Sony’s NGP to be PlayStation Vita

Sony, or more specifically, Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, has reportedly trademarked the names PS Vita and PlayStation Vita in Europe, more or less confirming the company’s upcoming portable will not only bury its current codename (NGP or Next Generation Portable), but its past as well. Not that it’s a past many will remember; compared to the success of Nintendo’s DS series, the PSP hasn’t quite measured up.

What has been rumored once or twice now seems to be true then; Sony’s leaving the PSP name behind and starting fresh with PS Vita, hoping to make up for lost ground. Quite a bit of info on the device has already been spilled since its formal announcement earlier this year, although a full blowout is expected to occur during Sony’s E3 press conference to be held later today.