Sony’s January-announced handheld, currently codenamed NGP (Next Generation Portable), is called PlayStation Vita, if a new pre-E3 rumor is to be believed.
“Vita” is the Italian word for “life.” According to Games Pundit, who received the information from an anonymous source, “this will be the definite and final name of the new system Sony will bring out at the end of 2011.”
A scan of the handheld sporting the PlayStation Vita name, reportedly from an E3 proof sheet, showed up after the rumor’s original posting. As with all rumors, take this with a grain of salt. Confirmation / denial should arrive soon enough.
Update: A source has told Ripten that PlayStation Vita is, in fact, the name of the platform and that the untitled Uncharted game announced for the handheld is titled Uncharted: Golden Abyss. It’s still a rumor, but more support adds for more credibility.