PlayStation Vita Versus PSP: Handheld Showdown

When it comes to handheld gaming, Sony has been a major player in the market for decades. The PlayStation Vita and PSP are two of the company’s most popular devices in this category and have remained fan favorites for years. In this article, we’ll delve into the differences between the PlayStation Vita and PSP, comparing and contrasting their features, gaming experiences, and unique capabilities.

Whether you’re an avid gamer looking to upgrade or a casual player trying to decide which device to invest in, this comprehensive comparison will help you make an informed decision. So, let’s begin as we take a closer look at the PlayStation Vita versus PSP.

Features and Design

When looking at the features and design of the PlayStation Vita and PSP, there are both similarities and differences to consider. Let’s break down some key aspects of each device:

Hardware Specifications:

PlayStation Vita PSP
Processor Quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore 333 MHz MIPS R4000
RAM 512 MB 64 MB
Storage 1 GB built-in memory card (LCD model only), support for up to 64 GB external memory cards 32 MB built-in memory, support for up to 32 GB external memory cards
Battery Life Up to 6 hours of gameplay Up to 4.5 hours of gameplay

As we can see, the PlayStation Vita generally has a more powerful hardware specification than the PSP. This includes a faster processor, more RAM, and a larger built-in storage capacity. No wonder, since the Vita succeeded the PSP! And it really was leaps and bounds ahead.

The Same Fault: Lackluster Browsers

One of the biggest limitations with both portables were the browsers. Even the more modern Vita browser lacks modern JavaScript, HTML5 and CSS support. And Flash support was… well, non-existent. And that’s a big issue, because back in the early 2000s, sites like Newgrounds offered tons of great Flash games. Even now, when Flash is gone, there is plenty of free online games to have fun with. You can even use your mobile device and create a King Johnnie casino login, put some money in and play cool online slots, themed and everything. But you can’t do that with the PSP, and surprisingly, you cannot do that with the Vita, either.

Display Quality:

Both devices feature high-quality screens, but the PlayStation Vita has a larger display and a higher resolution. The PSP has a 4.3-inch LCD screen with a resolution of 480×272, while the PlayStation Vita has a 5-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 960×544. There’s also an LCD version of the Vita, which is lighter and slimmer. But I do prefer the OLED screen myself.


Both devices have similar control schemes, with a directional pad, analog stick, and buttons for gameplay. The PlayStation Vita also features a touch screen and a touch-sensitive rear panel, which allows for new types of gameplay experiences. The touch stuff has always been considered a bit gimmicky, a bit like Playstation’s attempt to keep up with the DS’ stylus. But it never caught on.


Despite some differences in hardware and features, there are also some notable similarities between the PlayStation Vita and PSP. Both devices are designed for handheld gaming, with access to a robust library of games from Sony and third-party developers. They also feature Wi-Fi connectivity for online play, as well as media playback capabilities for music, videos, and photos. Finally, the Vita features full PSP compatibility, so you used to be able to buy PSP games (and Minis) on the Vita store before it shut down.

Gaming Experience

When it comes to the gaming experience, the PlayStation Vita is the clear winner. Its library of games includes many popular titles, such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Persona 4 Golden, which aren’t available on the PSP. Not only that, but the Vita’s graphics capabilities are also superior, with its OLED screen delivering sharper and more vibrant visuals than the PSP’s LCD screen. Even the LCD version of the Vita has a much higher resolution.

Online connectivity is another area where the PlayStation Vita shines. With built-in Wi-Fi and 3G compatibility (for certain models), players can connect with others from around the world, download new games and DLC, and even stream games via remote play. This has been reduced somewhat by Sony’s shutting down of many services and servers, but even so, thanks to homebrew, the added connectivity comes really handy.

Overall, while the PSP is still a solid handheld gaming device, the benefits of the PlayStation Vita over the PSP are clear. With its superior graphics, impressive game library, and innovative features, the PlayStation Vita is the clear choice for serious gamers.

The Vita also has compatibility not only with PSP games, but also Minis, PS1 games, PSM games (RIP) and of course, native PS Vita games.


In conclusion, choosing between the PlayStation Vita and PSP ultimately comes down to personal preference, price and availability. The PlayStation Vita offers superior hardware specifications and a more extensive game library, making it the best choice for gamers who crave the latest and greatest titles. However, the PSP still holds up as a nostalgia-inducing device with a solid game library of its own.

If you’re a fan of classic games and don’t need the latest hardware, the PSP might be the better choice for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for cutting-edge graphics and refined controls, the PlayStation Vita is the way to go.

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Lover of portable gaming and horror cinema. Indie filmmaker and game developer. Multimedia producer. Born in Paraguay, raised in Canada. Huge fan of "The Blair Witch Project", and "Sonic 3D Blast". Deputy head at Vita Player and its parent organization, Infinite Frontiers. Like what I do? Donate a coffee: