which adds another dimension to gaming

Capcom will also contribute a Vita version of Street Fighter x Tekken.

3D gaming will be a focus for Sony Computer Entertainment with 108 stereoscopic titles already released and even more to come.

PlayStation Move – the motion sensitive controller – will also be supported by new games DanceStar Party, Carnival Island, Twisted Metal and Starhawk.

The next Bioshock first person shooter game – Bioshock Infinite will utilise both 3D and the PlayStation Move when it is released.

To consolidate its position as a 3D entertainment leader, Sony Computer Entertainment will release a PlayStation-branded 24-inch full high definition 3D LCD screen to give players access to affordable 3D entertainment.

The PlayStation Vita will be released at the end of 2011

“These latest announcements continue to demonstrate our commitment to delivering consumers the rich experiences that have made PlayStation a gaming and entertainment leader for 15 years,” said Andy House, CEO and President of Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

“The official unveiling of PlayStation Vita plus an exciting array of software, hardware and services, means that the PlayStation platform has never been a more exciting place to be.

“Over the coming year we will see PlayStation Vita usher in a whole new kind of portable gaming, plus we can expect widespread adoption of 3D technologies that will give PlayStation users experiences like never before.”

The display has a special two player feature which allows both players to enjoy a multi-player game and see their own unique 3D image with the bundled glasses.