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.