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Originally called the NGP (Next Generation Portable), Sony finally launched their second-gen handheld gaming device in India. Christened the PS Vita (means Life in Latin), the device is a sexy black beauty on the outside and a quad-core beast on the inside. But is this enough to take on the new trend in gaming, i.e. the iPhone and the 3DS or will it die a \"PSP Go” death? On first impression, the PS Vita looks like the original PSP, on steroids. It's a little bigger than the PSP measuring at approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm. The Wi-Fi only model weighs 260 grams and the 3G + WiFi model weighs 279 grams making the device light enough to carry in a bag, but it isn't small enough to fit in your pocket. The PS Vita has a glossy black finish, which makes it appealing for about two hours, as after that it will be covered in fingerprints. The Vita has a gorgeous 5-inch 16:9 OLED display with a resolution of 960x544 pixels, which will make your jaw drop the minute you power on the device. It is a beautiful screen. To top it off, it's a multi-touch capacitive touchscreen that also adds to the gaming controller experience.
Plenty of us have a stab at the odd game when we're on a long journey or whiling away a boring commute. Chances are we're playing the likes of Grand Theft Auto, Plants vs Zombies or even Angry Birds. But most of the games you get from the App Store or Android Market are little more than time fillers to play for five minutes or so – rather than the in-depth games we might play on a console at home. So, if you're after a more hardcore experience, you should look to the Sony PS Vita, which as well as being a phone, doubles as a powerful handheld games console. The chunky nature of the PS Vita raises much debate – if you wear tight jeans there's no way you'll be squeezing this in a pocket – it is definitely made for a bag. So if that hasn't put you off, read on. Its size makes it comfortable to hold in two hands – which you'll want to do in an intensive games session – otherwise you'll be getting cramp. It also features dual analogue sticks – which allow you to move in the same smooth way you would on a console gamepad – great for control in titles such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss. Cartoon-style Switch on the device and you'll notice the interface has a real cartoon-like feel to it.
This past week we've been checking out Sony's newest and most powerful handheld gaming system in the history of its existence, the PS Vita. This mobile console is also known as the PlayStation Vita and is able to be used as a gaming system in and of itself or in tangent with your PlayStation 3 - today we're just taking a look at how the system works on its own, connected with the PlayStation Store for digital content, and with cartridge games which you'll be buying individually and separately. Is this the greatest mobile gaming system in the history of time, or is it the end of a dying genre? There's little that a person in my position, being one who reviews buckets of mobile devices such at tablets and smartphones each month along with stereo equipment, mobile apps, and the like, about the hardware here being anything but superior. Superior to the relatively low-quality state of the physical buttons on smartphones, that is. When you handle essentially any modern smartphone with a fold-out keyboard, you'll find that the software doesn't exactly keep that hardware in mind when it works in the future state of the touchscreen-only mobile environment.
Sony has finally come out with its replacement for the PlayStation Portable, and it's impressive. The PlayStation Vita takes the PSP's signature design and adds more processing power, optional 3G, dual analog sticks, and an amazingly bright, colorful OLED screen. The result: a handheld gaming device that eclipses the PlayStation 2 in power, and comes very close to the capabilities of the PlayStation 3. Sony made some strange decisions with the Vita's media playback abilities and Web browser, but for gaming it's incredible, making it our Editors' Choice for handheld game systems, and a significant step ahead of the Nintendo 3DS (4 stars, $169.99). Out of the box, the PS Vita looks like the PlayStation Portable at first glance, but the overall build quality of the PS Vita is much better, right down to the small details. Without a pop-out door for UMDs or a sliding design, the PS Vita feels much more solid than the PSP, and despite their small size the analog sticks have just enough give for responsive control without feeling loose. Besides the proprietary USB port and headphone jack on the bottom, every port and slot on the PS Vita is covered by a door. The top edge holds the game card slot and an accessory port, the bottom edge holds the memory card slot, and the left edge holds the SIM card slot.
It's game on for the Sony PlayStation Vita. The first portable gaming system to offer dual analog sticks, the Vita also delivers a quad-core ARM processor, a stunning OLED capacitive touchscreen and breathtaking graphics. Starting at $249 for the Wi-Fi version and $299 for the 3G model, the Vita is far from cheap. But is this mobile console that much better than tablets and smartphones at gaming? Yes.Click to EnlargeSony has taken a bigger-is-better approach with the PlayStation Vita in order to accommodate a larger screen. Instead of the 6.7 ounce, 6.7 x 2.7 x 0.7-inch frame of the PlayStation Portable, the Vita has a 9.9-ounce, 7.2 x 3.3 x 0.7-inch chassis. The Vita features a large 5-inch glossy display that sits prominently in the center of the device. By comparison, the PlayStation Portable's display measures 4.3 inches.Unlike the PSP, the Vita has two analog controllers on either side of the screen. Above the left controller is a traditional D-pad, and above the right are the standard PlayStation buttons (Triangle, Square, Cross and Circle). A 1.3- megapixel front camera is adjacent to the PlayStation buttons. A transparent PS button that functions as a home button sits on the bottom left side while a Select and Start button reside on the bottom right.
