PlayStation Vita, also known as PS Vita, is the second and last portable game console created by Sony Computer Entertainment, is the successor to PlayStation Portable and is part of the PlayStation family of game consoles. It was presented on January 27, 2011 and put on sale on December 17 of the same year in Japan. The arrival in Europe and throughout America was on February 22, 2012. Initially, it was destined to compete directly with the Nintendo 3DS console.
The current firmware of the console is 3.71, where system performance has been improved.
In September 2018, the president of Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that the PlayStation Vita console would end its production in Japan in 2019. In addition, he confirmed that the company has no plans to work on a successor to the laptop.
Before the announcement by Sony Computer Entertainment, many sites like Kotaku confirmed that the laptop existed. Shuhei Yoshida, president of Sony Computer Entertainment Worldwide Studios had admitted in an interview that, in fact, they were working on a new product of the PlayStation family and reported that the laptop had been delivered to many video game developers such as SCE Worldwide, among others. The system, allegedly, was announced internally in mid-September at a meeting held at the SCE headquarters in Aoyama, Tokyo. The president of SCE Worldwide Studios revealed in an interview with the English video game magazine Develop that when Ken Kutaragi left Sony Computer Entertainment, the new CEO, Kazuo Hirai, told him that he wanted SCE Worldwide Studios to start developing the next PlayStation. Yoshida said, in addition, that the developers were present at the meetings since SCE Worldwide began hardware development and that it had frequent conversations with video game companies around the world, while the new hardware was developed. When asked about the successor to the PlayStation Portable at the 2010 Tokyo Game Show, Shuei Yoshida said he failed to answer the question, but said: “Personally, I don’t see Sony stopping making a future portable console.” In November 2010, Patrick Soderlund, senior vice president of Electronic Arts, said he had seen the successor to the Portable PlayStation when he asked for it in an interview, but could not comment on it.
The system was announced on January 27, 2011 at the “PlayStation meeting” in Japan by the president of Sony Computer Entertainment, Kazuo Hirai. The last time a “PlayStation meeting” was held was to coordinate the PlayStation 3 launch plans in 2005. In addition, MCV says Sony told distributors that the system would be “as powerful as the PlayStation 3,” They also say that the system games will be distributed in both physical and digital formats.
In the Game Developer Confer of 2011, Sony revealed some details of the NGV Card during its panel on the Next Generation Portable. In addition, another storage unit for the PlayStation Vita, called Removable Memory, was announced. Sony also said it is implementing a “single submission for both formats” to facilitate the acquisition of approved games for both card formats and downloadable releases.
In addition, it was announced that only three of the four cores of the central symmetric processing unit will be available for applications and that both cameras will have face detection, head detection and head tracking.
Jack Tretton, president of Sony Computer Entertainment America, has announced that the latest earthquakes in Japan may bring a delay in the startup of the system, although a company representative told The Wall Street Journal that: “We do not see the earthquake have an impact on our launch plan. ” In his opinion, the words of Jack Tretton “were wrong”, so the launch of the portable console is still planned worldwide for the same year. The latest rumors suggest that NGP could reach stores next November. On June 7, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2011, Sony confirmed that the final name of the system would be PlayStation Vita or PS Vita. They said to choose that name because Vita means “life” in Latin. The laptop combines augmented reality, video games, and social connectivity, along with services such as “Near” and “Party”, exclusive to the console.
On September 14, its launch was announced at the Tokyo Game Showroom, thus planning its departure for December 17 in Japan.