Sony shows off new handheld console, new games line up

Sony releases new portable console, games line up and says sorry for hacks at E3

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Sony shows off new handheld console, new games line up Kazuo Hirai, President and Group CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment America, presents the Playstation Vita at E3. (Getty Images)
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 7, 2011

Sony has launched its new portable games console and given an advance look at upcoming games titles at E3 2011.

The company also showed off new split-screen and 3D TV technology, as well as issuing an apology for the recent hacks that took down its Playstation Network gaming service and other sites.

Jack Tretton, Sony Computer Entertainment America president and CEO, before launching into Sony's E3 presentation said: "You are the lifeblood of the company. Without you there is no PlayStation. I want to apologise on behalf of the company."

Sony's new portable console, named the Vita, features a 5-inch ultra-high contrast OLED screen, a touch pad on the back of the device and two cameras, plus dual analogue sticks, which will allow for 3 dimensional controls and support augmented reality games.

The Vita is due to ship globally by the end of 2011, with US pricing of $250 for a Wi-Fi version and $300 for a 3G version.

Sony, which expects to begin shipping Vita for the holidays, priced a version with the ability to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi at $250. A version that can also tap into cellular 3G service will cost $300.

A number of games are set to be available at launch, including versions of popular series Uncharted Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet and Street Fighter x Tekken. Other titles include Ruin, Wipeout 2048, ModNation Racers, Reality Fighters, Super Stardust Delta, Sound Shapes, Everybody's Golf and Hustle Kings.

Sony also showcased upcoming Playstation 3 titles including Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception, Resistance 3, Sly Cooper: Thieves of Time, NBA2K12, DanceStar Party, Carnival Island, Medieval Moves, Twisted Metal, Starhawk, BioShock Infinite, Saint's Row, SSX, Need for Speed: The Run and Battlefield 3.

In hardware, Sony presented a new 24-inch TV with 3D screen, which is capable of showing two separate images to two people simultaneously, meaning that two players could play a multi-player game on the same screen without being able to see what the other is doing. The TV uses Sony active shutter 3D glasses to show different images to each viewer. The set will come bundled with the glasses, HDMI cable, and Resistance 3, and is due to go on sale in the Autumn at a US price of $500.

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