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PS Vita Designer Also Responsible for the Walkman
- Updated: December 29, 2011
If you’re a fan of the PlayStation Vita’s design, it’s because of Takashi Sogabe’s 27 years of experience with Sony, who happens to be the same individual that designed the legendary portable tape-player known as the Walkman.
Spotted by Joystiq, the PlayStation Blog revealed that Sogabe and company tried out multiple prototype Vita builds, including one with a slide-out feature, similar to the PSP Go, and one with a clamshell design, not unlike the Nintendo DS line of handhelds. Another familiar form factor was produced that opted for touch pads in the place of analog sticks, a design that was obviously scrapped but may have been a direct influence on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play smartphone.
With his team from the Sony Corporate Design Centre, Sogabe even wanted the Vita to have an entirely metallic exterior at one point, an idea that ultimately hit the cutting room floor as a result of incompatibility with the Wi-Fi and 3G antannae.