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PlayStation Vita

The Sony PlayStation Vita (PSV) is thé top dog in the handheld market at the moment. The PSV is a dedicated portable gaming device. The PS Vita offers an amazing gaming experience on the road with an immersive library of cool and in-depth games Sony released the PlayStation Vita in February 2012. The PlayStation Vita has a nice library of games, which are mostly aimed at the hardcore (PlayStation) gamer. Did you love your PSP? Than you will go crazy over the PlayStation Vita! There are several special editions, for Soul Sacrifice, Call of Duty Black Ops 2 and Toukiden. The new lighter PS Vita model doesn't have an OLED screen, but has an highly capable LCD screen and is available in six colours.

PlayStation Vita TV

Sony also has a product called PS Vita TV, which makes it possible to play PS Vita games on the TV without a PlayStation Vita. It is also capable of streaming PS4 games (for instance, you are in the bedroom, but the PS4 is in the living room, the PS4 can stream to the PS Vita TV). The PS Vita TV can also play media, PSOne games and PSP gamres. The PS Vita TV is now only available in Asia and is region locked to Japanese and Asian PSN accounts.

Vita FAQ

  • What does the PlayStation Vita cost?

    The RRP is 199 euro for the Wifi model and 249 euro for the Wifi + 3G model. You can pick it up for quite a lot less on a regular basis with promotions.
  • What kind of memory card does the Vita use?

    The PS Vita is incompatible with standard memory cards, such as SD cards, and instead stores data on more expensive proprietary PS Vita memory cards, which are available in sizes from 4 GB to 64 GB.
  • What’s the battery life like?

    Sony promises for the original PS Vita a three- to five-hour battery life when playing games or watching movies, nine hours for music. In practice The second model (which is available in different colours) will last for 6 hours of gameplay. In practice, the PS Vita easily gets you through 5 hours of gameplay.
  • Is the PS Vita region locked?

    No, it's not! So import away!

  • The PlayStation Vita is 7.2 inches long with a 5-inch OLED screen covering almost all of the front of the Sony handheld. It weighs a little more than half a pound. The PS Vita is not pocket-sized. That may put off those interested in something that isn’t bigger than their smartphones, but for others, it’s still smaller than most tablets.
  • The PlayStation Vita has an analog stick added from its predecessor, the PlayStation Portable. Along with the dual analog sticks and the familiar shape buttons, the Vita supports a multitouch screen on its display and one on the back. The back touchscreen hasn’t been utilized by a lot of PS Vita games yet, but it adds an interesting element to the ones it does. The Vita also supports the Sixaxis motion system that includes a gyroscope and accelerometer that can be incorporated into play. An example is when you aim, when you move your PlayStation Vita in the right direction, you'll get more precision.
  • The Vita app store promises to support Facebook, Twitter (through their own client called LiveTweet), Flickr and Skype.
  • Sadly, the Vita is only backwards compatible with PSP games purchased from the system’s store. Universal Media Discs have been axed, but that isn’t good news for players who invested in the previous system.
  • There are 2 Vita versions, one with only Wifi and one with 3G capabilities. Don't expect to be able to play (non turn based) games with the 3G version on the road. It is mostly to upload scores, check social media like twitter and to browse the internet.