Editors' note: this review does not reflect my experience with wireless 3G performance. The review will be updated accordingly at a later date.
Originally referred to as the NGP or Next Generation Portable, the Sony PlayStation Vita is the follow-up to the PlayStation Portable (or PSP) that was introduced back in March of 2005. The Vita was officially named and priced at Sony's E3 2011 press conference.
At the time of the announcement, it seemed that Nintendo's 3DS was already in trouble, with its disappointing launch line-up, an audience divided over 3D and a short battery life atypical of Nintendo handhelds. All this plus a matching US$250 price point gave Sony all of the momentum going in to the next-generation battle of portable consoles.