It's Official: The NGP is the PlayStation Vita, and It Has a Price [UPDATED]

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At its E3 2011 press conference, Sony finally ended the long, excruciating wait to know what its new handheld console will be branded.

Surprise! It's the thing that's been rumored for weeks: the PlayStation Vita.

Stalwart Sony executive Kaz Hirai revealed the name during a conference presentation, in which he also gave a brief look at some of the social networking tools built into the hardware, and announced both wi-fi and 3G-enabled models of the device. He also announced that AT&T would be the exclusive network carrier for the device, which elicited a rather massive audible groan from the audience in attendance.

The price of the two different models has just been released via press release. The 3G model will retail for $299, while the wi-fi only model will go for $249.

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#1  Edited By alex

At its E3 2011 press conference, Sony finally ended the long, excruciating wait to know what its new handheld console will be branded.

Surprise! It's the thing that's been rumored for weeks: the PlayStation Vita.

Stalwart Sony executive Kaz Hirai revealed the name during a conference presentation, in which he also gave a brief look at some of the social networking tools built into the hardware, and announced both wi-fi and 3G-enabled models of the device. He also announced that AT&T would be the exclusive network carrier for the device, which elicited a rather massive audible groan from the audience in attendance.

The price of the two different models has just been released via press release. The 3G model will retail for $299, while the wi-fi only model will go for $249.

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#2  Edited By Nigthguy

Lame name 

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#3  Edited By Scratch

Alright PS Vita. Who gives a shit about the name as long as the hardware is worth it.

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#4  Edited By Animoz

Sure people thought the Wii was a stupid name.

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#5  Edited By onan

@Animoz said:

Sure people thought the Wii was a stupid name.

And they were right then too.

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#6  Edited By MisterMouse

Dont necessarily like it... so I will just call it PSV

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#7  Edited By rmanthorp  Moderator

Not a fuck was given.

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#8  Edited By xymox

And people will still call it the NGP. 

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Dumbest name they could've picked.

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#10  Edited By 234r2we232

I think a more appropriate name would have been PSP2.

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#11  Edited By onan

Did they make all these presenters run around the block before going on stage? I feel out of breath just watching them.

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#12  Edited By matthewlevel

No 3G buy from me. AT&T doesn't even have 3G yet where I live in Ohio.

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#13  Edited By SpudBud

$250 is a pretty good price.

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#14  Edited By sins_of_mosin

Bad name, bad price, and most likely bad support with a ton of cell phone game ports.

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#15  Edited By Norusdog

haven't learned from the psp have we...this thing won't be any more popular or sell any better then the psp....initially it'll have a lot of sales..then no one will give a shit about it.  $250-$300? HAHAHA no.

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#16  Edited By CagePlay

As much I want to want one, I just don't.

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#17  Edited By Brendan

Let's just get to what we're all going to call it for the next 5 years:

PSV

Aaand we're off! Easy.

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#18  Edited By President_Evil

Wow, $250 isn't too bad a price for the base model.

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#19  Edited By thebobster10

Holy cow. I was expecting 50 dollars more on each model. These prices are fantastic. Kudos to Sony for the price of that hardware. Shame on you for that disgusting name.

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#20  Edited By Brendan

@Norusdog said:

haven't learned from the psp have we...this thing won't be any more popular or sell any better then the psp....initially it'll have a lot of sales..then no one will give a shit about it. $250-$300? HAHAHA no.

Although I bought one, the 3DS was about $250 at release. This system is comparable to that price, and I think that'll help them a lot more this gen over the long run.

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#21  Edited By DonPixel

250 not bad

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#22  Edited By DHunter329

AT&T is horrible and so is Sony for giving them exclusivity. Great going guys. Looks like wi-fi only for me.

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#23  Edited By tomance

Nintendo needs to drop the 3ds price ASAP. Compared to the vita it looks like a last gen device. 

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#24  Edited By Mikazukinoyaiba
 Ugh AT&T exclusivtivity? That's lame and is what I was concerned about, mobile gaming becoming the clusterfuck that is mobile phones with carrier exclusives, contracts, early termination fees, etc.  
 
