PSP Vita Overview: Rocking the Social Network

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Everyone is going wild at the moment for the next generation hand consoles. Summer is coming and we all want to game in the glorious sunshine.

The Playstation Portable Vita (PSP Vita) was released in Europe February 2012 and had shops in a lockdown with pre-orders. With a long life battery to withstand  non-use for a few days without having to charge all over again, as well as enabling augmented reality gaming and social connectivity. Also ‘Near’ feature uses GPS to locate like-minded gamers to beat/taunt in the vicinity and messaging to make the console more sociable.

I took the chance to see what all the hype was about. To my amazement it was bigger than my PSP Lite but overall comfortable to use. Not being a fan of the touch screen, it took me a while to get accustomed to turning the pages but once I did I loved messing with the home screen options, let alone playing any games.

There is a camera which isn’t bad and pretty much rivals your iPhone and Blackberry camera. Remote play is awesome, so if you have a PS3 you can link it up and transfer game downloads from the PS Store from your PS3 to your Vita (as long as it’s compatible).

Unfortunately, if you do turn it off and not play it for a few days the battery does die so you need to re-charge. Another quibble was the lack of icons on the actual console, it was difficult to figure out where the memory card slot was without reading the manual and almost using a nail file to open the darn compartment.

The Vita is backwards compatible only with PSP downloadable games, any old UMD discs won’t work folks nor will your SD memory cards. So we say, out with the old and in with the new!

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