Welcome the big one! The all-new, all-compact, PlayStation Vita (or PSVita) from Sony. Now, there are two reasons about this new PSVita. One: How did they name it after the character from Nanoha (or also the Japanese version of the Opel Corsa)? And Two: How can be possibly be better than the old PSP and the Nintendo 3DS?
Well, certainly, at the suggested retail price of 24,980 Japanese Yen (or my guessing price would be 25,000 Philippine Pesos) for the standard PSVita Wi-Fi variant up to 29,980 Japanese Yen (or my guessing price would be 30,000 Philippine Pesos) for the flagship 3G/Wi-Fi variant, I was gonna say that this is somewhat too expensive than the 3DS...
The Playstation Vita is dubbed as the Next Generation Portable that will soon replace the old and aging PSP, although sales will continue with lowered price, and this could be the tip of Sony's technological iceberg, we think. Primarily, the PS Vita features two analog sticks, motion sensor, and touch screen that lets you play hard but it won't let you kill yourself and that's also the tip of Sony's technological iceberg.
You can never get too bored with this because the Playstation Vita allows connectivity among other players socially and for added fun, it is packed with two cameras, which is great for taking pictures and can be great for some augmented reality games just for fun. Then we get to the Cross Platform Play part, that there are some PS3 games allow PSVita owners to continue their progress on the go. For example, pretty soon, Konami will release an update on the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection that lets players continue their MGS2 and MGS3 progress via PSVita.
Sadly though, the PSVita's internal memory is 512MB so it can be somewhat too small to store everything and with that, you might need to spend some cash for some bespoke PSVita Memory Cards ranging from 4GB to 32GB.
However, there are rules:
1) The PSVita has a "one account per console" policy. Memory Cards are linked to PSN accounts but owners can use memory cards in PSVita to which the account is attached.
2) Vita owners would have to format their data and reset factory settings in order to sign in with a different account.
3) In-game trophies can only be earned on the system the game was started. If you play a game with another PSVita, you may not earn trophies.
4) Backup files can be possible to a PS3 or PC but data saved to the Vita game card cannot be backed up.
5) Screenshots can be take by pressing the power button and the power button simultaneously.
6) Charge times will be 2 hours and 40 minutes. Battery life will be around 3-5 hours for gameplay
7) The PSVita supports 18 languages, including English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, and others.
I never heard everything about Sony's next generation portable but the "one account per console" policy seems to be somewhat very harsh. Even though that this one's region-free, and it provides freedom to play PSP games no matter which language is this game, especially Japanese, you should be careful about the "one account per console" policy.
Over the moments in Japan, we experienced about limited edition PSP games in the market that features figures, especially most are Nendoroids and figmas. Do we think that the PSVita will have a very different experience? Not sure but be patient.
The PSVita has nothing wrong with it but there's no heart. It's like it was engineered by science and this would have been a proper gentleman's new hand held console.