Also what is with the $50 difference between models? As for everyone claiming that $249.99 is a bad price, yet somehow it is right for the 3DS you're all hypocrites. 
 
$249 is way less than I figured something with these many features stuffed in it would cost. Then again, who would have expected Nintendo to release such an expensive handheld at the original price of the Wii.
 
@onan said:

@Animoz said:

Sure people thought the Wii was a stupid name.

And they were right then too.

People also once thought Dreamcast was a stupid name, so was the name "Nintendo" and "Playstation" and "Xbox" etc etc
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#25  Edited By Enigma777

$300? Fuck yes! Day one baby!

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#26  Edited By matoya

A source would be nice

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#27  Edited By bwooduhs

Wow, suprised at the price.

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#28  Edited By Semantix

If the UK gets a fair price conversion instead of getting the dollar-for-pound shafting we normally get, then this is an amazing price.

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That would have been an amazing pricepoint if it didn't have provider exclusivity.

I'm curious how that will be handle in my part of the world.

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#30  Edited By Theworldbreaker

250$...hmm maybe i may actauly be able to afford this..still being a minor though and rely on my parent(s) for most of the shit i want/need, i doubt it though, lucky enough i own a PS3.
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#31  Edited By Beer

Game consoles have historically had pretty shitty names. I mean what the fuck is an "XBox?" I don't think Vita is so bad personally. Not saying it's good though.

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#32  Edited By skrutop
Before anyone goes apeshit over the feature set, remember that E3 hardware announcements are at least 50% bullshit. We'll see what features actually make it to market.
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#33  Edited By wfolse1

I actually think the name is really good and the price is even better. I really don't understand what people have against the name. Should everything just be 3 letter acronyms?

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#34  Edited By ghostchant

I have no opinion

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#35  Edited By MisterMouse

Wow keeping it at 250 is awesome for the PSV... Great for SOny.

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#36  Edited By CharlesSurge

YESSSSS

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#37  Edited By Chris2KLee

I figured it would be about $50 more expensive, but at least it gives them a model that is competitively priced with the 3DS (unless Nintendo pulls a price drop). I'll get one probably, because it will have Monster Hunter, and I can't say no to that.

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#38  Edited By Malakhii
@theworldbreaker said:
250$...hmm maybe i may actauly be able to afford this..still being a minor though and rely on my parent(s) for most of the shit i want/need, i doubt it though, lucky enough i own a PS3.
Mow some lawns and shovel some snow. I always had money as a kid. 
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#39  Edited By Zanny

Calling it the PSV is strange for me as there is also a Dutch soccer club with that name (not that anyone cares really :P).

Well whatever, the hardware and early games look promising and the price seems fair. At least it's lower then expected.

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#40  Edited By SonicFire

Will probably buy at 250

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#41  Edited By Nasar7

Wow thats really reasonable. I'm sold!

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#42  Edited By TehJedicake

PERFECT price

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#43  Edited By NDN_Shadow

$250 for PSV is great. AT&T exclusivity not so much...

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#44  Edited By Wuddel

299€ for the 3G is stupid. even if you add 19% tax it should top out at 245€

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#45  Edited By Skittlenizzle

This is surprisingly affordable. I was expecting a much higher price. Maybe I might actually get one.

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#46  Edited By Mikazukinoyaiba
@Malakhii said:
@theworldbreaker said:
250$...hmm maybe i may actauly be able to afford this..still being a minor though and rely on my parent(s) for most of the shit i want/need, i doubt it though, lucky enough i own a PS3.
Mow some lawns and shovel some snow. I always had money as a kid. 
he could also sell some drugs, make more money quicker 
 
contact your local drug dealer
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#47  Edited By Twiggy199

$299 and 299 euros, basically means us brits PAY LESS THAN NORTH AMERICA!!!, finally we don't get fucked over by the prices!! HAPPY FACE!! (unless its £299 then sad face is coming out..)

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#48  Edited By rmanthorp  Moderator

Not bad! Bet it will translate awfully into pounds like the go >.>

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#49  Edited By KillEm_Dafoe

Not a bad price at all. Might actually check it out for that amount of money.

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#50  Edited By Sooperspy

I want to get a new handheld for Christmas, but I'm not sure if I want PS Vita or 3DS.

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