PS Vita review

PlayStation Vita takes handheld gaming to a new level

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For

  • Incredible gaming
  • Solid construction
  • Brilliant screen
  • Dual analogue sticks

Against

  • There's a learning curve
  • No internal storage
  • Proprietary-tastic
  • That browser!

Update: The PlayStation Vita is languishing. In a recent interview Sony senior vice president Masayasu said that there are no first-party titles in development for the PS Vita.

Original review below...

The PS Vita is the most powerful, dazzling and impressive handheld games console ever built.

It packs not one but two quad-core processors, a sparkling 5-inch touchscreen OLED display, dual analogue stick controls and games that go way beyond what any other portable device is currently capable of.

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That includes the Nintendo 3DS, which may wield 3D optics as its trump card, but nonetheless simply cannot compete with the Vita in terms of graphical fidelity. What the PlayStation Vita offers is more akin to a home console experience on the move, and that puts it in an elite class of one.

Of course, whether or not there is a big market for such a device is an interesting question, and we're in the process of getting some early answers. A sluggish start in Japan has been followed by some less-than-stellar sales figures in the first weeks of its International launch. It doesn't come as much of a surprise.

After all, it's a luxury item launching post-Christmas into a Western world ravaged by financial floundering, and further hindered by Sony's desperate need to make money at a time when the strength of the Yen makes exported Japanese products very expensive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHandheld Game Console
Graphics Controller ManufacturerImagination
Graphics Controller ModelSGX543MP4+
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
Product FamilyPlayStation Vita
Dual ScreenNo
Memory Card SupportedProprietary Card
ColourBlack
Maximum Resolution960 x 544
Brand NameSony
Processor Speed2 GHz
Processor TypeARM9
Screen Size12.7 cm (5")
Screen TypeOLED
Aspect Ratio16:9
Standard Memory512 MB
TouchscreenYes
Processor ManufacturerARM
Buttons TypeAction Button, Start Button, Select Button, Home Button, Power Button, Directional Keys, Shoulder Button, Volume Buttons
Total Number of Cameras2
Height18.6 mm
Width182 mm
Depth83.5 mm
Camera Resolution300 Kilopixel
Memory TechnologyRAM
Camera TypeVGA
Colour Depth32-bit
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product NamePlayStation Vita Handheld Game Console
Product LinePlayStation Vita
Manufacturer Part Number9180692
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

Featuring built-in Wi-Fi and 3G mobile network connectivity1, a rear touchpad, front and rear cameras, motion sensors and more, the PlayStation Vita will transform the way you connect, game and share.

Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)277.8 g