Namco Bandai Games America Inc. this week said it will release Ridge Racer for Sony Corp.’s Playstation Vita at the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.

Ridge Racer is said to be brand new installment of the racing franchise, with new gameplay additions.

The title is in co-development at Namco Bandai Games Inc. and Cellius, a joint venture between the company and Sony Computer Entertainment Japan.

Director of the PS Vita version will be Hideo Teramoto, producer of Ridge Racer for the PSP and Ridge Racer 7.

The PS Vita will include the dual analog sticks, a 5-inch multi-touch OLED display, 3G & GPS, front and rear touch panels, and a compass on three axes. It will utilize flash-memory game cards.

Hardware specifications include an ARM Cortex A9 4-core CPU, front camera, rear camera, built-in microphone, and Bluetooth 2.1.

The company will partner with AT&T to allow current customers to access Wi-Fi hotspots nationwide.

The PS Vita Party mode will allow users to chat with nearby owners. In addition, near will allow users to play with friends using their PSN ID.

The Wi-Fi only model will sell at $249.99. The 3G model will sell at $299.99.

The PS3 160GB Call of Duty: Black Ops Bundle, which began sale May 31, includes the PS3 160GB hardware, a copy of Activision Blizzard Inc.’s Call of Duty: Black Ops, the Call of Duty: Black Ops First Strike DLC Pack, and a Dualshock 3 Controller at $299.99.

Sony in May began sale of the Limited Edition PSP Entertainment Pack, which includes the PSP-3000 handheld, 2GB Memory Stick Pro, Gran Turismo, and MLB 11 The Show at $199.99.

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