Sony announced the Future of its portable gaming console PSP; the next generation Portable device would be called PlayStation Vita or just PSVita. We already know about PSVita NGP specs sporting a Quad core processor and 12 core GPU that brings PS3 games to PSVita.
Sony would be targeting portable Gaming under two segments: Casual gamers : Android based Xperia Play phone aka PSP Phone. The hardcore gamers would fall for Sony’s NGP. Sony claimed that PSP2 Graphics as powerful as PS3, seems like its true.
PSVita features a 5-Inch OLED display, big enough for any portable device, but the device is still light enough thanks to plastics.
It is powered by a quad-core A9 Quad core processor (Nvidia Tegra 3) and 256MB of RAM, down from 512MB, sparking rumours that it’s had its specs slashed for a cheaper price.
- Screen: 5″ 16M colors, resolution: 960×544, Technology: OLED touchscreen.
- Camera: Twin cameras
- Audio: Twin speakers and a microphone.
- Input: There are also twin analogue sticks
- CPU: A quad-core processor based on the ARM Cortex A9.
- GPU: SGX543MP4+, quad-core Imagination Technologies PowerVR graphics processor
- Battery: 4-5 hours of gaming.
- Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, and 3G
- GPS: AGPS, location-aware games via the PlayStation Network
- Memory: Flash memory for storing Games, Media content.
- Sensors: 3axis Gyroscope, 3Axis accelerometer, 3axis compass
- Dimensions: 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm
- Gaming Apps: Available via PSN, also plays Android Games.
The NGP includes a touch-sensitive back so you can control the on-screen action without hiding it behind your fingers. The screen’s multi-touch too. The combination of a touchy front and back is fascinating – Sony talks about it enabling “touch, grab, trace, push and pull hand movements.”
PSVista Hardware and Build quality
PSVista uses a glossy and matte plastic surfaces that are designed to give an awesome feel in your hands. The Start, Select and Power buttons gives it a unique outlook on the glossy front. The face buttons are smaller compared to the PSP or a DualShock 3, but they’re firm and comfortable to press, and there’s a nice floating D-pad on the left side.
There are a pair of iPod nano-like volume buttons and a pair of thin plastic covers just next to the shoulder buttons which are essentially similar to original PSP. The bottom of the system has a connector that connects to a proprietary USB and / or networking cables.
We must admit its light weight, but you would still feel the comfort during longer usages.
The screens are very responsive to touch and that would make sure that we would get really well made games and the experience for games like Uncharted and LittleBigPlanet is more than satisfactory.
With a game like Uncharted you can easily navigate through obstackes very easily by swiping from ledge to ledge. If touchscreen is not your cup oif tea, you can stick with dual analog sticks and you will have no trouble squeezing off a few headshots in Uncharted with a little bit of practice.
Graphics / Gaming Experience:
You couldn’t ask for more, the display is gorgeous and huge that can provide the near PS3 experience while on the move. The graphics are rich and superb for a device of that size.
Checkout the gaming performance in the handson video below:
The NGP you see here is a dev unit; they’re the right size, but they don’t possess that final PlayStation-quality fit and finish. The final product would be a lot better.
Gaming Titles on PSVita Handson
As of now, 5 titles have been announced, more coming soon. Checkout the videos below:
- Virtua Tennis
- Little Deviants
- Sound shapes
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Pricing & Availability
PSVita would be available soon at a hefty price of $249 for Wifi version and $299 for 3G.
Overall, we were very impressed with the over all feel, and the mechanics of the PS Vita. LBP and Uncharted were by far the best games on Vita. Stay tuned for further details on this.