Hacking: Sony apologises, intros new PlayStation Vita

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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Tokyo, Jun 7: Finally, it seems like Sony has just came out of the vicious circle created by the hackers. Making a strong come back after the series of hacking attempts on its various services, the online gaming giant has announced the launch of a new hand-held gaming console dubbed as PlayStation Vita (PSV).

Sony unveiled the latest gaming sensation PlayStation Vita at the ongoing E3 gaming expo at Los Angeles. The new PlayStation Vita will be available in two variants aimed at the 2011 holiday season. Sony claimed that the next-generation portable entertainment system PSV will enable a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.

PS Vita incorporates a beautiful 5-inch multi-touch organic light emitting diode (OLED) as the front display and a unique multi-touch pad on the rear. Two analog sticks enable a wider range of game genres. Together with the front touch screen and the rear touch pad, PS Vita offers new gameplay, enabling entirely new experiences.

With both Wi-Fi at $249.99 and 3G/Wi-Fi at $299.99, PS Vita will enable infinite possibilities for the user to 'encounter,' 'connect,' 'discover,' 'share' and 'play' with their friends wherever they are.

PS Vita will be equipped with titles from SCE Worldwide Studios, including Uncharted: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, and Ruin (working title), which utilize PS Vita"s groundbreaking technology to make unprecedented immersive, interactive and social game play available on-the-go. Other tittles include Little Deviants, Hot Shots Golf, Reality Fighter, Hustle Kings, ModNation Racers, Wipeout, Super Stardust Delta and much more.

While unveiling the new PSV, Sony officials apologised to its users for the data breach happened during the cyber attack. Hackers intruded to Sony PlayStation Network and Qriocity service and compromised personal details of more than millions of users. Following the attack, Sony was forced to pull these services offline and it appeared online nearly one month after the attack.

Interestingly, when Sony started resuming the PlayStation service, another cyber attack happened on its SonyPictures entertainment service. The hacker group called as 'Lulz Security' managed to intrude Sony security systems and published online the names, birth dates, addresses, emails, phone numbers and passwords of people who had entered contests promoted by Sony.

Meanwhile, Sony's rival Nintendo also confirmed a possible hack attempt on their security system. Nintendo said that hackers attempted to intrude company's US unit unlawfully a few weeks ago, but there was no data breach or any other damages.

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