Sony Computer Entertainment introduces the next generation portable entertainment system that will make its debut in 2011.
On 27 January 2011 at a specially convened press conference in Tokyo, Japan, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCE) announced its next generation portable entertainment system, PS Vita, which delivers the ultimate portable entertainment experience.
PS Vita will arrive at the end of 2011 and is designed to offer unparalleled interactive entertainment that only PlayStation can deliver. This new system offers a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context, made possible by maximising SCE's experience from both PSP and PlayStation 3.
Deep and immersive gaming is at the core of the PlayStation DNA, and PS Vita is the latest embodiment of this vision. By having both Wireless and 3G network connectivity, together with various applications, PS Vita will enable infinite possibilities for users to connect, share and play with friends wherever they are.
The device includes a range of features that provide a genuinely cutting-edge, next generation, ultimate portable entertainment experience, such as:
PS Vita incorporates a beautiful multi touch, 5-inch organic light emitting diode (OLED) as the front display. A high performance CPU / GPU combined with OLED enables rich, visually striking graphics never seen before on a portable entertainment system, for both games and other digital entertainment content. The new system also incorporates a unique multi touch pad on the rear, and together with the front touch display, PS Vita offers new gameplay allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" hand movements.
While succeeding the basic design philosophy of PSP, PS Vita adopts the Super Oval Design form factor, created to fit comfortably in users' hands. For the first time, a portable entertainment system will feature two analog sticks, which enable a wider range of genres to be brought into the world of portable videogaming.
Every game title for PS Vita will be provided with a space called LiveArea™ where users can share the fun and excitement with other players. Users will have access to the latest information on games from developers and publishers via PlayStation Network. Additionally, PS Vita users will be able to view an Activity log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which can trigger active real time communication among users.
SCE will also provide location-based services on PS Vita as part of the basic features utilising PlayStation Network. The new application called Near, developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed on the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing right now or what they were playing recently. Users can meet their friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing their game information across the dimensions of time and distance.
PS Vita adopts a new game medium, a small, flash memory based card, dedicated for PS Vita software titles. Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store full software titles plus add-on game content or game save data. By adopting a flash memory based card solution, SCE will be able to provide game cards with higher capacity in the future, allowing developers to store more game data to deliver rich and immersive games.
PS Vita will also come equipped with two cameras, one on the front and one on the rear of the system, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass, all of which are designed to enable users to enjoy a world of entertainment that is linked with real life experiences.
PlayStation®Suite (PS Suite), announced at the same time as PS Vita, will also closely co-ordinate with PS Vita. The newly developed and released game content for Android based portable devices can also be enjoyed on PS Vita. As a result, users will have access to not only the most leading-edge content, but also some of the more casual experiences that typify the mobile market place.
Specifications for PS VitaPlatform Name: PlayStation®Vita
Model number: PCH-1000 series
CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
- 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
- Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear touch pad: Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
- Front camera
- Rear camera
- Frame rate: 120fps@320x240(QVGA), 60fps@640x480(VGA)
- Resolution : Up to 640x480(VGA)
- Built-in stereo speakers
- Built-in microphone
- Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer)
- Three-axis electronic compass
- Built-in GPS (3G/Wireless model only)
- Wireless location service support
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 (+/-)
- Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wireless model only)
- IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure Mode/Ad Hoc Mode)
- Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR （A2DP/AVRCP/HSP）
- PlayStation®Vita card slot
- Memory card slot
- SIM card slot (3G/Wireless model only)
- Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In], Serial data communication)
- Headset jack (Stereo mini jack) (for Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In])
- Accessory port
- Built-In Lithium-ion Battery,
- AC adaptor
Supported AV content format:
- Music: MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3、MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC)、WAVE (Linear PCM)
- Video: MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC)、H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Hi/Main/Baseline Profile (AAC)
- Photo: JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG
Visit www.playstation.com/psmeeting2011 (website available in English only) for more information and keep an eye on eu.playstation.com and PlayStation.Blog at blog.eu.playstation.com for more news on this exciting new addition to the PlayStation family.
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