PlayStation Vita pictures

The PlayStation Vita, formerly known as the (shudder) NGP, is finally here. Sony’s answer to the Nintendo 3DS took center stage at E3 today to show off its OLED touch screen, dual analog sticks, rear-facing touch panels, and dual cameras. The multi-featured Vita won’t only focus on portable gaming, also offering a Sony-exclusive social network called Near that lets you connect to others gamers locally and online. A built-in app called Party also lets gamers use voice and text chat during use.

Vita has a 5-inch multi-touch display, 3D capability, Wi-Fi, and 3G connectivity (at release, only the 3G will be available on AT&T). The Vita 3G will be available in time for the holidays and will retail for $299 and the Wi-Fi-only version will cost you $250 (its release date has yet to be announced).