Handheld Systems: PlayStation Vita

The next handheld system to discus is one that we all may be a little more familiar with, the PlayStation Vita.

Released in December of 2011 in Japan and parts of Asia, and then February of 2012 to Europe, Australia, and Latin and North America the PlayStation Vita follows the PSP handheld system.

Here are some specs:

  • The handheld includes two analog sticks, a 5-inch (130 mm) OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen
  • Supports Bluetooth
  • Wi-Fi and optional 3G
  • 4 core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor
  • 4 core SGX543MP4+ graphics processing unit,
  • LiveArea software as its main user interface, which succeeds the XrossMediaBar.
  • Fully backwards-compatible with PlayStation Portable games digitally released on the PlayStation Network via the PlayStation Store.

However, PS One Classics and PS2 titles were not compatible at the time of the primary public release in Japan. The Vita’s dual analog sticks will be supported on selected PSP games. The graphics for PSP releases will be up-scaled, with a smoothing filter to reduce pixelation.