Sony PS Vita Review
Sony Returns to the Handheld Gaming Market
With the proliferation of games available on smartphones and tablets lately, Sony has decided to jump back into the portable gaming system market with the PlayStation Vita platform.
The PSP has been a very popular gaming platform, but the latest version from Sony blows the PSP away with its features and power.
Rivaling some home gaming systems, Sony has gone full bore and put its best foot forward with this new system.
Although it shows a lot of promise, there are a few things you need to know before shelling out your hard earned money on yet another gaming system. Read on as we lay out the pros and cons of the PlayStation Vita.
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Playstation Vita Features
I like the overall look, and the analog sticks are small enough to not get snagged when putting away after play. However, the overall size makes it a bit tricky trying to slip the unit into a normal sized pocket. On the other hand, it will fit into a purse or small handbag without snagging the sticks.
With 4 main buttons, a d-pad, and shoulder buttons, the Vita stands out from other handheld gaming systems.
Extremely Light And Quiet - Although it may look larger than most of the handheld devices on the market, it is easy to carry and very light.
Playstation Vita Hardware and Specs
The Sony Vita is packed with plenty of power.
- Dimensions: 3.3" x 7.2" x 0.7".
- Weight: 1.4 lbs.
- CPU: 4 Core ARM Cortex A9.
- Graphics: GPU: SGX543MP4+.
- Touch Screen: 5" (16:9) 16 million color Multi-Touch OLED (Organic Light Emitting Display) with 2 two analog sticks.
- Front and rear cameras.
- Multi-touch rear touch pad.
- Built-in microphone and stereo speakers.
- Dual game and media storage slots.
- GPS built in.
- Wi-Fi/Bluetooth support.
- Non-removable internal battery.
PS Vita Pros
One of the nicest features of the Vita that I like is the fact that you no longer have to carry around mini-disks to play your favorite games. Instead, new games are contained on small, thumb-size cards. This is great for storing and carry several of your most played games, and there are several after-market products catering to this market.
With the powerful processors, the Vita is capable of playing the most demanding of games, and there are plenty of them available, with several more on the way.
The game fits very well in your hand, and the controls are placed in such a way as to ease the stress to your hands that comes from playing for hours on end.
The organic light emitting diode (OLED) uses very little power, yet produces great looking visuals and makes games come to life. Plug in a set of headphones and you are instantly transported into other worlds of fun and adventure.
You also have the capability to plug up to your TV or other monitor thanks to the cable or HDMI ports that are provided.
In addition to the 4 gig memory card that comes with the game, there are also cards available up to 32 gigabytes.
PS Vita Cons
The first drawback that jumps out at you is the price. You can expect to spend anywhere from $200 or more to get your hands on the system. For that price, you can get a lot of home gaming systems, as the prices have come down quite a bit on these types of platforms.
Battery life can also be an issue. Unless you keep the batteries charged up, you can only expect 4 to 5 hours of steady gameplay from one battery charge. While this will be enough for the casual gamer, it may not be enough for the hardcore game players out there.
In addition to the initial price, memory cards, and new games can be a bit on the expensive side, although as we have seen in the past, these prices tend to come down after the system has been out for a while.
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Final Verdict of the Sony Playstation Vita
When the Playstation Vita first came out, I thought to myself "Here we go, another gaming system that I will have to go out and buy just to keep up." Although the prices for the system, games and storage devices can put a crimp in your wallet, overall the experience has been a positive one for me, with the pros heavily outweighing the cons.
The touch display is quite functional, and I found the controls to be very easy to use. The games look very good, the gameplay is smooth, and the system can handle the most elaborate of games.
When I hold it in my hands, it feels very sturdy, and as mentioned before, the gameplay rivals that of larger systems made for the home.
Currently, I feel that the game manufacturers have yet to take full advantage of its capabilities, although I am sure that this will change as the designers will realize all that the platform is capable of, and likewise catch up with the possibilities inherent in this well-designed gaming system.
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