Sony reveals Playstation Vita specs

By on August 18, 2011

Quad Core, 512MB RAM and all the wires and screws.

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After months of (pretty accurate) speculation, Sony has finally revealed the system specifications of its upcoming handheld, the Playstation Vita.

As expected, the console features an ARM Cortex A9 quad-core chip, which is, technically, double that of what the iPad 2 currently packs-in. The system will have 512MB of RAM, which is slightly disappointing, unless the 128MB of VRAM is all up for grabs for the developers, which would make the situation slightly better.

The Vita will feature two cameras, and they are both pretty low res. They will be able to capture 120fps@320×240 (QVGA) and 60fps@640×480 (VGA). Clearly, the cameras are not meant to replace your regular snapper, however, the higher frame rate capacity means it can do stuff a lot like Sony’s Playstation Eye camera.

The full list of specs are below (thanks NowGamer):

  • 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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