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|Powered by high performance ARM Cortex-A9 core (4 core) CPU, the Sony PlayStation Vita offers stunning graphics. For rich visuals, this video game console features an OLED screen. This Sony Wi-Fi handheld system easily connects to the Internet and seamlessly accesses content. The social gaming feature of this video game console allows you to invite friends for a game. Enhance your gaming experience with the built-in cameras and GPS of this Sony Wi-Fi handheld system that give you a realistic and location-based experience. The Sony PlayStation Vita supports the PlayStation network, easily connecting to the PS3 to give you a rich playing experience.|
|Product Name||Sony PlayStation Vita|
|UPC||0711719180593, 2000015229883, 400022382182, 71171922, 711719220312|
|Product Line||Sony PlayStation|
|Audio Output Support||Stereo|
|Power & Battery|
|Power Source Types||Power Supply - internal|
|Battery Type||Rechargeable Lithium-Ion|
|Display Type||OLED display|
|Display Size||5 in.|
|Display Resolution||960 x 544|
|Ram Capacity||512 MB|
|Region Code||Region Free|
|CPU||ARM Cortex - A9 core (4 core)|
|Memory Capacity||128 MB|
|Input Features||Multi touch pad (capacitive type)|
Average review score based on 106 user reviews
of customers recommend this product
THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE VITA SLIM, JAPANESE IMPORT.
I had been thinking about upgrading from my old PlayStation Portable (the fat 1004 model), and started looking at the 3DS. The 3DS has region locks, meaning that an imported unit from Japan can only play Japanese games. But seeing as the old model was still a bit pricy, and that there are no new games except for the same old Mario, Pokemon, and Zelda "upgrades", I was doubtful of buying one.
That's when I found out there was a new Vita model, the PCH-2000, or Slim.
It has improved buttons, where the old Vita had elliptic, flush Start, Select, and Home buttons, the new Vita has convex buttons, that are easy and comfortable to press.
It has 1 GB of onboard storage, which means you won't have to pay for a memory stick (they are a bit pricy). Just buy the game in a store, pop it in, and start playing. However, you can't combine the onboard storage with a memory stick. Once you insert a memory stick, the built-in storage is disabled, and you get the option to transfer the files from the onboard storage, onto the memory stick.
It's been slimmed down, and is lighter, than the previous model, significantly improving the ergonomics.
The screen however, has been swapped out. The gorgeous OLED display has been replaced by an LCD screen, but not a bad one. Not at all. This might just be the sharpest LCD screen I have ever seen. It doesn't display colours as well as the OLED, but this is something you wouldn't notice unless comparing the two models directly. But since the new model has an LCD display, it's also more energy efficient. I usually get 8 hours of heavy gameplay, on full brightness, and 2 of those hours are online gaming, on a single charge.
The game selection is great, with games across the board to keep any gamer satisfied. There are even more great titles coming later this year!
The Vita's UI is as snappy as ever, handling any task you throw at it lightning fast. It also incorporates some serious multitasking. You can be in the middle of that last boss fight when you receive a message, so you pause the game, open the notification bubble, open the message, read it and reply to it, and then return to the game, keep fighting the same boss, and take a screenshot of your victory to brag to your friends through a group chat.
This, in my opinion, is the ultimate handheld. Great games, great features, and a great entry price.
-Great price for such a capable machine.
-Increased battery life.
-More ergonomic design and buttons.
-Good game selection.
-No region locks.
-Screen a downgrade from the old Vita.
-Speakers' sound is a bit tinny.
-Onboard storage disabled when a memory stick is inserted.
-The back likes to attract fingerprints.
If you're looking for a handheld console, and can't make your mind up, I'd advice you to get a PlayStation Vita Slim. If you want one that really pops, import a colourful one from Japan!
A few hours since delivery... I'm impressed. Just about everything about the PSV: display, controls, features, the games - top of the line. This is a gaming machine that shouts "quality" and, after the first few hours of playing Uncharted and a couple of small games off the PSN, I can say that I've had the best portable gaming experience ever - we currently have a PSP and a DSi in the house plus a couple of tablets and smart phones.
Briefly - and I will update my review as I experience more of the PSV - these are my findings so far.
HARDWARE AND FEATURES
Yes, it's quad-core this, and super-high-rez display that but what counts is that it translates into a super-smooth gaming experience with a bunch of non-gaming capabilities on top. I'm surprised how immersive playing a game on such a small screen with such tiny speakers can be. And it is so for a couple of reasons.
- the sharpest, best looking display I've seen on a portable
- the dual analog sticks make all the difference - Sony learned from past mistakes
- the back touch panel are something that it's better to experience because it's the one clear innovation on this machine and it won't give you headaches (sorry Nintendo :) )
- games can be either downloaded or purchased and shared on physical media - like I said, Sony is learning from past mistakes (sorry PSP Go)
- seamless integration with the PS3 and the Playstation Network
- a bunch of great multimedia apps including Netflix - I'll have more to say about these after I stop playing Uncharted :)
- cameras - more later but I heard that some games allow you to build characters that look just like you
THE GAMING EXPERIENCE
Anyone who has a PS3 or a PSP should feel very familiar with the PSV. All the PS3 controls are there although some of the buttons are smaller. Add to that the 'touch' capabilities on both front and back with support for gestures and the gaming possibilities are almost endless. Because of its high resolution, there can be a lot happening at the same time on the PSV's screen and, don't forget, you can also feel the action while playing.
