About PlayStation Vita
Sony's Playstation Vita is the successor to the company's Playstation Portable handheld console. It was launched in Japan in December 2011 and then in Europe and North America in February 2012.
The Playstation Vita launched with a five inch OLED touchscreen that has been widely praised for its picture quality. It also has two analogue controllers (the PSP only has one), a d-pad, two shoulder buttons, the standard four Playstation symbol buttons, a PS button, start and select. There is also a rear touchpad, two cameras, stereo speakers, a microphone, the Sixaxis motion control system, a compass and a GPS receiver (3G models only).
Games for the system are distributed on Sony's proprietary flash card system. Although these Vita cards are visually similar to a standard SD card, the Vita is incapable of reading SD Cards.
The Playstation Vita underwent significant revisions in 2013 with a new slimmer model being launched in Japan in October of that year and in Europe in February 2014. The new model is 20% thinner than the original Playstation Vita and 15% lighter. The OLED screen has been dropped in favour of an LCD screen. While this may not quite have the edge that the OLED screen had in terms of picture quality it has allowed battery life to be extended by upwards of an hour. The new Vita was launched with an RRP of £180.
The Playstation Vita is backwards compatible with most of the downloadable PSP games from the Playstation Store. It can also run various social media apps including Facebook and Twitter.