Today Sony’s first shipments of the Playstation Vita will arrive on gamers front door steps. The coming of the PS Vita marks 2 historical events for Sony. It’s their second handheld platform and it’s the first handheld to match the graphic capabilities of the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360. To some, the PS Vita IS a next generation handheld. To others, it’s a way to experience console gaming on the go. For those who aren’t early adopters, we’ve created a little buyers guide for you to help you through the pain of deciding how to go about purchasing your Vita and your games. We’ve included pretty much all of Sony’s first party games and some links to other Vita posts we have made. As the week passes, we will continue to ramp up as much Vita coverage as we can. Our unit won’t arrive until next week and without HDMI video, it will be awhile before we can provide quality screens and video. So until then, I hope you enjoy what we’ve put together for you.
The PS Vita hardware is the next generation of gaming in the palm of your hands. The Vita boasts both a 4 core Arm CPU and SGX GPU. It also has a 5-inch OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen with 24-bit color at 960 × 544 qHD resolution. It’s a BEAST! Finally there are two analog controllers to play with. Gamers have been asking for this and they got it. This makes it even better to remote play PS3 games. The rear touchpad is something new and I can’t wait to see what developers do with it. The PS Vita comes with an integrated web browser, a cool touch interface that’s very different from the XMB and in the future a version of Skype…from Microsoft.
|CPU||4 core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore|
|Graphics||4 core SGX543MP4+|
|Display||5-inch OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, 24-bit color, 960 × 544 qHD @ 220 ppi|
|Storage||none – Sold separately. 4-32gb|
|Media||PS Vita Card|
|Memory||512 MB RAM, 128 MB VRAM|
|Connectivity||IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR|
|Camera||Front and back 640×480 (0.3MP) VGA cameras|
|Dimensions||83.55 mm (3.289 in) (h)
182 mm (7.2 in) (w)
18.6 mm (0.73 in) (d)
260 grams (9.2 oz)
279 grams (9.8 oz)
Sony’s launch line-up for the Vita is the most diverse since the Playstation 1. They have a little bit of everything for everyone from casual puzzle games to hardcore shooters. Games media will be on the fast and tiny Playstation Vita Cards. They are flash memory based and similar to SD cards. Games can also be downloaded via the PSN directly onto a memory card. The Vita doesn’t come with a memory card but you can purchase a 4, 8, 16 or 32gb card online. For downloads and saves a memory card is mandatory. If you don’t feel like purchasing games right away, you can always re-download some of your PSN purchased PSP and Mini games to your Vita and start playing them again. I’m not sure if Sony has a solution for PSP saved games but I’m sure someone will figure it out. I’d hate to start Lunar all over again. One other thing I’d like to note is that the digital download versions of PS Vita games are cheaper than their PS Vita Card counter parts. So if you spend the extra money on a memory card and decide to get everything digitally, you’ll actually see some savings.