Playstation Vita: the Portable PS3
posted by Syrsly on Nov 03, 2011

I wanted to let everyone know about some of the thought-provoking information uncovered from the Playstation Vita FAQ.

How much will PS Vita cost?
It will cost as little as $249. That is one fourth the price of the iPad, yet $80 more than the Nintendo 3DS at its current price. If the Vita will cost this much, it should come out soon, huh?

When will PS Vita be available?
February 22, 2012. Party I'm getting this for sure!

Is Vita really going to be the iPhone killer?
PSV, as I like to call it, will not have phone capabilities, but the 3G version will allow internet access from 3G hotspots offered by AT&T. Of course, Wi-Fi is also available, and I recommend sticking with that.

Will we be able to run third-party non-system-specific apps, like Flash games and Java?
This is to be determined. I imagine Java will not be supported, because Java is slowly being phased out by Oracle. Only time will tell.

What are the hardware specs?
Quad-core processor, able to run direct ports of PS3 games, multi-touch surfaces on front and back, and a camera on the front and back. Also, motion sensors and six-axis sensors and PS3 style controls, complete with two joysticks.

Anything else?
Well, on the software side, Sony is opening a new store system, titled Playstation Suite, which will support Android platforms as well as PS3 and PSVita. This begs the question: is Vita essentially an Android tablet? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

The PSVita will also feature Augmented Reality support, allowing games and apps to take advantage of the capability to deliver real world-oriented objects. The Nintendo 3DS can also do this, and it definitely can do this better than the Vita, but 3DS lacks the graphical power to make current generation console quality visuals. Along with this, the PSVita sports motion sensors which should enhance the AR experience.

Make sure you check out the official FAQ page for yourself. There is some information there which I have not covered. You may also want to check the official PSVita Features page.

GL Reviewer
#1 posted on November 11, 2011 - 12:57pm


Buy me one. Smile

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GL Reviewer
#2 posted on November 23, 2011 - 8:58pm

So it can run PS3 games? What a nice bit of technology! Augmented reality, too!

Killed by a troll on level 14.

#3 posted on November 24, 2011 - 12:14pm

It can run games of the same quality as PS3 games, but playing PS3 games directly is obviously impossible. Ports are definitely possible.

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