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Sony PS Vita (Wi-Fi + 3G) (PlayStation Vita)

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Platform : PlayStation Vita
123 customer reviews

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Game Information

  • Platform: PlayStation Vita
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Console
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

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  • Release Date: 22 Feb. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,284 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description


Manufacturer's Description

Sony's PlayStation Vita retains the familiar general form of the PlayStation Portable hardware series while dramatically improving on virtually every aspect of its use with powerful and exciting new features including: dual touch pads at the front and rear, dual cameras at the front and rear, dual analogue sticks, a 5-inch OLED screen, GPS, six-axis motion sensors and a three-axis electronic compass and exceptional built-in connectivity via both Wi-Fi* and exclusive to this model, an always on 3G connection.** Taken together this makes for a handheld gaming device that truly signals the entry of handhelds into the world of Next-Gen gaming.

The PlayStation Vita handheld in use with the hands of a user demonstrating the new LiveArea touch driven menu system
Handheld gaming enters the Next-Gen.
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Blur the Lines Between Entertainment and Reality.

PlayStation Vita is designed to blur the lines between interactive entertainment and reality in a variety of ways. Reaching beyond the capabilities of every handheld gaming console that has come before it, in this model of Vita players have access to both Wi-Fi and 3G functionality, allowing for maximum connectivity wherever you go. (An additional Vita model allows for Wi-Fi access only) Its 5-inch OLED front multi-touch display brings brilliant images to life and allows for a new touch driven navigational system, while the additional multi-touch pad on its back surface will allow users to interact with games and characters that they encounter within them with a simple movement of their fingertips. The real world and the game world are seamlessly merged with front and rear camera enabled augmented reality. Additionally, services created specifically for Vita will be available on PlayStation Network. These services are designed help users take their gameplay, as well as interaction with other gamers, to new levels.

Additional features include: dual analogue stick controls, a 4 core CPU, system-specific flash card media support for game and media saves, mobile PlayStation trophy support, built-in three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer and GPs functionality.

Front angled view of the PlayStation Vita showing the large screen, the two analogue sticks and the inward facing camera
New controls include dual analogue sticks, three-axis gyroscope and accelerometer and 2 cameras.
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Close-up view of the PlayStation Vita screen showing menu and 3G connectivity
Your choice of Wi-Fi or always-on 3G connectivity.
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Demonstration of how the rear touch panel of the PlayStation Vita works
Superior design features, including touchpads at the front and rear.
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A gameplay screen from an Uncharted game played on the PlayStation Vita
The best in content, from classic PS One games to your favourite franchises and new ones going forward.
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Vita-specific PlayStation Network Functionality


"Near" is a core PlayStation Vita feature composed of location-based services, that utilise PlayStation Network. Near, developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system to let users find out what their friends in the vicinity are playing now or what they were playing recently. Users can meet their friends and new players virtually, regardless of what games they are playing, simply by sharing their game information across different dimensions of time and distance.

LiveArea and Activity Log

Every game title for PlayStation Vita will be provided with a space called "LiveArea" where users can share the fun and excitement with other players. Users will have access to the latest information of games provided from SCE and third party developers and publishers through PlayStation Network. Additionally, Vita users will be able to view "Activity Log" which is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication among users.

The Best in New and Classic Content

In addition to containing the best in new handheld gaming hardware technology, Sony's PlayStation Vita provides users with the best in quality content. All your favourite game franchises are coming to Vita, including but not limited to Uncharted in Uncharted Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, Hot Shots Golf, ModNation Racers, WipEout and many more -- including all new game launches -- yet to be announced. Joining these new offerings, players will also have full wireless access to the PlayStation Store. Here, via Vita's improved Wi-Fi capabilities, and/or new exciting 3G connectivity, owners can download new game add-ons, movies, comics and PS One classics ported over for handheld play. PlayStation Vita also features full backwards compatibility (via download) to all PSP games. Together this powerful merging of hardware and software is destined to create entertainment experiences unlike anything else available in the handheld gaming market.

Vita Features

  • Multi-touch 5-inch organic light emitting display (OLED) as the front display
  • Multi-touch pad on the rear of the device
  • Dual analogue sticks
  • Two digital cameras (front and rear)
  • Software titles on small, dedicated flash memory-based cards
  • Three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic compass
  • Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
  • Free PlayStation Network access, including trophy support and new Vita features "LiveArea" and "Near"
  • Vita can play PSP titles, minis, PS one classics, video and comics from the PlayStation Store

Technical Specifications

  • 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) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Touch Screen - 5-inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
  • Rear Touch Pad - Multi-touch pad (capacitive type)
  • Cameras - Front camera, rear camera
  • Game Media/Storage - New dedicated flash-based game medium; dual slots, one for the new game medium, the other is for storage media to be utilised for personal content and download content
  • 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
  • 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 t(3G)
    • IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1) (Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
    • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
  • Battery - Internal/embedded (not removable)

* Connectivity subject to Wi-Fi availability coverage limitations.
** 3G functionality and coverage requires purchase and activation of an additional data plan. Connectivity subject to 3G coverage limitations.

