Vita RAM Was Never Cut, Packs Samsung SiliconBy Kyle Mann | July 29, 2011 | | No comments | Share
According to a recent online posting out of Japan, the CPU for the PSP successor, due to bust into the market by the end of 2011, is being made by Samsung. A Japanese industry site reported the news, offering up the manufacturer name but not much else. We do know that it’s supposed to employ 45 nanometer technology, which ought to help with power consumption, though if the 3DS’s battery life is any indication, it will need more than that to last when away from an electrical outlet. We’ve already known for a while that the core will be an ARM Cortex-A9, a quad-core design whose usage in Apple’s A5 processor ought to help the system’s chances at getting some quick-and-dirty iOS ports.
Earlier this week, we heard rumblings that the PlayStation Vita’s RAM capacity had been cut in half, from 512MB to a more paltry 256MB. But a Sony executive today dispelled those rumors, claiming that Sony has never reduced the amount of memory planned for the console. Still, no amount of RAM has been publicly confirmed either way. The unit’s confirmed hardware features include a 5-inch multi-touch display, a dedicated GPU, a rear touchpad, and Sixaxis motion technology. PlayStation Vita is due to hit by the end of the year, with $249 and $299 price points.