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Hands-On with PlayStation Vita: All You Need to Know (Specs, Games, Videos)

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Author: Maria Montoro  

The PS Vita Announcement at E3 2011:

The PlayStation Vita had already been announced back in January as Sony’s Next Generation Portable (aka NGP). However, there wasn’t much to see other than the preliminary technical specs, HD pictures of the device, and some footage of Uncharted: Golden Abyss. The real announcement took place at this year’s E3. Sony’s Kazuo Hirai took the stage during Sony’s Press Conference at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena and finally unveiled the new handheld, with official name and everything. 

The system, very much like a bigger and better PSP, will have two versions, one with 3G + WiFi and another one with just WiFi, the first option priced at $250 and the second at $300 in North America  (€250/€300 in Europe). While the new portable console was received in a decidedly positive note, the idea of having the 3G version only available through AT&T didn’t go over well with many. iPhone users have often suffered from poor reception and high prices when Apple’s phone was an AT&T exclusive, so hopefully PS Vita adopters of the 3G model won’t suffer the same fate.

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Though it looks like a PSP, the PlayStation Vita has a few distinctive features like its size, its dual cameras, dual control sticks, gyro sensors, and front and rear touch controls.

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Hands-On with PS Vita: All You Need to Know (Specs, Games, etc.)

Hands-On with PS Vita: All You Need to Know (Specs, Games, etc.)

Hands-On with PS Vita: All You Need to Know (Specs, Games, etc.)

Hands-On with PS Vita: All You Need to Know (Specs, Games, etc.) 

Hands-On with PS Vita: All You Need to Know (Specs, Games, etc.) 

Hands-On with PS Vita: All You Need to Know (Specs, Games, etc.) 

Hands-On with PS Vita: All You Need to Know (Specs, Games, etc.) 

Hands-On with PS Vita: All You Need to Know (Specs, Games, etc.) 

PS Vita Technical Specs:

PlayStation Vita is a solid piece of hardware, sporting dual cameras, dual analog sticks, and dual, front and back touch pads! The “dual” theme definitely goes well with the system, giving it possibilities you couldn’t have dreamt of before in a handheld gaming device. These are the full specs for PS Vita:

• CPUARM® 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 PadMulti touch pad (capacitive type)

• CamerasFront camera, Rear camera

• SoundBuilt-in stereo speakers

• Built-in microphone

• SensorsSix-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass

• LocationBuilt-in GPS

• Wi-Fi location service support

• Keys / SwitchesPS 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 CommunicationsMobile network connectivity (3G)

• IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi)(Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)

• Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

PS Vita Hands-On Impressions:

While visiting the Sony booth, the representative led me to an area full of PlayStation Vita software to try out. It was our last day in L.A., so my time was somewhat limited, but I managed to play three titles and experience what it’s like to play with PS Vita. 

The first thing you’ll notice is the screen. The 5-inch OLED display sports a whopping 960 x 544 resolution, exuding vibrant colors and displaying even the smallest details like never before. The PlayStation Vita screen gives you the illusion of playing actual home console games on a handheld, and luckily it’s not just an illusion, because many games will be available for both PS3 and PS Vita, promoting the use of Sony’s new cloud saving feature, where players get to play some games on either console and load the same game saves on either one.

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Posted on: 06/12/2011 | ? Comments
Tags: sony, playstation, ps, vita, psv, Hands-On, Impressions, Preview, Specs, Games, List, Demos, Images, juegos
Maria Montoro

An enthusiast of gaming adventures as well as party and puzzle games. Writer, editor, translator, graphics designer, and a multitasker at heart. Maria has worked in the gaming industry since 2007, though she's been a gamer since the eighties. She proudly wore her Spain jersey when they won the 2010 World Cup!

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