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Still trying to decide if the device is worth a chunk of your wages? Or maybe you've already bought a PS Vita and need to know what's next. Either way, we've got you covered. Be sure to check out our detailed Buyer's Guide, our handy A-Z glossary, and our exclusive Launchies awards, along with reviews of every game available! 

Specs:

CPU: ARM® Cortex™- A9 core (4 core)

GPU: SGX543MP4+ External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth)

Screen (Touch Screen): 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED Multi touch screen, Rear Touch Pad, Multi touch pad (capacitive type) 

Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera 

Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, built-in microphone 

 

Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass 

Location: Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi location service support

Wireless Communications: Mobile network connectivity (3G), IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi)(Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

Release Date: December 17, 2011 (Japan), February 22, 2012 (North America, Europe), February 23, 2012 (Australia). A North America-exclusive “First Edition Bundle,”with a Starter Kit and copy of Little Deviants, was released on February 15, 2012.

Models Available: Wi-Fi only, Wi-Fi + 3G.

Price: Wi-Fi only: 24,980 JPY, $249 USD, $249.99 CAD, 229 GBP, 249 EUR, 349.95 AUD. Wi-Fi + 3G: 29,980 JPY,  $299 USD, $299.99 CAD, 279 GBP, 299 EUR, 449.95 AUD

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24 comments

  • Yukichin - February 29, 2012 6:28 p.m.

    Er... can you even call this a review? Unless you mean it in the sense that it compiles everything and talks about it.
  • JMarsella09 - February 27, 2012 4:30 p.m.

    I want one... But I have to replace my PS3 first.
  • Japanaman - February 18, 2012 9:26 a.m.

    People claim shooters aren't playable on the PSP due to lack of right analog stick. That is so not true. Resistance, Socom Firetream Bravo 3, and Coded Arms are highly playable games.
  • BladedFalcon - February 18, 2012 10:20 a.m.

    Not really, slice it any way you want, but having to aim with the face buttons was shitty and painful as hell. The games themselves might have been decent, but even if you could get used to using the face buttons, it's undeniable that using a thumbstick is much, much superior. That being said, with or without thumbstick, coded arms was shit. Very pretty, but very shallow and repetitive as well.
  • Japanaman - February 21, 2012 4:22 p.m.

    Personally, I love shallow shooters. They're short, fun, and have a good replayability. I never found myself playing through mutliple runs of Call of Duty, TimeShift, Prey, Doom 3, etc. Give me Goldeneye, Unreal Tournament, Coded Arms, and Return To Castle Wolfenstein any day.
  • mbavalo - February 22, 2012 9:16 a.m.

    but in those games you were limited in what you could do on your controller easily! like changing weapons was a cumburomse thing or using frags... just compare an FPS on console and that on psp and tell me if they were as easy to play on the psp
  • Cyberninja - February 17, 2012 5:52 p.m.

    getting mine next week with blazblue
  • josh-prall - February 17, 2012 5:48 p.m.

    I have a statement: Jak 4 That is all.
  • liamcullen - February 17, 2012 4:44 p.m.

    @GRHenry- any word on peons classics workin with vita the way you would with psp? Thanks
  • liamcullen - February 17, 2012 4:45 p.m.

    Wow- its late *ps one classics
  • GR_HenryGilbert - February 17, 2012 4:47 p.m.

    They've yet to go on record with that I believe
  • Japanaman - February 21, 2012 4:24 p.m.

    Just because PS One Classics gave us "Such wonderful hits" such as Lilo & Stich doesn't mean all PS one games are PEONS Classics. Some are definitely not peons. All kidding aside, no, PS one Classics and Netflix are not even supported on the Vita. Not at this time, any way.
  • therawski - February 17, 2012 4:11 p.m.

    I would only buy the Vita because it has dual thumbsticks which make shooters playable, and without even one listed for launch I don't have any incentive to pick it up until they do. I know Resistance is coming, but I'll probably wait until there is a variety. Considering the prices I'll only have 1 game for it, so I'll make what I want out of it count.
  • Howodd007 - February 17, 2012 3:54 p.m.

    Once again we see the massive price bias that we Australians will feel. $299.99 USD to $449.95 AUD, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't the Aussie dollar stronger then the US dollar at the moment, meaning that it should be less expensive then in America? As much as I love sony, this is just bloody ridiculous.
  • aaron-pan - February 17, 2012 4:23 p.m.

    That maybe so but a friend of mine who lives in AUS says there are taxes and other things that apply to the bills Australians passed. Like Electronic Recycling or what have you. Instead of billing you those taxes later they just fit it right into the cost of the device so you are just paying for it all at once, tax and all.
  • Howodd007 - February 17, 2012 4:32 p.m.

    Maybe some of it is due to tax, but I hardly see how it could be a 50% tax, thats huge.
  • smcgarvey - February 17, 2012 4:51 p.m.

    Tax weighs huge. I had no idea how much it did until a Brazilian friend told me how much a PS3 costs to import to Sao Paolo. In a lot of South American countries, they have to fly into one country, then sneak it into their home country to avoid paying A TON of taxes and import fees. Australia, unfortunately, seems to be in a similar situation. Plus that lack of an R18 thing. :-/
  • reaperman22 - February 18, 2012 3:18 a.m.

    i dont think tax is the problem here though, i know 'extra credits' tried to find the reason in one of their recent episodes and couldn't come up with any clear reasoning other then publishers probably just realised that they could charge us 150% and get away with it, honestly that really wouldn't surprise me, im still getting a vita but our pricing scheme really pisses me off. I mean i would almost definitely pay the same amount on games that i do now if they dropped the pricing so all they do by keeping it so high is limiting how many games i can buy and in the long run isn't that going to hurt developers more?
  • MarzukaZuka17 - February 17, 2012 3:52 p.m.

    One thing: Could you explain to me the backwards compatibility with the PSP? Are ALL psp games available, or just most? I never had a PSP and want to play things like Kingdom Hearts: Birth by Sleep, The Patapons, and Dissidia Final Fantasy 012.

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