Friday, December 23, 2011
PlayStation Vita Teardown, Launch Details
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A quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor co-developed by
IBM, Sony and Toshiba is at the heart of Sony's Vita
handheld, which will be released in the U.S./Canada on
Feb. 22 with an impressive game lineup.
According to a teardown by UBM TechInsights, Sony packed into the
Playstation Vita a five-inch OLED multi-touch screen
supporting 16 million colors and possibly manufactured
by Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) Co Ltd.. The Vita
also sports a touch-sensitive back panel, allowing
gamers to play using their fingers as they are holding
Playstation Vita also incorporates a GPS device and a
three-axis gyroscope, accelerometer and electronic
compass. Sony sells a version supporting both 3G and
Wi-Fi as well as a Wi-Fi-only model.
The device is powered by a custom quad-core ARM
processor. Sony's Cell processor partners - IBM and
Toshiba - created the CXD5315GG, a four core ARM
Cortex-A9 MPCore CPU, with Toshiba to provide the
multichip memory package and the system memory of the
Qualcomm provides the MDM6200 HSPA+ GSM modem in the
Vita, as well as the PM8028 power management IC.
Avago also offered six socket wins in the Playstation
Vita,mainly used on the device's communications board.
Kionix contributed to the accelerometer and Marvell
for the Wi-Fi chip.
U.S. Launch details
PlayStation Vita launched in Japan this past weekend,
and Sony provided an outline of the titles will be
released when PS Vita launches in the U.S./Canada on
The Wi-Fi model will be available for $249.99 (MSRP), and the 3G/Wi-Fi model will be available in the United States for $299.99 (MSRP).
There will be 25 games available on day 1, and in total
more than 100 games currently in development. Pricing
for all software will range from $9.99-$49.99 (MSRP)
and will be available for purchase at retail locations
as well as downloadable on the PlayStation Network.
PS Vita Software Lineup:
SCEA Launch Day Titles
Escape Plan (PSN Only)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
Hustle Kings (PSN Only)
ModNation Racers: Road Trip
Super StarDust Delta (PSN only)
UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss
Launch Window Titles
MLB 12 The Show
Third Party Publisher Launch Day Titles
Army Corps of Hell - Square Enix, Inc.
Asphalt Injection - Ubisoft, Inc.
BEN10 GALACTIC RACING - D3 Publisher of America
Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND - Aksys Games
Dungeon Hunter Alliance - Ubisoft, Inc.
Dynasty Warriors Next - Tecmo Koei America
F1 2011 - Codemasters
EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer - Electronic Arts, Inc.
Lumines Electronic Symphony - Ubisoft, Inc.
Michael Jackson The Experience - Ubisoft, Inc.
Plants vs. Zombies (PSN Only) - Sony Online
Rayman Origins - Ubisoft, Inc.
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen - Namco Bandai Games
Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN Only) - Drinkbox
Touch My Katamari - Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 - Capcom Entertainment,
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition - Sega of America
Launch Window Titles
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 - Warner Bros. Interactive
Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention - NIS America, Inc.
NINJA GAIDEN ∑ PLUS - Tecmo Koei America
Ridge Racer - Namco Bandai Games America Inc.
Silent Hill Book of Memories - Konami Digital Ent.
Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted - 505 Games
Also, every PS Vita system will be packed with six AR
Play Cards and one voucher to download a handful of
augmented reality mini games called AR Play via the
PlayStation Network. All first party games along with a
selection of accessories and third party games will be
available for purchase a week early (Feb. 15) in
conjunction with the availability date of the First
Edition PS Vita Bundle.
For those looking for a complete solution, a Starter
Kit will be available for $39.99 (MSRP), which includes
a 4GB Memory Card, Pocket Pouch, Protective Film, Card
Case, Headphones, and Cleaning Cloth. Standalone Memory
Cards will start at $19.99 (MSRP).