The device features a "super oval"-shape similar to the design of the original PlayStation Portable, with a 5-inch (130 mm) OLEDcapacitive touchscreen in the center of the device. The device features two analog sticks (unlike the PSP which features only a single analog "nub"), a D-pad, a set of standard PlayStation face buttons (, , and ), two shoulder buttons (L and R), a PlayStation button and Start and Select buttons. Internally, the device features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor (3 of the 4 cores will be usable for applications) and a quad-core SGX543MP4 + GPU clocked at 266 MHz. The device also features a rear touch pad, a front camera, a rear camera, stereo speakers, microphone, Sixaxis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), three-axis electronic compass, built-in GPS (only for the 3G version) as well as Wi-Fi, 3G, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR connectivity. The two cameras feature the abilities of face detection, head detection, and head tracking. It also allows for customization and personalization. The PlayStation Vita will have 512 MB of RAM and 128 MB of VRAM. The amount of RAM allows cross-game chat to be used on the system (in contrast to the PlayStation 3, which only has 256 MB of RAM).
The PlayStation Vita will be released as two different versions: one with 3G support, and a cheaper version without 3G support. The more expensive 3G-version will also come pre-loaded with some special applications that take advantage of 3G's "always-on" capabilities, such as augmented reality software. The 3G service will be partnered with AT&T in the US.
Unlike the PSP, the PlayStation Vita will not support video output or contain a removable battery. PS Vita is equipped with the storage media slot in addition to the new game medium slot, so that users can choose what memory capacity they want depending on their use.