A video of an early prototype of the PS Vita has resurfaced recently. The original video, credited to website assemblergames.com, had been published mid 2015. But was quickly made private after news sites caught on, potentially out of fear of legal impact. Assemblergames.com reuploaded the video last week, it’s a good opportunity for those of you who had only seen a few screenshots of the PS Vita prototype, to see the full video.
PS Vita Prototype – What the Vita could have been
For those of us who have dug into the Vita for hacking purposes, and who are in general interested in the Vita scene, the features showcased in the video shouldn’t surprise you much. Nevertheless, it shows what the Vita could have been…
The prototype PS Vita has a design that is very close to that of the PSP Go, with a sliding screen. Rumors said that sony had to cancel this design because of overheating risks. I love the PSP Go design and I’m sad they had to give that up for the Vita.
The Video also shows that the PS Vite prototype uses SD Card instead of Sony’s proprietary memory cards. Sony coming up with yet another proprietary format for the PS Vita, which wasn’t compatible with their former Memory Stick format, contributed to the poor sales of the PS Vita in my opinion. At this point it almost looks like the retail Vita is a crippled version, compared to the prototype.
There’s also a bunch of pretty cool leds on the prototype, probably used to debug the booting and power sequence. Yes, the blue/orange led we have today is probably cooler and more “end user” friendly, but I love how all the test leds light like a Christmas tree during the power sequence.