The PS Vita is the feverishly anticipated portable console brought to you by PlayStation. Two versions of this ingenious handheld have been released, the PS Vita with Wi-Fi, and the PS Vita with both 3G mobile broadband and Wi-Fi enabled. The PS Vita has been engineered to be the best of the best when it comes to both entertainment and gaming, with this keenly developed internet connectivity also providing an incredible social experience.
The PS Vita has completely revolutionised handheld gameplay with the use of two touch panels, along with a front and rear camera. The front and main screen is a five inch OLED (organic light emitting diode) touchscreen, which provides the best quality visuals possible, all graphics revamped and giving the user a visually stunning gaming experience. The rear of the portable system is a touchpad, creating possibly the most innovatively developed handheld console to date. Combined, this duo have engineered the most unique multi-touch gameplay around, as players can directly interact with their games through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" motions with the use of their fingers on the pad and screen.
As has never been seen before, the PS Vita has also incorporated the dual analogue sticks you would find on the typical PlayStation controller. This means that a much wider range of games can now be featured on this portable entertainment console, including highly sought out first person shooter titles and so much more, allowing you to have the best gaming experience possible with the amount of options now available to you. These options even stretch out to being able to play PSP titles, minis and PS one classics via download from the PlayStation Network on the PS Vita, rolling all of the best of the past in to the future of PlayStation.
The social aspect includes allowing you to connect with all of your friends, wherever they are in the world using the PS Vita system. Through this, you will also have the ability to both play and share with them, as you would with the regular PlayStation Network, with which the PS Vita is compatible; and this includes mobile PlayStation trophy support, perfect for all you trophy hunters out there. There is also the enabled cross platform connectivity, which means that data is now transferable between the PS Vita and the PS3. Additional media support also includes the 4 core CPU, as well as the flash card media support for game and media saves, not to mention the built-in three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer and GPS functionality. As is evident, the PS Vita brings an incredible amount of features, aspects and gameplay that will revolutionise this generation's handheld consoles. (Cat Emerson)
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The PS Vita (Wi-Fi Enabled) is the most powerful and functional handheld around. From gaming to remote control of PS3, to future proofing with cross play PS3 and PS4 games, this is a winner! Yes, memory cards can be overpriced, but everything else is brilliant. Quality, form and function are all here.
The hardware is excellent, with a plethora of features which I'm sure gamers will soon find unique ways on implementing them. The OLED screen is beautiful and is very crisp (it does have some anomalies on black screens but I've read this is a problem with all vita screens). Unfortunately I cannot review the Vita without looking at software available for it as without games the device would be useless. And this is where the device falls a bit flat for me at the moment. Hopefully this will change when I get 'Little Big Plant' and 'All Stars Battle Royal'. This is something which takes time, which I braced myself for. The reason for the early purchase however was the 'so called' ability to play PS3 games on the vita through remote play by streaming it to the vita. However this feature does not function with PS3 games apart from 'ICO' and 'shadow of colossus' which was recently added and a handful of arcade games. Sony have blatantly lied about this feature. They have lost my respect for this and i will not be an early adopter of future product when they treat loyal customers like this. Pro's +Great Hardware +Well built and feels like a premium produce +Plethora or features Con's +Remote play doesn't work with virtually all PS3 games +Lack of games +Added purchase of memory card
The PS Vita is, it's fair to say, the most advanced handheld gaming device yet to come onto the market, and whilst it's not the cheapest of similar bits of kit, it really is a joy to use. The screen is bright and clear, the touchscreen responsive and the whole thing feels both solid and very comfortable in your hands, despite the relatively small size of both buttons and twin joysticks. It also runs very smoothly (I've had only the tiniest bit of lag, whilst in some of the more intense sections of Gravity Rush) and I much prefer to use the web browser on the Vita than on my smartphone. There are also, for a device that's only been on the market six months, an impressive array of games available (both re-released PSP games and Vita exclusives) and even more soon to be released. Really, the only negative to the Vita is not even the cost of the device itself (which I think is very reasonable for what you get), but the cost of all the extras you'll feel compelled to buy to protect it!
