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Product Sony Playstation Vita
Specifications 5in 16:9 OLED touchscreen with 960x544 resolution, ARM Cortex A9 quad-core chip, SGX543MP4+ GPU, 512MB RAM, 128MB VRAM, Playstation Vita card slot, memory card slot, accessory port, 802.11a/g/n WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS, front and rear VGA cameras, D-pad, 2x analogue joysticks, action buttons - triangle, circle, cross, square - left/right shoulder buttons and start, select and PS buttons.
Price £210 for WiFi only or £279 for 3G edition from Vodafone
JAPANESE ELECTRONICS MAKER Sony is in dire need of a hit, with the Xperia Play smartphone failing to live up to expectations and the firm fresh from posting a $2bn loss.
The Playstation (PS) Vita is the biggest upgrade to Sony's portable console range to date, bringing the performance that magical step closer to the PS3. Although the Vita is available with 3G connectivity to allow web browsing on the move, the device is primarily a gaming device.
Design and display
The Vita looks very similar to the original device that was launched back in 2005. The oblong design has been retained and although the device is nice to look at, it is still chunky at 18.6mm thick and you will struggle to fit it in a trouser pocket.
The front of the Vita is bursting with controls that are commonly found on a full-sized PS3 controller. There are two analogue joysticks and there's a D-pad to control movement and the familiar triangle, circle, cross and square action buttons. These are generally well laid out, with the only problem being that the right analogue stick is a little too close to the action buttons. In the bottom left hand corner is a Playstation button that activates multi-tasking and on the opposite side are the start and select buttons.
There is also a touchpad on the back of the device and a six-axis motion sensing system to allow users to use gesture-based controls.
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