Introduction

We don't break gadgets—we rip them apart with style. We tear them down, if you will. Today we put our spudgers up against Sony's PS Vita, the newest addition to their portable platform family. Join us as we go motherboard deep into Sony's newest device, and when we're done be sure to follow @ifixit on Twitter to stay up to date with the latest and greatest teardowns.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your PlayStation Vita, use our service manual.

Image 1/1: 4 Core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore Processor
  • Here it is, the Sony PS Vita. Sure it looks similar to the good ol' PSPs, but it packs a handful of cool new features:

    • 4 Core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore Processor

    • 4 Core SGX543MP4+ GPU

    • 512 MB RAM + 128 MB VRAM

    • 5" OLED Touchscreen running 24-bit color, 960 x 544 pixel qHD display and rear capacitive multi-touch pad

    • Front and Rear 0.3 MP VGA cameras

    • Two analog joysticks

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Image 1/3: The bottom side of the PS Vita is left relatively bare and is occupied by the charging port, headphone jack, and the memory card door. Image 2/3: The top of the PS Vita is adorned with the volume button, power button, game card slot, and an [http://www.shesogaudy.com/images/collection/2011/collection2.jpg|accessory] slot. Image 3/3: Your accessories may have more function and may not be as gaudy.
  • The front holds the usual diamond of shape-coded buttons, a D-Pad, and two analog sticks. If that's not enough for you, don't forget the two bumper buttons, the three smaller buttons parked just below the analog sticks and, of course, the touchscreen.

  • The bottom side of the PS Vita is left relatively bare and is occupied by the charging port, headphone jack, and the memory card door.

  • The top of the PS Vita is adorned with the volume button, power button, game card slot, and an accessory slot.

    • Your accessories may have more function and may not be as gaudy.

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Image 1/1: It appears to be a cheat code. We postulate that pressing all of the action buttons in order, starting with the triangle and rotating clockwise -- roughly 410 times -- will give you unlimited lives, moneys, manas, likes, whatever!
  • When we turn the Vita over, we are instantly thrilled to see a secret code!

    • It appears to be a cheat code. We postulate that pressing all of the action buttons in order, starting with the triangle and rotating clockwise -- roughly 410 times -- will give you unlimited lives, moneys, manas, likes, whatever!

    • Apparently the hidden cheat code does more than make your team in NFL Blitz 12 into a pack of running hotdogs. For the first time, this handheld device actually has a rear capacitive multi-touch pad. Curious how it could be used? Check out this demonstration!

  • Above the rear touchpad lies the first camera ever seen in a handheld PlayStation device.

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Image 1/1: Don't be fooled by the size and shape of the PS Vita's memory card. While it looks similar to the microSD cards surrounding it, there is no cross compatibility. That's right, if you want more memory, you've got to buy [http://playstationlifestyle.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Vita-Memory-Card-LULZ-685x293.jpg|Sony's proprietary cards].
  • It's time to play "Which card will work in my PS Vita?"! We'll give you a hint: it's the one labeled "Sony PS Vita."

  • Don't be fooled by the size and shape of the PS Vita's memory card. While it looks similar to the microSD cards surrounding it, there is no cross compatibility. That's right, if you want more memory, you've got to buy Sony's proprietary cards.

    • The same rule applies to the game cards. They look similar to SD cards, but the pinouts and shape differ in such a way that makes cross-compatibility impossible. Sorry hackers.

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Image 1/2: Currently, Sony only offers data plans as a month-to-month service through AT&T. Image 2/2: Currently, Sony only offers data plans as a month-to-month service through AT&T.
  • The 3G version of the PS Vita can connect to the internet via Wi-Fi or the AT&T 3G network with a SIM card stored right in the side of the device.

    • Currently, Sony only offers data plans as a month-to-month service through AT&T.

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Image 1/3: 10 points to Gryffindor! Image 2/3: 10 points to Gryffindor! Image 3/3: 10 points to Gryffindor!
  • Common Phillips #00 screws hold the case halves together. All are easily accessible, though two are cleverly hidden under the accessory port cover.

