What Features Helped The PlayStation Vita Win The Prestigous Red Dot Award?

Just recently, Sony Computer Entertainment and it’s PlayStation Vita was awarded the Red Dot Award for innovative product design by Design Zentrum Nordrhei Westfalen in Germany. Up against stiff competition, (4,500 entries from 58 countries in fact) and judged by an independent jury of technology experts, The PlayStation Vita won one of the most prestigous awards for its innovative design, quality, and technology.

The Red Dot Design Award or the “red dot” is known internationally as it signifies a product’s excellence in design. Winners are offered multiple presentation opportunities in order to set themselves apart from their competition through  proven quality (as judged by the red dot adjudication panel) and not just through aggressive pricing and marketing strategies. Winners also get their products exhibited in various design museums in Germany, Singapore, and other countries as well as worldwide technology touring shows.

So what are the features and technologies that helped the PlayStation Vita win the Red Dot Award?

The Vita’s design and technology convinved the Red Dot Judges of it’s quality and innovation.


  • ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore CPU, a 32-bit multicore processor that can handle up to 4 core simultaneous processing.
  • Quad-core GPU (SGX543MP4+)
  • 512 MB of RAM and 128 MB of VRAM
  • Capacitive multi-touch OLED Screen that processes 16 million colors.
  • Dual analog stick control
  • Innovative rear-touch pad that allows for further development options.
  • Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer) and a three-axis electronic compass for motion control integration.
  • Dual cameras capable of face detection and head tracking.
  • Mobile network connectivity (3G)
  • IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi)(Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
  • Oval shape console design (similar to PSP-Go) that’s lighter than PSP-1000 and PSP-2000.
  • 3G and Wi-fi integration ensuring that handheld is always connected and allows cross-game text messaging with the Vita’s PARTY app.
  • Front and Rear Cameras ( that allow for augmented reality game design.
  • GPS and location for social networks (and *Near App)
  • Cross-play technology that allows PS3 and PS Vita users to play games and continue game saves on each of the systems.
  • Backward compatibility with many PSP games and software. (Allowing for up-scaled graphics with smoothing filter that reduces pixelation.)

The PlayStation Vita’s design and technology introduces innovation in handheld gaming systems as well as introduces different ways of interacting and playing with others compared to its competition. There are already a number of games that take advantage of the features of the Vita including Escape Plan, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Suimoni, and the myriad of augmented reality games available on the PlayStation Network, with certainly more to come. Sony is sure to announce AAA-Vita titles at E3 2012 so stay tuned.

The PS3 3D Display, PS3 Wireless Headset and PS3 Wireless Keyboard also won the Red Dot Awards for design.

In addition to the Vita win, Sony Computer Entertainment was also awarded Red Dot Awards for their designs of products like the Wireless Stereo Headset for the PS3, the Wireless Keyboard for PS3, and the PS3 3D Display. These three products as well as the PlayStation Vita exemplifies Sony’s internal R&D division and their continuous work on creating innovative, high-quality technology that’s synonymous with the Sony and PlayStation brand.

So the next time you play your PlayStation Vita, know that it has been recognized for its excellent quality, its bench-marking technology, and its innovative design by tech experts from all over the world. 

What is it about the PlayStation Vita’s technology that made you want to purchase it?


About janhutchings

Canadian Game Industry Blogger / Contributor for @Sonyrumors & @ShogunGamer / Communications and PR Professional. Voice of Canadian and Indie Gaming.

Posted on May 14, 2012, in Opinions And Editorials and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. It is a sweet piece of tech, It just needs some stronger software soon. The only games keeping me playing right are lumines and super star dust. uncharted was ok but it felt a little lack luster after just finishing UC3. Fifa’s great but its not my cup of tea. resistance and killzone titles will no doubt be rock solid.

    • Not to mention Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Monster Hunter, and Call of Duty: Vita.

      • yeah there’s some good stuff coming for sure. pretty sure 2k’s doing a bioshock vita game as well. Here’s hoping it produces better software then the psp, because let’s be honest im a sony guy but there was really only a handfull of games worth playing for it.

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