Yinlips YDPG18: The Android-running PS Vita you can afford?

By Posted 13 Dec 2011, 06:55

We have some interesting news to share with you now, and it is news which is sure to raise an eyebrow or two if you are planning to pick up a Sony PS Vita next year when it launches in the west. A similar-looking model has just shown up in China, with this one offering Android OS, decent gaming capabilities and one main feature that the PS Vita doesn’t support which we think you’ll be very interested in.

The device goes by the name of the Yinlips YDPG18, with the Chinese company responsible also calling it a ‘Android Smart Game Player’. It’s overall design bears striking resemblances to Sony’s upcoming handheld, also as you expect there are one or two missing features which will obviously bring the price of this alternative model right down.

These include the lack of a second analogue stick and motion touch pad on the Yinlips device, and also just a single core 1.2Ghz processor, unlike the powerhouse quad-core one that powers the official PS Vita, as reported from Kotaku. What you do get though is gaming via Android 2.2 Froyo (upgradable to 2.3 Gingerbread) and a collection of old school emulators that will make retro gamers instantly take note. Emulators include support for classic systems such as the SNES, Megadrive, Gameboy Advance and even the N64 and PS1 as well.

The official website for this device also touts online play via WiFi, a HDMI port and a variety of media capabilities, such as video chat thanks to two included cameras – one on the front and one on the back.

Unfortunately, there’s no word on how much this device will retail at, but you can bet that it will be a lot cheaper than Sony’s $250 asking price for the standalone WiFi PS Vita without any add-ons. We’ll try and find a price for you, but in the meantime let us know if you are interested in picking one of these up. Emulator support remains a pretty key feature for handheld gaming in my books – would you agree?