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PS Vita Hardware Wi-Fi - PlayStation Vita Standard Edition

by Sony Computer Entertainment
PlayStation Vita
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  • Platform:   PlayStation Vita
  • ESRB Rating: Rating Pending Rating Pending
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Description

Blur the lines between entertainment and reality with breakthrough features such as front and back touch, motion sensors and augmented reality Take on your friends-or the whole world-with Wi-Fi Connectivity Feel the full-on intensity of First Person Shooters with Dual Analog Sticks-only on PlayStation Vita Chat with others on the fly-in the midst of multiplayer action or while watching videos using Party. Location based gaming allowing players to find and meet friends virtually for brand new experiences

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Sony's PlayStation Vita, previously codenamed "Next Generation Portable" (NGP), is the long-rumored successor to the PlayStation Portable hardware series. PS Vita retains the familiar general form of the PlayStation Portable hardware series while dramatically improving on virtually every aspect of its use with powerful and exciting new features including: dual touch pads at the front and rear, dual cameras at the front and rear, dual analog sticks, a 5-inch OLED screen, six-axis motion sensors and a three-axis electronic compass and exceptional built-in connectivity via Wi-Fi.* Taken together this makes for a handheld gaming device that truly signals the entry of handhelds into the world of Next-Gen gaming.

The PlayStation Vita handheld in use with the hands of a user demonstrating the new LiveArea touch driven menu system
Handheld gaming enters the Next-Gen.
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Blur the Lines Between Entertainment and Reality.

PlayStation Vita is designed to blur the lines between interactive entertainment and reality in a variety of ways. Reaching beyond the capabilities of every handheld gaming console that has come before it, in this model of Vita players have access to a vast amount of content via improved Wi-Fi, allowing for maximum connectivity wherever you go. (An additional Vita model allows for Wi-Fi and always-on 3G connectivity**) Its 5-inch OLED front multi-touch display brings brilliant images to life and allows for a new touch driven navigational system, while the additional multi-touch pad on its back surface will allow users to interact with games and characters that they encounter within them with a simple movement of their fingertips. The real world and the game world are seamlessly merged with front and rear camera enabled augmented reality. Additionally, services created specifically for Vita will be available on PlayStation Network. These services are designed help users take their gameplay, as well as interaction with other gamers, to new levels.

Additional features include: dual analog stick controls, a 4 core CPU, system-specific flash card media support for game and media saves, mobile PlayStation trophy support, built-in three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer and functionality.

Front angled view of the PlayStation Vita showing the large screen, the two analog sticks and the inward facing camera
New controls include dual analog sticks, three-axis gyroscope and accelerometer and 2 cameras.
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Demonstration of how the rear touch panel of the PlayStation Vita works
Superior design features, including touchpads at the front and rear.
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The PlayStation Vita showing insertion of new flash-based storage card
New dedicated flash-based game medium, with one slot for game content and a second for personal content.
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A gameplay screen from an Uncharted game played on the PlayStation Vita
The best in content, from classic PS One games to your favorite franchises and new ones going forward.
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Vita-specific PlayStation Network Functionality


"Near" is a core PlayStation Vita feature composed of location-based services, that utilize PlayStation Network. Near, developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing now or what they were playing recently. Users can meet their friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing their game information across different dimensions of time and distance.

LiveArea and Activity Log

Every game title for PlayStation Vita will be provided with a space called "LiveArea" where users can share the fun and excitement with other players. Users will have access to the latest information of games provided from SCE and third party developers and publishers through PlayStation Network. Additionally, Vita users will be able to view "Activity Log" which is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication among users.

The Best in New and Classic Content

In addition to containing the best in new handheld gaming hardware technology, Sony's PlayStation Vita provides users with the best in quality content. All your favorite game franchises are coming to Vita, including but not limited to Uncharted in Uncharted Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, Hot Shots Golf, ModNation Racers, Wipeout and many more -- including all new game launches -- yet to be announced. Joining these new offerings, players will also have full wireless access to the PlayStation Store. Here, via Vita's improved Wi-Fi capabilities owners can download new game add-ons, movies, comics and PS One classics ported over for handheld play. PlayStation Vita also features full backwards compatibility (via download) to all PSP games. Together this powerful merging of hardware and software is destined to create entertainment experiences unlike anything else available in the handheld gaming market.

