The PS Vita is Sony’s follow up of the very popular PSP which was released in the US back in 2005. The PSP is still very popular today but it its software and specs are outdated now compared to today’s technology. That is why Sony released the PS Vita.
What separates the PS Vita from the PSP is a bigger screen which is now an OLED screen, two real thumb-sticks not that cheap plastic one that was on the PSP, a front and rear facing camera, new software and much improved specs, motion control, front and rear touchscreen. Sounds like a huge improvement doesn’t it? I owned a PSP for about 5 years and it was amazing and i loved it, it was as close to a console gaming experience as you could get without actually playing on a console. As soon as the PS Vita was released I picked one up and it makes the PSP look like a toy. Now lets get to the review.
The Vita has a price tag of $250 for the wi-fi only version and $300 for the wi-fi and 3G AT&T service version. You could pick up a brand new PS3 for that price which in my opinion says a little about the PS Vita being overpriced. Here is the spec list that the PS Vita has to offer:
- CPU – ARM® Cortex™- A9 core (4 core)
- GPU – SGX543MP4+
- 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 (+/-)
- Wireless Communications – Mobile network connectivity (3G), IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi)(Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)