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[i]PlayStation Vita (previously Next Generation Portable (NGP)) FAQs
Answer ID: 2254


Question: When will PS Vita be available?
Answer: There will be a phased roll out from the end of the year 2011 throughout all the SCE regions.

Q: How much will PS Vita cost?
A: It will cost $249 USD for the Wi-Fi version and $299 USD for the 3G version available through AT&T stores.

Q: What is the official name?
A: 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.

Q: PS Vita supports 3G network connectivity, does this mean PS Vita will be sold through cell-phone providers?
A: 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.

Q: Do all PS Vita users have to sign up with a cell phone provider?
A: No. Users can enjoy PS Vita using only Wi-Fi.

Q: How do you buy PS Vita games?
A: 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.

Q: What game format will the PS Vita use?
A: PS Vita will utilize the new game medium.

Q: Will users be able to access PlayStation Store from both 3G and Wi-Fi?
A: PlayStation Store will be able to be accessed from both 3G and Wi-Fi.

Q: Which carrier will users need to subscribe to use the 3G networks?
A: 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.

Q: Can you use PS Vita as a phone?
A: No.

Q: What are the specs of the OLED screen?
A: 5 inches (16:9), 960x544 pixels, Approx. 16,770,000 colors displayed

Q: What colors will be available at launch?
A: This will be announced at a later time.

Q: Does the PS Vita support Bluetooth headsets / headphones?
A: Commercially available Bluetooth headsets will work, however, it may function differently depending on the device specifications.

Q: Can you use a commercially available Bluetooth keyboard / mouse? Can you connect the PS3 wireless controller to the PS Vita like the PSPgo?
A: No. Users cannot use commercially available Bluetooth keyboard / mouse or a PS3 wireless controller on the PS Vita.

Q: Can you access the Internet by connecting PS Vita to a Bluetooth supported cell phone?
A: No.

Q: Why didn't you introduce stereoscopic 3D (without glasses) to PS Vita?
A: In the development process, we studied the possibility of introducing stereoscopic 3D feature to PS Vita, but decided not to install it. After careful consideration of our goal of offering users the ultimate portable entertainment experience with revolutionary user interface, we have decided to focus on the features and spec announced first.

Q: Does PS Vita have internal memory?
A: PS Vita is equipped with the storage media slot so that users can choose what memory capacity they want to utilize depending on their use.

Q: What is "Near"?
A: Near is a core PS Vita feature composed of location-based services, that utilize 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.

Q: Do you need 3G network connection to enjoy Near?
A: Users can enjoy Near using Wi-Fi, but to enjoy further what Near offers, 3G connection is preferred. Users will be able to obtain more information and encounter new players in real time by using 3G connection.

Q: What is "LiveArea"?
A: Every game title for PS 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 3rd party developers and publishers through PlayStation Network. Additionally, PS Vita users will be able to view "Activity" log that is constantly updated with accomplishments from users who are playing the same game, which in turn can trigger active real-time communication among users.

Q: Will existing services like Remote Play, Skype, SenseMe, and Comic content for PSP be available for PS Vita as well?
A: We are evaluating the opportunity to offer non-gaming applications/content and will announce details at a later time.

Q: Will Youtube, Flash content and files like PDF be viewable on PS Vita?
A: We are evaluating the opportunity to offer non-gaming applications/content and will announce details at a later time.

Q: What is the difference between the PSP system and the PS Vita in terms of hardware specs?
A:
Advanced portable entertainment system
A high performance CPU / GPU combined with OLED enables rich, visually striking graphics never seen before on a portable entertainment system. PS Vita also adopts the Super Oval Design form factor, which fits comfortably in users' hands.Revolutionary User Interface
A unique multi-touch pad on the rear, with the front touch display. Two cameras on it's front and rear, as well as three motion sensors, gyroscope, accelerometer, and electronic compass.LiveArea™
Every game title for PS Vita will be provided with a space called "LiveArea™" where users can share the fun and excitement with other players.Location-based services
SCE will provide location-based services on PS Vita as part of the basic features utilizing PlayStation Network. The new application called "Near," developed specifically for this service and the network, will be pre-installed in the system.Wi-Fi and 3G network connectivity
PS Vita is equipped with 3G in addition to Wi-Fi.Closely coordinated with PlayStation Suite
The newly developed and released game content for Android based portable devices can also be enjoyed on PS Vita.

Q: There are two slots on the PS Vita, what are they for?
A: One is for the new game medium, the other is for storage media to be utilized for personal content and download content.

