PlayStation Vita Launch Guide Part I – Hardware

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The PlayStation Vita’s launch is just around the corner and eager gamers and techies are awaiting its release. No doubt, a lot of you have been following the Vita since its initial reveal last year as the “NGP.” You may know every single game coming out, release dates, and even the tech specs of the device itself. Then there are those of you who are still not too sure about the Vita and all that it entails. Well, fear not! GamerXChange is here to guide you through the launch of the PlayStation Vita. In this guide series we will list launch window games, the different models of Vitas you can get, accessories, features, prices, and all that good stuff.

Our first edition of the PS Vita launch guide will give you all the info you need to know about the system’s hardware.

Overview:

The Vita is PlayStation’s newest recruit to the family of consoles and handhelds. The new successor to the PSP boasts awesome graphics, touch capabilities, cross-platform gaming, a long lineup of games, social apps, and more! Many liken it to a portable PS3 of sorts. PlayStation is promoting this device as “a new way to play” and:

an unparalleled combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, made possible by leveraging SCE’s experience from its acclaimed console and handheld entertainment systems. Blurring the lines between interactive entertainment and reality, PS Vita offers revolutionary gaming experiences with dual analog sticks, front and rear cameras, front multi-touch display, multi-touch rear pad, GPS, six-axis motion sensors, and three-axis electronic compass. This next generation portable entertainment system draws users deeper into the gameplay experience and enables them to connect with the world around them.

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, dedicated flash memory-based cards
  • Three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass
  • Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity (optional 3G service available only on 3G models)
  • 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

Tech Specs

  • 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 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 (3G Version)
    • 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
    • Mobile network connectivity (3G version only)
    • 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)

 

PlayStation Vita Models (click on model names for more info):

There will be 3-4 Vita SKUs at launch. You can find them all below. An important note to take is that most games and any downloads on the Vita require a memory card. Unfortunately, a memory card is not included with all systems. Rather at launch memory cards will only be included in a launch bundle and “First Edition” bundle. Our upcoming Vita Launch Guide to accessories will give you more information on memory cards. For now, here are the different Vita SKUs you can look for at launch.

PS Vita Wi-Fi ($249.99 MSRP)

The basic model of the Vita with Wi-Fi only.

INCLUDES

  • PS Vita Wi-Fi System
  • AC adaptor
  • AC power cord

PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi ($299.99 MSRP)

3G version of the Vita enables you to use GPS to explore your environment, discover exclusive content and check in at your exact spot with social apps. Plus use the network for real-time scores and game ranking news feeds, select competitive multiplayer game sessions, and cross-game text messaging with Party.

INCLUDES

  • PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi System
  • AC adaptor
  • AC power cord

PlayStation Vita 3G/WiFi Launch Bundle ($299 MSRP)

A limited edition 3G Vita bundle with $55 of extras; available for a limited period of time during launch.

INCLUDES

  • PlayStation Vita 3G/WiFi System
  • 8GB Memory Card
  • AT&T DataConnect Session Pass
  • Free PSN Game

PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle ($349.99 MSRP)

A special 3G Vita bundle available one week ahead of the official launch. Available February 15, 2012.

INCLUDES

  • PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi System
  • 4GB memory card,
  • Limited edition PS VITA case
  • Little Deviants PS VITA game
  • AT&T DataConnect Session Pass
  • Free PSN Game

Hardware Gallery (click on thumbnail for larger image):

 

Where to Buy:

This is not the full list of retail stores offering the Vita. Check with your local retailers for availability.

So there’s pretty much all you need to know for the PlayStation Vita’s hardware. As we get closer to the release, if there are any updates that need to be made, I’ll be sure to add them here. Questions, comments, or just want to express your excitement over the Vita? Sound off in the comments below!

Make sure to check back with us soon for the PlayStation Vita Launch Guide Part II – Games.

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