Sony has finally come out with its replacement for the PlayStation Portable, and it's impressive. The PlayStation Vita takes the PSP's signature design and adds more processing power, optional 3G, dual analog sticks, and an amazingly bright, colorful OLED screen. The result: A handheld gaming device that eclipses the PlayStation 2 in power, and comes very close to the capabilities of the PlayStation 3. Sony made some strange decisions with the Vita's media playback abilities and Web browser, but for gaming it's incredible, making it our Editors' Choice for handheld game systems, and a significant step ahead of the Nintendo 3DS (4 stars, $169.99). Design Out of the box, the PS Vita looks like the PlayStation Portable at first glance, but the overall build quality of the PS Vita is much better, right down to the small details. Without a pop-out door for UMDs or a sliding design, the PS Vita feels much more solid than the PSP, and despite their small size the analog sticks have just enough give for responsive control without feeling loose. Besides the proprietary USB port and headphone jack on the bottom, every port and slot on the PS Vita is covered by a door. The top edge holds the game card slot and an accessory port, the bottom edge holds the memory card slot, and the left edge holds the SIM card slot.
The time of handhelds is far from dead, especially if Nintendo and Sony have anything to say about it. Nintendo's 3DS served as a nice update to their standard DS model, and while some may have prefered for the 3D fad to stop, it still shows that people are willing to accept this new piece of technology. Sony wasn't far behind however, as the PS Vita takes mostly everything gamers love about consoles and bunches it up into a compact handheld, sans the high def big-screen, of course. The Vita is surely a remarkable handheld that introduces a variety of new features and some truly impressive graphical capabilities, but should you dish out $250 - $300 for one? Design The PS Vita is slightly larger than Sony's original PSP. Many might not remember how big and heavy that thing actually was. By that regard, some might say the PS Vita is too big, but when compared side by side, the Vita is only a bit larger than the PSP and has about the same width. Layout wise, I think Sony really nailed everything correctly. The d-pad, which rests above the analog stick, and the face buttons, which are above the right analog stick, are slightly smaller than they used to be, but still raised enough to give you full and unobstructed control.
The Nintendo DS may have proved a huge worldwide hit, but Sony's PSP still managed to clock up a fairly impressive number of sales over the years. Portable gaming clearly isn't dead just yet, then, as Sony is back with a replacement for its PlayStation Portable handheld console. With a large, touch-sensitive OLED screen, boosted graphics power and two analogue sticks, the PlayStation Vita is an ever-more gamer-oriented console that should make a worthy replacement for the PSP while also fighting off competition from smartphones and tablets. The PlayStation Vita looks like an even more impressive piece of kit than the PSP. The large 5-inch screen set flush into the upper face of the console is covered with a plate of glass, which helps give the device a decidedly high-end feel. On the whole, we don't have any complaints about product finish, as Sony seems to have done a first-rate job. The only real blip is the connection port covers (cartridge port, accessories port, memory card slot), which are made from a kind of flimsy, flexible plastic that feels a bit fragile. Proper hard plastic covers would have been more convincing. The PS Vita will still use physical games, which are due to come loaded on little cartridges that look similar to SD cards.
Sony’s handheld gaming device is clearly the most technically superior gaming device that you can throw in your pocket. If there were really any question before this, let’s go ahead and settle it right now: The PlayStation Vita is a much better piece of hardware than the Nintendo 3DS. That doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll enjoy it more, but in terms of hardware specs, there is really no comparison. The Vita is first and foremost a gaming system — and a good one at that — but also capable of a lot more. If you took the gaming capabilities away from the 3DS, it becomes almost useless. If you did the same for the Vita, you would be left with what amounts to a passable tablet, just without many apps. Compared to some of the other portable devices on the market, the Vita isn’t quite on the level of the high-end tablets, but it can hold its own. When you add in the gaming — which, of course, is the focus of the Vita — the device shines. There has actually been a fair amount of talk about the feel of the Vita. Some think that it feels a bit cheap and flimsy, while others look at it as streamlined. The truth is somewhere in the middle.
This review does not reflect my experience with wireless 3G performance. Sony will be sending me the required SIM card at a later date. When this service is available, I will update the review accordingly. Originally referred to as the NGP or Next Generation Portable, the Sony PlayStation Vita is the follow-up to the PlayStation Portable (or PSP) that was introduced back in March of 2005. The Vita was officially named and priced at Sony's E3 2011 press conference. At the time of the announcement, it seemed that Nintendo's 3DS was already in trouble, with its disappointing launch lineup, an audience divided over 3D, and a short battery life atypical of Nintendo handhelds. All this plus a matching $250 price point gave Sony all of the momentum going in to the next-generation battle of portable consoles. While Sony had teased the Vita's release for the 2011 holiday season, only Japan got to see the Vita for sale before the new year. Subsequently, the Vita missed the highly lucrative U.S. holiday shopping season, getting bumped to February 22, 2012. I imported a Japanese Vita in December and have had weeks of hands-on time with the device, including playing most of Uncharted: Golden Abyss.
