Playstation Vita (PSV/PSVita)
Playstation Vita is to be released over in the UK on the 22nd of February next year and along with many other people, I’m really looking forward to picking one up. Lets have a look at what we can expect…
I sold my original FAT PSP to a mate of mine then ended up buying a secondhand one about 3 years later as I really liked them. Playing PES, FIFA and a tonne of other games whilst travelling was just bliss. The only thing that put me off slightly were the UMD discs and the lack of dual-analogue stick support for the device, everything else was sweet. The graphics on the games are now obviously a bit dated and I haven’t bought a PSP game for quite some time now.
This is why I’m looking forward to the PSVita – it has all the things I enjoyed about the PSP plus a whole lot more.
Lets take a look at some of PSVita’s features:
- Dual Analogue Sticks
- Stunning 5 inch OLED Touchscreen (16 millions colours)
- Wifi, Bluetooth and 3G compatibility (3G optional depending on which model you pick up)
- Beefier processor – (Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCORE)
- Next Gen graphics – Thanks to the 4 core SGX543MP4+ graphics processing unit
- Six-axis motion sensing system
- Front and Rear cameras (able to recognise faces, head detection and head tracking – put your face in games directly from the camera)
- Rear touchpad
- Stereo speakers and built-in microphone
- Built in GPS (3G version only)
- 512MB System RAM and 128MB VRAM (512MB RAM allows cross-game chat, keep in mind PS3 only has 256MB !!)
- Fully compatible with PS3 and PSN
- Social connectivity
The Vita will also use a new ‘LiveArea’ to access menus and apps, instead of using the Crossmedia bar seen on the original PSP and PS3. You will simply just tap the touchscreen to select the icon you wish to use, like you would on your touchscreen phone.
Instead of using the old UMD medium for games, Vita will use PSVita (or NVG) cards similar to the Nintendo 3DS – which will be available in 2GB and 4GB sizes from launch but will be available in 2 & 16GB sizes later on. The PSVita cards are about the size of an SD card. Vita will be backwards compatible with older PSP games (not the UMD ones though) PS1, PS Minis etc from the PSN store are all compatible with Vita.
The new processor and GPU are the two things im looking forward to most. The processing and graphics power in the Vita should give us very nice looking games indeed and I want to experience what the games play and look like (after hearing that it looks similar to the sort of stuff we see on our next-gen consoles!) Check out IGN’s video of Uncharted 3 on the PSVita from (be sure to watch in HD and full-screen) and you’ll see how stunning it looks.
These two combined with the dual analogue sticks will be any gamers wet dream – I mean imagine playing Battlefield/Call of duty or the Resident Evil series with two analogue sticks on your PSP, it’s going to be simply amazing.
Another feature that I think will be pretty neat, but doesn’t appeal to me much-as I don’t own a PS3 anymore-is the ability to ‘remoteplay’. So say your playing Killzone 3 on your PS3 just before you need to catch a flight, you can simply save it then transfer it to your PSVita and continue playing it on the plane. Check out the remote play video below, thanks to Gamespot.
iTech will be posting more news about the Vita as and when it becomes available. A full hands on and video review will be made as soon as I get my hands on one. Let us know what future games your looking forward to on the PSVita, will you be buying one ? Let us know in the comments box below on over on our Twitter page