Sony PlayStation Vita (3G + Wi-Fi)

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Sony’s PlayStation Vita represents the company’s second entry into the volatile handheld gaming market. The original PlayStation Portable found reasonable success as a largely traditional system, with console-style games being bought in boxes from stores just like other PlayStations, but the portable gaming market has changed in the six years since that console launched. With $0.99 smartphone apps like Angry Birds satiating the boredom of many commutes, just how much appetite there is for a...

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Basic Specs

Form Factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 5 inches
Touchscreen type Capacitive
3G Yes
Game media type Cartridge, Internal / Downloads
Backwards compatibility PSN

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Tech Specs

Also Known As...

Alias PS Vita
Codename NGP

Hardware

Form Factor Slab
Length 3.27 inches
Width 7.12 inches
Thickness 0.73 inches
Color Black
Primary orientation Landscape
Sensors Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 5 inches
Technology OLED
Resolution (longer) 960 px
Resolution (shorter) 544 px
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Performance

CPU brand ARM
CPU model Cortex A9 MPCore
Cores 4
GPU model SGX543MP4+
RAM 512 MB

Input

Controls D-Pad, Shoulder buttons, Rear touchpad
Analog stick(s) 2

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 2.1 + EDR
3G Yes
GSM Yes

Audio

Speaker(s) Stereo
Built-in mic Yes

Storage

External storage Yes
Max external size 64 GB

Software

Game media type Cartridge, Internal / Downloads
Backwards compatibility PSN
Online multiplayer Yes
Online store Yes

Ports

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Data connections Proprietary

Rear Camera

Video resolution VGA

Front Camera

Video Resolution VGA

Power

Removable battery No
Battery type Proprietary
Capacity 2210 mAh

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8.3

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  • Speakers 7
  • Performance 9
  • Battery life 7

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by chrismo2001 (Currently owns)

    I recently purchased the PlayStation Vita. At this point it's already been out for well over a year. So where are we with it so far?

    Not much further unfortunately, the game selection is lacking and it still doesn't have a strong third-party support. However I'm not really here to talk about the games I'm here to talk about system.

    The PlayStation Vita is a very nice system. If you owned the PSP prior the PS Vita, it is definitely a nice upgrade. The build quality great, it's what you expect out of Sony. The controls feel really good in your hand. The buttons feel great and it makes gaming very easy to enjoy. The OLED display that comes with it is very nice to look at. The colors are deep, the screen is bright and you can see a fair amount of detail. The screen is a multitouch capacitive display with the rear capacitive touchpad. The only downside to this system is that the analog sticks do not have an L3 or an R3 button; nor is there an L2 or R2 button. With this it gives it a little bit different experience than what I'm used it with the PlayStation controller. It's still a better experience in my PSP.
    I played a few games and the graphics are really good.

    So why did I buy the PlayStation Vita? Well, it went down by $100 for the 3G model and the PlayStation 4 is coming out very soon; so I primarily bought it for the remote play. I'm hoping that Sony will release more games for it, including having a better third-party support and some good Japanese imports. Overall I would recommend buying if you're getting a PS4 for the remote play function.

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    Reviewed by yl_ksa (Currently owns)

    Everything about this portable device is gorgeous. Games are still very limited, I find myself buying anything new on the store just to keep using the Vita, it's very useful since I carry it with me almost everywhere and it helps waste a lot of time in planes.

    I also don't really like the menu and the bubbles, it looks a bit cheap for Sony's style.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by The iTea Guy (Currently owns)

    Having owned every version of the PSP (Including the PSP-Go) the PS Vita is a BIS step up from the psp, the screens are better the games are better. BUT I feel like Sony did the usual Sony thing when the are getting Beaten (by the 3DS in this Case) by Cramming everything in and nor really stepping back from the work bench and thinging "when are gamers going to use all these features" I understand theat is giving developers option and if the Game Makers do a real crap job on taking advantage of them, its their fault not sonys. Still the PS Vita is the Best hand held gaming system at the moment, we just need some actual games to go with it.

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    Reviewed by adcustom (Currently owns)

    Putting all the "do I need this when I have a smartphone and/or tablet" stuff aside – I can't say enough about how well Sony nailed the hardware on this bad boy. Holding a comfortable, well-built portable game system that actually "wows" me in 2012 is nothing short of miraculous. The screen is the very antithesis of the 3DS. Large, beautiful, and inviting. The touch responsiveness is fantastic. The thumb sticks are excellent. And there is already a surprisingly great amount of quality games available – Uncharted, Super Stardust Delta, Rayman Origins, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom, Lumines, WipEout, and others. Despite all the hype around portable gaming consoles being labeled as a dying breed...I'll happily die lying on the couch or in my bed playing my Vita. It is a gadget and gamer's dream come true.

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