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PS Vita: The Only Hands-On Verdict Worth Reading*

PS Vita: The Only Hands-On Verdict Worth Reading*

PS Vita has arrived, at least in Japan and in our office, so why not just give you some general opinions on the final hardware? Why not indeed. We’ve not had a huge amount of time with the unit, with it only arriving yesterday, but we’ve messed about enough to form some opinions.

First up, the size – it’s big, for a handheld. If we go back to the days of the Atari Lynx and Sega Game Gear it’s not that big, but we’re not back then. We’re now. But what a big handheld means is a big screen – and you’ll be grateful for that when you see it because it’s beautiful.

And, though it is the kind of thing that would only fit in your pocket if you have massive pockets, the Vita is surprisingly light. Comfortable to hold for long periods and, though we haven’t have five-hour train ride sessions with it yet, it doesn’t seem to bring about as much hand-braking claw as the PSP did.

Then, of course, there’s the controls. It has to be said, the D-pad and face buttons feel strange – clicky and small, rather than the softer-press, larger inputs on PS3 and PSP. They work, but we can’t see the D-pad especially being anything approaching good for fighting games. Who knows, though – we could be so wrong our faces explode.

But then there’s the analogue sticks, the touchscreen, the back touchpad and the motion controls, and then there’s the realisation that the buttons are functional – all they need to be – and the other control methods are accurate and easy to use. Though the back pad can be a bit awkward at times, though maybe we just need to get used to it.

But what if we never get used to it? What if we never get used to it?! (We probably will)

There are other things – the cameras seem decent for what they’re used for, the memory card slot is fiddly and will probably see a fair bit of fiddling for those of us with fat fingers and screenshotting doesn’t look like it’s easy or quick enough to get split-second, brilliant shots.

But we’ll spend more time with Vita, we’ll use and abuse (not abuse) this little bastard until it bleeds (it won’t bleed) and we will give you a deeper write-up in issue 215, out 16 February. Just in time for the console’s launch over here.

Oh, and we’re keeping the Vita in a locked cupboard, so don’t bother coming to the office to try and ‘borrow’ it. Also Ian’s taken to looking after it like a mother crow, and you do not mess with a mother crow.

CAAAW.

*There may be other hands-on verdicts worth reading




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  • jingwowin

    we’ll use and abuse (not abuse) this little bastard until it bleeds (it won’t bleed) and we will give you a deeper write-up in issue 215, out 16 February. Just in time for the console’s

  • Mainiacs

    I’m a casual gamer and keen poker player, wondering if you can play online poker on the Vita? If not, is it even possible that this can be done, or does it require one of the many poker sites to release a download to make it happen.

    Cheers