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PS Vita Hand-Held Video Game System

The PlayStation Vita is a hand-held gaming system developed by Sony Computer Entertainment. First released in 2011 in Japan and 2012 in North America and Europe, the PS Vita is the successor to the original PlayStation Portable system. The Vita is capable of playing games, movies, music, and various apps.

What are the major features of the PS Vita hardware?

The PlayStation Vita is powered by a quad-core processor and a quad-core PowerVR graphics card with 512MB of RAM. It contains front and rear 0.3-megapixel cameras, a rear touchpad, motion-sensing controls, and a three-axis electronic compass. The system is capable of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, and 3G connectivity. The Vita can connect to the PlayStation Network to access unique services, download content, and join online multiplayer gaming matches. It also has the ability to play PlayStation 4 and a select few PlayStation 3 games remotely, assuming you own the console and compatible games. The Vita's rechargeable battery lasts up to five hours for gaming and videos and nine hours for music. Game data, save files, and multimedia are stored on proprietary external memory cards up to 64GB in size. Stereo speakers, a microphone, and a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack are integrated into the PS Vita hardware.

What are the features of the PlayStation Vita screen?

The PS Vita features a 5-inch OLED multi-capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 960 by 544 pixels. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. Whereas a typical LCD screen is lit by an LED backlight, the organic diodes, as the name implies, emit their own light. As a result, an OLED screen is capable of a high contrast between blacks and whites, and because it has eliminated the need for a backlight, the display is thin and light.

How many games were released for the PlayStation Vita system?

Approximately 1,500 physical and digital games were developed for the hand-held system. PS Vita games encompass many different genres, including RPGs and indie games. The system is also capable of running apps, some of which come preloaded on the hardware, others of which need to be downloaded. There are apps for web browsing, emails, music, photos, Netflix, and much more.

Has Sony released any other models of the PlayStation Vita?

Yes. The Vita 2000 Series, as it's officially called, is a revised version of the original system. It is 20% thinner and 15% lighter. The model adds a microUSB Type B port and 1GB of internal flash memory. The OLED screen has been replaced with a standard LCD screen. In exchange, the Vita 2000 has an additional hour of battery life.

Is the Vita backwards-compatible with other Sony systems?

Because of its proprietary media, the PS Vita does not play discs from other systems. However, the Vita can play digital versions of both Sony PSP and a curated selection of original Sony PlayStation One classics.

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