Sony unveiled their “next-generation portable” (NGP), last month, at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) which was held in Los Angeles. Sony revealed that the official name for their NGP is PSVita. The PSVita is supposed to help Sony remain in the market for portable gaming, as Apple and other large companies have a large lead with products such as the iPad and iPod Touch. Sony has confirmed that the Wi-Fi version will retail for $249, however the 3G will go on sale for $299. As for the 3G version, Sony will “team-up” with AT&T, nevertheless AT&T’s issues with the 3G iPad models. When Sony announced its partnership with AT&T, the crowd let out some chuckles, yet was still respectful. An abundance of people are looking forward to the new PlayStation portable, especially because of its brand new features and specifications.
A great feature that Sony added to its new product is the new front and back multi-touch screens. They allow for better game-play experience and a lot more control over your game. Nonetheless, Sony also added motion sensors and Six-Axis sensors to the portable, the same ones found in the PlayStation controllers. Another slick feature is “Chat on the Fly”. It allows you to chat with your friends while in the midst multi-player action or while watching videos. This is quite a good new feature that will receive a lot of “plus” points for Sony. Another huge feature for the PSVita are the dual analog sticks; feel the intensity while playing first person shooters. Equally important are the front and rear cameras, they provide an augmented reality for the player so that we can merge the real world and the game.
The PlayStation Vita’s specs look quite impressive; however it’s easy to write them down, but will they actually perform?
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)
Screen (Touch Screen) –
5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLEDMulti touch screen (capacitive type)
Cameras – Front camera, Rear camera
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
Wireless Communications – Mobile network connectivity (3G), IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n =
1×1)(Wi-Fi)(Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
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 (+/-)
What sticks out the most is the CPU, the touch screens, and the sensors. The CPU is definitely going bring an abundance of power into this device. The gaming on Sony’s PSVita will be set to a whole new level. As I said in the paragraphs above, the touch screens will most definitely provide a better gaming experience. This is because the touch pads which are integrated into the PSVita will let the player feel like their in control of their game a lot more. The same goes for the sensors.
As of right now, the time of writing, there are 20 games that have been officially announced for the PSVita. These games include: Uncharted Golden Abyss, FIFA 12, Call Of Duty, Little Big Planet, WipeOut, Modnation Racers, and Lego Harry Potter. Of course, with Naughty Dog in the beta stages of their new game, Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception
, Uncharted will be one of the bigger games for the PSVita.
Sony’s PSVita carry’s a very slick design. I bet you there are going to be a lot of protective cases out for the PS Portable when it launches, but I have to say, it would look nicer without one. If I were to get a PSVita, I’d have to go through long and stressful thoughts regarding a case for the device.
Let’s see how the PSVita turns out. What do you think of it?