Sony’s Playstation Vita Review

Category: Gaming Systems - Date: March 14, 2012

The gaming industry is a multi billion dollar industry, powered mainly by the XBox, Wii and PlayStation. The portable gaming industry is also huge, but it is not powered by the Nintendo 3DS or the PSP. Nope, it’s powered by iOS and Android smartphones full of games like Angry Birds. But Sony is taking another crack at it with the release of their latest portable gaming system, the Playstation Vita which will be reviewed today.

The Sony PS Vita is a significant upgrade from the original Playstation Portable. This new device combines the power of the Playstation video game console with the ultra portability of today’s smartphones. Let’s take a closer look at Sony’s portable gaming system, the PS Vita.

Design

The design of the PS Vita looks similar to the PSP. But there’s more on this device than anyone could have ever dreamed of having on the PSP. It features dual analog sticks, front and rear VGA quality (640×480, 0.3MP) cameras, front multi-touch display, multi-touch rear pad and built-in GPS. The console itself is 7.2 inches wide, 3.3 inches tall and 0.7 inches thick. The wifi only version weighs 9.2 ounces while the wifi+3G version weighs 9.8 ounces.

Hardware

The PlayStation Vita features a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 core processor and a quad-core GPU SGX543MP4+. It has 512 MB of RAM and 128 MB of VRAM. The PS Vita has a new proprietary flash card slot with capacities ranging from 4 to 32 GB. The Vita has a 5 inch OLED multi touch screen with a resolution of 960×544 qHD with a pixel density of 220 ppi.

Games

The Playstation Vita will not be a success if the games are not a big hit. The PS Vita debuted with 25 games including: Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational, Wipeout 2048, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Killzone and Call Of Duty to name a few. Users can also install free social networking apps like Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, Skype and FourSquare. The PS Vita will also be backwards compatible with PSP downloadable titles.

Pricing

The Wi-Fi only Playstation Vita is priced at $249.99 while the PS Vita Wi-Fi+3G costs $299.99. The 3G data plans which are offered by AT&T are: 250MB for $14.99 per month or 3GB for $30.00 per month. The big question that remains is this: are people willing to pay for a portable gaming device when they probably already have a PlayStation at home and a smartphone in their pocket? Especially with a steep the price tag that comes along with it. We’re talking about a $300 product (not including tax and shipping) which carries an additional $360 yearly fee for data. This isn’t even including buying any games. It seems to me like only serious gamers will be buying the PS Vita, not your casual gamers who will most likely stick with the PS3 or their smartphone, which spells bad news for Sony.

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