PlayStation Vita (PSP2) Bests iPod touch’s Hardware for $250

Yesterday, Sony took to the E3 gaming conference stage to announce launch details on its new handheld device, the PlayStation Vita. PlayStation Vita is the first true successor to the PlayStation Portable (which launched in the U.S. over six years ago), bringing forth the best of modern technologies in a strikingly-affordable package.

For a handheld device that is smaller than standard tablets, PlayStation Vita is unmatched in terms of prowess. Not only does it feature a PowerVR GPU that packs more of a punch than that of the one found in Apple’s A5 chip, but also a four-core ARM processor. Both are similar technologies from the same companies to what is found in the A4 and A5 chips, but the PSV (as an editor, I am going to pioneer the use of that acronym for the new Sony handheld) includes more powerful variants of the tech.

Modern technology also means a touch-screen, front and rear cameras, motion tracking, GPS, and a 3G option, all of which the PSV has. If that was not enough, the touch-screen is a 5″ 960×544 OLED display, there is a touchpad on the back of the device for unique controls, plus the system sports a full, built-in controller.

At a $250 price for the Wi-Fi model and $300 for built-in 3G support compatible with AT&T’s network, PSV is priced very aggressively. Unless Apple throws an A6 chip with upgraded hardware into the next iPhone and iPod touch, they will fall behind in mobile power. Such a low price for so much hardware may cause other companies, including Apple, to rethink their own pricing. Without a doubt, PSV and iPod touch will be close competitors this holiday season.

[via Sony]