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Sony Playstation Vita 3G Goes On Preorder For £280

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.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.