Advantages Large, clear screen. Responsive touch-screen controls. Dual Analog Sticks!
Disadvantages Wi-Fi connection seems to drop in and out - needs more post-launch titles
The word 'Vita' means Life and with this console, Sony have breathed new life into their handheld market. The Sony PSP had died a death, with most high street retailers not stocking new releases, nor consoles. Their final attempt at the PSP model was the ill-fated PSP Go! which boasted a flip-screen and internal memory to download games from the PlayStation Store, rather than using UMDs to play games. The failure of this console proved that the game-playing public wanted a handheld device that not only had online-support and the ability to purchase games online, but also support physical copies of video games which could be bought from traditional retailers.
Another way that the Vita improves upon its predecessor (and its competitor, the Nintendo 3DS) is with the inclusion of a secondary thumbstick, which gives the control system a more closely aligned fit to the current home consoles. Playing third-person adventure games with both analog thumbsticks allows the player to direct both the camera and their character seamlessly. Gone are the problems of auto-camera angles giving the player the most awkward point-of-view of their surroundings. These thumbsticks also allow first-person shooters, along the lines of Call of Duty and Battlefield, to be played without compromising on the controls. I'm surprised it has taken this long for a handheld console to be designed this well.The Vita also boasts touch-screen support, with both a front and back touch-screen area. The back touch-screen seemed to be overkill, in my opinion, before I actually got a hands-on with the machine, but playing through games like, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, I realised how useful it can be to zoom in on areas, without obscuring your view of the actual screen. With the addition of touch-screen, there is the increased risks of fingerprints and smudging, so I would recommend investing in some cleaning cloths to maintain the condition of your screens. I wouldn't use plastic screen-protectors personally, as these tend to make the screen look cloudy and smeared anyway, but this is a personal preference.
The console has a nice silver finish along the top, where the volume buttons are housed, as well as the power button. These look similar to the iPhones buttons and are sturdy and secure, ensuring that there won't be any problems with broken buttons anytime soon. There is also a stand-by button that uses the Playstation logo and glows blue or orange, depending on whether the machine is on charge or not, and this allows you to suspend the game's progress and also acts as a 'home' button to return to the consoles menu.The menu system on the Vita differs from the XMB crossbar used on the PSP & PS3, and looks reminiscent of a mobile phone handset, with customisable menus and bubbles containing your apps and installed games.
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