PlayStation Vita specs revealed

The technical specs of Sony’s PlayStation Vita handheld device have been revealed and it looks to be a beefy little monster. Sporting a a quad core processor, a five inch OLED front touch screen and rear touch pad, 512MB - despite rumors of that number being cut in half – of RAM, front and rear facing cameras, and six-axis motion sensing, it’s going to be like carrying around a full fledged console system.

My only problem lies with the cameras. In this world of 12 megapixel cameras sold to pre-schoolers, why go with VGA as the highest resolution? While most will be playing games and not shooting pictures, with the intended social apps, being able to share pictures through the Vita would be a good selling point to the middle of the road gamer. Maybe I’m just being picky.

Full PlayStation Vita Technical Specifications:

Platform Name: PlayStation Vita
Model number: PCH-1000 series
CPU: ARM(R) Cortex(TM)-A9 core (4 core)
GPU: SGX543MP4+
External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
Screen: 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED (Touch screen) Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Main memory: 512MB
VRAM: 128MB
Rear touch pad: Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras: Front camera, Rear camera
Frame rate: 120fps@320×240(QVGA), 60fps@640×480(VGA)
Resolution: Up to 640×480(VGA)
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 (3G/Wi-Fi model only), Wi-Fi 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 (+/-)
Wireless communications:
Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth(R) 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
Slots/Ports:
PlayStation Vita card slot
Memory card slot
SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi 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
Power: Built-In Lithium-ion Battery,AC adaptor
Supported Music: MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC)
AV content: WAVE (Linear PCM)
Videos: MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, High/Main/Baseline Profile (AAC)
Photos: JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG

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