So, I now own a PlayStation Vita. I've been interested in the handheld since before it was released, the sheer power of the thing made my nipples tingle in anticipation. I didn't buy one on launch, mainly because I had a long term plan to get one for free. The electronics store where I work has a rewards scheme through one of our suppliers where the more you sell of their stuff the more points you get. I've been saving up my points and recently earned enough to go for the Vita. I went for the WiFi model, the 3G doesn't really interest me. It would just be another cost that I don't need in the long run.
My first impressions of the machine were generally positive. It has a nice feel to it, and the screen is fantastic. The main interface is easy enough to navigate, but it's not particularly inspired. It does the job, basically. As for the other bells and whistles, such as the web browser, they are also nice but nothing amazing. It's pretty disappointing that there's currently no Flash support, but I'm hopeful that this will come along further down the track. I'm also really hopeful that an E-Reader app will be released at some stage.
As for the games, I bought Uncharted: Golden Abyss
. I figured this was a pretty safe bet, the reviews were uniformly excellent and I like the PS3 Uncharted
games. Visually, the game is incredible. It honestly is like a PS3 game in the palm of your hand. It plays almost exactly like its console counterparts, with the addition of touch screen and rear touch panel support. Although a lot of these additions may seem a little gimmicky, I have found myself using the touch screen to swipe a path along ledges more often than not. It's just easier than climbing manually.
It's early days yet, of course, but what I've seen so far has me cautiously hopeful about the future of the Vita. I'm sure the game releases will pick up over the next 6 months or so, and until then there's always the back catalog of PSP games to download. I never owned a PSP, so this really is an enticing prospect. In fact, if anyone out there has recommendations for good PSP games I'd be keen to hear them.
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