Categories: PSVita Reviews
Written By: KeithGeo
Let’s start off on a high note; the PSVita is simply the most powerful handheld console ever. The graphics are impressive, you may as well be holding a Playstation 3 in your hands, and the line-up of launch games is great, Sound is perfect, feature wise you couldn’t ask for anything else to be included. It blows every other handheld of this generation away.
Sitting inside the device you have two quad-core processors, a beautiful 5-inch OELD touch screen display with 960×544 resolution, dual analogue sticks, in-built wireless and 3G, Rear touchpad’s… all its missing is a kitchen sink. So it doesn’t have 3D, so what, I have a 3DS myself and while Zelda is great on it, the 3D effect only enhances an already great game, it doesn’t make the game great and to be honest, the line-up of games for a handheld is what will make or break it and there isn’t a whole lot of great games on Nintendo’s device. I love my 3DS but this Vita is another beast altogether.
Great games like Uncharted, Wipeout and Rayman Origins are already available on the Vita from launch and are what makes it so appealing to gamers, each of the 3 mentioned above are brilliant games. I haven’t stopped playing Wipeout since it popped through my door and I haven’t played a Wipeout game since the original one many years ago.
Holding the PSPVita in your hand gives you a real sense of how well the thing is built; it’s sturdy and has a perfect weight to it. It doesn’t feel like it’s a bunch of plastic pieces stuck together that will shatter if you drop it, it feels like a solid block in your hand. If you have a PSP the control layout will be second nature to you with a D-Pad, left and right analogue sticks as well as the usual button layout. There’s a playstation Home button over on the left too and lastly start and select buttons. There are two speakers on the front to blast out the sounds straight into your face!
On top we have the two trigger buttons, power, then volume up and down. All the buttons are well positioned and nothing feels awkward to get your fingers to. It’s got front and rear facing cameras as well and new to Sony handhelds is the rear touchpad.
Battery wise, if you turn off the Blue Tooth you are looking at getting about 5 hours from a full charge, which isn’t bad considering how amazing the graphics are on that 5-inch screen. There doesn’t seem to be any TV out on the PSVita, I’ve seen it mentioned online (By bloggers, not Sony), that its possible the reason for this is that the graphics are so good on the Vita that it would be directly competing with the PS3 if it had TV out. YES, the graphics are that good, it really has to be seen to be believed.
You need to get yourself a Sony Memory card for the device; they come in 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB. I’d recommend 16 or above as you will fill up a 4 or 8GB card in no time. You can use a PC to manage the games and other content on the Vita and just keep the games you want to play on it at any given time.
The PSVita is not limited to just playing games though, you can connect to Facebook, Twitter, browse the internet, use the Maps on it, connect with friends. It’s a great device and if you don’t have a Tablet device there isn’t much you can’t do on the PSVita compared to one of them. I haven’t been a huge fan of handheld devices in the past, I don’t know if it’s my age or what. I never had a PSP or a DS myself until I bought the Zelda 3DS recently. I always preferred sitting on the couch playing my games on the TV. All that has changed though since I got my hands on a Vita, I don’t know if it’s the great games, amazing graphics or what, but I haven’t enjoyed playing games on a portable device as much as this before, it’s an amazing piece of Tech.
There are two ways to purchase games on the Vita, you can either use the 3G or Wireless to connect over the Internetz to the Playstation Store and buy your games from there or you can pop into your local game shop and buy “Hardcopy’s” of the games in cases. They are small carts about the size of a memory card and pop into the top of the device. The case are cool actually, they are like miniature versions of PS3 boxes.
Price wise, it’s an expensive piece of Kit, GameStop are currently selling the 3G version for €289.97 and the Wi-Fi only one for €244.97. Is it worth the money? Well if you have a few quid and are looking to pick up the best handheld device ever, then yeh, it’s definitely worth it! I don’t have a bad thing to say about it to be honest, I absolutely love it.