Everything you Need to Know about the Vita (Page 2)

6.7.2013 Benjamin Gubler

In the “standard features” section, the Vita includes both front and rear facing VGA (640 x 480) cameras, stereo speakers, a microphone, a d-pad and four PS-style face buttons, Sony’s classic PlayStation button, “start,” “select” and volume buttons (no rocker here how refreshing), a rechargeable (and unfortunately non-removable) Lithium-ion battery and built-in Wi-Fi (3G GPS optional).

When it comes to slots, you’ve got a slot to insert PS Vita game cards, one for memory cards (the Vita lacks inbuilt storage memory), a SIM card slot (3G, GPS), a headset jack, a multi-use port (mini-USB) and an accessory port.

The Vita also includes dual analog sticks, and by “sticks,” I mean actual, no bull, just like in the old days raised control columns with convex-shaped grips. This is in complete contrast with the nubs that were flush against the PSP and 3DS. Nintendo plans to sell a cradle style exterior for the 3DS that adds a right-hand joystick. The Vita is the only gaming handheld device in the market with dual analog sticks built right in.

What’s Under the Hood?

The Vita boasts an ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor plus a PowerVR SGX543MP4 GPU. If you want to get what this means, Apple’s A5 processor (used in the iPad 2 and iPhone 4S) is based on ARM’s Cortex-A9 core architecture plus you’ll find the dual core version of PowerVR’s SGX543MP technology in those devices as well. The number ‘4’ in the Vita’s GPU indicates the quad-core version whereas the ‘ ’ means that the features were optimized for Sony.

So how powerful is it exactly? Sony has compared the device many times to the PlayStation 3. What they mean by that is of course not spec-for-spec, but just that the Vita’s games are expected to look as detailed as the games on the PlayStation 3 console.

What Colors Can We Get It In?

At its launch, Sony will only be offering it in the one color: “Crystal Black.”

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