PlayStation Vita will support social networking services

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PlayStation Vita will support social networking services

Sony has announced that the Vita handheld, due in Europe in early 2012, will support Facebook, foursquare, Skype and Twitter. What’s more surprising, these applications will be available for free. Vita, although not a phone (against early speculation) already features 3G internet and GPS. Here are some other specs:

  • A 4-core processor of yet unknown frequency, but similar to the one Apple uses in the iPad 2
  • 512MB of RAM and 128MB of video memory
  • 5-inch OLED multi touch screen (960 × 544)
  • Multi touch pad on the back
  • Two analog sticks
  • Six-axis motion sensors
  • Front and rear cameras
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Microphone with cross-game chat option
  • Proprietary game memory card format (no UMD)

After the disastrous slider PSP Go, the last model which carryied a different name, the handheld will return to traditional PSP form. Even in its native Japan PSP Go was selling worse than the XBox 360, and that speaks volumes. But PSV looks set to revolutionize gaming-on-the-go with some serious, home console style hardware you can put in your pocket. That’s at a “modest” price of ahem… £229 for Wi-Fi only, and £279 for Wi-Fi + 3G model. A good investment or a waste of a big chunk of  money? We’ll see next year.

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