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Q: I've heard that PS Vita uses OLED display technology. How does it work? What are the benefits of OLED? Why is it superior to traditional LCD-based displays?
A: OLED technology is the most cutting-edge display technology on the market, boasting higher contrast and brighter color than LCD-based displays found in other devices. This next-generation display technology makes PS Vita games look dazzlingly bright.
Q: What are the specs of the OLED screen?
A: PS Vita's OLED screen measures 5 inches, with a resolution of 960Ã—544 pixels (16:9 aspect ratio) and a color depth of approximately 16,770,000 colors.
Q: Is a memory card required for game play?
A: You will need a memory card for those games that require game saves or have downloadable content. You will also need a memory card in order to take photos or videos using PS Vita's integrated cameras.
Q: Does PS Vita support Bluetooth headsets or Bluetooth headphones?
A: Commercially available headphones/headsets supporting A2DP, HSP and AVRCP can be used on PS Vita, however they may function differently depending on the device's specifications. Stereo Bluetooth is also supported, an important feature for users of Bluetooth headphones.
Q: Can you access the Internet by connecting the PS Vita to a Bluetooth supported cell phone?
Q: What video and audio formats will PS Vita support?
A: PS Vita supports a wide array of audio files, including: MP3 (MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3), MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), and WAVE (Linear PCM). Video formats supported include: MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC) and H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile (AAC). Image and photo formats supported include JPEG, TIFF, BMP, GIF, and PNG.
Q: Do you have any plans to introduce a video output cable? Does PS Vita have HDMI output?
A: No, PS Vita does not have a video output feature.
Q: Can you take out the battery from the system?
A: No. PS Vita's rear touchscreen requires the use of an internal embedded battery.
Q: Is there a possibility of certain PS3 games using PS Vita as a second screen or peripheral at some point in the future?
A: Remote Play on PS Vita will allow you to see and control your PS3 from your PS Vita; we'll have further details to share in the future.
Q: What is PS Vita's battery life?
A: Officially, PS Vita is rated at approximately 3 to 5 hours of gaming, 5 hours of video playback, and 9 hours of music playback. Recharging the battery from 0 percent will take approximately 2.5 hours.
From a gaming perspective, you'll notice that the most graphically intense games such as UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss are slightly more demanding on battery life, while simpler games such as Escape Plan are less demanding. To further maximize battery life, you can employ measures such as reducing the screen's brightness or deactivating Wi-Fi.
Q: Does PS Vita's VGA camera take high-quality photos?
A: The key usage of PS Vita's cameras is to support responsive gameplay and deliver experiences such as Augmented Reality (AR). We decided on the specifications with this in mind, and we specifically focused on frame rate and quality of video shooting.
Q: What colors are available in North America?
A: Crystal Black is the only available color in North America.