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|PlayStation Portable Bright and Light|
|PlayStation Vita Slim|
|1.8 million (as of March 31, 2012)|
|PlayStation Vita 3G|
|PlayStation Vita Game Cards|
|4 face buttons, 2 shoulder buttons, d-pad, dual analog sticks, touch screen, touch panel on back|
|February 22, 2012|
|North American Release|
|February 15, 2012|
|February 12, 2012|
|December 17, 2011|
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The PlayStation Vita (officially abbreviated as PS Vita or Vita) was Sony's second handheld gaming system after the PlayStation Portable. It was released in Japan on December 17, 2011, with releases in North America, Europe, and other worldwide regions starting on February 22, 2012; it was discontinued worldwide on March 1, 2019. Its primary competitor was the Nintendo 3DS.
The original model of the PS Vita, the PCH-1000, had a 5-inch OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, two analog joysticks, front and shoulder push-button input, and supported Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and optional 3G connectivity. A revised model, the PS Vita 2000 series, was released across 2013 and 2014, sporting all of the same feature with a slightly smaller size, extended battery life, and an LCD screen replacing the OLED display.
Production of the system and physical cartridges games ended in March 2019.
The PlayStation Vita's main competition is the Nintendo 3DS, which features a touch screen, a flip-up design, and adjustable 3D graphics. However, both handheld systems are competing with other portable gaming players like cellphones, especially the iPhone.
The PlayStation Vita has 115 games as of March 26, 2013.
- PlayStation Vita at US.PlayStation.com