Both Game and Play.com have put the Sony Playstation Vita, formerly known as the Next Generation Portable or the PSP2, on preorder for £279.99 with the release date yet to be confirmed.
Game (opens in new tab) appears to be offering the more interesting deal with 5600 game points worth more than £13 altogether. The Vita - which means life in Latin - comes with a 5-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen display - like the Dell Streak - with a 960x544 pixel resolution, one that is even higher than the Motorola Atrix and the HTC Sensation.
There's also a rear multi touch capacitive pad (that according to the official pictures won't display anything), VGA front and rear cameras, a six-axis motion sensing system, two analog sticks, built in GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G as well as Bluetooth and a memory card slot.
It thrashes the rest of the competition when it comes to raw power with a quad core ARM Cortex A9 SoC with four Power VR SGX543MP4+ GPU cores. At £280, the Vita 3G would be the most expensive gaming console on the market at nearly twice the price of the Nintendo 3DS.
The Wi-Fi only version will cost around £230 although one can expect the price of both consoles to fall significantly in the build-up to Christmas. No news about how many games will be up and running at launch.