Will the PlayStation Vita change the game?
There is always a lot of hype when Sony gets ready to release a new product and quite rightly so.
For years the Japanese company has produced consumer electronics that left rivals in the shade in terms of technology, style and build quality.
From digital cameras and TVs to MP3 players and Walkmans, Sony always seemed to do it better.
And when the company made its foray into the world of video games it was much the same story.
The PlayStation was a huge success and sent rivals running for cover. The PlayStation 2 was also a big success and while it has taken its time to get going, the third incarnation is also an impressive piece of kit.
Which brings us nicely onto the PlayStation Vita, Sony’s interpretation of what handheld games consoles should be.
Now, the PSP has been around for a while and although it is a good piece of technology, its woefully short battery life meant serious gaming was not really an option.
What fans – and Sony itself – will be hoping is that the Vita addresses these problems and becomes the handheld console of choice for gamers everywhere.
So what are its chances? Well, it boasts a high-performance CPU/GPU combined with an organic light-emitting diode to deliver rich, striking graphics – a prerequisite for any games console.
It also utilises a unique rear touchpad and front touchscreen as well as a camera, three motion sensors and an electronic compass to boot.
There will also be two versions of the device – one offering Wi-Fi and the other 3G/Wi-Fi.
Social gaming can also be enjoyed on the Vita, with Sony pulling out all the stops to ensure that every base is covered.
We will have to wait until next year before the Vita makes its way to Blighty but keep an eye out as we’ll be launching some more information on it soon!
Given Sony’s reputation for outstanding quality, our initial optimism about the device is unlikely to be misplaced.