Sony has purchased the url vita.scedev.net which is a sub-domain to their development website and there are rumors that the “NGP” (what the upcoming handheld is labeled so far) will go by the name “PSVita” or simply “Vita”.
I’m hoping this isn’t confirmed by Sony as the official name (possibly not since Playstation Move was originally named “Arc”) because frankly the name is just…weird.
Also it’s been confirmed that since Sony is trying to make the NGP/Vita/PSP2 “less investment heavy” they have lowered the memory specs from 512mb to 256mb and they have removed the previously touted 16gb of internal memory storage in exchange for classic removable flash memory storage.
Although I’m sad to see the internal storage gone, you shouldn’t worry about the lower amount of memory. 512mb is quite a lot for a handheld and only serves to inflate the price beyond what is reasonable. Graphical memory is typically only used for stuff like anti-aliasing, anisotropic filtering, depth of field etc which handhelds have yet to ever incorporate. The power of the NGP/Vita lies in it’s quad core processor and with 256mb of memory to utilize there shouldn’t be any performance bottleneck. You get a cheaper handheld and that’s always good, right?
If anything many people are glad they have dumped the UMD disc format that only served to create 3 minute loading times. That’s the only reason I never picked up a PSP of my own. This reminds me of the day when, what used to be referred to as the Nintendo “Revolution” got renamed to the “Wii” upon release. I think I nearly dumped a 2×4 right then and there when I heard that. Then again it is pretty hard to refer to something called the “Revolution” casually, whereas Wii is short and simple. If only it weren’t so tacky…
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