Sony's shiny new handheld (I refuse to call it "next-gen") the PS Vita is now out. At lot of information has been coming out in bits and pieces about exactly what this new little PlayStation is capable of, and I though it would be useful to collect it all in one place. I will be updating this article as more information comes out, and as I processing already-released information into articles, so do check back from time to time (or keep an eye on the main page blog, or my Twitter feed @aboutpsp). I already have plans for articles on navigation, downloadable games, and more.
What Is the PS Vita?
The short answer to that question is, obviously, that the PS Vita is the latest portable PlayStation and the successor to the PSP. A somewhat longer answer is that it's a pocket-sized (if you have big pockets) multimedia device that is primarily for playing games, but which can also play music and movies, browse the web, and keep you connected to your social networks. For more essential information on what the PlayStation Vita is and what is can do, see the following articles.
- What Does the PS Vita Mean for Gamers? Here's a translation of what all those fancy specs will mean when you've actually got a PS Vita in your hands.
- 5 Ways the PS Vita is What Gamers Wanted in the First Place The PSP was a lovely thing, but there were certain elements lacking, things that gamers really, really wanted. Here's how the PS Vita is the PSP we wanted in the first place.
- PS Vita Specifications For those who like raw data, here's the list of the PlayStation Vita's hardware specs.
- PS Vita Compatible File Formats and Memory Cards Find out what files the PS Vita can actually play, and what removable media are compatible with the system.
- PS Vita Images If all you want is to look at pictures of the shiny, shiny glory that is the PlayStation Vita, here's an image gallery.
- What's in the Wi-Fi PS Vita Box? Find out exactly what you're getting in the package in this step-by-step unboxing of the Wi-Fi model.
Is The PS Vita Good for Kids?
Whether or not you want to give a pricey new handheld to your kids probably depends on your kids and your budget, but there are certain things to consider before you lay out the cash to give your little ones a PS Vita of their own.
- A Parent's Guide to the PS Vita All the things you need to know about the PS Vita if you're considering purchasing one for the little ones.
- Using the PS Vita's Parental Controls The PS Vita has somewhat more flexible parent controls than the PSP did. Here's what you can do, and where to find the options.
- 3 Things Parents Will Love About the PS Vita It may be expensive and sophisticated, but there are good reasons to think about a PS Vita for your kids.
- How Kid-Friendly Will the PS Vita Be? Your kids will probably want one, but how easy will a PS Vita be for them to hold and play with?
- Top 3 Competitors for the PS Vita If you can only choose one handheld for your kids, this article might help you decide which one by comparing the PS Vita to the Nintendo 3DS, the LeapPad, and the PSP itself in terms of kid-friendliness.
Games for PS Vita
Whatever else the PS Vita can do, as gamers it's the games we care about. But rest easy; not only do games look incredible, but the list of titles is pretty near mind-blowing, especially if you compare it to the PSP's launch list.
- Intu-Aim and Other PS Vita Controls Almost as important as the games themselves are the controls and how well they'll be implemented.
- Welcome Park Information and Review This little pre-installed app is a collection of mini-games.
- Trophies on the PS Vita There are a few different apps that can access your trophies, plus there's a separate Trophies app for viewing, syncing (to your PSN account) and comparing your trophies.
- North American PS Vita Launch Games and Accessories Here's what you can expect to find on the shelves along with the PS Vita in February.
- What Kind of Games Can I Download for the PS Vita? The PlayStation Store has a variety of different kinds of downloadable games, but not all of them will run on a PS Vita.
- PS Vita Game Info Pages An A-Z list of PS Vita game titles. I'm adding to it as I get more information on each title, so expect this list to just keep growing.
- PS Vita Launch Games for Japan Check here if you want to compare the North American release to the release of the PS Vita in its home country.
- In-Development PS Vita Games for Japan A lot of these will probably never see release outside of Japan, but many will, so this list is a reasonable hint of titles you can expect to see available in the future.
Non-Game Software for PS Vita
Aside from games, the PS Vita will have an array of other kinds of software available. A lot of it is focussed on social networking, but you can probably expect productivity software and other kinds of apps to appear, too, once the PS Vita finds its legs, so to speak.
- Play Music on a PS Vita Here's how the PS Vita's pre-installed Music app works.
- How to Browse the Web on a PS Vita Get online anywhere with your handheld.
- Using the PlayStation Store on a PS Vita Purchase games, videos, and apps, and download free demos.
- LiveArea: The PS Vita's UI Sony went with a completely new user interface, based on touching stuff, rather than retro-fitting the old XMB for touch.
- How to Customize Your PS Vita's Home Screen Rearrange and delete icons, add pages to the home screen, and add background wallpaper.
- How to Input Text on the PS Vita's Touchscreen Keyboard It's pretty straightforward, but there are a few not-so-obvious features that can make your experience better.
- Content Manager Instead of the old drag-and-drop method of file transfer, the PS Vita will use some onboard software.
- Remote Play for PS Vita and PS3 Access the content of your PlayStation 3 with your PS Vita using Remote Play.
- PS Vita Launch Apps The PS Vita will come pre-loaded with a selection of useful and not-so-useful apps. Here's what you'll find when you first boot up.
- PS Vita Downloadable Apps Additional useful apps will be available for optional free download on release day. No doubt in the months and years to come, the selection will continually be expanded.
- How Important Is Social Networking on the PS Vita? After gaming, the PS Vita's next biggest focus seems to be on social networking. Need proof? Here it is.
- How to Take Photos and Videos With a PS Vita Create and work with photos and video using the Photos app.
- Managing Your Friends List on the PS Vita Your PSN friends are accessible from this social media app.
- Using the Party App for PS Vita Here's a closer look at one of the PS Vita's social media apps.
- Using the Near App for PS Vita Get the run-down on this location-based social networking app.
Accessories for the PS Vita
While the PS Vita and some games are all you really need, there are some nice add-ons to help protect your investment.
- North American PS Vita Launch Games and Accessories Scroll down past the list of games to see what official accessories you have to choose from.
- Official PS Vita Accessories from Sony See what Sony had to offer for their handheld and how much it'll cost you.
- Official PS Vita Starter Kit Review Find out exactly what comes in Sony's box of goodies, and if you really save money by buying it.
- PS Vita Accessories from Rocketfish They may be a third-party manufacturer, but they're making Sony-licensed items.
- PS Vita Accessories from Nyko Check out this third-party manufacturers offerings.