    • 10 points to Gryffindor!

There are 4 Black Screws and 4 Silver Screws at this point.

hitpatel2 - Reply

Image 1/2: Our [product|IF145-000|plastic opening tool] easily levers the case in twain to reveal a sea of tightly packed electronics. Image 2/2: Our [product|IF145-000|plastic opening tool] easily levers the case in twain to reveal a sea of tightly packed electronics.
  • We remove all the screws, but the case halves hold fast. Oh well, what fun is a teardown if the device just opens itself up for us? We prefer a bit of a challenge.

  • Our plastic opening tool easily levers the case in twain to reveal a sea of tightly packed electronics.

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Image 1/2: The Vita's battery runs at a standard 3.7 V and packs an impressive 2210 mAh punch. Image 2/2: We're confident that between the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 5" qHD display and two touch pads, every bit of capacity in the battery will be put to good use.
  • The battery is secured to the back case with a pair of Phillips #00 screws and... well that's it. There's no adhesive!

  • The Vita's battery runs at a standard 3.7 V and packs an impressive 2210 mAh punch.

  • We're confident that between the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, 5" qHD display and two touch pads, every bit of capacity in the battery will be put to good use.

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  • The wireless card is easily identifiable by the mess of antenna cables connected to it.

  • A flick of our magic spudger frees the wireless card for inspection.

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Image 1/1: Qualcomm [http://www.ubmtechinsights.com/reports-and-subscriptions/device-library/Device-Profile/?SINumber=25681|PM8028] power management
  • With surgical-like precision and care, we remove the EMI shields from the wireless card to reveal:

    • Qualcomm PM8028 power management

    • Avago ACPM-7868 linear quad-band power amplifier module

    • Epcos 7964 SAW duplexer

    • Avago ACPM-5001 CDMA band 1 power amplifier module

    • Avago ACPM-5002 CDMA band 2 power amplifier module

    • Avago ACPM-5005 CDMA band 5 power amplifier module

    • Avago ACPM-5008 CDMA band 8 power amplifier module

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Image 1/1: Qualcomm [http://www.qualcomm.com/media/releases/2011/02/14/qualcomm-announces-commercial-availability-gobi3000-modules|MDM6200], which supports HSPA+ speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps
  • Turning our attention to the backside of the wireless card we find:

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Image 1/2: Having all the components on a single ribbon cable or PCB makes repair both difficult and costly. With all these individual components, the Vita should be easy to repair. Image 2/2: We detach a few connectors and remove the SIM card board from the colorful innards of the device.
  • The PS Vita is very modular. Check out all these connectors!

    • Having all the components on a single ribbon cable or PCB makes repair both difficult and costly. With all these individual components, the Vita should be easy to repair.

  • We detach a few connectors and remove the SIM card board from the colorful innards of the device.

Can you show the photo of the sim card slot on the other side? I somehow force out a sim card and some pins are bended. I would like to see how the pin looks like so that I can bend it back. Thanks.

psvitauser - Reply

Image 1/2: Though the Vita is the first Sony handheld device to boast a camera, you shouldn't cancel your [http://press.nikonusa.com/post/2012/02/06/expectations-surpassed-the-36-3-megapixel-nikon-d800-is-the-multimedia-hd-slr-that-shatters-conventional-resolution-barriers-for-maximum-fidelity/|D800] pre-order quite yet. The 640x480 pixel VGA quality (0.3 MP) camera isn't likely to wow the folks browsing your Flickr stream. Image 2/2: On a related note, the camera is of perfect quality to [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wUxSwsy3PZo|turn your world into an Augmented Reality].
  • Recruiting the help of our spudger, we remove the rear-facing camera.

  • Though the Vita is the first Sony handheld device to boast a camera, you shouldn't cancel your D800 pre-order quite yet. The 640x480 pixel VGA quality (0.3 MP) camera isn't likely to wow the folks browsing your Flickr stream.

