Product Comparison: Sony PlayStation Vita vs Sony PSP 3000 Series

General Specifications
PS Vita Wifi
PSP 3000 Series
About the Product
Take the greatness of PlayStation® on the go with the ultimate gamer’s companion. This slim and sleek device also features high-precision dual analog controls for a more immersive gaming experience away from your console and TV.
The PSP (PlayStation Portable) system is the first truly integrated portable entertainment system designed to handle multiple applications - music, video, photo, internet, and wireless connectivity, with games as its key feature. The PSP system features an unmatched library of entertainment content, combining more than 135 games and more than 430 feature films, TV programs, and videos on UMD from major studios and record labels, as well as downloadable content from the internet. The PSP is more than a portable game system, it's a lifestyle.
Key Specs
Screen Resolution
544 p
272 p
Game Sources
PlayStation®Vita card, PlayStation Store
UMD disc
Internal Memory
0.5 GB
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Sony PlayStation Vita New Slim 2014 version
  • Superior resolution and screen. Lively colors and fluidity
  • Screen resolution and quality is amazing and sound is great.
  • Seems a little fragile compared with the older PS Vita 1000 model. But they have improved battery life, and comes with 1GB of internal memory. I had to buy a 16 GB memory card, and I have 4-5 games. Great stuff!
  • Once memory card is inserted, it switches and prevents access to internal memory.
  • Thanks to the small internal memory and the high price of memory cards, it will be difficult to download many games from the PSN Store
Sony PSP 3000 Series Slim and Lite Handheld Console (Black)
  • This is top notch. I didn't realise the video feature would be as good as it is. I've put a nice 8gb memory card into it and its more than enough space to hold what i want.
  • The screen resolution is great for watching videos and photos, and it is very nice to play games. Eyes do not get tired.
  • Umd disc is fast to read and games go without any lags.
  • UMD load times still poky compared with DS games.
  • Web browser and data input can be cumbersome, no built-in storage.
Size & Weight
3.4 in.
2.9 in.
7.2 in.
6.7 in.
0.6 in.
0.7 in.
0.5 lbs.
0.42 lbs.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Sony PlayStation Vita New Slim 2014 version
  • Lighter, better ergonomics, smaller rear touch-pad, better joysticks, and longer batter life.
  • It's much more ergonomic and handles better, especially for someone with relatively small hands.
  • Ideal game for me. light weight durable and works as expected!
  • less impressive screen, feels like a slightly cheaper and less durable construction.
  • It has all the fire power and durability you expect from Sony, but the operating and set-up was way too complicated.
Sony PSP 3000 Series Slim and Lite Handheld Console (Black)
  • The console is light weight and can easily fit in anywhere. I've even fit it into my pockets on few occasions.
  • You can attach a camera and use skype, the weight is much better than the non slim and lite versions, stops cramping.
  • The PSP 3000 Is very light. It is quiet most of the time. When I put my games in it, it was very quick and I don't get like a before frame on the game.
  • A console that can always be with you thanks to its portable size and weight.
  • Some parts look cheap compared to previous models. Size can cause discomfort when using it outside the home.
Screen Type
Screen Size
5 in.
4.3 in.
What customers say about "Screen"
Sony PlayStation Vita New Slim 2014 version
  • The touch screen is super responsive
  • The screen is amazing - large and clear
  • The touch screen and "back touch screen" plays a great role on some games
  • The new model has an LCD screen, still sharp picture but maybe a little less contrast, but much improved battery life
  • The only bad part is that the screen is LCD and its a little dimmer than the last version of the ps vita. A great buy and its good for everyone!
Sony PSP 3000 Series Slim and Lite Handheld Console (Black)
  • Screen offers better color reproduction than that of earlier PSP models.
  • It is also excellent for watching video, you don't notice the small screen.
  • The games can be bought for cheap nowadays, the screen is large and yet it still manages to fit in a pocket.
  • Screen exhibits noticeable jaggies and scanlines during high-motion video and gaming sequences.
  • Unfortunately the screen quality is really bad with terrible colour glitches, not as advertised.
Front Camera
0.3 MP
Rear Camera
0.3 MP
Multimedia Features
PlayStation Store, Internet browser, Photo, Video, Music, email, Calendar, Multiplayer, Parental controls
Photo, Music, Video, Internet browser, PlayStation Network, PlayStation Store, Multiplayer, Skype
Expansion Card
64 GB
64 GB
What customers say about "Multimedia"
Sony PlayStation Vita New Slim 2014 version
  • Good for trips or travelling! Plus there is a lot of master piece games you can download or purchase through PSN.
  • It has excellent graphics, but also it has an excellent camera so we used it to take photos.
  • Also it has wi-fi so we used it while overseas to get onto the internet- so very useful for our trip when I did not want to be bringing my laptop!
  • Some of games on psn don't even have descriptions & or pictures to explain the games purpose.
  • The system it self is also disappointing , with certain features missing like battery percentage, skipping music with L& R.
Sony PSP 3000 Series Slim and Lite Handheld Console (Black)
  • Deep lineup of great game titles that offer better graphics than Nintendo DS games.
  • Well designed software for the user interface. Can be used as an e-reader if you install Bookr 8.1 HBS.
  • Excellent price. Lighter than previous version. Versatile with many different functions as well as just gaming.
  • The PSP also boasts a speedy wifi internet feature, music, video and photo player and the capability to watch films via the umd drive.
  • The HOLD button is not in a reliable site, quite often during the heat of action, one can inadvertently switch off the system.
D-pad, 4 action buttons, L/R sticks, Shoulder buttons (Right/Left), Home button, Select button, Start button, Volume buttons
Circle Pad, Cross control pad, Display button, L/R trigger, Select button, Start button, PS button, Sound button, Volume buttons
PS Vita card slot, Memory card slot, Audio jack 3.5mm, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, MicroUSB
USB, Memory Stick Duo slot, Audio jack 3.5mm
2210 mAh
1200 mAh
What customers say about "Power"
Sony PlayStation Vita New Slim 2014 version
  • The battery lasts a long time, and you can play for hours on end. It also charges rather quickly.
  • The battery life continues to impress and the games themselves are unique
  • The battery does last much longer than the older version, so that is a plus.
  • Great system and excellent battery life! I'm amazed at the power the console has.
Sony PSP 3000 Series Slim and Lite Handheld Console (Black)
  • Such a brill travel companion too this thing does everything and battery life is quite good!
  • Battery life is OK, if not stellar - you can use it for about 3 hours of play but should not plan on a whole day of mobile play on the same battery.
  • Excellent battery life. I can use the console for 2-3 hours of continuous play.
  • A month later, I had to replace the battery because it stopped holding the charge. Worked for 5-10 minutes and then turned off.
  • The battery did not want to charge after 2 months of use, which led to a forced battery replacement.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer warranty
Other Information
Date First Available
December 17, 2011

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