You can download PS Vita games and other content from PlayStation Store to a storage media via the Internet or buy the new game medium at retailers.
No. Users can enjoy PS Vita using only Wi-Fi (even if you have the 3G version).
Sony is partnering with AT&T, which powers the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, who will serve as the exclusive service provider for PS Vita in the United States.
By having both Wi-Fi and 3G/Wi-Fi models available, PS Vita will enable infinite possibilities for you to “encounter,” “connect,” “discover,” “share” and “play” with your friends wherever they are.
Partnerships with other mobile partners will be announced at a later date.
The official name will be PlayStation Vita (PS Vita). “Vita,” which means “Life” in Latin, was chosen as the name for our next-generation portable entertainment system because it enables a revolutionary combination of rich gaming and social connectivity within a real world context.
The PlayStation Vita was codenamed the NGP when it was first announced.
It will cost $249 / €249 / £229 for the Wi-Fi version and $299 / €299 / £279 for the 3G version.
There will be a phased roll out from the end of the year 2011 throughout all the SCE regions.
Yes – like the PS3, the PS Vita supports trophies with compatible games. Some games even include the coveted Platinum trophy. Trophies can be synched to the PSN, and you can view or compare PS Vita trophies on a PS3.
Information about trophies you have earned is saved on the PS Vita system. You can only earn trophies on the first PS Vita system that you start a game on. You cannot earn trophies for that game on other PS Vita systems. If you sign up for PlayStation Network, you can save information about the trophies you have earned on PlayStation Network servers. When you play the game on a different PS Vita system, if you sign up for the same PlayStation Network account, you can earn additional trophies on that system.
You can save trophies for up to 100 games on your PS Vita system, but if you sync your trophies with the PlayStation Network, you can save a lot more trophies.
The technical specification for the PlayStation Vita is as follows:
|Platform name||PlayStation Vita|
|Model number||PCH-1000 series|
|CPU||ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)|
|External Dimensions||Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largestprojection)|
|Weight||Approx 279g (3G/Wi-Fi model)Approx 260g (Wi-Fi model)|
|Screen(Touch screen)||5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLEDMulti touch screen (capacitive type)|
|Rear touch pad||Multi touch pad (capacitive type)|
|Cameras||Front camera, Rear cameraFrame rate : 120fps@320×240(QVGA), 60fps@640×480(VGA)Resolution : Up to 640×480(VGA)|
|Sound||Built-in stereo speakersBuilt-in microphone|
|Sensors||Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Threeaxiselectronic compass|
|Location||Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)Wi-Fi location service support|
|Keys / Switches||PS buttonPower buttonDirectional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)Right stick, Left stickSTART button, SELECT buttonVolume buttons (+/-)|
|Wirelesscommunications||Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)3G modem (data communication): HSDPA/HSUPA, GSM/GPRS/EDGEIEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR （A2DP/AVRCP/HSP）|
|Slots/Ports||PlayStation®Vita card slotMemory card slotSIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In],|
|Power||Built-In Lithium-ion Battery: DC3.7V 2210mAhAC adaptor: DC 5V|
|SupportedAV contentformat||Music－MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), 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|
Using the AC Adapter, the PS Vita takes approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes to fully charge.
Charging your PS Vita system while using it or while the system is in standby mode can increase the charging time.
The battery life is equivalent with the current models meaning approximately 3 to 6 hours for gameplays and approximately 3 to 5 hours for playing back videos. Unfortunately, the battery cannot be changes so when it looses its life, Sony would need to replace the battery for you.