Sony’s latest gaming handheld held PS Vita was designed to be a gaming beast. Everything from the Unit itself is light and feels slightly heavier than the PSP Go. The Touchscreen so far feels very responsive, and the system moves very smoothly with the Dual-core processor. A 5-inch OLED display with aspect ratio 16:9, dual analog sticks, and a rear multi-touch pad gives you greater hand control while freeing. Six Axis Motion sensor gives you full motion controls that adds to the gameplay elements. The PS Vita also sports two cameras: one in the front or one in the rear. It has a GPS, as well as 3G via AT&T. You’ve also got cross play with your PS3. The PS Vita has a quad-core processor and a dedicated graphics chip. All games and downloads are saved on a memory card that is proprietary from Sony, which is very sad.
The PS Vita is primarily a gaming device and on that aspect, it handles things well. Graphically, games look close or match the PS3 on its 5-inch OLED screen. The analog sticks work very well and you really feel like you are playing a PS3 game. The inclusion of the touch screen is also an added benefit as it becomes a natural fit to playing some games. The rear touch panel on the other hand, was something I found hard to adjust to and didn’t see the need for, considering the PS Vita provided traditional controls, touch screen controls, gyroscope as well as the rear touch panel. It made it feel like I had too many control input to deal with. Luckily, most game developers are wise enough to not bombard you with a multitude of control options during your gaming experience.
The PS Vita as allows you to download several apps from its app store, bringing more functionality to the system. You have a built-in browser. Though basic, it is functional and quite useful. You can also download Netflix, Facebook and Twitterapps onto your PS Vita.
Netflix:The app is clean and easy to navigate once installed and signed, which in our case too a little longer than we expected. The interface is very smooth and simple, with your instant queue at the very top within a row, and subsequent categories listed the same way. Control wise, it doesn’t use any gestures and all navigation is handled with the touchscreen or the PS Vita circle & triangle buttons (which I will say are easy and very accessible). Plus there is a search tab at the top right hand corner of the screen that can be accessed by either touch or using the triangle button. To see the app in action, click here
Facebook & LiveTweet App: LiveTweet a Twitter client for the PS Vita and Facebook app; which can both be downloaded off the PlayStation Store. Both Apps are easy to use and give you full functionality of both twitter and Facebook. The only downside is the lack on notifications on the home screen and no access to personal Facebook Fanpages. To see these apps in action, click here
Camera: The Sony PS Vita sports a front and rear facing camera, no LED flash. The Camera does record in HD. It records at 480p on both cameras (VGA) and does not record in widescreen at a 4:3 ratio. I would have hoped for a HD camera in the rear and VGA camera in the front.
The PS Vita is a well crafted successor to the PSP. It has next-gen graphics and controls, looks and feels sleek, and does have a nice portable feel . Sony did make some miscues with the use of proprietary memory cards, a low image quality camera, and price point as it goes into a head to head battle with the Nintendo 3DS. Yet the PS Vita is a portable gaming machine to be reckoned with on every level and one people should take notice of. The true test will be in the months ahead to see how well games take use of the system and how effective they will be. ‘Til then, the PS Vita is a solid buy and a great portable gaming system to have.