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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

359 of 378 people found the following review helpful By Pacino Roshanaie on 6 Mar. 2012
Firstly I want to start by saying that the Vita itself is amazing and has a lot of potential. It is much more capable than my 3DS and already has a decent selection of titles to choose from. However, all that is mirrored in the other reviews so I will review this for its additional feature; The 3G.

I will say this plainly. Do not buy this version. Buy the WiFi version as the 3G is wasted here and I will explain why.

Firstly Vodafone customer support is worse than useless. It took 2 days to get the sim card credited and then another day for the Wipeout code to arrive. It took a total of 3 days to have the 3G working and free game as promised. This was also with phone operators accidentally barring my sim then blaming me for it, an atrocious website that won't allow you to top up or use a voucher, a customer rep who didn't actually know what a Vita was and being repeatedly lied to about the ETA of my game code. The forum mods who sorted my problem were excellent for their part, I should add.

Still not put off? Okay....

Once everything is up and running you can now check friends lists, use social apps and shop on PSN. That is pretty much ALL you can do with 3G on the Vita. Most games require wifi to take part in online gaming, with no other option. You can buy on the PSN store but unless the content is smaller than 20MB in size then you need wifi to download it. That pretty much rules out EVERYTHING but the most useless of DLC, even Minis tend to weigh in at 50MB or more. So unless you are willing to pay 5 pounds a month minimum just to go on Facebook and see what games your friends are playing, I suggest you give this a wide berth.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sp1cyman on 5 Jun. 2012
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Before we all get carried away with the new PS Vita, it is worth pointing out that at the moment there is a glaring lack of software support for it. This obviously needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. However, this was the same scenario when the PS3 hit the shelves some years ago, and now, it is the best all-round console on the market. Therefore, I would expect by Christmas that this will be a great product to have in your travel bag.
Let me enlighten you all on the power of this hand-held console. Graphically, it is VERY close to that of the PS3. No exaggeration. Everybody's Golf on the Vita looks every bit as good as it does on its big brother. The colours are extremely vibrant, and the touch screen is as good as anything I've ever used before. The clarity is second to none. The addition of the 2 thumb-sticks is welcomed, showing that Sony have listened to the masses since the demise of the PSP. Speaking of which, this system is a whole generation better than the last. It has the same wow factor that the PS3 had when it first replaced the PS2.
Normally, I would say that this product is woefully overpriced, however, I bought mine for £225 (3G) with FIFA 12 and a 4 MB memory card. An absolute bargain. The delivery was swift too. I am a person who is not a keen flyer, so this is going to be a huge help to me on aircraft. It is a little bit on the large side, but I wouldn't sacrifice size for clarity of this standard for anything.
Overall, a very impressive product that will only continue to get better. For the price I paid for it, it really is a no brainer. Oh, and some of the downloadable games such as Stardust and Pool Kings are really good for just over £6. I have played this more than my PS3 since I've had it. In fact, I have hardly used my PS3 at all. I can quite happily watch the sport on the telly while having a round of digital golf at the same time. Ideal.
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126 of 143 people found the following review helpful By Bronn on 22 Feb. 2012
£200 device with games priced at £40 - sounds crazy in today's world where, like it or not, gaming
is moving toward a more casual market. And in this economy too, Sony have taken quite the gamble. I
decided to take the risk with the Playstation Vita (Wi-Fi only model though, what with the economy and
all) and am happy to say i believe i made the right decision. I hope my review can help you make
the right one as well...

I strongly believe the 3G version of the PS Vita is not worth the extra money, apart from signing up and
paying for your 3G access which is not even remotely great in the UK there is also the issue of battery life.
The standard Wi-Fi Vita performs admirably, but there is no doubt in my mind the 3G will severely lower
that time. There are plenty of places in the UK with Wi-Fi access available now, so i would suggest asking
yourself if you really need the 3G access and are willing to pay for it with both your money and at the
expense of the Vita's battery life. I asked myself this too and found the price was just too high.

Firstly the battery life surprised me, consdering the rumors of horrific life, and the doubts i had after
reading the Vita's spec sheet, the battery life is good consdering the amount of pressure the system is
under, especially when gaming. With brightness at 50% and with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, the Vita
lasted for around 4 hours when gaming and messing around with it. A full on gaming marathon of the most
demanding game currently available (Uncharted Golden Abyss) lasted for a respectable 3 hours and 30
minutes - enough to cover most journeys without the need for a recharge.
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