Console Wars

PlayStation Vita

Sony finally figured out a name for its NGP, PlayStation Vita. PSVita is the name of the new member of Sony’s Playstation Family. It is the successor of PSP.

Vita looks really cool with full of features like Bluetooth, WiFi and 3G. 3G is available in on the 3G version of the Vita and it is little expensive than the normal version. Vita is the first portable console to have a dual analog stick on it. Vita also includes a D-Pad, 4 action buttons with L and R triggers and a home button with Start and Select buttons. Vita will have 5-inch OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, a rare touch pad, 2 cameras front and rare, stereo speakers with a built in microphone, Sixaxis motion sensing system, electronic compass and also a built in GPS. Camera will features face detection and allows user to customize. The best feature of Vita is it will be backwards-compatibility with all the PSP games from PlayStation Store. But Dual analog support will not be available for older PSP games.

As I was telling earlier Vita will be released as two different versions. One with 3G support and other is without. About the hardware the device features ARM Cortex-A9 core processor and SGX543MP4+ (SGX543MP4 (four cores) 134M polygons/s, fill rates in excess of 4Gpixels/sec @200 MHz). For the full specification check below:

Sony Ps Vita

CPU ARM® Cortex™- A9 core (4 core)
External Dimensions Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen (Touch Screen) 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear Touch Pad Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras Front camera, Rear camera
Sound Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
Sensors Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
Location Built-in GPS
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / Switches PS button
Power button
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
Right stick, Left stick
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)
Wireless Communications Mobile network connectivity (3G)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi)(Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

Vita will use a new storage media named Vita Card. Software for the Vita will be distributed on it. This card will be available on 2GB and 4GB sizes. Higher capacity cards will be available in the future. Vita will use touch screen based UI LiveArea software where people can also use various social networking via PS Network. Several big titles have announced such as Call of Duty, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048 and many more. By the way some other Ps3 titles were shown working on Vita. MGS4, Yakuza and Lost Planet 2 were shown working perfectly on Vita. Sony just proved how much power this portable Vita will pose.

Lastly this portable device is going to be monstrous and will be the top of the portables list for sure. The Vita looks awesome, it poses monstrous power, maybe we will be able to play ps3 games on it in future what else do you want from it guys. This portable will be the ultimate gaming device for every gamer, even if you want to play multiplayer, with the support of the new software you will be able to trace players near you and play with them. Internet support and social networking are also available through PS Network. Vita 3G will cost $299 and the normal version will cost $249, For such a monstrous device the price is too less and final thought Vita will hit the Top list and will Rock gamers world.

Wii U

This year E3 was full of surprise and one of the best of them was from Nintendo with their new upcoming console Wii U. The Wii U will hit the gaming world in 2012 and it’s described as Eight Generation belonging console.

Wii U is coming with a new controller with a touch screen on it and it will be Nintendos first console which will produce 1080p high-definition graphics. The new controller looks awesome, in my point it’s like a little big Psp with an option of touch screen. The controller contains dual analog stick, a D-pad, bumpers and triggers. The controller also contains a camera and a mic with built in speakers. The Touch Screen is in the middle of the controller like the Psp screen but a little bigger. The controllers screen size is 6.2 inch and it is powered by rechargeable batteries. No offense but Sony Vita is also coming and it is also a touch screen from the both sides. Sony also introduced its NGP with a name Psp Vita and it will be described on the next post. Back to Wii U, The controller of the new we can also be used as handheld when your parents want to watch the TV. So it means now you are free to play whenever you want as no TV program can’t stop you. But that does not mean you can use it on the go, as it will only respond to the highest wireless range available from its console. Some demos were also shown where you can use the controller as a secondary display like scope for a sniper or ball lay down on the ground. By the way You will be able to use only one touch screen control, for more controls you can use your Wii controls and you will also be able to use all the Wii accessories with the New Wii U. If you miss your Wii games then do not worry as Wii U will be backwards-compatible.

Console Specification is quite strong as the Cpu is IBM Power Architeture-based multi-core 45 nm microprocessor. IBM specified that the tech which power Wii U is same that powers the super computer. GPU is custom-designed AMD Radeon HD and I think you know how much powerful it can be. Media is not confirmed yet and about the storage I heard you can use SD memory cards and USB hard disk drives as an external storage device. You will find both Av Multi Out and HDMI out ports in the back of the console along with 2 Usb 2.0 ports and Sensor Bar power port. As I think you already know about its Visual capabilities and for Audios you will be able to use the AV out or the Six-channel PCM linear output through HDMI.

