– It was backward compatible with the PlayStation Portable (download only). – The 5-inch OLED screen was far better than competing Nintendo DS/3DS units. – It also had a web browser and could make Skype calls.
Release Date: December 2011 (Japan), February 15, 2012 (U.S.) Developer: Sony Notable Figures: Shuhei Yoshida, Kazuo Hirai Gaming Generation: Eighth Generation Lifespan: 2011-2019
The original PlayStation Vita hardware was, by all accounts, very ambitious. That ambition starts with the 5-inch 960 x 544 qHD OLED capacitive touchscreen, which to this day remains an impressive display.
On October 10, 2013, in Japan and on February 7th, 2014, elsewhere around the world, Sony launched a slimmer version of the PlayStation Vita. Dubbed the PCH-2000 series, the second generation Vita was 20% thinner and 15% lighter when compared to the launch model.