Playstation Vita review

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First things first: the PS Vita isn’t for everyone. Smartphones running Angry Birds and Cut the Rope have taken over the casual game-playing market from the former commuter favourites, the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP. Fortunately, that’s not the market Sony’s new handheld console is after; this is a console for proper gamers.

The PS Vita, while relatively light in the hand, feels well made. At over 7″ x 3″ x 0.7″ it isn’t going to fit in anything other than the largest of pockets, but makes it a comfy size to play. As far as controls go, the Vita is stuffed with them. As well as the dual analogue control sticks there are shoulder buttons, an accelerometer, front and rear cameras, a touchscreen on the front and a touchpad on the back.

The ARM quad-core processor produces graphics that, on the Vita’s 5″ screen, are crisp and clear, and their quality is within spitting distance of Playstation 3 graphics. Games can either be bought on memory cards or downloaded directly from Sony’s PSN store online. However, while there will be budget titles arriving, expect to pay over £40 for the latest blockbuster games.

The PS Vita isn’t perfect. The 3G version is a waste of money because there’s a 20mb monthly download limit and you’ll need a mobile contract. The user interface is clunky in places and loading times are often sluggish. However, the Vita really feels and plays like a proper console. The graphics are outstanding and the wealth of control options provide huge possibilities for new and interesting game ideas. With smartphones getting ever faster, this could well be the last generation of dedicated handheld consoles. If that’s the case, Sony have picked one hell of a swan song and all gamers should rally to it’s almighty honk.

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Price: £229.99 Wi-fi, £279.99 3G + Wi-fi

2 Comments

  1. MrShev

    February 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm

    Great review. Sounds like an awesome piece of kit. Can you play a current title (like MW3) and continue your progress of your PS3 (or Xbox360) game? Like levelling up etc? Or are they separate games?

  2. David Hutchinson

    February 16, 2012 at 11:33 am

    Cloud game saves aren’t currently an option, and there’s no chance it’ll ever available with the Vita and 360. But, with the way you can already play against other PS3 and Vita players online in Wipeout, it wouldn’t surprise me if cloud game saves become an option.

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