It’s no longer called the NGP. The Next Generation Portable has a name, Kaz Hirai took the stage at Sony’s press conference to announce the PlayStation Vita, the official name of the handheld.
“Vita means life [in Latin],” Hirai said, when unveiling the platform. “And we’re confident that Vita will be the first product that blurs the lines between reality and interactive entertainment.” There are two models; the WiFi model for $249, and 3G broadband model for $299. The device will launch “in global markets starting the end of 2011.”