For the benefit of those who don't know, the recently announced Sony PlayStation portable is not called PSP2 or Next Generation Portable (NGP). The official name for it is PSVITA! The VITA means life!
The new Sony PlayStation Portable was first unveiled at a Tokyo show in Japan this January bearing a name called Next Generation Portable (NGP). It's wasn't until E3 , the Eletronic Entertainment Expo which took place in Los Angeles that the name was comfirmed to be PSVITA puting all rumours to rest. From what has been revealed so far the system is packed full of power. In fact, the live demos that where showed comfirmed the rumours going round that the system can indeed play PS3 quality games--talking about graphic and other functionalities. The live demonstrating that were showed at E3 showed games that were still in development spotting stunningly beautiful game graphics. One of such demoes is Uncharted: Golden Abyss.
With what has been showed about the system spec so far we can deduce that the system can actually pull this off. I mean what more can you expect from a system that comes loaded with a quad core CPU plus a quad core GPU? Now, before we go any further let's take a look at what is under the hood and what makes this system so powerful.
The PSVITA CPU is an ARM Cortex-A9 quad core Cental Prosessing Unit. While the Graphic processing Unit is an SGX543 quad core GPU. The long and shot of it is that it is simply powerful! For its display the system comes with a 5-inch OLED screen (OLED means Organic Light Emitting Display) that is capable of 960 by 544 pixels. The screen is also multi-touch capable. Apart from that there is also a 5-inch multi-touch surface at the back of the system which is also used for controlling games while playing. Amongst other things the system comes with a GPS and has gyroscopic capabilities.
This time around Sony got it right by adding a dual joystick to its control which is something gamers have been requesting for a long time now. Also included are the usual d-pad buttons as well as the left and right shoulder buttons at the top, and the SELECT and START buttons are on the left. There is also a front and a rear facing camera which can be used for playing augmented reality games and video chatting. The PSVITA does not have UMD drive but it comes with a memory card type of flash drive that stores the game and also can be used for game saves. The system comes in two models: a Wifi only model and a 3G plus Wifi model. The Wifi only model will cost $249 while the 3G plus Wifi model will cost $299.
One of the things that got people most excited about the PSVITA launch was the price. With the basic model coming so low and competitive as the 3DS ($249) it sure will give the Nintendo 3DS a real fight this time around.