PS3 still houses more video RAM

Shooting down previous rumours that the PS Vita RAM was reduced to 256MB to accommodate a lower launch price, Sony has confirmed that the system will indeed sport 512MB of RAM.

These were the original numbers thought to be packed into the system back when it was called the NGP, and places the handheld above PlayStation 3's 256MB of RAM. However the PS Vita's graphic processor still sits at 128MB of VRAM, half that of the PS3's 256MB of video RAM.

Seeing as the PS Vita boasts the ability to play full-on PS3 games, this may sound like a big step below the graphical abilities of its console big brother. But Sony Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida explains that the Vita's smaller screen resolution demands less power.

The resolution on the PS Vita screen is much lower. Even though it's four times the resolution of PSP, compared to the console, the amount of data you have to push is much smaller.