Sony E3 2011 Conference | Uncharted: Golden Abyss on PlayStation Vita

This is what we’ve been waiting for. Uncharted on the newly christened handheld, PlayStation Vita. Uncharted: Golden Abyss is a full-on third-person action-adventure title that is going to be the hottest property on the new machine.

It’s ridiculously gorgeous. The shading effects and overall detail rival most early PS3 titles and instantly wipe away any thoughts of handheld games being incapable of competing with the big boys. Needless to say, the original PSP is going to dive-bomb out of existence now. This isn’t just huge for portable gaming, it’s huge full-stop.

Inbuilt six-axis controls allow you to jump between platforms when grappling. Drag your finger across the screen to shimmy along ledges. Various taps on the screen will allow you to move all-around various brickwork handholds. Or you could trace a route ahead and Drake will follow it. This allows you to get a good view of what’s ahead. During gunfights you can tap the gun icon to reload, or tap a dropped weapon to pick it up.

All these motion-controls and screen-touching are an optional part of the game though. Thanks to the regular buttons and the extra analogue stick, you’ll be able to play just like Uncharted on your PS3.

Biggest game on the PS Vita? You better believe it. Matt and Jon will have more for you soon as they get their lucky hands on the game.

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