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Sony PS Vita hands-on, first impressions

Finally received the PS Vita I earlier ordered via the Multiply Marketplace and managed to unbox and play with it before my flight to Europe earlier this week. It has been a while since I used one like this (got a PSP a couple of years ago but rarely used it) so I was a little unfamiliar how the Vita fared in terms of usability. Check out our unboxing and first impressions after the jump.

The basic package I got was the US, WiFi version and, aside from the device itself and the charger, there wasn’t anything else in the box. The PS Vita is actually huge and a bit heavy, moreso if you put it side by side the older and smaller PSP.

There are now two analog sticks or nubs laced on both sides, the usual D-Pad on the left side and the Playstation controls on the right side.

There were more controls now than it was before and the large screen has a capacitive touch so navigation is much easier. Just didn’t like that UI and the 3D-like graphics they’ve used here (not the XrossMediaBar interface which we’re already familiar with).

I was not really that impressed at first until I played a game (separately bought  the proprietary 4GB card for Php1,650 and a Marvel vs. CapCom game for Php1,890) and that’s when the magic began and changed my mind.

Really great graphics, nice and brilliant 5-inch OLED screen and great over-all experience. I’ll just show you the video to better appreciate what I mean here.

Sony PS Vita
ARM Cortex A9 4-core CPU
Quad-Core PowerVR SGX543MP+ GPU
Front & Rear Camera
Built-in GPS
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR

The rear camera isn’t that good, bordering on decent but not that big of a deal. The cameras have abilities for face detection, head detection, and head tracking. Unlike the older PSPs, the battery on the PS Vita is integrated and non-removabe.

Disclosure: We got the PS Vita using the Php5,000 voucher given to us by Multiply. Multiply is also sponsoring a contest to our readers for another Php5,000 worth of shopping money here.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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11 Responses

  1. Yagie says:

    May nadadownload po ba na games nito??

  2. jap says:

    sir i think its marvel vs capcom ;D

  3. Ceal89 says:

    I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and I gotta say that this is an awesome device and well worth the money I paid for it :-D

  4. Roegan Taron says:

    Giigl si Abe sa pagpindot. Gigil na gigil :D

    Anyway, nice video demo. You should continue doing this kind of stuff especially for gadgets!

  5. June Justine says:

    Yagie, via PSN only. Piracy is still on the core of the Earth.

  6. Jam. says:

    Naka hands-on din ako and I’m not used to the resolution of the screen. Halos lahat kasi ngayon mataas ang ppi

  7. Oled says:

    Great device though i find the spots/blotches that i can see on my device when the loading screen is black and im playing in low light.. also would the screen last for a year if the usage is 4hrs a day? Oled has a pretty short lifespan based on my galaxy s phone.

  8. Game Rumble says:

    I beg to differ… The Vita is big, yes… But it’s actually light for its size…

  9. Nice hands on preview though I would prefer if you played any other game that utilizes the touch screen or the rear touchpad.

  10. Edwin C says:

    Sana meron game na DC VS Marvel. Pero ang ganda. Ang ganda ng music sa video.

  11. Eric says:

    My wifi version doesnt have built-in GPS and only use the router for its location based apps. I think 3G+Wifi version is the one that has built in GPS

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