The PlayStation Vita (officially abbreviated PS Vita) is a handheld game console manufactured and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment. It is the successor to the PlayStation Portable (PSP) as part of the PlayStation brand of gaming devices. It was released in Japan and parts of Asia on December 17, 2011. It was later released in Europe, North America, South America and Singapore on February 22, 2012 and in Australia on February 23, 2012. It primarily competes with the Nintendo 3DS, as part of the eighth generation of gaming.
The handheld includes two (dual) analog sticks, a 5-inch (130 mm) Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and optional 3G. Internally, the PS Vita features a four-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor and a four-core SGX543MP4+ graphics processing unit, as well as LiveArea software as its main user interface, which succeeds the XrossMediaBar used for the PlayStation Portable (PSP)
On release, the PlayStation Vita had 25 launch titles, with varying degrees of success.