Sony’s much-awaited new handheld console is finally out in the US and the UK, but the question as to how it will fare with the glut of new generation consoles and handheld devices that support gaming (smart phones and tablets) competing with Sony’s target audience.
So what does Vita have to offer that might entice you to ditch you current PSP and get this not too cheap new toy?
Quite obviously the Vita one ups the PSP in almost all of its specs. However, the most obvious improvement the Vita brings is in the dual analog sticks. PSP has been getting much flak for its hard analog nubs and Sony clearly listened to everyone’s complaints, putting in analog sticks that are much easier to use. These analogue sticks are also what will probably make even those who play on their smart phones (not mentioning the sheer power difference). However, this reminds me of Razer’s Project Fiona, which comes with analog sticks as well. Of course, Project Fiona is a tablet and will mean several more months of waiting.
Aside from this seemingly trivial improvement, other major features of the PlayStation Vita include front and rear cameras, an OLED touchscreen display, rear multi-touchpad, six-axis motion sensor, and 3G capability and built-in GPS (for the 3G/Wi-fi version). Of course most PSP games are compatible with the PS Vita with Sony saying that it will be supporting 250 digital PSP titles at launch.
You can get the PS Vita in the UK for £229.99 (Wi-fi only) £279.99 (Wi-fi and 3G enabled) and in the US for $249 (Wi-fi only) $299 (Wi-fi and 3G enabled).
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