PS Vita with HDMI, USB ports patented

Sony files patent application for updated version of portable device with two new ports.

A new version of the PlayStation Vita could include HDMI and USB ports. A patent application (via PatentBolt) filed last year--but published this month--details a new configuration of the device with additional ports.

The official PS Vita FAQ page states that Sony has no plans to introduce a video output option for the device, though that information is current only as of August 2012.

No additional information was provided, and a Sony representative declined to comment.

Sony is gathering media for a PlayStation Meeting in New York City on February 20 where the company is expected to announce the PlayStation 4.

If Sony does have a new PS Vita model to unveil, it is possible the company would do so during this event, though this is, of course, not confirmed.

Sony recently slashed PS Vita sales projections by 3 million units.

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

Discussion

214 comments
jcknapier711
jcknapier711

I want a portable PS3.  PS3 is too big to fit anywhere. 

JtAgentX
JtAgentX

...and this is why the Vita is failing. They are trying too hard to make this a "Portable PS3".

....we get the point Sony, the damned this is capable of displaying current-gen graphics and features. Now, focus on games that emphasize the portable experience of the Vita. I didn't purchase a 3DS because it was a portable gamecube. I bought it for having games and features exclusive to handhelds.

This redesign defeats the purpose of having a PS3 that does the same thing. And for Pete's sake drop the price on the memory cards and include some hard drive space...and make the damn system a little smaller. Bring back the analog nubs, those sticks feel uncomfortable after a while.

snova9308
snova9308

i hope this means a price drop on the original version :D

iAmristar
iAmristar

If Sony is listening to people's complaints about those expensive memory cards, then, they should follow the example of the PSP Go. They should internally equip this new Vita version with a hard drive - 8 GB will bring a lot of happiness, plus the memory card will bring super happiness.

Blazakenki
Blazakenki

I love how people always bitch about how the vita has no original games but when they do release original games there all like "eh pass".

Paradox much? On topic. It would be crazy sick to play Gravity Rush on mah TV

thequickshooter
thequickshooter

OH MY GOD! 

look at the picture again, they finaly decided to move the analog sticks below the controller! 

so who ever bought the "early" vita just got buttfucked by sony 

they should've made this design in the first place, what a cashgtab, just like the 3DS... 

then better to wait for the PS Vita Slim 

SIDEFX1
SIDEFX1

I really think that it is a good idea for Sony to do this.. definitely. 

tempura13
tempura13

So... what's the use of the current Vita's accessory port? I don't get this D:

Newave
Newave

I love watching UMD movies, playing games and doing other stuff on my tv with my trusty PSP, but that's because it HAS those things to show on my TV!

A Vita with the ability to show its content on a TV is still just a Vita, not a PSP, it doesn't have tons of awesome content worth showing on a TV let alone it's own screen, so no, I'm still not buying one.

At the very least give us some exclusive sequels to PSP exclusives that didn't get any love on PS2 or PS3.

And PLEASE bring back the XMB so we aren't forced to poke around on the screen as if we're using a DS or surf tablet or something, if that's what we wanted we'd buy one of those, not a Vita.

Utilize the buttons and analog sticks now that you've finally added them, don't sell yourselves short by only using the poke-the-screen function.

alenth
alenth

Just lol @ people saying the Vita has no games, maybe you people have an unreachable taste or you people want to seek for attention,  for being his first year is not a bad library at all, 

niklev83
niklev83

To everyone saying that the ports are a useless idea.... Everyone knows Sony is struggling with getting developers attention on the Vita system. So they are possibly putting the ports on the system for developers to get even more reasons to develop on the PS Vita....!

It will suck to replace my already AWESOME PSVita, but I wont mind getting another one if it has more to offer along with those ports...

Interestingly enough though.... the current PSVita has a port that is already able to output HDMI or function as a USB in/out port. HDMI can be added by making a new (PSVita to HDMI) adapter cable, without touching the PSVita design..... But it seems there is definitely more we don't know about their plans....... :)


Think About it Guys :)

arkham_89
arkham_89

@logicalfrank -

I think I used the av for the psp 2000 two times in the 4 years I owned it.  I just got the vita so this doesn't really depress me; I think it's going to be pretty much the same product with or w/out the added addition of the hdmi.  Which is a powerful portable without enough software for it.

itchyflop
itchyflop

pointless absolutely pointless, and to b honest its a big f#ck you to the gamers who already own a vita

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

Sony always releases addition versions of their Handhelds and Consoles. So Feb 20th 2013 may have this officially announced by Sony.

Since PS1,PS2,PS3,PSP had muliple revisions. The PSvita is no different. Hopefully Sony will be wise enought to include a bit of on-board memory. 1GB flash memory so people can use the Pvita right out of the box. That 32GB Psvita memory card is still $100.00.

Sony could use this new version to refocus and relaunch the PSvita and get back on track. Feb 20th hopefully will include new PSvita games.

StonerDemon
StonerDemon

So the original Vita has no usb ports??? Lucky I haven't bought this yet, but I've already saved my ps plus free vita games, just in case :D

TheFallen924
TheFallen924

They should offer exchanges to whoever bought the vita at launch. seriously, i've probably used it less than 50 times. its already a great piece of hardware, focus on the software -_-

logicalfrank
logicalfrank

I was hoping the next Vita would be smaller and more portable. The shape of the thing and the way the little analog sticks that pop out of the top make it much less pocketable than a clamshell design like the DS/3DS or even a slide out design like the PSP Go.