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Image 1/3: We easily win the battle against the evil glue with our trusty plastic opening tool and separate the rear multi-touch pad from its frame. Image 2/3: Attached to the rear touchpad, we find an Atmel [http://www.atmel.com/devices/mxt224.aspx|mXT224] touchscreen controller. Image 3/3: Attached to the rear touchpad, we find an Atmel [http://www.atmel.com/devices/mxt224.aspx|mXT224] touchscreen controller.
  • After a fair amount of disassembly, we find our old nemesis: adhesive!

  • We easily win the battle against the evil glue with our trusty plastic opening tool and separate the rear multi-touch pad from its frame.

  • Attached to the rear touchpad, we find an Atmel mXT224 touchscreen controller.

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Image 1/2: The speakers come out without much fuss thanks in part to their pressure contacts. These types of connections are common in devices where space is a concern and there's no room for routing and soldering speaker wires. Image 2/2: With many modes of connectivity comes a whole bundle of antennas. Head-to-head gaming sure has come [http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_l63ytbmyIn1qclyyjo1_500.jpg|a long way].
  • Once the back case is off, components start flying out of the PS Vita faster than you can say "thirsty bag."

  • The speakers come out without much fuss thanks in part to their pressure contacts. These types of connections are common in devices where space is a concern and there's no room for routing and soldering speaker wires.

  • With many modes of connectivity comes a whole bundle of antennas. Head-to-head gaming sure has come a long way.

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Image 1/2: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Sony has used the same basic design for the R and L trigger buttons since the original PSP. Image 2/2: If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Sony has used the same basic design for the R and L trigger buttons since the original PSP.
  • The trigger buttons are easily removed and are a simple, modular design. This means easier and cheaper repair for the masses!

  • If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Sony has used the same basic design for the R and L trigger buttons since the original PSP.

I'm having issues with the right button being stuck on the on position digitally. Any suggestions?

Arbo TM - Reply

Well it seems like any button that had anything to do with a ribbon placement is jacked

Arbo TM - Reply

The up and down and the right analog. Im gonna replace the right analog and see if it changes anything

Arbo TM - Reply

just accidentally make it fall lol

omer minhaj - Reply

Image 1/2: The PS Vita control interfaces are separated into several small pieces, further enhancing repairability of this device. Image 2/2: The PS Vita control interfaces are separated into several small pieces, further enhancing repairability of this device.
  • The button boards are held on with nothing more than a few screws.

  • The PS Vita control interfaces are separated into several small pieces, further enhancing repairability of this device.

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Image 1/3: Colored screws! The pink-ish screws hold the motherboard in place while the blue screws hold attachments to the motherboard. Image 2/3: It's like a boy/girl screw party! Image 3/3: When we were done ogling the colored screws, we lifted the motherboard up and away, detaching the OLED display and touchscreen connectors.
  • As we begin removing the screws for the motherboard, it slowly dawns on us...

    • Colored screws! The pink-ish screws hold the motherboard in place while the blue screws hold attachments to the motherboard.

    • It's like a boy/girl screw party!

  • When we were done ogling the colored screws, we lifted the motherboard up and away, detaching the OLED display and touchscreen connectors.

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Image 1/2: The small camera shares the same 640 x 480 pixel VGA quality as its rear-facing brother. Image 2/2: The small camera shares the same 640 x 480 pixel VGA quality as its rear-facing brother.
  • A spudger and a tiny bit of force frees the front-facing camera from the motherboard.

  • The small camera shares the same 640 x 480 pixel VGA quality as its rear-facing brother.