Finally I think this console got a bright future as I was really amazed from the Zelda demo and the coming titles just blowed my mind. As in the past Nintendo was missing big titles that’s what I think but this time with upcoming titles like DarkSiders 2, Arkham City and Ghost Racon Online these types of big titles will surly change the level of Nintendos upcoming console Wii U.

Sony PSP2 (CodeName NGP)

Last night i was thinking about the next generation hand-held, where Nintendo already announced 3DS as i wrote a few things that i know about it and i also mentioned there that Sony and other hand-held company should get ready for a war. As the night passed the war is already begun and Here comes the Beast , Sony announced PSP2 in Tokyo Today. This device of Sony looks awesome to me. i think many of you will think why because its like the same but its little round shaped and it got OLED touchscreen 5-inch with resolution of 960×544, Its loaded with a Quad core Arm Cortex A9 CPU and SGX534MP4+ GPU PowerVr, Its 3G, GPS , Wifi and also Dual analog sticks.

As we all know Psp Go didn’t had the Umd trays Sony made a decision to stick with the idea and its will be replaced by media card. The rear touch panel will be almost the same size will respond multi-touch inputs and demo was shown from the high profile Ps3 game Uncharted in PSP2 with awesome graphics.

A new analog stick is added, triggers are still there and SIX-AXIS motion sensing system is also introduced . With this new control approach playing games will be more fun then ever and with the use of touch screen its gonna make the gamers go wild. About the Battery life i still get anything from Sony. In my point of view with this Powerful Quad and an advance graphical ability the PSP2 battery should at least give 5hrs or else gamers will be disappointed like what we had with the PSP GO.

With such powerful processor this device gonna rule the hand-held world of gaming and i can’t wait to see the games that will be release for this hand-held beast. As price of this PSP2 or NGP ( NEXT GENERATION PORTABLE ITS CODE NAME) was not announced i am hoping it to be near $350 t0 $400.

So gamers just get ready for the war and get your pocket money raised before this beast comes out and destroy every hand-held in the gaming market. i sure wanna get amazed by this NGP and i know You are also.

Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo is about to release its new hand-held “Nintendo 3DS” . Its going to be release in 27th May for USA and UK . Japanese gamers will get their hand first in this highly anticipated hand-held console in Feb 26th . The price of 3DS was announced to be ¥25,000 or you can say its $310 but At the web site you can pre order it for $249.99. As some games will be also launched with 3DS the game prices were also given and its between be ¥4800 to be ¥6090. As what i heard some third parties games will be release when the 3DS will be launched. Street fighter IV 3D edition and Ridge Racer 3D are in the top of those game list. Some other high profile titles like Zelda or Mario they didn’t made any announcement about their release for the Nintendo 3DS, maybe they are waiting for the release or they want to hit those game in the right time like in summer. At first 3ds is only relying on games for only Jap region but may be before the the release of other region they would come with other high profile lunches.

For the First time You can see there is a analog type circle pad in 3ds, the stylus is 4 inch long and its telescoping. there will be a built-in stereo camera for taking 3d pictures and it has two lenses that allows to take 3d pics and you can view them in the device. 2gb SD card will be included. This device weighs 8 ounces, 2.9 inches long and 5.3 inches wide and its only .8 inches thick when its closed. Only the top screen is 3d enabled and its 3.53 inches wide, its resolution is 800 x 240 pixel. The speaker are either side of the top screen. The bottom touch screen is 3.02 inches and its resolution is 320 x 240 pixel. The camera is .3 megapixel and its resolution is 640 x 480. I didn’t get any news about the battery life so may be its not announced yet.

There will be a home menu, web browser, and notification functions which can be used without turning off the game-play. There will be pre-installed DSiware (Soft) included in the device. It will have a parental controls for kids to control the age limit and free web surfing. The softs that you downloaded for 3Ds can be transfer to another device but as Nintendo says its gonna be limited and some of them won’t be transfer able at all. It will be able to run the DS or DSi software.

Finally i can say that this time Nintendo is already prepared to through a war against other hand-held consoles. Who knows maybe Sony or other companies hand-held don’t get any chance to survive the battle with 3DS without new hardware’s. Sony better move fast for PSP2 or else Nintendo may take the higher step earlier.

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