As you may be seeing and hearing news and info about the upcoming PS Vita in the market, you may have some hesitations whether you will buy the latest handheld device from SONY, or you will just settle with the older versions. Despite of the doubts however, you have to check whether the PS Vita can be worth the wait and the anticipation. Will you go for PSP Lite 3000, PSP Go, or PS Vita? Whatever your choice is, take a look at the 10 differences between the three handhelds and think about it.
PSP 3000 vs PS Vita vs PSP Go
See Also: Best PS Vita Games
10. DimensionsPSP Lite 3000: 170mm x 69mm x 18mm (Length x Height x Width) PSP Go: 128 mm x 69 mm x 16.5 mm (Length x Height x Width) PS Vita: 182mm x 84mm x 18.6mm (Length x Height x Width)
On the dimensions side, the PSP Go perfectly serves its call of being the most portable of the portable as it is small in length, small in height, and thinner, despite of having a slide down gaming pad behind the screen. Weight wise, even though it has never been mentioned here, the PSP Go still claims the title of being the lightest portable device in the PSP generation.
9. Game Genre SupportPSP Lite 3000: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Music, Puzzle, Racing, Role-playing, Shooter, Simulation, Sports, Strategy PSP Go: Action, Adventure, Fighting, Music, Puzzle, Racing, Role-playing, Shooter, Simulation, Sports, Strategy PS Vita: Action, Adventure, Augmented Reality, Fighting, Music, Puzzle, Racing, Role-playing, Shooter, Simulation, Social Gaming, Sports, Strategy
All gaming devices have been created to cater to as much gaming genres as possible. PSP cannot have augmented reality games as flawless as possible, but PS Vita does. Thanks to geotagging with GPS, face detection and capture via the front cameras, and even augmentation with the use of rear cameras or touch screens, it is as if you are looking to reality with a different eye, using the PS Vita.
8. Play Mode SupportPSP Lite 3000: Remote Play PSP Go: Remote Play PS Vita: Remote and Cross Play
The PSP Lite and the PSP Go have the capability of connecting with the PlayStation 3 where you can pause the game on the PS 3 and continue it on the handhelds. These things can work with a WiFi network that connects both devices. However, the PS Vita does not only work with Remote Play but also with Cross Play where you can interact or use the handheld real time, not just as a separate gaming system of its own, but also as a remote control while playing the PS 3, crossing the bounds of a usual PSP.
7. Social Networking App SupportPSP Lite 3000: No, Browser Based PSP Go: No, Browser Based PS Vita: Yes, Browser Based and App Support
It has been a long time ago since the PSP Lite and the PSP Go have been supporting Skype as it has already been embedded on the system for use, whenever you are connected to WiFi. However, the PS Vita takes social networking to a dedicated level where you can use apps that have been specifically developed for the handheld device. Facebook, FourSquare, and Twitter can be used without all the complexities in making yourself believe that you can access FB directly using the PSP.
6. Main Input / OutputPSP Lite 3000: WiFi, USB 2.0, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Analog Video Out, Microphone PSP Go: WiFi, Bluetooth, USB 2.0, Memory Stick Micro, Microphone PS Vita: WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, Playstation Vita Card, Microphone, Front and Rear Camera, GPS, Touch Screen, Rear Touch Screen, Six-axis Motion Sensors
The PSP Go may be a bit higher than the PSP Lite when it comes to connectivity due to Bluetooth capability, but the “Go” may be too slow compared to the PS Vita that has a lot of ways on interacting with games and other programs within the system. 3G is one unique feature that activates GPS support, cameras can be used for face detection, and touch screens are utilized for more in-depth game interaction and control. The motion sensors also provide a new way of enjoying games depending on your tilting ability.
5. Keys and SwitchesPSP Lite 3000: Up, Down, Left, Right, Analog Stick x1, Triangle, Circle, Square, Cross, R1, L1, START Button, SELECT Button, PS Button, POWER/HOLD Switch, WiFi Switch, Display Button, Sound Button, Volume + or – Button PSP Go: Up, Down, Left, Right, Analog Stick x1, Triangle, Circle, Square, Cross, R1, L1, START Button, SELECT Button, PS Button, POWER/HOLD Switch, WiFi Switch, Display Button, Sound Button, Volume + or – Button PS Vita: Up, Down, Left, Right, Analog Stick x2, Triangle, Circle, Square, Cross, R1, L1, START Button, SELECT Button, PS Button, POWER/HOLD Switch, Volume + or – Button
The buttons are almost the same for all units, especially with PSP Lite and PSP Go. However, The PS Vita is putting up something different, such as dual analog sticks that can be utilized by FPS players where one analog stick is for movement while the other can be allocated for camera motion. Also, the switches have become lesser, where other functions can be accessed directly via the screen with touch screen capabilities.
4. RAM and StoragePSP Lite 3000: 64MB RAM, 2GB VRAM, Expandable Memory Stick Duo (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, or 128GB) PSP Go: 64MB RAM, 2GB VRAM, expandable Memory Stick Micro (1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, or 128GB) PS Vita: 512MB RAM, 128MB VRAM, 16GB Internal Storage, PlayStation Vita card (4, 8, 16, or 32GB)
RAM is one determinant in knowing the speed of the system in processing graphics, functions, and other operations. The PSP Lite and PSP Go have basic RAM storage that makes it just okay to carry out few and limited multiple tasks. However, the PS Vita exceeds so much from the predecessors, even with just the RAM alone, being 8 times larger. It even has a dedicated RAM for video processing of 128MB, which proves why video clarity and quality is much more visible.
3. Battery LifePSP Lite 3000: 9 Hours PSP Go: 3 to 5 Hours PS Vita: 3 to 4 Hours
The logic behind the figures above is based on the support being accessed by the following devices. The PS Vita may have the lowest battery life available due to the power demanded in processor performance, screen capability, and graphic engine operation. However, be aware that the battery time of the Vita has all capabilities, such as Volume and Screen Brightness set at maximum. This only means that it can still extend standby time and operation time when settings are set on standard.
2. DisplayPSP Lite 3000: 4.3 inches, 16:9 full transparency type, TFT drive, 480×272 pixels, 16 million colors PSP Go: 3.8 inches, 16:9 full transparency type, TFT drive, 480×272 pixels, 16 million colors PS Vita: 5 inches, 960×544 pixels, 16 million colors OLED Screen
The PSP Lite and the PSP Go does not have that much of a difference in display quality, except for the 0.5-inch variable due to the more portable concept of the PSP Go. The PS Vita however, is quite recognizable when it comes to screen quality due to the diodes being used, specifically OLED. It has the same 16 million colors with the previous two handhelds, but the pixilation is twice as big from the other two, which results to crispier and cleaner lines or details, despite the inconsistencies found in certain games. It also makes the PS Vita a perfect device for viewing movies, videos, and even fast-pacing or heavy graphic games.
1. Central Processing Unit (CPU)PSP Lite 3000: R4000 at 1~333MHz PSP Go: R4000 at 1~333MHz PS Vita: Quad-core ARM Cortex A9 MPCore
Based on these specs alone, both the PSP Lite and the PSP Go are of no match with that of PS Vita because its processor can be more than four times as powerful. The PS Vita has been designed not just to meet the demands of games that have more hardcore 3D graphics, shadows, textures, and even audio, but also with multitasking duties in playing music, activating 3G or WiFi, and even utilizing social networks.