Sony Vita Update: Release Date, Battery Life and Peripherals Detailed

vitaA bumper slice of news for all of you who are waiting for Sony's latest hand held, offering (depending on who you listen too) almost the power of a PS3 in the palm of your hand. Set to be released on December 17th in Japan, barely a week before Christmas have no doubt that the usual queues will form in Akihabara as Otaku and parents alike clamour for it.

The standard WiFi model will cost around ¥24,980 and the top spec, 3D one will be around  ¥29,980. Pre ordering will start on October 15th.

Specification & Battery 

The battery life has been announced as being about 3-5 hours, similar to the 3DS which has taken quite a bit of flack, but we are all slowly getting used to, but peeking inside, its a wonder that the battery lasts as long as it does.

Here are the specs of the Vita in full

  • Model number: PCH-1000 series
  • CPU: ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU: SGX543MP4+
  • Main memory: 512MB
  • VRAM: 128MB
  • External Dimensions: Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height xdepth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Weight Approx: 279g (3G/Wi-Fi model), 260g (Wi-Fi model)
  • 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; Frame rate: 120fps@320x240(QVGA), 60fps@640x480(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), 3G modem (data communication): HSDPA/HSUPA 
  • Specification for Japanese region, 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: DC3.7V 2200mA, AC adaptor: DC 5V
  • Operating environment temperature: 5C  35C
  • Supported AV content format: 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

Accessories Announced

In addition, Sony have announced 16 new peripherals for the Vita, including memory cards, carry pouches and cables.

Here is the list with release dates, prices are in Yen

  • Memory card 4GB - December 17, 2011 / 2,200
  • Memory card 8GB - December 17, 2011 / 3,200
  • Memory card 16GB - December 17, 2011 / 5,500
  • Memory card 32GB - December 17, 2011 / 9,500
  • AC adaptor - December 17, 2011 / 1,800
  • USB cable - December 17, 2011 / 1,300
  • Cradle - December 17, 2011 / 2,800
  • In-ear headset - December 17, 2011 / 2,800
  • Protective film - December 17, 2011 / 800
  • Card case - December 17, 2011 / 600
  • Case - December 17, 2011 / 1,800
  • Pouch - December 17, 2011 / 1,500
  • Travel pouch with cleaning cloth and wrist strap - December 17, 2011 / 2,300
  • Carrying pouch (black) - December 17, 2011 / 1,800
  • Car adaptor - spring 2012 / TBD
  • Portable charger - spring 2012 / TBD

Sources MCV/C&VG


Last Updated ( 14 September 2011 )  

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