Q: What kind of game medium will PS Vita support? What is the official name? Why did you decide to introduce it?
A: It is a small flash memory based card, dedicated for PS Vita. Taking advantage of the flash memory feature, this innovative card can store add-on game content or the game save directly on the card. By adopting flash memory based card, SCE will be able to provide game cards with higher capacity in the future, allowing developers to store more game data to deliver rich, immersive games. We will announce the official name at a later date.

Q: What type of storage media will PS Vita support?
A: This will be announced at a later date.

Q: What are the features of the new game medium / storage media?
A:
New game medium
It can not only store the full software titles but also save data as well as additional game content data. Therefore, the game title can be concluded with one piece of card.
Users can play games by just inserting the game medium into PS Vita. (a separate storage media is not required.)
As for storage media, we will announce details at a later date.

Q: How many software titles will be available at launch (in the new game medium/download for each region)?
A: We will announce details at a later date.

Q: What will software pricing look like?
A: We will announce details at a later date.

Q: If you buy download content for PS Vita, up to how many systems can you copy it to?
A: We will announce details at a later date.

Q: Is PS Vita compatible with other PlayStation platform games like PS3, PS2, or PSP? Do you have any plan to support other PlayStation platforms in the future?
A: Users can play PSP titles, minis and PSone classics titles which are offered on PS Store. We do no have any plans to make PS Vita compatible with PS3 or PS2 titles at this point.

Q: Is PS Vita compatible with PSP content other than games such as video and comics available on PlayStation Store?
A: SCE plans to make those content available on PS Vita.

Q: Can PS Vita users continue using their save data for PSP games that they have also downloaded from PlayStation Store to PS Vita?
A: We are looking into the opportunity to do so.

Q: PS Vita doesn't support UMD but do you have any plan to introduce peripherals like "UMD readers" for PS Vita?
A: We do not have plans to introduce such peripherals at this point in time.

Q: I have UMD games but do I need to buy them again from PlayStation Store to play the same game on PS Vita?
A: We will consider every possibility for support on bought UMD games but we have nothing to comment at this point in time.

Q: Will you bring all UMD games to the new game medium or on the PlayStation Store for PS Vita?
A: SCE with the support of third party developers and publishers have been offering select UMD titles on PlayStation Store and will continue our effort to deliver these content in the form of game medium for PS Vita going forward. However, we will need to clear all copyright / legal related issues and due to this not all software titles will become available on PS Vita. We will announce details for each title when ready.

Q: Will PS Vita support all content that will become available on PlayStation Suite?
A: PS Suite content developed in the new game development environment provided for PS Suite can be enjoyed on PS Vita.

Q: Are PSP/PS3 user's PSN accounts also [snipped by DBA for length]
#2
Lots of detailed information.

However; no tv-output and PS2 games make me sad :(
#3
Eu price is a rip off though at€299
#4
The question I want to ask is that is this region free? If I buy this can I import games?
#5
ShopTo are taking preorders

Wifi only - £228.85
3G+Wifi - £278.84

Think i'll wait for when the price comes down.
banned 1 Like #6
Artonox
The question I want to ask is that is this region free? If I buy this can I import games?


We heard earlier at E3 that the PlayStation Vita might be able to do video output via the multiport on the bottom of the handheld, but it's now looking like that won't be the case -- at least according to the official FAQ that Sony has made available. In slightly better news, however, Sony exec Michael Denny said today that, to the best of his knowledge, the PS Vita will indeed be region-free just like the PS3. Otherwise, Sony hasn't provided much more in the way of surprises, but it looks like it is at least leaving the door open to helping folks bring their UMD-bound games with them to the new handheld. While it's ruled out a UMD reader of any sort, Sony says that it will "consider every possibility for support on bought UMD games," although it has nothing to announce at this time. Check out the complete FAQ at the source link below.
#7
dtovey89
Lots of detailed information.

However; no tv-output and PS2 games make me sad :(


wait a year, a slimmer version with tv-out will be out.

im getting one but cant decide on wifi only or 3g/wifi version. my 3g speed capped at 384kbs and only has 500mb allowance, so only good for web browsing, i dont think it will be enough for game updates and online play.

Edited By: ancav111 on Jun 09, 2011 22:14
banned#8
dtovey89
Lots of detailed information.