I don't feel like doing comparisons at this time but anyone who claims that the PSV is no big deal because we can play games on our phones should experience the PSV and then consider revising their statements. Vita can easily play any one-dollar game that a phone can play and I'm sure we'll get a couple of those and Vita can do just about everything a smart phone or tablet can do and most of the time do it better, but no phone or tablet can play Uncharted and no 'next generation' phone or tablet is likely to be able to play Uncharted or Little Big Planet. And, let's not forget that the Vita costs a less than most smart phones.
I haven't had time to explore all of Vita's features yet but, they're all in there. Multimedia, wireless connectivity, music playback... it's all in there. Add to that one of the best laid out, intuitive and responsive user interfaces and even non gamers should be happy to have a Vita around.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
A couple of things. The most annoying is, of course, the hyper-overpriced memory card. You can't play 'big games' without one and Sony decided to make lots of money on this proprietary 'must have' add-on which is anything but optional. Then there's of course Sony not making the Passport program available in the US. We have a PSP and lots of games on UMDs. Not bei
This machine is great, the hardware is indeed amazing and I would recommend getting this and either model is good.
The lack of games is the only hard sell, if there were more titles that were exclusive then this would take off how the PSP did but due to the only games that are out are ports of the PS3 games that are already available, it's hard to justify the purchase. There are a few for each genre but unless there is one on there you just need to have, it's a hard sell unless you get it at a really good price.
The screen is great, the touch sensor is very responsive on both front and rear screens. The device is a good weight so it feels comfortable, and the buttons/analog sticks are in very good positions. The only thing you need extra is a memory card and a screen protector, and a good case is highly recommended to prevent unwanted scratches when not in use.
Let me start off this lengthy (but comprehensive) review by saying that at first, I was not completely sold with the Vita.
But then I had to give in because casual games on my smartphone gets really boring, really fast. So, there I am off to buy the Vita. I must say that overall, I am really impressed by Sony's latest handheld gaming system. Let me break it down for you in different categories:
EXTERIOR / OVERALL DESIGN:
The moment I opened the box and took out the Vita, I really felt like I was holding a sophisticated piece of hardware. The smooth lines, paneling, the redisigned buttons, it was just like a chunk off of The Enterprise's console or something Darth Vader fiddled with during his ho-hum time inside the Death Star. If the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy had a kid, the Vita would be it. Will be better appreciated if held in your hands instead of just looking at photos. It's just glossy all over. 9.5/10
I don't know how they did it but somehow they were able to shrink the PS3. No other handheld can even come close. Looking at the games is just breathtaking. Once you start playing, it's really hard to imagine that it's a handheld, at times you'll even forget that you're not in front of your TV anymore. The *ehem* QUAD CORE PROCESSOR FOR THIS BABY REALLY KICKS YOU KNOW WHAT. The OLED 5 inch display is just gorgeous, you'll know right away that it was made for gaming.Seamless connectivity to your PS3 if you are playing a PS3-Vita cross platform game! And most Vita games have online multiplayer options! The buttons were redisgned from the original PSP look but I must say it still works, if not better. It's also good that they made it a dual analog stick system. It just completed everything. The front touchscreen is very responsive, you won't be tapping hard on this baby to get it to do what you want to do. The only negative thing I can say is for some games, like Assassin's Creed, you'll notice some lag or delays when jumping off rooftops, not saying it's a bad thing because it is a beautiful game but if you're nitpicky, you'll surely notice it. The game cards or downloaded games will not work if you don't have a memory card inserted so that's a bummer. I recommend buying the 32GB right away because you'll eventually end up buying one anyway.Also the back touchscreen isn't really that responsive, especially if you exited out of the game temporarily and came back again, sometimes, it won't respond so you need to exit the game and then relaunch it. But it's a nice touch (excuse the pun) because it adds a whole new dimension to the gameplay. 9/10
GAME CHOICES/GAME AVAILABILITY
Now the good thing here is Vita's backwards compatability. The Playstation Store has everything! Games from PSX,PS ONE,PS2,PSP all available for download (for a certain amount) for your gaming pleasure. All the games prior to the Vita has been remastered for that PS VITA HD experience. Some games even added touchscreen controls!! The only negative part here is the actual Vita game library is not yet that big. I think developers should give the Vita more credit (2K Sports I'm talking to you! releasing NBA2K13 for PSP and nothing for the Vita!!!) and develop more games. I think it's still too early but right now I am really hopeful that a lot of good titles will be churned out for the Vita soon. 8.5/10 (for the meantime based on current game library)
If you have a PlayStation Plus membership, this is a great addition. If you don't know about it, free games with the subscription. If you have a PS3 it can remote play and link to it. Same with the PS4, which can do even more with it. The game selection has been built up reasonably well. Games like Killzone and Uncharted look really good. Features are pretty good, but if you have a decent smartphone, this really only functions as a gaming device, but that is what it is truly meant for anyway. The OLED screens of the original system looks amazing, but can use a little battery at times. Touch screen and rear touch panel integration in games is pretty good. Depends on the game, but it can certainly add a lot of function. And finally a handheld device featuring two analog sticks. Makes FPS games exponentially better.
The only real detraction is the memory card system. Sony's proprietary system is quite pricey. They did it to counteract hacking the system with standard cards, so to an extent I can sympathize, but still a bit frustrating. A large memory card is a must if you have digital copies of a few games, especially if you subscribe to PS+...So plan accordingly.