Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Capital Business
Capital Business

Technology

PlayStation Vita game gadgets debut outside Asia

Sony’s slick PlayStation Vita handheld videogame gadget hit major markets around the world on Wednesday as the Japanese entertainment titan bucked a trend towards play on smartphones.

Sony packed movies, music, and the Internet into PS Vita handsets along with what it called the “biggest and best launch lineup” of games in PlayStation history.

Vita became available on Wednesday in Europe, Australia, Canada, Latin America and the United States.

Vita handsets that link to the Internet with Wi-Fi only were priced at $250 in the United States while models also capable of connecting to 3G telecom networks were priced at $300. AT&T is the exclusive US carrier for Vita.

“Today marks a historic day for the PlayStation brand and our fans,” said Sony Computer Entertainment America president Jack Tretton. “PlayStation Vita is the most powerful and connected portable gaming system ever created.”

Vita is the first gaming handset to provide play as compelling as that on PlayStation 3 consoles, according to Tretton.
Anyone that owns a PS3 and a Vita can start games on one device and continue playing on the other, according to Sony.

Vita debuted in the US market with access to popular streaming film and television service Netflix.

Sony also made its own Music Unlimited service available on Vita devices in United States.

The Japanese film, music and consumer electronics colossus has sold more than a half million Vita devices since it launched in Asia in December, according to executives.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Vita made its worldwide debut in Japan on December 17 and was released elsewhere in Asia close to the end of the month.
The next-generation PlayStation Vita aims to take a bite out of the growing smartphone games market.

It features a five-inch (12-centimetre) LED touch screen, two cameras and a GPS receiver.

Game software ranging from “Angry Birds” and “Scrabble” to first-person shooters and car racing titles are consistently the most popular “apps” for smartphones.

Vita boasts exclusive blockbusters such as “Uncharted: Golden Abyss” and Electronic Art’s “FIFA Soccer.”

Click to comment
Advertisement

More on Capital Business

Executive Lifestyle

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 12 – The country’s super wealthy individuals are increasing their holding of bonds, gold and cash, a new report by Knight...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 9 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi has urged members of the public to exercise extreme caution when making any...

Ask Kirubi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 24 – Businessman and industrialist Dr. Chris Kirubi is set to own half of Centum Investment Company PLC, following a go-ahead...

Headlines

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 18 – Commercial Banks have been ordered to provide relief to borrowers on their personal loans, with loans eligible from March...

Ask Kirubi

It is without a doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has caught the whole world by surprise. Although its full impact is yet to be...

Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun17 – Kenya’s tea leaves manufacturer Kericho Gold, has been awarded the Superbrands Seal by Superbrands East Africa for their quality variety...

Coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 13 – As the local telecommunications industry gears up to roll out 5G networks in the country, the Communications Authority of...

Coronavirus

NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 22 – Airtel Kenya is offering free internet access for students in order to enable continued learning at home in the...