Also, I can say from experience w/ the PSP and its AV out that it is something that seems really cool but then ultimately it ends up being something you don't really use.

Kerrizma
Kerrizma

I never buy first gen hardware.  This is the reason why.

poopinpat
poopinpat

yay HDMI ports to display its lack of games on your tv... The problem isn't the hardware, its the lack of support...

my vita is a paperweight atm.  Heres to hoping that changes soon :(

snova9308
snova9308

if this means a price drop for the original vita, im all for it

painpas
painpas

PS3 is going to be phased out but can continue to get cross buy games with Vita even during the PS4 era that is coming this year. HDMI is perfect because it is what the PSP had and I don't understand why they omitted the feature in the first place. I just hope for DS3 or any blutooth controller support aswell for fighting games that I want to play on the bigscreen. I love the Vita tech. 

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Vita + HDMI = No real need to buy a PS3 if you're just in love with their online store.

CFritzRun
CFritzRun

I love my Vita.  I really, really do.  But I can't help but wonder why they are working on a second iteration when there are barely any games to play on the damned thing.  God!  Is every gaming company just completely out of touch with their core audience?!  All these companies just keep doing stupid things, which is inexcusable in the age of Twitter and stuff like that when they can straight up ask their customers what they're looking for in a Vita/PS4.

MidNightStrikes
MidNightStrikes

Ok... I Actually Am So excited that i have not gotten my Vita But i really really want it...But following Sony Trend, They will Release PSVita "Slim" Or Maybe something like that... 

What i really want is Better Battery Life... When PSVita Came out, it last 3~5 hours... Phones, during that time(iOS/Androids) Can last 200+, Now Phones can go 900 hours(Note II) So, if that kind of battery upgrades can be implemented to PSVita maybe... Maybe... a 12 hours battery is possible :D

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

and what about us that already own one i hope you release some sort of adapter for it so it can do the same thing

Kaisfate
Kaisfate

im going to lol if this is the announcement on the 20th. Hirai did say that they were going to let MS announce first, and then like a week later we say the 20th announcement. seems a little fishy if you ask me.

franzito
franzito

Seems good but... not in my plans now

Kaisfate
Kaisfate

increase the battery life and get rid of the "black splotch" uniformity issues in the screen and ill buy a new revision..... new ports? nah.... ill stick with my current VITA.

jark888
jark888

Who said PS4 expected to announce on Feb. 20, 13?

lilnazar
lilnazar

Why couldn't they just release the Dev Kit at launch? Useless.

GH05T-666
GH05T-666

Should have come with those ports on release but at least it will have them.

HDMI port will be good so u can play PS Vita on your HD TV hopefully!

leeko_link
leeko_link

HDMI and USB ports are so common in electronics nowadays, I don't get how Sony was able to patent them though. So now whenever a competitor makes a handheld that support USB and HDMI, Sony could easily sue them? Luckily the Neo Geo X Gold was released before this.

blame80
blame80

sorry, but that will be the point when i sell my vita.

sony did a shitty job so far in supporting the vita, the software has been lackluster, ps+ membership soso (can't argue with the free games so far).

natural fits like okami didn't make the transition to the vita, the ports we received have been mostly bad (not entirely sonys fault) and original vita based ips have mostly been missing.

the one game i am looking forward to is soul sacrifice which is lost in translation.

Evil_Apai
Evil_Apai

Please, Sony... we need new games (good game or bad-ass game) not new hardware.

bakagami
bakagami

@thequickshooter I have no idea what you are talking about.  The analog stick are in the same place they've always been.  Only thing different is the extra ports on the bottom

RagerRabbit
RagerRabbit

@Newave it has the option to use the hardware buttons to navigate through the interface.

ZeroX91
ZeroX91

@StonerDemon It's charger works as a usb cable, so it technically has one already.

SadPSPAddict
SadPSPAddict

@poopinpat Agreed - all the decent games in the last 6 months were console ports or clones and nothing original. Although I love the games I do have for it the lack of software support from developers is very disappointing!

poopinpat
poopinpat

@FallenOneX they actually make games for the PS3.  They just turn out the occasional morsel on the vita.

MajinSquall
MajinSquall

oh and also how about some GAMES you know the thing a system needs to sell the HDMI port won't do any good if there are no games to play now will it?

TibLion
TibLion

@Kaisfate They said they will let MicroSoft launch the console first not announce it.

LandauTST
LandauTST

@leeko_link They didn't patent the actual ports...they patented a Vita model that -has- those ports.

itchyflop
itchyflop

@hull20004 @itchyflop why??? dont you think they should and could have added these extras from the begin inning??? I own a vita, bought it soley to play uncharted, i have 2 other games and havent touched them since i bought it. Im hoping the ps4 will spark some life into it. These "additions" could have been added on launch, its like the iphone 5 every year extras, money money money, i bet you think its manufacturing or a hardware issue, no money. Its a rip off and lets be honest the vita is doing soooo well isnt it !! waste of time and my money :(