Rated 5 out of 5 by MohawkGuy Awesome Handheld
The Vita is an Awesome gaming system. It packs a descent amount of Ram and is Quad-Core. The UI is sleek and easy to use, and so is the design. Basically, it is like a handheld PS3. The PS Store is great, and way better than the e Shop. I do not like that the Vita has no internal memory though. Having to buy Proprietary memory cards are annoying. At least this bundle comes with one, but 4 Gigs is not much. The Remote Play feature is pretty cool. Near and Maps are awesome apps to complete your portable experience. The Browser is not fast, but it is as fast as some phones. Overall amazing (but expensive) purchase
March 17, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5 by katori A step up
I got my Vita on the 15th. I have played with it alot and overall I like it. I see what it does and I can see what it can do.
Would like to be able to go to the clock and have it not go in to power save mode.
You can sort the icons on to multi screens.
Can set multi languages for the input keyboard.
Setting are easy to access.
Can message people on the network.
The battery is good for some long term gaming.
You can open multi programs and switch back a forth. All will not stay running. Most pause till you reopen.
Does not talk to Linux
You have to install software which is not on the Vita to talk to computers. What is wrong with just being able to use the computer file manager?
Easy to transfer and delete system. Does not allow any files beyond games music pictures and videos. I like the PSP where I can put my documents on it and be able to access them on any computer I could connect to.
Good picture and sound.
The touch screen controls are not nice enough to not have button controls.
Says it can do subs, but have not seen a video that uses them.
When moving file over to the Vita from Mac or Windows it will tell you if it can not handle the format. Unlike the PSP where it would try to convert it which could be hours sometime, then, at 100% tell you it could not transfer the file. How am I going to bring my videos to the Vita?
Allows you to sort by name. It uses () number sort, so, (2) comes before (10).
Vita does not see folders. If you have a file of the same name the Vita does something which lets the file keep the name. This seem pointless because the Vita like the PSP still does not allow you to sort them by name.
Viewing pictures is great. Flipping from one to the next and easy zooming with the touch screen.
Gets confused about what it can view. The vita will show what the picture looks like on the computer. When you copy it over the file may not work.
You can take the pictures and set them up as backgrounds.
Does not play WMA.
Has no backgrounds.
Does allow you to open other apps and keep the music playing. If the app does not allow it it will pause the song and restart when finished.
Many ways to look up songs.
Not sure what it is doing in some parts.
Can create areas that you do not want people seeing you.
Does not seem to work with PSP titles.
The screen shows lots of color and details
The sound comes out clear.
The extra control bring new ways to play games.
Trophies are nice to have for the portable.
Being able to play PSP games is a plus. They look good on the bigger screen.
The Vita can talk to the PSP and the PS3 for playing.
I think the upgrades change the program on the game cards.
Have problems not touching the rear touchpad.
February 29, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by butcherknife Great Gaming System
After a couple hours of use and playing a few games:
- The overall design is nice, but looks a bit too much like the PSP...I would have liked it to be just a touch thinner with a further step away from the PSP design. I don't have any suggestions for a design, but it just feels a bit familiar...which makes it feel a bit dated in my mind.
- The screen is really good, nice size, nice colors, black blacks (hard to tell where the screen stops sometimes), Rayman Origins looks amazing...the kind of amazing that you want to show it to people. I felt the need to show it to my wife when I was playing Rayman Origins. I dowloaded the Pilot episode of Touch from the PS Store for free and it looked really good. Crisp.
- The dpad and buttons are great...not too small, solid, good click feel.
- The analog sticks are small...really small...short travel....when compared to the dualshock. They will take some getting used to..and I am a bit worried I may not get used to them, but I hope that isn't true because I absolutely want to play Unit 13 and COD with the Vita...and I have suffered through quite a few PSP games that clearly needed a second stick or slider. When playing Uncharted (only played it for 5 minutes), I was having trouble sniping when I was just using the analog sticks, but was able to easily snipe by moving the PS Vita around in the air. I hope all shooters allow that...it worked really well.
- Speakers seem loud enough...clear enough.
- The UI works well, in fact, I am impressed...it didn't take more than a few minutes to figure it out. If you have used iOS or Android...it shouldn't take you long at all to get into it. There is a notifications corner, which is nice. Multitasking with open apps shown at the top. Simple and easy...straight forward. Fast. Responsive. I am impressed with the UI/OS...it seems pretty close to what iOS and Android offer. I think Sony should be showing it off more in commercials...or just talking it up more.
- System startup from complete shutdown is fast...very fast. Faster than the PSP, I think. It is a matter of seconds...10 - 15 seconds. Compare to the minutes needed for Android to start up on my Droid X2.
- The system feels good in the hands, a bit better than the feel of the PSP and PSPgo...although being plastic makes it feel light and not as solid as an iPhone or even my Droid X2. I would have preferred more metal.
- The game cartridge flap is hard to open. Need fingernails.
- The touch screens work great...both of them are just as sensitive and as accurate as my Droid X2 or iPhone or ipod Touch.
- The browser isn't that bad...I could see myself using it regularly...it does checkerboard a lot when scrolling, but it seems to load sites fast and is responsive for the most part. Loads websites as a desktop browser instead of a mobile browser, which I like. I haven't looked into the options to see if that can be changed. No flash though. So I will be using my Droid X2 for most of my browsing.
- The cameras suck. I new they sucked, but man do they suck...I don't even want to look at videos or pictures taking with the cameras on the Vitas screen...they look bad. Grainy. Washed out colors. This is seems to be a big mis-step...or maybe low-resolutions are needed for the AR games, but I would have loved to take 8 MP (or more) photos and shown them off on the Vitas screen.
- There are no apps to download at the moment from the PS store. Kind of a bummer. But I know that will change on February 22...and hopefully Sony starts populating this fast. I would use the Vita over my phone (due to larger and better screen) when at home if it had apps for GMail, google reader, facebook , google+, YouTube, fitness/calorie counter, etc.
- The Minis games idea needs to be revamped in light of the PS Vita. It will be an expectation that Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, etc. are on this system and are updated regularly for the single purchase price.
February 19, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 Holy shnikie
Sony you have done it again this is @***@ awsome. Everybody at my job are going crazy over the clear and vibrinet colors on the screen and the only company to put out oled tech make it worth it alone. Anygaming company want some come get some this vita was well worth the wait and sony once again i honor you for being the best.
February 19, 2012