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Sony PS Vita: specs round-up

If you thought 2011 was a good year for gaming, then 2012 will blow your mind. As well as some fantastic games on the horizon, we have not one but two new consoles to look forward to.

The Wii U, Nintendo’s update to the Wii, is due out later this year. But let’s forget about that for a moment, and concentrate on the next big thing for gaming: the Sony PS Vita.

The latest handheld console from the gaming experts, the PS Vita is the follow-up to the hugely successful PSP.

And the UK release date for this hotly anticipated piece of gaming kit is just over a month away. We’ve had plenty in the way of detail from Sony, and the PS Vita is already on sale in Japan.

Sales of the PS Vita in the technology capital of the world have so far been good, but not great. But don’t let that put you off; this promises to be a fantastic device. So what can we expect on 22 February?

Sony PS Vita processor

As you might expect, Sony has pulled out all the stops for the PS Vita’s power. It features an impressive quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 core processor, and a quad-core SGX543MP4+ graphics processing unit.

In terms of memory, the PS Vita has 512MB of RAM and 128MB of VRAM. It’s no wonder we’re all getting so excited.

Sony PS Vita display

With so many smartphones offering a decent level of gaming these days, Sony really needed to bring something good to the Vita.

And it has certainly done so with the display. The Vita has a five inch OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, with a resolution of 960 x 544.

Other features on the Sony PS Vita

If the super-fast processor and state-of-the-art touchscreen aren’t enough to convince you, then maybe the front and rear cameras will. These offer customisation of photos, and feature head tracking and face detection.

And there is also the rear touchpad, the card reader, the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities, as well as the option to pay a little extra for 3G connectivity.