PS Vita Info Unveiled – 100 Release Games? Specs, Battery Life And Much More

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Serious business is going down in Tokyo this week because it’s the Tokyo Game Show and Sony have just unveiled a ton of information on their new handheld.

We have Press Release scans, photos from every angle, Japanese release date, release titles, official specifications and well… just about everything you want and need to know about the system.

Hit the jump for all of it.

First things first, the PS Vita will be made available first in Japan on December 17, 2011. According to Sony there will be… and get this… around 100 titles ready for the PS Vita launch window.

We don’t actually know what they are, so we are going to just have to take Sony’s word for it for now. Or not? What we do know is that the Japan release will definitely see 26 games ready for launch day, and they are the following:

  • @field
  • Army Corps of Hell
  • BlazBlue Continuum Shift Extend
  • Browser Sangokushi Touch Battle
  • Dark Quest
  • Disgaea 3 Return Dream Club Zero Portable
  • Dynasty Warriors Next
  • F1 2011
  • Fish On Hot Shots Golf 6 (aka Everybody’s Golf)
  • Katamari Damacy No Vita
  • Lord of Apocalypse
  • Michael Jackson The Experience
  • Minna to Issho
  • Monster Radar
  • Nico Nico Power Smash 4
  • Project NOELS (download only)
  • Ridge Racer
  • Sawari Ma Kuru
  • Shin Kamaitachi no Yoru
  • Shinobido 2
  • Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • Yuusha no Kiroku

Not such a bad list eh? I’m sure that most of you already have your eyes darting to some of the big names we already know in that list, like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, F1 2011, Ridge Racer, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and believe it or not, I’m actually quite excited for Hot Shots Golf 6 considering that Everybody’s Golf was my most played PSP title by far.

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Not all of these games will be coming out in our regions though, which is to be expected, but once again I note that Sony have said at their press conference that there will be 100 games during the ‘launch window’, all depending on what they consider a ‘window’.

Now let’s break up all of this information with a gallery of the PS Vita and some other stuff before moving onto the battery life and specs:

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Sony have said that the PS Vita will have 3 − 5 hours of gameplay on the battery, it will take around 2 hours and 40 minutes to recharge and will also be able to do 5 hours of video and nine hours of music playback (if in standby mode).

That’s a little worrisome considering that manufacturers are usually pretty optimistic with their numbers and we are already seeing the issues present with short battery life on the Nintendo 3DS, especially in comparison to devices like iPads which run for hours and hours on end with no hassles. On to the full specs though.

Here’s what’s sitting inside the portable monster of a machine:

  • Model number: PCH-1000 series
  • CPU: ARM® Cortexâ„¢-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 x depth) (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: [email protected]×240(QVGA), [email protected]×480(VGA); Resolution: Up to 640×480(VGA)
  • Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, built-in microphone
  • Sensors: Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Threeaxis 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 = 1×1)(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: 5℃~35℃
  • 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
  • The system will ship with a USB cable, AC adaptor and power chord. 4, 8, 16 and 32GB memory cards will be available separately.
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Here’s the full press release, work-in-progress titles and spec sheet from Sony, in image form:

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There you have it. Pretty much everything you need to know about the PS Vita for now. We don’t yet know when it will be launched in our regions, and Sony know that it’s going to be a big bummer for them to miss the Christmas sales period, but it looks like that will very well be the case.

Impressed? Very or not so much?

Sources:

Japanese release titles list: GameInformer via Andriasang
Sony to launch 100 titles: G4TV
PS Vita Specs list: Eurogamer
PS Vita Image gallery: GameInformer
PS Vita Full Press Release Images: GamingEverything

Last Updated: September 14, 2011

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since ’08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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