Sony's latest attempt to lift a slice of the handheld pie so ably scoffed by Nintendo is the PS Vita: a chunky black slab of portable PlayStation.It's a substantial revamp of the company's handheld legacy that started with the PSP and has evolved, until now, through five largely identical models since its 2004 debut. Each step saw minor revisions - three of which, the PSP-1000, 2000 and 3000, were basically size revising updates - and attempts to chase a rapidly changing market.The PSP Go added a sliding-case design further shrinking the device, and ditched Sony's original proprietary UMD disk format in favor of download only software. Even now the original device is lives on with the latest PSP, the E1000, undergoing a budget focused strip down with a cheaper build and removing all but the most basic features to squeeze the last out of it as a piece of (almost) throw away fun.In many ways, despite the new name, the PS Vita is another revision of the PSP legacy but one with plenty of much needed evolution. The same basic form returns and it's still a dedicated games machine. If you want a PlayStation Phone then you'll need the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play, an Android based device that can play Android games and PS1 titles.
Handheld consoles are in a tricky spot, with mobile phones and Apple gadgets stomping all over their portable gaming territory. Sony's not fazed though -- the PlayStation Vita is a brash, massive handheld that packs a frightening amount of hardware into its not-so-slender frame. Is Sony showing Apple and its new-school friends the way gaming should be done, or is it stuck in the past? The PlayStation Vita is listed on Amazon for £219 for the Wi-Fi-only model and £269 for 3G, among other online retailers, and is available from 22 February. The Vita is an absolute monster on paper, with a quad-core processor, 5-inch touchscreen and dual analogue controls making it more powerful and hardware-heavy than all its rivals.But power isn't everything, and the Vita's excessive bulk, strictly average battery life, high price and expensive games mean that unless you're a hardcore fan of the titles headed to this console, Sony's latest effort is tough to recommend. The bulky Vita will have a tough task in convincing you to stump up for it over the iPod touch. Those hunting for accessible, on-the-move gaming kicks would do well to consider the iPod touch, with which you can find, purchase, download and play a game in under a minute and for less than a quid.
The guys at GR love to poke fun at me about being a PlayStation fanboy. But that's really not true. I'm a hardware fanboy. I love tech. I love gadgets. I love shiny new things with power oozing from it. I'm the type of guy who upgrades his smartphone twice a year and always has to have the next big thing. When you compare the Nintendo Wii to the Xbox 360 and then to the PS3 in terms of power and capabilities, I can't help but lean towards the PS3. It was the last hardware launch I was genuinely excited for... until the PlayStation Vita. I so wanted the 3DS to be that device, I really did. But Nintendo seems to have again skimped on power under the hood for a gimmick (sorry, but the 3D isn't good enough). The Vita has that cutting-edge techy feel to it, and that 5-inch OLED screen seals the deal. It's simply gorgeous. The capacitive touch panel gives the PlayStation Vita the only rear-end that I find sexier than Kim Kardashian's. The analog sticks are a god-send. They make me want to track down the dope that created circle pads and give him a good shaking. They're real analog sticks, working perfectly to replicate the home console experience. Motion and tilt controls are much more responsive than the SIXAXIS control of PS3 controllers.
At a time when portable games consoles are facing tough competition from smartphones and tablets, Sony is gearing up to release a new handheld device designed exclusively for gaming. It may seem risky, but the PlayStation maker seems confident in the success of its upcoming console, after all, the PSP it'll be replacing has already proved popular. When you look at the hardware, it seems that Sony has done everything within its power to stop this console flopping. The PlayStation Vita has a 5-inch, 16:9 OLED capacitive touchscreen with multipoint technology and a resolution of 960 x 544 pixels. It can therefore be controlled as instinctively as the latest-generation smartphones and touchscreen tablets. Plus, a multipoint touchpad the same size as the screen is built into the back of the console, offering new gaming possibilities like zooming, or picking up objects without touching the screen or the physical controls. The Vita runs on a four-core processor and has a separate graphics processor and 512 MB of RAM. All of that should guarantee top-notch performances (see the official website for full tech specs).
Sony’s PlayStation Vita, which launched this past weekend in Japan, represents the company’s second entry into the volatile handheld gaming market. The original PlayStation Portable found reasonable success as a largely traditional system, with console-style games being bought in boxes from stores just like other PlayStations, but the portable gaming market has changed in the six years since that console launched. With $0.99 smartphone apps like Angry Birds satiating the boredom of many commutes, just how much appetite there is for a "full" on-the-go gaming experience is debatable. Sony's answer? Pack as much as it can into a single device, and price it starting at ¥25,000 (or $249.99 when it launches stateside in February). On paper, the PS Vita is an astonishing piece of hardware, with a quad-core processor powering nearly PS3-level graphics on a 5-inch AMOLED touchscreen backed up by two analog sticks, a touch-sensitive back panel, and a smartphone-style OS. It's a confusing prospect — a dedicated gaming handheld with a lot of features taken from devices that have caused people to question the need for dedicated gaming handhelds in the first place. "Vita" means "life", but will there be a place in yours for Sony's latest creation? Let's find out.
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