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First Look At The New Sony PlayStation Vita

Submitted by on February 19, 2012 – 2:25 pm4 Comments
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CNN got their hands on the new PlayStation Vita, and gave the world an in-depth peak this week at Sony’s latest mobile gaming console. What they describe is a powerful, high-performance system that will have to overcome some awkward design features and must corner the market on devoted gamers to thrive.

Social Gaming

The Vita faces some large obstacles in the world of gaming: smartphones have completely changed the rules by putting fun diversions on a mobile device that almost everyone already has. So Sony decided to focus on a more intense experience for fans not satisfied by Fruit Ninja; but they have also made a device that can compete in this highly-networked world.

To that end, the PS Vita is practically a social media machine. The head of the design studio described how players will be able to share every aspect of their gaming through the new features:

“It has Twitter. It has Flickr. Portable music applications. These are here to enhance your gameplay experience,” Yoshida told CNN. “What (Twitter) does as a player is, it lets you take a screen shot of a game you are playing. You beat the boss or you get the high score, (and) you can show the world what you’ve done with that screen shot.”

Facebook, Foursquare, and Skype will also be available. An app called Party will enable voice and text chatting, and Near will allow users to find other gamers nearby.

Performance

CNN raved about the power of the small device, saying it could run eight different programs at the same time, without any signs of slowing; the reviewer claimed that he could download a game, play another, and listen to music without any being affected. He noted that the Vita “really delivers” in gameplay, saying it seemed “less like a mobile gaming device and more like a new gaming console that is also portable.”

Design

This area seemed to have some of the few drawbacks of the device. The article praises the dual analog joysticks and front touch screen, but describes an awkward touchpad on the back, exactly opposite from the front screen. It apparently makes the console very awkward to grip without accidentally hitting the touchpad.

Games

Sony is reportedly seeking major names to make titles for the Vita:

“Assassin’s Creed,” “Madden NFL,” “Uncharted,” “FIFA,” “Little Big Planet” and “BioShock” are a few of the powerhouse series that are developing games for the Vita. Some are available now, and others are coming soon.

Price

But is it all worth $249? And that’s just for the WiFi enabled version; 3G will cost $299, plus a monthly service plan.

What do you think? Is the Sony PlayStation Vita on your wishlist?

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