Technically, the Vita is without a doubt the best handheld console there has ever been. Its performance and build quality is unmatched. The screen is fantastic, graphically the console is seriously impressive for a handheld and its no surprise it's going to be getting plenty of muti-platform games that the PS3 and 360 are getting. Audio quality is also very high and thankfully the speakers go a bit louder than the PSP ones. The XMB of the PS3 and PSP is replaced with the 'LiveArea' - which works in a similar way to the iPad's desktop. The touchscreen is required to navigate the LiveArea menus and most first party apps (like the PS Store, Trophies, Friends etc). I've never really been a fan of touchscreen gimmicky stuff, but after using this so much I'd find it difficult to go back now, it works really well and both the touchscreen and rear touch pad are very responsive. Initially the d-pad and face buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square) look small, but they actually work really well at that size. The face buttons don't seem as pressure sensitive as the ones on the PS3 pad, but I've yet to play a game that requires ssensitive use of these buttons anyway. The analog sticks are great, the controls in general have been really tight and easy to play on everything I've played so far and the Vita feels more comfortable play at its slightly bigger size than the PSP. Overall the console itself is brilliant. The quality of games is a lot more subjective, but there are a lot of great looking games on the way, including: Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified, Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, Persona 4 Golden, MGS HD Collection, Zone of the Enders HD Collection etc. And if you have a PS3 then remote play support is coming to games like ICO & Shadow of the Colossus. Definitely well worth the price - I bought this in June and was also given a pre-order pack free, which was a nice surprise, a pre-order code for some PS Store content and some really nice PlayStation earphones, so the deal here at Zavvi is well worth it.
The PS Vita is an incredible system. The graphics aren't far off PS3 quality, and they can only get better from here on out. Multi-tasking is great, games play well, and I've yet to see it lag. Not to mention cross-game chat. So in my opinion, it's better than the PS3. I can play it anywhere, anytime.
The PS Vita is a fantastic piece of kit on paper. The best graphics that could rival the home consoles, two joysticks, and a snazzy touch screen front and back with plenty of gaming possibilities ahead. The features aren't bad either. The internet browser is so intuitive that I have been resorting to that instead of my own phone or laptop. The PS Vita is a wonderful piece of kit but beware of the sunk costs involved in taking on the device. If they put you off a bit, then I suggest waiting another 6 months to a year. Perhaps by then Sony will have got its act together with prices. Otherwise, be prepared for a very red face as you start throwing some hard earned money for little immediate satisfaction.
An amazing system really light to hold on both hands was expecting a bit more weight. The OLED screen is the centre piece of the system 5" in size you have to see it to believe it the picture image is fantastic colours and the depth of black colours. Another change is stereo speakers making the sound rounded and fuller rather than tiney sounding on the 3ds and old PSP. Menu is a joy takes a minute to get used to but if you have used an ipod touch or ipad the menus move around in a similar way and moving the app circles on screen for settings, games, video, music, facebook and twitter etc to be able to move them in the order you like and adding new screens to place then on. Games come on tiny cards that fit in the top and install a starter app on screen to lauch them next time and they have there own menu once opened with links to the PSN store and any web site for the game. To close an open game or app if you have it on its screen you just swipe it left to right in the top right hand side and this closes it down really simple process. The memory cards fit in a small pocket on the under side of the vita and you just format it once in, in the setting menu. Like alot of people have said the only downside system wise is the web browser a little slow I used it on my N router and was not as bad as some of these youtube reviwers make out.
I tried the ps vita out in my local game shop a few days ago and it is very impressive. Its surprisingly light for the size of it, the oled screen on the vita looks very nice , as well as the handheld itself . I tried out unit 13 and little deviants and from what i played its great, the games run smooth and look great . It does have 1 problem for me though when playing it i thought the buttons and the analogue sticks were a bit small but that's something i could get used too . in all I'm gonna be picking up the vita when it is released as it looks to be a great handheld :)
I tried the PS Vita out in my local game shop a few days ago and it's very impressive. It's surprisingly light for the size of it, the OLED screen on the vita looks very nice, as well as the handheld itself. I tried out Unit 13 and Little Deviants and from what I played it's great. The games run smooth and look great. It does have 1 problem for me though when playing it - I thought the buttons and the analogue sticks were a bit small but that's something I could get used too. All in all I'm gonna be picking up the Vita when it's released as it looks to be a great handheld :)
I played the vita last year at the eurogamer expo and ever since I've been impressed. it fits perfectly in the hands and it isn't heavy as I thought it would be. The games I played where uncharted and wipeout, the graphics were exactly like the play station 3 version. I will definitely pick up a vita when they are released.