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What We Know (And What I've Heard) About the Very Real PlayStation Vita

Developer sources confirm Vita was a working codename for NGP.

Supposedly the final look of the NGP.

I probably spent too much of lazy BBQ with friends yesterday afternoon poking around on my phone about PlayStation Vita, allegedly the final name for the ugly-sounding Next-Generation Portable (NGP), but it all sounded like a bunch of nonsense.

Vita? Really? But I can tell you there's reason to suspect it's the final name.

The rumors started when Games Pundit cited an anonymous source telling them Sony would announce NGP's final name at E3 next week: Vita. Most shrugged their shoulders, but some legitimate-looking presentation images leaked on another blog, Mega Rock. That blog's since taken itself down. Too late, though.

There's more circumstantial evidence. Try pointing your browser towards vita.scedev.net, which leads you to Sony's developer portal--ngp.scedev.net works, too. psp2.scedev.net leads to a browser error, however, which means the subdomains were made legitimate by Sony.

Someone also registered playstationvita.com and psvita.com on April 19, long before rumors.

I've talked to several developer sources, all of whom asked to remain anonymous, as E3 is so close. But each confirmed Vita was definitely the codename for the project when Sony was first showing the hardware to developers. One developer said his company has stopped referring to the machine as Vita, preferring NGP or PSP2, but was unclear if Vita had been dropped.

When Sony revealed its next portable in January, it was not supposed to have "NGP" attached, I'm told. Sony was unable to find internal consensus on a final name, so the event grudgingly went ahead with something temporary. At the time, however, it was being referred to internally as Vita.

None of my sources were able to say with complete certainty whether Vita has stuck and that's the name that'll appear at Sony's press conference next week. But don't be surprised if it does.

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Posted by patrickklepek
Supposedly the final look of the NGP.

I probably spent too much of lazy BBQ with friends yesterday afternoon poking around on my phone about PlayStation Vita, allegedly the final name for the ugly-sounding Next-Generation Portable (NGP), but it all sounded like a bunch of nonsense.

Vita? Really? But I can tell you there's reason to suspect it's the final name.

The rumors started when Games Pundit cited an anonymous source telling them Sony would announce NGP's final name at E3 next week: Vita. Most shrugged their shoulders, but some legitimate-looking presentation images leaked on another blog, Mega Rock. That blog's since taken itself down. Too late, though.

There's more circumstantial evidence. Try pointing your browser towards vita.scedev.net, which leads you to Sony's developer portal--ngp.scedev.net works, too. psp2.scedev.net leads to a browser error, however, which means the subdomains were made legitimate by Sony.

Someone also registered playstationvita.com and psvita.com on April 19, long before rumors.

I've talked to several developer sources, all of whom asked to remain anonymous, as E3 is so close. But each confirmed Vita was definitely the codename for the project when Sony was first showing the hardware to developers. One developer said his company has stopped referring to the machine as Vita, preferring NGP or PSP2, but was unclear if Vita had been dropped.

When Sony revealed its next portable in January, it was not supposed to have "NGP" attached, I'm told. Sony was unable to find internal consensus on a final name, so the event grudgingly went ahead with something temporary. At the time, however, it was being referred to internally as Vita.

None of my sources were able to say with complete certainty whether Vita has stuck and that's the name that'll appear at Sony's press conference next week. But don't be surprised if it does.

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Edited by thegoldencat7

Nice name.

Edited by RTSlord

stupid name 

Posted by MonstroUK

I want one. I know I got burnt on the PSP but blerggh.

Posted by The_Patriarch

horrible name if you ask me.

Posted by boylie
@thegoldencat7 said:
Quality post, brah
Posted by PillClinton

Better than "Next Gen Portable", a name that would mean literally nothing after its successor is unveiled. 

Posted by blitzkriegblizzard

Better than PSP2.

Posted by Hockeymask27

nothing will ever top revolution to wii. God I still can't believe it.

Posted by Demoskinos

Honestly I didn't mind  "NGP"   I mean  Its about on the same level of stupid as  "MAG" in terms of naming shit  and that did alright.

Posted by KarlHungus

Vee-tah or VI-tah?

Posted by PrivateIronTFU

Yeah, I could see smothering nachos in that. But for some reason I don't want to eat it.

Posted by TobyD81

Bad name. Just call it PSP2!

Posted by ashbash

Is it "Vee-ta" or "Veye-ta" or "Vie-ta"?

Posted by dexterslu

What's in a name these days, anyway? I mean, if the hardware is great - no one will care what it's called. People thought the iPad was a terrible name when it was first announced too. 

