PlayStation Vita Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Sony's New PlayStation Portable


Posted September 9, 2011 - By Nikole Zivalich

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Sony is preparing to launch the PlayStation Portable Vita, their third handheld gaming device, soon and to counter their efforts we have created this PlayStation Vita Guide to help you through this interminable waiting period. Following the legacy of the PSP and the PSP Go, the PlayStation Vita will feature innovative gameplay, unique games and wifi enabled social features. Unlike its competitor, the Nintendo 3DS, the Vita will not focus on 3D graphics. The Vita will use dual-analog sticks, front and back facing cameras and touchscreen/touchpads to make sure the Vita provides a unique gaming experience. 

PS Vita Reveal Video Sony Press Conference E3 2011 »

PlayStation Vita
Release Date: 2012 in America; 2011 in Japan
MSRP: $249-$299

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What is the Vita?

Sony's next handheld gaming console and successor to many iterations of the PSP is the PlayStation Vita. The PSVita will combine classic gaming features, augmented reality gaming, and social features to provide a new way to play games. There will be two models: A wi-fi enabled PSVita and one with 3G. The wifi only model will retail for $249 and the 3G model will cost $299.

Due to the PSVita's dual-anlog sticks it has already been welcomed by many fans of the PSP, as lacking a second joystick was one of the major complaints about Sony's first handheld. Sony also seems to be listening to fan feedback in regards to the launch line-up. They are planning to show off 50 games during the Tokyo Game Show.

The PS Vita's Origins Story

In early 2011 Sony confirmed they were working on a new handheld and dubbed it the NGP, Next Generation Portable. During Sony's E3 2011 press conference the official name of the device was revealed. The name "Vita" was chosen because it meant "Life" in Latin.

As of August 2011 an American release date was not confirmed beyond "early 2012." The PSVita will be released by the end of 2011 in Japan only.

PlayStation Vita Hands-On Preview »

What Does It Do?

Sony will be giving gamers what they have asked for: The PSVita will have two analog sticks, and a five inch OLED multi-touch screen., and wi-fi. It will have a D-pad, the classic Sony triangle, circle, square and "X" buttons and L, R, Start, Select, Home, Volume and Power buttons. It features Bluetooth, WiFi, and an optional 3G capability.  It also features front and rear cameras, a rear touchpad, stereo speakers, a microphone, and the sixaxis motion sensing system.

PS Vita Specs

  • Front and Back Cameras - Front and back camera will allow head tracking, face detection, and head detection.
  • Multi-Touch Touchscreen - The Vita will have a front touchscreen (960 x 544 OLED) and a rear touchpad.
  • Augmented Reality - Using the front and back facing cameras, the Vita will be able to incorporate the surroundings and appearance from real life into certain games. Reality Fighters will be a fighting game that scans real people to use as characters.
  • Sixaxis Motion Sensing - Sixaxis controls will include three-axis gyroscope, and three-axis accelerometer to track movement.
  • Social Features - Due to the Vita's wifi capabilities, gamers will be able to access and update their social sites. Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and Skype have all been integrated into the device.
  • Storage: The Vita will have an ARM Cortex-A9 and a custom PowerVR GPU. Memory is split between 512 MB of RAM and 128 MB of VRAM
  • Other: 802.11 b/n/g WIfi, Bluetooth, 3G.

LittleBigPlanet PS Vita from Sony Press Conference E3 2011 »


The PSVita will primarily use retail and digitally downloaded games. Sony has confirmed it will offer full backwards compatibility with the PSN's archive of downloadable PSP games. Each game will be upgraded to better match the Vita's graphical capabilities.

The device will not read UMDs, the original discs that PSP games came on. Instead, the Vita will use NVG cards. The flash format is similar to the cards the Nintendo DS and 3DS use. NVG cards will be available in 2 GB and 4GB cards at launch, and sizes up to 16GB will be available later.

Upcoming Releases Include:

Not Fully Detailed But Upcoming Titles:

  • Assassin's Creed PSVita
  • BioShock PSVita
  • Call of Duty PSVita
  • Killzone PSVita 

So what do you think? Are you planning on picking up a PlayStation Portable Vita? Do you feel like it has rendered your PSP or your PSP Go obsolete? Sony is putting a big push behind this, but can they capture the handheld market that Nintendo has been ruling for some time now? 

PlayStation Vita Guide: Everything You Need To Know About Sony's New PlayStation Portable


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