The PS Vita is Sony’s follow up of the very popular PSP which was released in the US back in 2005. The PSP is still very popular today but it its software and specs are outdated now compared to today’s technology. That is why Sony released the PS Vita.

What separates the PS Vita from the PSP is a bigger screen which is now an OLED screen, two real thumb-sticks not that cheap plastic one that was on the PSP, a front and rear facing camera, new software and much improved specs, motion control, front and rear touchscreen. Sounds like a huge improvement doesn’t it? I owned a PSP for about 5 years and it was amazing and i loved it, it was as close to a console gaming experience as you could get without actually playing on a console. As soon as the PS Vita was released I picked one up and it makes the PSP look like a toy. Now lets get to the review.

The Vita has a price tag of $250 for the wi-fi only version and $300 for the wi-fi and 3G AT&T service version. You could pick up a brand new PS3 for that price which in my opinion says a little about the PS Vita being overpriced. Here is the spec list that the PS Vita has to offer:

  • CPU – ARM® Cortex™- A9 core (4 core)
  • GPU – SGX543MP4+
  • External Dimensions – Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth)(tentative, excludes largest projection)
  • Screen (Touch Screen) – 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
  • Rear Touch Pad – Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
  • Cameras – Front camera, Rear camera
  • Sound – Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
  • Sensors – Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope,three-axis accelerometer), Three-axis electronic compass
  • Location – Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi location service support
  • Keys / Switches – PS button, Power button, Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left), Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), Shoulder buttons (Right/Left), Right stick, Left stick, START button, SELECT button, Volume buttons (+/-)
  • Wireless Communications – Mobile network connectivity (3G), IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi)(Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode), Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
Its very impressive that all of this is crammed into a hand held. Now lets move onto the game play it produces. Games on the Vita’s bright 5″ OLED display look amazing and the graphics that these games have make you forget that your playing on a hand held device. The Vita has a couple titles that really stand out though, Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout 2048 look astounding and have borderline PS3 graphics. The front and rear cameras are nothing special, my iPhone 3GS has a slightly better camera than the Vita but they work and make augmented reality on the Vita Possible. Speaking of augmented reality on the Vita it does a great job of this. The Vita comes with six “augmented reality cards” that when placed in front of the Vita’s camera make something pop out of the card and come to life as if it were actually there. This adds very interesting new ways to play games that have never been done before on a console and have just started being done on consoles. The front and rear touch-pads work great and I’ve had no problem with them besides the fact that they are prone to fingerprints.
The Vita also has its own apps that keep you connected to whats new in the world and your friends, it has a Facebook app, twitter app, netflix app, youtube app, and even its own version of Google Maps. Other hand helds like the 3DS try to pull this off in their own way but just cant seem to get it right in my opinion like the PS Vita does. All in all the Vita is an amazing hand held gaming device, the best one available right now in my opinion. Its definitely worth getting but i suggest waiting a little while for the price to go down a bit first.
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Justin Duino

Justin Duino

(Founder | Editor-in-Chief) - I am currently a student at the University of Nevada, Reno getting my degree in Computer Science.I have been fortunate to work with some brilliant people in the technology industry and plan to continue so for the rest of my life.I am currently using a Nexus 5, a Nexus 7 (2013), and a Nexus 10. Additionally, I am one of the first Glass Explorers with Google Glass and loving it!
Justin Duino