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PlayStation Vita Review

Wednesday 08 February

The PlayStation Vita is Sony’s latest entry into the handheld gaming arena. A true beast, ready to take on the might of the Nintendo 3DS, the iPhone, iPad and dozens more Android handsets. When even smartphones are legitimate contenders to the handheld crown, the pricey PlayStation Vita is a risk, but there’s no denying what an awesome gaming machine it is.

PlayStation Vita Review Should you buy Sony latest attempt at handheld glory? Well simply put yes, if you can afford it that is.

The PlayStation Vita is a slick-looking device, that looks great and is even better to hold. Much more so than the Nintendo 3DS, which after long periods of play can be a strain on the fingers. The Nintendo 3DS only had one analogue stick,so two on the PlayStation Vita feels like a godsend. And with a great launch line-up, the PlayStation Vita already has lots going for it.

But its biggest hurdle? Your phone. That’s right. The iPhone, Android handsets and a growing number of tablet computers have left both Nintendo and Sony clinging onto the market. While Nintendo went all glasses-free 3D on us, Sony as always, has gone for pure gaming muscle. But with that extra muscle comes top specs and a high price.

A dazzling OLED touchscreen really brings games to life. A front and rear camera, gyroscope/accelerometer and a rear touch pad for extra touch interactivity with certain games proves that the PlayStation Vita can innovate, too.

So you’ve got touchscreen gaming akin to smartphones, but with near PS3-quality graphics and console-like gameplay. The graphical grunt that is kicked out from this machine is stunning, especially from the likes of Uncharted Golden Abyss. You do have remind yourself occasionally that you’re not sat in your lounge, in-front of your HD TV.

Come launch, an impressive first-day line up of titles that include Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Motorstorm RC, WipEout 2048, and future titles such as Metal Gear Solid HD Collection and LittleBigPlanet showcase both the power and touch screen innovativeness of the handheld.

In the battle for handheld supremacy, Sony has stuck by its guns to deliver yet another powerful console capable of the kind of handheld experience you’ll only find on the PlayStation Vita. The rear touchpad innovations also show a lot of promise. The only question is will people be willing to spend £230-£280 on one? And that’s without having to fork out extra on a memory card. Many will find either price difficult to justify. If you can, and love the idea of ‘proper’ games on-the-move – do it.

Keep your eyes peeled for more in-depth reviews of PlayStation Vita titles over the coming weeks.

  1. Mario Kart 8
  2. Watch Dogs
  3. Wolfenstein: The New Order
  4. Grand Theft Auto V
  5. Titanfall