Sony has unveiled the final technical specifications of its upcoming portable gaming platform the PlayStation (PS) Vita. Announced via the official PlayStation Blog, the soon-to-be successor to the PlayStation Portable boasts a feature set that in some regards even surpasses its big brother, the PlayStation 3 (PS3).
Driving the system is an ARM Cortex A9 system on chip with four processor cores and four graphics cores based on Imagination Technology’s PowerVR SGX543MP4+. The system will include 512 megabytes of memory with an additional 128 megabytes of dedicated video memory—more total system memory than that of the PS3.
The unit will feature a 5-inch widescreen organic LED multitouch display with a resolution of 960 x 544 pixels. In addition, the system has front and rear VGA cameras both capable of capturing images at a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels.
On the communications side, the system supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and optional 3G. It also includes a variety of ports for USB connectivity, game cards, memory cards, and SIM cards for 3G enabled models.
In addition to hardware specifications, Sony also touched on system software functionality announcing that the device will support social networking services such as Facebook, foursquare, Twitter, and Skype. Sony also mentioned that the system will feature cross game voice chat, a feature that comes standard for online users of the Microsoft Xbox 360 and one that PS3 users are yet to experience.
The PS Vita will first launch in Japan late this year with releases in other territories anticipated in early 2012.