Posted by Philzpilz

Vita smacks of someone hiring in a team who gets paid thousands upon thousands of dollars to come up with a name, and so feel they have to choose something stupid to justify the money.

Posted by Toxin066

vita? as in "v-eye-ta"?

Posted by MisterMouse

It is a weird name for a portable device and a playstation device at that. I agree it shouldn't be PSP2 or NGP, but Vita is... I dont know but it doesn't fit a portable device.

Posted by Sanj

Sounds like a healthy yoghurt. 

Posted by ZekeThePlumber

Guess I'll have to think up a new name for my homemade brand of posh vitamin water.

Posted by Landon

I'll never understand the appeal of this system.

Posted by MEATBALL

Don't mind the abbreviation "PSV" to be honet.

Posted by Ratcabbage

Think people will end up just calling it PSV?
Posted by Creigz

Awful name...however the depth of research and tracking down on this lead is pretty intense. I admire and love the dedication.

Posted by Taka

they should call it P2P and release it together with F3ar and Thi4f

Posted by Skald

Whatever. I'm going to stick with iOS for the foreseeable future.

Posted by HerbieBug

PS Vagina

Edited by PJ

What a racist name!!! Vita in swedish means "the white", I always knew those dirty japs were racist.

Posted by aurahack

I can't wait to access the Qriocity service on my Vita and tell my friends about it through my Xperia phone. 
 
I swear, I want to take this butter knife right next to me and shove it real deep into the eyes of each and every person who works at Sony Marketing and comes up with these fucking horseshit names.

Posted by Fira

vita is a dumb name

Posted by Poki3

As usual, Sony's "keep this a secret" department has more holes then the security department :P

Posted by atomic_dumpling

Personal Manager: "So, you applied for this job in our lovely company. First, show me your vita!" 
Mike van Dude: "Yo, check it out, it plays vidja games. Cool, amirite?
Personal Manager: *shoots himself*

Posted by Animasta

velvita?

Posted by MJHAYLETT

it'll be shortened to PSV and that doesn't sound bad to me. PlayStation Vita is a little close to Microsoft Vista but PSV is fine.

Posted by limecloud

Interesting

Posted by Protome

The NGP's original codename was in fact "Veta" not "Vita"

Posted by nickux

Two weeks after E3 nobody will care about the name.  It's always funny to see the initial reactions to things like this. Eventually it's not a big deal.

Posted by onarum

Sony's game division branding team should be sacked, all of them.

Posted by Bestostero

It looks the same as PSP and the name is terrible...just awful..

Posted by Deusx
@ashbash159: As in VE-GE-TA.
Posted by Babylonian

Nothing about the system really excites me, but I kinda like the name Vita. It's short and unique.

Posted by UlquioKani

sounds like a kitchen appliance for some reason

Edited by mnzy

The word vita is mostly used for medical products here in Germany, or maybe Vita-Cola, which has vitamin c in it. So pretty weird to me, but I guess latin is not a bad way to go about it.
 
edit: Oh and PSV is a dutch football team :>

Posted by Cubic

All reports point to the non-3G enabled SKU being called the vitalite. 
 
Margarine humour.

Edited by Cubical

That is the worst name for a Sony system I have ever herd and stands proudly with WII in post 1980's and 1990 list of suck ass names, these people better be wrong and if they are not there is still time to cover it up. it has two names now playstation and your crap new name attached to it, you should have just called it playatation and stuffed another number or function of it after it like you was before.
 
Once again sony you rip off nintendo and there newly found as of 2006cs ablity of giving crap names to things. 
 
Keep going sony and you might catch up with some of the worst named video game products of the 1980's 
 
 
and nice job making the system look bent like it was stepped on in that picture, I hope it looks as busted when  I buy it. 
 
OH ya and your first plyatation pocket name sounded much better than playatation portable you should have fucking kept that for the PSP/.

Posted by RE_Player1

I'm going to laugh when this isn't the final name or I'm going to laugh when this is the final name. 

Posted by gbrading

PSV. Makes sense.

Posted by WrathOfBanja

VITA! 
WHAT DOES THE SCOUTER SAY ABOUT HIS POWER LEVEL?!

Posted by vpcwiu

I think Jack Tretton and Kaz Hirai both need to step down. Things are beyond ridiculous.

Posted by AndrewB

At least the Sony Experia Play shortens to SEXPlay and has a catchy, if terrible, name. The Vita would be like the Wii all over again.