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More details on Vita emerge from Japan

Some new information on the PS VIta has emerged from Japan, revealing details on Flash, video support, memory and more.

According to a translation of an Impress Watch interview with Sony Computer Entertainment Senior VP Yoshio Matsumoto, Division 2 Software Development Head Muneki Shimada, and Product Division Chief Hiromi Wakai, by Andriasang, Sony has not given up hope of bringing Flash support to Vita, despite Adobe no longer supporting the mobile version.

In addition, Shimada said that Vita will not support 1080p output, at least initially, with everything above this range being scaled down, although this could possibly change in the future via a firmware update.

Shimada also said that Vita’s Remote Play will upconvert video to higher resolution. They’re able to do this because the Vita supports a higher spec wireless LAN compared to PSP (802.11n or g as opposed to PSP’s b). He noted, however, that the video encoding for remote play is done on the PS3 end, so it all depends on what they can do on the PS3.

In respect of memory cards, Shimada, revealed the reason Sony didn’t use general memory cards like SD Cards and instead opted for a custom memory card is because they wanted to make sure they could have something with an equal condition for everyone. Additionally, they were concerned with security.

As far as Custom Soundtracks are concerned, it was revealed during the interview that when using the system’s Media Player to play music and you switch back to a game, the music playback can be kept playing in the background. While there are some limitations, the game’s sound effects should be able to overlay directly over the custom sound. All this is done without the game doing anything special, and the feature should work with all games.

Finally it was revealed that Vita will not be recognized as a mass storage device on your computer. You’ll need to use a separate utility device. PS3 already has this utility built in as of the latest firmware update. A PC utility will be released before the system’s release date.

Wakai promised a Mac version of the utility in the not-so-distant feature. She noted that the it’s easy make the utility compatible with a variety of devices, as the UI and actual management is done on the Vita’s side. You can do data transfers without even looking at your PC or PS3.

The PS Vita arrives in the UK on February 22nd. You can pre-order from the WiFi only model for £228.85 or the 3G enabled model for £278.84 from ShopTo.

PS Vita launches in Japan on December 17 and in North American and Europe on February 22.

Edited On 02 Dec, 2011

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