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The PlayStation Vita is the newest in the PlayStation Portable line of gaming devices.

The PlayStation Vita was released in February 2012. The device introduces a host of new features not available on previous PSP iterations including the use of augmented reality -- projecting the virtual world into the physical world -- which essentially allows users to turn a dining room table into a wrestling ring.

The AR capabilities are in direct competition with Nintendo's 3DS, one possible reason behind Nintendo's decision to reduced prices in August 2011. The PlayStation Vita brings back use of game cards, using a new format Sony developed that aims to deter hackers.

In addition, users will have access to games downloadable through the PlayStation Network. It is the first PlayStation portable gaming system to have a touch-screen interface; even the back of the console has a touch-sensitive control pad.

Prices For PlayStation Vita

(Prices as of 07/9/2013)
PlayStation Vita (Wi-Fi) PlayStation Vita (3G) Source
$250$300Best Buy
$350Toys 'R' Us

Additional Costs:

$30-$100Memory card
$10 Screen protector


ProcessorArm Cortex A9 Core
Media TypeVita disc
Disk CapacityMemory card
Graphics Quality960x544
Online ContentPlayStation Network
Other FeaturesWi-Fi accessible (3G available on some models)
Music and video player
Front and rear facing camera
Augmented Reality enabled
6 axis-motion sensors
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to PlayStation.

Best-Selling Games

1. Lumines: Electronic Symphony$6
2. Dragon's Crown$37
3. Persona 4 Golden$30
4. Muramasa Rebirth$38
5. Soul Sacrifice$30
(List as of 07/9/2013) Source: Amazon

Best-Selling Accessories

1. 32GB Vita memory card$84
2. Vita USB cable$11
3. Travel case$8
4. 16GB Vita memory card$50
5. Vita screen shields$5
(List as of 07/9/2013) Source: Amazon

What People Are Saying:

Several reviewers were impressed with the newest mobile device from PlayStation, calling it "gorgeous." The PS Vita is also lightweight -- lighter than some smartphones. An reviewer said the unit was not especially comfortable to hold and might be more difficult for people with larger hands. The use of front and back touchpads makes the PlayStation Vita unique and ads to gameplay. One major complaint from reviewers was some of the hidden costs: Vita requires proprietary memory cards to play most games and use most apps.
  • Engadget: "We said it before, but we'll say it again: $250 is a chunk of cash, but it sure looks like you're getting a lot of handheld for your money here."
  • "The Vita uses proprietary media and connections across the board, and even requires the purchase of a separate memory card to play most games and use most apps, which results in a hidden cost."
  • Wired: "Vita's tight design and relative lack of moving parts work to enhance its durability. Not only have I let my 9- and 11-year-old kids play with it, but they and I have dropped it a few times and it still looks brand new."