PlayStation Vita Review

Posted: February 28, 2012
PlayStation Vita Review

The PlayStation Vita has arrived, marking Sony's latest handheld console with cool features like an OLED multi-touch screen, Bluetooth and Wi-fi connectivity and more. So does the PS Vita fulfill its promise of being the most advanced portable game system ever? Here's what Kevin Pereira and Matt Mira had to say.

What You Need To Know

  • The PS Vita is a little bigger than the PSP as far as size is concerned.
  • The device weighs less than 10 ounces and doesn't feel too heavy.
  • It felt comfortable in our hands.
  • There are dual analog sticks on either side.
  • A rear touch pad has all the PlayStation shapes as a pattern, which we thought was a nice touch.
  • There is a gorgeous OLED 5" touch screen with a 960x544 resolution.
  • In a world of Retina Displays and Super AMOLED screens, this number might not seem high but it sure does show.
  • The screen size is perfect and is truly an immersive experience.
  • That doesn't say the design isn't without flaws.
  • The PS Vita comes with a lot of hidden costs, the biggest being the memory stick which is required to play most of the games in the launch line-up.
  • The system runs $249 for Wi-Fi and Sony decided it would be a great idea to charge you more money for something required to use it.
  • There's a memory card slot and what looks almost like a micro SD card right next to the proprietary USB port.
  • The games come on what is essentially slightly differently shaped SD cards, which live behind a very flimsy door.
  • Hidden costs aside, the Vita is a very powerful device with 2 quad core processors under the hood.
  • This means you have a quad core processor handling tasks and a quad core GPU handling the graphics.
  • The result is as close to console gaming that we've ever seen.
  • There's also a pretty decent battery life with around 4 hours of gameplay.
  • The rest of the speed here is the software, which is a very smooth operating system.
  • Background tasks stay out of the way.
  • The Vita is really easy to navigate and remarkably intuitive.
  • The round icons depict your apps.
  • Simple flicking gestures we are all used to allow you to navigate.
  • You peel back the screen to quit the app.
  • The launch library is extensive.
  • Games incorporate every method you can interact with this thing.
  • In 'Uncharted,' you climb a rope with climbing gestures on the back touch pad, which allows you to scale up or down.
  • The touch screen comes into play during melee combat.


  • $249 for the PS Vita with Wi-fi.
  • $320 is the total cost for the PS Vita, the required memory card and a game.


  • 4 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
  • The PS Vita is pricey at $249 with added costs.
  • This is the closet thing to a console experience we've seen.
  • The incorporation of the multi-touch and cameras into gameplay is exciting.
  • We're excited to see where Sony goes with it!

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Comments are Closed

  • ubigdummy70

    If you're willing to spend the SAME amount of money that it costs to get a game console, JUST to have that "game console experience" but portable...just buy a PS3 console, and take a portable TV with you!

    Posted: April 9, 2012 6:48 PM
  • dythius_exnius

    i currently own one, the wifi version. i can say i have no regrets. yes pricey, but i traded in my old psp go and 3ds, so with that it bought the 32g mem card was already paid for. it obviously does more than the psp, but its the little things that am really amazed by it. like still downloading w.e u r downloading while playing a game or even while you stream netflx. I love the fact that you can earn trophies with psv games, i was caught by surprise when i got one. the only irk i have so far, and i know it will be fixed, is no support for ps1 games...yet as from what ive read. i think it should get at least a 4.5 but eh its just someones opinion and i can understand that the cost did bring it down. but hey, its completely worth it.

    Posted: March 14, 2012 1:07 PM
  • johnorcheeze

    I really like gadget pron but now with this Matt person its not so great. I think another new critic should try doing this segment, he is simply not the right person for this part of Attack. Also, PSVita . . . do you still think its 2005??? whats so great about it, show us something innovative.

    Posted: March 1, 2012 3:20 PM
  • slimmer

    Other than no flash or youtube or Apple/Android type apps (language translator,Garage Band...etc) which could easily be done later it's by far the best handheld, mem stick will go down in price along with the Vita itself just give it a few months or so.
    Didn't like Unchartered though it looked amazing, waiting for Unite13 and GTA anything (one can dream)

    Posted: February 29, 2012 4:40 PM
  • jc18378

    Why you no talk about remote play, netflix, and all their awesome games!!!!

    Posted: February 29, 2012 8:01 AM
  • wislo

    good review TY!

    Posted: February 29, 2012 4:38 AM
  • Al3xX420

    I'll wait until the inevitable second version.

    Posted: February 29, 2012 12:06 AM
  • Dyhydrotide

    Not worth my time or my money.

    Posted: February 28, 2012 8:05 PM
  • superdookieness

    Waiting for when the face buttons get bigger

    Posted: February 28, 2012 5:50 PM
  • thejman85

    am gonna wait til the price drops

    Posted: February 28, 2012 12:49 PM
  • LucasP

    This guy is great, more of him. Please!

    Posted: February 28, 2012 12:23 PM
  • suryu

    yea that memory card better have a multi function adaptor so mad katz or niko or all those bootleg controller makers get on the ball with that

    Posted: February 28, 2012 10:48 AM