I m sort of curious, if you could replace that with a better camera module

dthick - Reply

can i have more specs about the cameras

which company they are from

whats the model num

omer minhaj - Reply

Image 1/2: Sony [http://www.ubmtechinsights.com/teardowns/sony-playstation-vita-teardown/?pi_campaign_id=13825|CXD5315G]G quad-core processor + system memory Image 2/2: Samsung [http://www.ubmtechinsights.com/teardowns/sony-playstation-vita-teardown/?pi_campaign_id=13825|KLM4G1FE3A-F001] NAND flash memory
  • With the motherboard finally all by itself, we can begin chip identification:

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  • We baked our Vita in order to separate the front plastic (and fused OLED display) from the frame. Our quick recipe for frame removal:

    • Pre-heat oven to 200 F.

    • Place PS Vita front panel assembly in the oven and set timer for 10 minutes.

    • Remove the PS Vita from the oven and carefully peel the plastic off the front case using several guitar picks. Watch out -- it's hot!

    • Take 10 points back from Gryffindor.

  • Baking electronics: much easier than baking bread. All the ingredients are pre-mixed!

lolwut, are you serious about the owen part, or just trolling :))))))))))

Stefan Constantin Dumitrache - Reply

Image 1/3: Underneath we find another Atmel [http://www.atmel.com/devices/mxt224.aspx|mXT224] touchscreen controller, which has graced tons of [http://www.ifixit.com/Guide/search/mxt224|teardown devices] in the past, including [guide|7872|this one|stepid=32336]! Image 2/3: We also found a grid of what appears to be a smörgåsbord of capacitors, resistors (and one lonely diode) under the frame. Interesting... Image 3/3: We also found a grid of what appears to be a smörgåsbord of capacitors, resistors (and one lonely diode) under the frame. Interesting...
  • The front plastic and OLED display slowly came off from the frame. Note that the OLED display is fused to the plastic, making this procedure very precarious.

  • Underneath we find another Atmel mXT224 touchscreen controller, which has graced tons of teardown devices in the past, including this one!

  • We also found a grid of what appears to be a smörgåsbord of capacitors, resistors (and one lonely diode) under the frame. Interesting...

How do you fuse them back together again if you have a replacement OLED?

Sam Lindsay - Reply

A bit late to the party, but I'd guess it was bonded with some kind of LOCA (Liquid Optically Clear Adhesive) glue. It's also used in mobile phones to stick LCD to front glass.

If so it's possible to stick them back together, you can find both LOCA glue and LOCA dissolver (if you want to try and replace only front glass so you need to clean LCD from old glue) on ebay. There's also thin (very thin) wire that used to cut through original glue and separate screen from glass on mobile phones. Heat the screen with heat gun, lift glass a bit, get wire in and slowly heat and cut.

But luckily my vita is still OK so I don't have to test all of these theories :D

solo761 -

Is the front panel two parts? touch screen and lcd?

rock6d - Reply

Yes, the touch screen and the OLED are two parts but they are connected to each other in a way that make you have to change both even if only one of them are broken.

Nicklas -

Fusing back together... Now that would be a great tutorial

Arbo TM - Reply

Image 1/2: All screws are standard Phillips #00. No security or proprietary bits here. Image 2/2: Modular design means lower repair costs because small parts can be replaced individually.
  • After much deliberation, the council of iFixit has deemed appropriate a reparability score of 8 out of 10.

    • All screws are standard Phillips #00. No security or proprietary bits here.

    • Modular design means lower repair costs because small parts can be replaced individually.

    • Only one component was held in place with adhesive: the rear touch panel.

    • Battery is not easily accessible, but it is definitely serviceable by the average user armed with the appropriate screwdriver.

    • The front plastic is fused to the OLED (and difficult to separate from the frame), making replacement of the display more expensive.

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I am just curious, is it possible to replace the PSVita 2000 LCD screen with the OLED screen of the regular Vita?

z4n7h3r - Reply

No it aint possible

Damian -

where do you get one of the wireless cards

omer minhaj - Reply

can someone tell where is the sixaxis motion sensor located?

aliefbimo adipancoro - Reply

My battery is getting up and then low and then up and then low immediately.Any suggestions

will help

Ahsan Ahmad - Reply

I had the same issue but fixed it by removing the battery from the vita and connecting the battery again... :) Good luck

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