Posted by Raine Hutchens on Jun 7, 2011

Here Are The Details On The PlayStation Vita [E32011]

What we have come to know as the NGP (Next Generation Portable) has now been renamed the Vita, as announced by Sony at their E3 2011 Press conference. We received a lot of information about the new handheld, and were even shown what it can do in action. With a new age of handheld gaming upon us, the PlayStation Vita is set to pave the way into that future. Here’s the rundown on the new portable from Sony.

The Vita offers both new hardware and software features, adding to the already great gameplay experience that Sony has provided us. Hardware-wise, the Vita offers front and back multitouch screens, Six Axis sensors, motion sensors, as well as front and rear cameras. The multitouch screens provide a unique experience while playing any of the titles available for the Vita, and allow for a new way to enjoy our favorite games.

As for the technical specs, you can find them in the table below, if you so wish:

Product Information:

CPU: ARM® Cortex™- A9 core (4 core)
External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen (Touch Screen): 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear Touch Pad: Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera
Sound: Built-in stereo speakers Built-in microphone
Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
Location: Built-in GPS Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / Switches: PS button Power button Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left) Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square) Shoulder buttons (Right/Left) Right stick, Left stick START button, SELECT button Volume buttons (+/-)

The PSVita supports 3G network connectivity, and will have service coverage through AT&T. That being said, there will be two versions of the Vita, right out of the gate. Players can pick up the Wi-Fi only version, which retails at $249, or they can pick up the 3G/Wi-Fi version for $299. This ability will allow for more functional mobile gaming than ever before.

The Vita will offer downloadable content from the PlayStation Store, but it won’t be another PSP Go. Actual gaming media will be offered through retailers across the globe. Of course, the Vita will utilize brand new gaming media, so the PSP UMDs will not work with the new handheld.As far as we know, the new game media will come as data flash cards, which will store not only game data, but add-on content as well. It’s kind of like a new-age cartridge. Along with this comes the ability to transfer your gaming between platforms, switching from the Vita to the PS3 with compatible titles. Save your game on the Vita, and continue it effortlessly on your home PS3 system.

New features, such as Near, have been announced for the Vita, allowing it to offer more entertainment options than ever before. Near is a core Vita feature that is composed of location-based services. These services utilize the PlayStation Network and allow players to see what their friends are playing within the vicinity, regardless of what games they may be. Near can be used over Wi-Fi, but it is exceptionally useful over 3G data services.

As for a comparison between the PSVita and the PSP, here’s a simple list showing their differences:

  • Advanced portable entertainment system
    A high performance CPU / GPU combined with OLED enables rich, visually striking graphics never seen before on a portable entertainment system.  PS Vita also adopts the Super Oval Design form factor, which fits comfortably in users’ hands.
  • Revolutionary User Interface
    A unique multi-touch pad on the rear, with the front touch display. Two cameras on it’s front and rear, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer, and electronic compass.
  • LiveArea™
    Every game title for PS Vita will be provided with a space called “LiveArea™” where users can share the fun and excitement with other players.
  • Location-based services
    SCE will provide location-based services on PS Vita as part of the basic features utilizing PlayStation Network. The new application called “Near,” developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system.
  • Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
    PS Vita is equipped with 3G in addition to Wi-Fi.
  • Closely coordinated with PlayStation Suite
    The newly developed and released game content for Android based portable devices can also be enjoyed on PS Vita.

These are about all of the details we have thus far on the PlayStation Vita. With tons of new features, new game media, and the ability to transfer game files directly for play on the PS3, this may just be the new handheld device we’ve all been waiting on. Players can look forward to picking up this item towards the end of this year.

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