PS Vita vs. PSP

The PS Vita is Sony’s new handheld gaming device.  It looks to follow on the footsteps of arguably one of the most successful mobile gaming platforms, the PlayStation Portable (PSP).  What does the PS Vita have in store for gamers?  Here is our first ever gaming device comparison, PS Vita vs. PSP, after the jump.



 

 

Performance

There are a number of PSP models out there but we will be using the best model, PSP 3000, for this comparison.  The PS Vita runs on a quad-core ARM Cortex processor and a SGX543MP4+ Graphics Processing Unit (GPU).  All these are improvements on what is found on the older PSP 3000 which has a CPU with a clock speed of 333 MHz and a GPU with a clock speed of around 167 MHz.  This only means that the PS Vita can support games that have very high resolutions.

 

Display

Speaking of resolutions, the PS Vita has a 960 by 544 pixels, 5-inch OLED screen that is able to render 16:9 aspect ratios.  The screen is a capacitive-type touchscreen capable of supporting multitouch functions.  In contrast, the PSP 3000 has a 4.3 inch, 16:9 full transparent type TFT display with a lesser resolution at 480 by 272 pixels.

 

Looks

 

Controls

The PS Vita contains the standard PlayStation buttons (square, circle, x, triangle) as well as two shoulder buttons (R and L) and start and select buttons.  Two analog sticks are also present with the D-Pad, and the PS Menu button.  As already mentioned, the PS Vita features a touchscreen panel but it can only be used in menu navigation.  Another multi-touch touchpad is found on the rear of the device.  Accelerometer and Gyroscope sensors are present allowing you to control games by tilting the Vita, just like on several Android games.

 

Storage

There is no internal storage for the PS Vita which means you have to rely on external media for saving your games and other multimedia content.  In retrospect, the previous PSP models including the 3000 have very little internal memory.  Only the PSP Go had a decent internal memory at 16 GB.

The PS Vita goes away from the UMD disks as it comes with its own unique memory card known as NVG, which has capacities of 4 GB to 32 GB.  Since it is unique to the Vita, you cannot exchange games between it and the PSP 3000 which used Memory Stick PRO Duo and Memory Stick Micro cards.

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The PS Vita NVG card

 

Connectivity

The PSP 3000 connects to the PlayStation Network (PSN) via Wi-Fi IrDa.  Connecting to the Network allows you to access Friends Lists and messaging features besides buying games, movies, comics and music.  Depending on the model, you can connect to the PSN with the PS Vita through Wi-Fi or 3G.

 

Price

Here are several of our favorite online stores.

MerchantProductPriceBuy Now
AmazonPlayStation Vita 3G/Wi-Fi Bundle

About the PlayStation Vita 3G/Wi-Fi System:
Your new PlayStation Vita will change the way you play. And

$216.49

used from: $186.96

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AmazonPlayStation Vita - WiFi

Sony's PlayStation Vita, previously codenamed "Next Generation Portable", is the successor to the PlayStation Portable hardware series. Vita retains

$232.95

used from: $187.21

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AmazonPlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle

PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle:
Claim your PS Vita week before the official release date with the PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle.

$273.98

used from: $209.99

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AmazonCall of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified Limited Edition Wi-Fi Bundle

Bridging the storyline between the original Call of Duty: Black Ops and this year’s highly anticipated follow-up, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call

$339.99

used from: $73.99

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AmazonAssassin's Creed III Liberation PlayStation Vita Wi-Fi Bundle

The Assassin’s Creed III Liberation PlayStation Vita Bundle is the complete console quality experience, now in your hands. Have ultimate control

$370.99

used from: $329.96

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Product prices and availability are accurate as of Apr 20 8:56:13 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

 

Games

MerchantProductPriceBuy Now
AmazonUncharted: Golden Abyss

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used from: 37.50

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AmazonResistance: Burning Skies

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used from: 249.99

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AmazonUltimate Marvel vs Capcom 3

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used from: 33.97

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AmazonEA Sports FIFA Soccer

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used from: 32.99

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AmazonLumines: Electronic Symphony

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used from: 31.00

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AmazonRayman Origins

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used from: 37.98

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AmazonMortal Kombat

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used from: 37.98

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AmazonHot Shots Golf: World Invitational

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used from: 32.74

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AmazonMLB 12 The Show

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AmazonLittleBigPlanet

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AmazonGravity Rush

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used from: 18.00

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Product prices and availability are accurate as of Apr 19 23:57:35 UTC but are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the merchant site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

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Conclusion – PS Vita vs. PSP

What happens when you combine the PSP with an Android tablet?  A PS Vita comes out.  The touchscreen feature is not new in gaming but the rear touch panel is unique.  If you are shifting from PSP to PSP Vita, you will not have a hard time learning the controls.  But for those new to PSP and PlayStation games in general, you might be confused with the multiple control options present.  Nevertheless, the PS Vita offers a gaming experience that only it can provide.

 

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Photo credits: Gizmag, The Tech Labs

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