However; no tv-output and PS2 games make me sad :(


the no video output is a shame. Alot of people bothered about the battery being non replaceable aswell but that wont really bother me
#9
Retro89
ShopTo are taking preorders

Wifi only - £228.85
3G+Wifi - £278.84

Think i'll wait for when the price comes down.


My pre-order of a 3G+Wi-Fi model at GAME.co.uk offered 1.5% QuidCo cashback & £14 worth of GAME Reward Card points.

BFN,

fp.
#10
Also for information...

[ http://uk.playstation.com/psvita/#select-tab-specifications ]
Specifications for PlayStation®Vita

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)

Screens
Front touchscreen: 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, approx. 16 million colours, OLED multi touch screen, capacitive type.

Rear touch pad
Multi touch pad, capacitive type.

Cameras
- Front camera.
- Rear camera.
- Frame rate: [email protected](QVGA), [email protected](VGA).
- Resolution: Up to 640x480(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 = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode).
- Bluetooth® 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 AV content
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 Hi/Main/Baseline Profile (AAC).

Photos
- JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG.


BFN,

fp.
#11
Q: Can you access the Internet by connecting PS Vita to a Bluetooth supported cell phone?
A: No.

Lame...
#12
deathtrap3000
Q: Can you access the Internet by connecting PS Vita to a Bluetooth supported cell phone?
A: No.

Lame...


However...

[ http://uk.playstation.com/psvita/news/articles/detail/item381740/PlayStation-answers-your-questions-from-E3-2011/ ]
Adam Grant, brand manager for PS Vita in Europe

The ability to collect trophies when playing PS Vita titles is a first for handheld gaming on PlayStation, and Adam confirmed: "The trophies you collect playing PS Vita games will add to your overall trophy count."


BFN,

fp.
#13
Ooo trophy win.
#14
dtovey89
Ooo trophy win.


Ding! :)
#15
tl;dr

cliffs?
#16
I myself will be ordering from GAME, as have enough reward points to buy it. However, i am awaiting a bundle pack that will be announced later and that will be my preorder, not just the console. The titles are looking outstanding and am at a loss which ones to buy initially...

I doubt Sony will churn out reiterations of this version very quickly as Apple way isnt what Sony does. They try to make the best console as they can, rather than hold back on features and release them with 1-2 features added stuff every 6 months or so.

They do need a lesson on the currency differences...$299 doesnt equate to £279...but i was expecting about 350£ , so its good in that respect.
#17
Dhiraj1
I myself will be ordering from GAME, as have enough reward points to buy it. However, i am awaiting a bundle pack that will be announced later and that will be my preorder, not just the console. The titles are looking outstanding and am at a loss which ones to buy initially...

I doubt Sony will churn out reiterations of this version very quickly as Apple way isnt what Sony does. They try to make the best console as they can, rather than hold back on features and release them with 1-2 features added stuff every 6 months or so.

They do need a lesson on the currency differences...$299 doesnt equate to £279...but i was expecting about 350£ , so its good in that respect.


As do I. Just don't calculate how much you have spent to reach that total. Scary! :)

If the bundle is an official one then it will be better value than a GAME prepared selection (that sometimes cost more than the component items bought separately).

£279 is also in the same region as the original PlayStation Portable (Series 1000) Recommended Retail Price.

If the units are not available in the UK by the end of 2011, will you be importing from the US (or Japan)?

BFN,

fp.
#18
Yes I want it for xmas,so will import it if its not getting a Eu release this year. Will just use the points for bf3, skyrim, uncharted 3, mw3, assassins creed revelations....and have already preordered batman from bee.
fanpages
Dhiraj1
I myself will be ordering from GAME, as have enough reward points to buy it. However, i am awaiting a bundle pack that will be announced later and that will be my preorder, not just the console. The titles are looking outstanding and am at a loss which ones to buy initially...

I doubt Sony will churn out reiterations of this version very quickly as Apple way isnt what Sony does. They try to make the best console as they can, rather than hold back on features and release them with 1-2 features added stuff every 6 months or so.

They do need a lesson on the currency differences...$299 doesnt equate to £279...but i was expecting about 350£ , so its good in that respect.


As do I. Just don't calculate how much you have spent to reach that total. Scary! :)

If the bundle is an official one then it will be better value than a GAME prepared selection (that sometimes cost more than the component items bought separately).

£279 is also in the same region as the original PlayStation Portable (Series 1000) Recommended Retail Price.

If the units are not available in the UK by the end of 2011, will you be importing from the US (or Japan)?

BFN,

fp.

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