Yes there are many reviews on the internet for the PS Vita, but none are Tech Talk Reviews.
As of Next Wednesday the PS Vita system will be out for 2 weeks, 3 weeks if you preorder the Firs Edition bundle.
How is the PS Vita?
Just by the physical construction of the handheld the PS Vita is impressive.
The system is a bit larger than the 3000 series PSP (Pics later) and feels solid.
More sturdy than all the PSP and DS models out there. Like I can use this thing to hammer a iPhone onto dust with or bludgeon an adult male to death. Although the system it self isn’t that heavy, and although it is wider than the PSP it is still very mobile. Some people’s pants pockets will not be able to hold the Vita, but a side pouch of a book bag, shoulder bag or cargo pocket is more than enough to carry this thing. Also for refrance the DSi XL is bigger than the Vita in terms of size.
I swear when Sony went to the drawing board for this thing, they first list everything a at home console needs to do, and ignore conventional handheld design. Then they design a handheld around console requirements. I Honestly feel this system can do the mass majority of what the PS3 can do.
In a numeric scale , placing the DS at a 4, PSP and 3DS at a 5, and the Xbox 360 at 7, and PS3 at a 9, the Vita comes in at comfortable 8 for performance. The PS Vita posses a 4 core 2Ghz ARM processor, twice the system ram of the PS3 (512 MB), 128 MB VRAM, and a 5 Inch OLED touch screen.
Only times I see the PS Vita ranks under the PS3 is in Uncharted: The Golden Abyss where the shadows and textures where lacking compared to the PS3.
First off I do not mean that Joystick hack"Joystick for Vita working youtube video".
I am talking about the stock controls on the Vita it self. The Vita has a touch screen, a rear touch pad, Six Axis motion controls, a front and rear digital camera, a D-pad, 4 face buttons, 3 system buttons (Start, Select and PS) , 2 shoulder buttons and 2 actual analog sticks (not nubs like the PSP or 3DS). The controls are as tight and responsive as Sony’s other controllers. The Vita d-pad is just as responsive as the [S]PSP’s or[/S] Dual Shock 3 d-pad, better than the PSP’s d-pad. The 4 face buttons are kind of small but still reliable.
Don’t ask how does the Vita works on fighters yet as I haven’t tried a fighting game yet.
The familiar Cross Media Bar (XMB) interface is gone replaced by a smart phone inspired touch interface. Touch screen navigation is easy and intuitive, and for those who have difficulty Welcome Park is a excellent, fun combination of Mini games and tutorial on the functions of the PS Vita.
The Vita comes with B,G,N Wireless and Bluetooth, the 3G models are also equipped with 3G capabilities (right now only being serviced by AT&T). I have the Wifi version so I can’t comment on the 3G functions on the Vita. Online Multiplayer with Wipeout 2048 is spectacular, best I seen in a handheld device, and that includes iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Android phones.
This is the biggest con of against the Vita. The Vita uses priority memory cards.
They are not micro SD cards, and not even micro Memory Stick Duo, Vita uses its own format and pin out for memory. Also unfortunately they have memory card pricing of 2 years ago. Enjoy paying $30 for an 8 GB memory card. I almost forgot there is no internal memory.
The Vita uses built in memory management that the Vita is in charge of file transfer not the host system. PS3 consoles are compatible by means of firmware update, while Windows PC’s need a content manager program installed via the Vita it self or from Sony’s website. I understood but didn’t test out that Mac OS also have a reliable plug-n-play connection to the Vita. And that the content manager auto installs on the Mac.
Since at least the 22nd of February the PS Vita has a growing list of a back log of PSP and Minis games. The system runs PSP titles faithfully compared to the original PSP, although the screen is brighter and clearer so minor distortion is to be haved. PS1 playability is not yet available as Sony is first prioritizing PSP library capability first. PS1 games will be included in yet to be announced firmware update.
Vita uses a priority charge cable unique to the Vita, similar in how the iPod and iPhone charge cable is like. It can charged (while OFF) plugged into a free USB port of a Windows or Mac PC, PS3 or plugged into the provided USB charger that came with the Vita. The Vita has the same charging requirements as most Android phones, and can not charge from some cheaper USB chargers.
Chargers built for Android will work fine, as well as charger mods that allows Android phones to charge on cheaper USB chargers. Which is connecting the GD- and D+ wires on the device side of a USB cable.
Most Powerful Handheld yet with reliable online connection and gaming. Practically a portable PS3.
Sturdy physical construction that not break easily. You hear that Apple!!!
Stunning 5" OLED Touch Screen.
Easy to use.
Propitiatory memory formats
No Internal memory
Can’t charge and data synch at the same time
AT&T are the only current 3G provider for the Vita
I post some comparison pics later and perhaps more info