The system has an oval shape similar to the design of the first PSP and is the first to have two joysticks, with a five-inch capacitive OLED screen located in the center of the system. It has a pair of analog levers (one on each side of the screen), a pad, the four classic PlayStation buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross and Square), two L and R buttons, a PlayStation (Home) button, the Start and Select, Volume +, Volume- and Power buttons. Inside, the system features an ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore quad-core processor and an SGX543MP4 + graphics processor. The system also brings a rear touchpad, a front camera, a rear camera, stereo speakers, microphone, SixAxis motion sensor system (three-axis gyro, three-axis accelerometer), three-axis electronic compass, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR.
Both cameras have the capabilities of face detection, head detection and head tracking. It also allows you to customize the system.
PlayStation Vita is available in two versions: the first with WIFI and support for 3G, and the second most economical in price, with WIFI but without 3G. The 3G version includes applications preloaded on the console, which use 3G and others as augmented reality.
PlayStation Vita game card.
The software for the console is distributed on a single Sony flash memory card called “PlayStation Vita game card”, instead of the UMD discs of the PlayStation Portable. In size and shape the PlayStation card is very similar to an SD card.
Memory cards are offered in sizes ranging from 4 to 64 gigabytes. Memory cards without the “PlayStation Vita” memory card are incompatible, although alternative cards are under development.
During the E3 of 2011, a set of video games available for the game console was released, including Uncharted: The Golden Abyss, Hustle Kings, Everybody’s Golf, Wipeout 2048, Gravity Rush, in addition to continuations of games such as: Killzone, Resistance, LittleBigPlanet, Mortal Kombat and Call of Duty.
The system is compatible with many downloadable games from the first PSP. Many developers have shown how PlayStation 3 games are transferred to the new system, and then rendered. Some examples shown were: Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots, Yakuza 4, Lost Planet 2 and Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. Monster Hunter Portable 3rd was also shown, to show that the console was compatible with downloadable video games on the PlayStation Portable, which also showed that they are compatible with the extra analog joystick of the new console.