83
Engadget
Score
83

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PlayStation Vita review

Summary

The PS Vita is easily the most advanced portable gaming device to date, but will live and die by software support. It's off to a good start, if you can swallow the sticker price.

from $231+
Pros
  • Superb 5-inch OLED touchscreenIntuitive, snappy UIComfortable button layout and dual-stick controls
Cons
  • Unimpressive cameraShort battery life Dust- and fingerprint-magnet
PlayStation Vita review

Look familiar? It should: that's the PlayStation Vita, Sony's up-and-coming challenger to the mobile gaming throne. It's made the rounds a few times before, from E3, to Tokyo Game Show, to San Francisco's Vita Hill Social Club, and it even took an early pass through Engadget's review gauntlet -- courtesy of the Land of the Rising Sun, of course. After a strong start in its homeland (followed by a quick holiday slump), the budding portable hit the books, brushed up on its English and barreled its way back into Engadget's game room, demanding another review. And why not? We're happy to oblige.

And here it is, an extremely familiar looking slab of plastic, glass and electronics that calls itself the North American 3G / WiFi PlayStation Vita. Sony's new region-free tradition ensures that it won't be too different than Japan's native model, but we're diving in for a more detailed look anyway. Read on for a peek at its content management system, backward compatibility, the particulars of its fancy new thumbsticks, the latest firmware update's contribution to the platform and much more.

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Scores

Engadget

83
 

Breakdown

Game library
9.1
Graphics
9.9
Battery life
5.7
Portability (size / weight)
8.1
Durability
8.2
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Specs

PlayStation

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick
Motion controls
yes
Camera
yes
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Specs

PlayStation

Game format
Downloadable, Cartridge
Direction control
D-pad, Thumb stick
Motion controls
yes
Camera
yes
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