March 25, 2012
Sony’s PlayStation Vita
Few things get gamers worked up to the level of pure optimism and excitement than a release of a new console does. New games are always fun, they extend the lives of consoles, but there’s no better feeling to a gamer than the prospects of completely new technology and all the possibilities that can unfold from them. This time around it is a new handheld gaming device that is quite possibly the last device of its market. A majority of the mobile gaming market has been recklessly taken over by smart phones and tablets, leaving even the gaming handheld emperor, Nintendo, wondering how the dominance it has built for over 20 years was taken from them seemingly overnight. Sony reenters the fray with its top of the line PlayStation Vita, and this may be the last breath for a gaming medium that has quickly succumbed to the smart phone industry, but it’s an explosive death cry that may very well create a new market for mobile gaming: mobile consoles.
When unboxing the PlayStation Vita, the very first thing you notice is how high-tech it looks and feels. Even with the new Nintendo 3DS or the first generation handheld PlayStation, called the PSP, you picked them up and they felt cheap and fragile. This is a very stark contrast to holding a Vita. The unit is very solid and although it’s made of plastic, the plastic is very hard and dense giving it a nearly indestructible feel. The black surface is very sleek and fits securely in the palms of your hands. The rear of the unit has indented finger pads so that it molds with your grip almost as if it sinks into your hands. It’s very comfortable and although it looks heavy, it’s actually very lightweight.
The screen is an amazing 5” corner-to-corner and is an OLED screen (Organic Light Emitting Diodes), which allows the use of the system without backlighting. OLEDs are also considered green technology because they use considerably less...