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Official Vita specs, social features detailed

Every bit of tech in Sony's handheld right here

Sony has released the full and official PlayStation Vita spec sheet detailing the device's innards and confirming once and for all that the RAM hasn't been halved.

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The platform holder also sent out official details of Vita's social networking capabilities following the run-down that was given on stage in Cologne a couple of days ago during its GamesCom press conference.

Here's everything you need to know:

Social networking functions:

  • Facebook
    Facebook is a social utility that helps people communicate more efficiently with their friends, family and coworkers. The company develops technologies that facilitate the sharing of information through the social graph, the digital mapping of people's real-world social connections. Anyone can sign up for Facebook and interact with the people they know in a trusted environment. Over 750 million active users visit Facebook each month.
  • Foursquare
    foursquare is a location-based service that helps users explore the world around them. Using PS Vita, users can "check in" at the locations they visit to meet up with friends, and share information about places. Users can also collect virtual badges for exploring new places, and can earn points to compete against friends.
  • Skype
    Skype is software which enables people to communicate with others around the world using Internet-connected devices. Skype has more than 170 million average monthly connected users (for the three months ended June 30, 2011). Users of PS Vita will be able to use Skype to make free calls to others on Skype, as well as low-cost calls to landlines and mobiles virtually anywhere in the world.
  • Twitter
    Twitter instantly connects people everywhere to what's most meaningful to them. At the heart of Twitter are short messages called Tweets, which are 140 characters or less in length. Users can follow celebrities, friends or other people they find interesting to discover what's happening around the world.

Vita spec list:

Platform Name

PlayStation Vita

Model number

PCH-1000 series

CPU

ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core)

GPU

SGX543MP4+

External Dimensions

Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest projection)

Screen

Touch screen - 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED

Multi touch screen (capacitive type)

Main memory

512MB

VRAM

128MB

Rear touch pad

Multi touch pad (capacitive type)

Cameras

Front camera, Rear camera

Frame rate

120fps@320x240(QVGA), 60fps@640x480(VGA)

Resolution

Up to 640x480(VGA)

Sound

Built-in stereo speakers

Built-in microphone

Sensors

Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass

Location

Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)

Wi-Fi location service support

Keys / Switches

PS button

Power button

Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)

Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)

Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)

Right stick, Left stick

START button, SELECT button

Volume buttons (+/-)

Wireless communications

Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)

IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1x1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)

Bluetooth 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)

Slots/Ports

PlayStation Vita card slot

Memory card slot

SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)

Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio (Stereo Out / Mono In), Serial data communication),

Headset jack (Stereo mini jack) (for Audio (Stereo Out / Mono In))

Accessory port

Power

Built-In Lithium-ion Battery

AC adaptor

Supported AV content format

Music

MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)

Videos

MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile (AAC)

Photos

JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG

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