Vita Features

  • Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display
  • Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device
  • Dual analog sticks
  • Two digital cameras (front and rear)
  • Software titles on small, Vita-specific flash memory-based cards
  • Three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass
  • Advanced and fast Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Free PlayStation Network access, including trophy support and new Vita features "LiveArea" and "Near"
  • Vita can play PSP titles, minis, PS one classics, video and comics from the PlayStation Store

Technical Specifications

  • 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)
  • 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
  • Game Media/Storage - New Vita-specific dedicated flash-based game medium; dual slots, one for the new game medium, the other is for storage media to be utilized for personal content and download content
  • 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
    • IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
    • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
  • Battery - Internal/embedded (not removable)

* Connectivity subject to Wi-Fi availability coverage limitations.
** 3G functionality and coverage requires purchase and activation of an additional AT&T data plan. Connectivity subject to 3G coverage limitations.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Feb. 29 2012
By Elvick TOP 100 REVIEWER
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I've spent a lot of time with my PlayStation Vita since the 15th. It's a great handheld, probably my favorite to date. And the launch titles were great for me. (Uncharted, Wipeout, Hot Shots Golf, Rayman, Super Stardust Delta, Escape Plan and Little Deviants)

The PlayStation Vita is perfect in terms of it's hardware. Some software issues are annoying, but those can be fixed later. I'll talk about those in a bit.

Skip to *** if you want to just read a quick 'sell', or recommendation for people.

Let me just quickly say that Sony made the right choice in ditching the UMD Drive. It means losing backwards compatibility with them sure, but the UMD drive would have held this handheld back from being what it is now. I love b/c and wish for all hardware possible to have full b/c, but I can understand and appreciate the fact that it is not here on the PSVita. That said, digital b/c should be full. Not all games are supported at the moment, but some not on the official list already can be copied to the PSVita from a PS3 and then work just fine.

The handheld is LIGHT. I mean, I knew it was light from hearing about it from others online, but I had no idea how light it really would be. It doesn't heat up at all either, so the hardware isn't too big for it's britches like my iPod, which will heat up really quickly with even games with little graphical prowess. ): Which makes me afraid to use those games on it.

The battery depends on what you do. Like an iPod, or any device like this. The more power used, the faster the battery drains. Uncharted will drain the battery pretty quick, while Plants vs Zombies can go for hours more. I think I get an average of about 6-7 hours. I honestly don't keep track.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive handheld Aug. 24 2012
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Quite honestly, I wasn't expected to be so captivated by this little piece of hardware. I thought the new "social" features were tacky and I was skeptical about the tiny joysticks; but a 30 minute session of Uncharted conviced me that this was the definitive platform for a console-like experience on the go. With incoming Playstation Plus support, more Sony-exclusive franchises making the Vita jump (as well as new ones), Cross-Buy for most titles that are available on both PS3 and Vita, the future's looking bright indeed.

-Beautiful screen
-Similar CPU and GPU as the new iPad
-Lots of PS3 / PSN features and games working from the get-go
-Playstation Plus, Cross-Buy, PSOne support on the way
-Console-quality First Party titles
-Some nice and innovative uses of the gyros, front and rear touch and cameras in games like Uncharted
-Nice variety of optional apps (Netflix, Facebook, Youtube, Skype, etc)

-Unimpressive battery life; cannot be changed.
-Costy memory sticks
-Weak third party support
-Slow sales mean uncertain future for the console
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By Scott
After having lost my previous Vita in the back of a cab, I wanted a replacement, but not at full price. I was worried about what sort of damage I might see on a used device I couldn't inspect first, so I took a chance. I was delighted to find there were no scratches on the screen and the few cosmetic issues were minor enough to be negligible. In fact, upon receiving it, the only imperfection I spotted was a small ding on trim where you would loop a wrist strap through. I eas extremely pleased with both the condition.

As for the system itself, I find it to be a very solid mobile gaming device with a good selection of games. I've enjoyed it enough that I actually missed it after I lost my first one. It could do with some more games that take advantage of the hardware, however. Some of the games available seem better suited to smartphones and tablets instead.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pairs well with 3DS Sept. 26 2014
By Zachary
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I own a 3DS as well and I prefer the Vita's design, graphical style and graphical capability, but it seems to have much worse smudge resistance and gets pretty filthy very quickly. Offers more variety of game styles but Nintendo has more high quality exclusives. Overall, they are both great handhelds and I don't regret owning both.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Purchase July 11 2014
This is a great system. Almost no flaws. Perfect for an adult that wants to have alot of fun on the go. Its not as portable as it sounds though. On tight pockets it really sticks out put worth getting new jeans for!. Also it doesn't show you how much battery there is, only a little battery icon with 4 stages. Other than that great system with good games.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant June 18 2014
By Chris
I've used the PS Vita for about a year and it's proven very reliable. It has a ton of very nice indie games along with popular titles and the controls feel excellent in the hands. Any handheld junkie should definitely pick up a Vita.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Portable game console!!! Nov. 11 2013
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IT is a great portable game unit, that i can carry and play for hours. The graphics is excellent and very real, and it is has good games to play on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy Oct. 24 2013
By Vicki
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Was delivered to me way ahead of schedule. Brand new - no issues thus far. It's a birthday gift for a few weeks from now, so I'll let you know if it works once my daughter opens it. I'm sure it will be just fine :)

Very happy!

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