Hey! I'm back. Sorry for the longer than expected absence. We were moving and getting the new and old houses ready for the move, cleaning out the new house, and blah blah blah boring stuff. BUT, That's not why I'm here. Today I'm here to write a review about the Sony PS Vita. Well, I have lots to say, but nowhere to begin. Sooooooo... STATS (these apply to the WIFI model, 'cause that's what I've got):
>CPU: ARM A9 core, 4 cores. Unknown clock speed.
>GPU: SGX543MP4+ <<< I don't even know. Hopefully something good.
>Physical Dimensions: W= 7.2 inches, H=3.3 inches. Curvy and stuff
>Display: LCD, 16:9 aspect ratio, 5-inch, 960x544 resolution, capacitive multi-touch. Also has a capacitive multi-touch pad on the back, akin to the laptop kind.
>Hard Drive: Flash, 1 GB on-board, expandable.
>Cameras: I honestly don't even care.
>Sounds: Stereo speakers, built in mic, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR compatible.
>Sensors: Six-Axis motion sensing system (3-axis of each; gyroscope, accelerometer), and a 3-axis electronic compass
>Weight: not heavy enough to matter.
>Controller buttons: the PlayStation ones, minus L2/3, and R2/3. If you don't know these; shame on you. Also has volume up/down, and power button.
>Wifi: the working kind. Works with 802.11b/g/n
>Ports: Saddeningly few. PS Vita card slot, proprietary memory card slot, Micro USB port, 3.5mm headphone jack.
>Nothing else, really.
So with that out of the way, I guess we'll head on over to the user experience.
The UI is a very novel one, what with the... peculiar arrangement of icons and all. There's a row of three, then of four, then of three again.
Back into softwarez, the free selection is incredibly limited in the store, and the library itself isn't very large. If you're at all like me and bought CD's for all of your PS3 Games, then you're SOL. You'll have to buy them all again, and some don't have PS Vita versions. I tried the game streaming thing for a grand total of 5 minutes, and, while nice, the remapped controls for R2/R3 and L2/L3 are still only a touchpad. It was really easy to set up, unlike trying to find a goddam Nvidia Shield, which is what I got this instead of.
The memory is annoying, to say the least. It's entirely proprietary and entirely too expensive. $70 for 16 GB is inexcusable. At least use SD cards or something. And as far as 'hacks' and 'mods', go buy a PSP, because they basically don't exist.
All in all, It works good enough to replace the iPhone 4 that I was using as an iPod, so that's pretty nice. And frankly, all I wanted was to split my phone and my portable entertainment into two devices, and it did that very well. While I didn't touch on any of the preinstalled apps, they were all pleasing to use, and the battery life was pretty much as advertised for me. If you are looking for a casual device to play crappy games on, look elsewhere because this device is a PS3 in a smaller form factor, so expect to drop some cash on memory and games, because that's what it's for. It was made so you can sit down on your bed, or in the airport and play good games while you wait for a little while. You have to have more than 5 minutes to play a game if you want to use this, because it is just a PS3 in disguise.
*I have sweaty hands occasionally.