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£159 Sony Playstation Vita: Portable gaming becomes more affordable

If you missed out on the Italian deal for Sony’s red hot portable console at £141 late last year, don’t be disappointed.

You can purchase the Sony Playstation Vita gaming console, the PCH-1003, from Tesco’s eBay outlet for a mere £159, a far cry from the £219 that it commanded at lanch. It is a refurbished model but comes with a one year warranty.

The quality of the hardware that equips the Vita is pleasantly surprising for a device that cheap. It runs a quad-core Cortex-A9 system on chip with a quad-cpre PowerVR SGX543MP4+ GPU solution with 128MB dedicated memory.

There’s also a 5in OLED 960 x 544 capacitive display, 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM, a 4-way D-pad and a touch sensitive area at the back, a front facing and rear cameras, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a card reader that takes expensive proprietary cards and more.

Do read our review of the Sony Playstation Vita and find out why we consider it to be more than just a decent piece of gaming kit. 2013 is likely to be a very interesting year for portable gaming with the arrival of the Archos GamePad, Nvidia’s Shield platform and a slew of white-labelled Android gaming devices.

Desire worked at ITProPortal right at the beginning and was instrumental in turning it into the leading publication we all know and love today. He then moved on to be the Editor of TechRadarPro - a position he still holds - and has recently been reunited with ITProPortal since Future Publishing's acquisition of Net Communities.