Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display
Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device
Dual analogue sticks
Two digital cameras (front and rear)
Software titles on small, dedicated flash memory-based cards
Three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass
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
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 utilised for personal content and download content
Built-in stereo speakers
Sensors - Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), three-axis electronic compass
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / Switches
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 (+/-)
Q: What does the name “PS Vita” mean?
A: “Vita,” which means “Life” in Latin, was chosen as the name for PlayStation’s next-generation portable entertainment system because it enables rich gaming and social connectivity within a real-world context. Q: What is PS Vita’s battery life?
A: Officially, PS Vita is rated at approximately 3 to 5 hours of gaming, 5 hours of video playback, and 9 hours of music playback. Recharging the battery from 0 percent will take approximately 2.5 hours. Q: Can you take out the battery from the system?
A: No. PS Vita’s rear touchscreen requires the use of an internal embedded battery. Q: What is “near”?
A: “near” is PS Vita’s integrated social networking app that enables you to check in to real-life locations and pick up or leave gifts for other gamers to find and use in their games. You can also locate and connect with your PlayStation Network friends and other gamers nearby for ad-hoc communication and multiplayer sessions, whether you set up lap-time challenges in WipEout 2048 or trade costumes with a competitor in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Using “near,” you can also see which games are the most popular and highest rated by fellow gamers near your location, which can help you locate new and interesting games..
”near” can calculate your location using a Wi-Fi location service; the 3G/Wi-Fi model includes GPS technology, which enables you to be the first to find valuable game gifts by logging into “near” via 3G with more precision…and no need to wait for a Wi-Fi hot spot! Q: Do you need 3G network connection to enjoy “near”?
A: No. PS Vita users can enjoy “near” using Wi-Fi, but a 3G connection is preferred in order to maximize “near”’s capability. By using a 3G connection, users will be able to obtain more information and encounter new players in real time via “near”. Think of it as a geo-social gaming network that taps into your location, wherever you might be. Q: What kinds of “gifts” can you give and receive using “near”?
A: ”near” enables PS Vita owners to access virtual game-related items that other users are sharing by checking in at geographic locations that other PS Vita users have also visited. The virtual items can come in many forms: new character costumes, weapons, and treasures, just to name a few. Sharing these items between users adds a unique dimension to the portable gaming experience on PS Vita while enhancing the social connectivity among the PS Vita community. Q: What are the specs of the OLED screen?
A: PS Vita’s OLED screen measures 5 inches, with a resolution of 960×544 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio) and a color depth of approximately 16,770,000 colors. Q: Is a memory card required for game play?
A: You will need a memory card for those games that require game saves or have downloadable content. You will also need a memory card in order to take photos or videos using PS Vita’s integrated cameras. Q: Can I use the SDHC card from my phone in the Vita?
A: No - the cards are a proprietary make which currently only Sony sell. They are available in 4GB, 8GB and 16GB in the UK. 32GB is available from overseas (and is very very expensive!) Q: If you buy download content for PS Vita, up to how many systems can you copy it to?
A: Users can activate two portable systems (either two PSPs, two PS Vitas, or one PSP and one PS Vita) to their PSN account. Q: There are three slots on the PS Vita, what are they for?
A: There is one slot is for PS Vita Cards, a slot for the SIM card (3G/Wi-Fi model only) and a slot for PS Vita’s removable media that stores save game files and downloaded content. Q: I have UMD games for my PSP. Do I need to buy them again from PlayStation Store to play the same game on PS Vita? A: Yes. PS Vita does not support UMD discs. Digital PSP games that were purchased via PlayStation Store will be available to download to PS Vita as long as they are included on the list of supported PSP titles. This list of legacy PSP titles will grow in time and we will confirm when new titles are added.
suggest other FAQ posts if you want to see anything more added
The charger is a propietry USB connection (similar to a iPhone, sort of).
You also get a converter box that plugs into the wall and has a figure of 8 end into which you can plug the USB cable. You can also recharge directly from a laptop etc.
I've not tried it out in the sun yet, but the Vita does have an adjustable brightness setting (press and hold the PS button)
I think the update may have speeded up the transfer between the ps3 and the vita as i was able to copy over demos much quicker than before, unless I imaginged it.
I'm a little frustrated that Vita downloads on the PS3 don't go into a folder like PSN, PSOne, Mini games, etc do. They just clutter up the Games column with extra icons instead so I won't be using the PS3 for quicker game juggling / Vita memory card management.
"Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned for Sega." - Brodie (Mallrats)
| Stejay on LastFM, Xbox Live, Steam, PSN, Nintendo & Game Center |
There is no crack really, I'm yet to run a title that has one and the codes are for online access same as with the consoles, main game isn't affected. Wipeout has one for online I think but I bought that via PSN anyway, my US import of MLB12 has one too. I think Hot Shots Golf and Unit 13 have them as well. Most don't though.
Yeah, most are safe to buy 2nd hand. Even Fifa has no online pass which is odd considering its EA. Rayman and Uncharted don't have them either, both must haves imo. One way to find out is to go to the PSN Vita section and look for the online passes available to buy, assuming you have access to a PS3.
Managed to beat my Lumines score last night - up to about 180,000. Have a suspicion that I seem to be able to last a reasonable amount of time (think that score took best part of an hour to do) - but that suggests I'm not very good at score building - bonuses etc... do too much single block clearing.
Notice AshbourneJohnny has the best score on my friends list, about 230,000 - would be interested to know how long that took...?