Reviews and Problems with Sony PlayStation Vita Slim
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Sony PlayStation Vita Slim
4 October 2014
Summary: The PlayStation Vita was a technically impressive handheld thanks mostly to its brilliant OLED screen. The PlayStation Vita Slim model is therefore something of a step back, and the lesser model if you value image quality above all else. In most regards though, the Slim is the more desirable model, thanks to its reduced size and weight, micro-USB charging port, improved battery and 1GB internal storage.
Conclusion: The PlayStation Vita Slim is not a game changer in the console wars, nor will existing Vita owners sprinting down to the store to grab one right away. The new Vita is a good, conservative, upgrade. With the exception of the replacing of the OLED screen with LCD (which is barely noticeable), all the new changes are positive.
Pros: Lighter and slimmer, Longer battery life, Better access to touchscreen and touch pad
Cons: OLED screen replaced by LCD, No major upgrades, Still costs $200, Forcibly bundled with Borderlands 2, Forcibly bundled with 8GB card
Summary: The basics Sony’s spent the last two years trying to wrestle people away from smartphones and Nintendo’s 3DS with its own PlayStation Vita, and for the most part, it has failed. However, recent releases such as Tearaway have provided some excellent games, partnerships with indie studios have yielded great titles such as Guacamelee!, and with the PlayStation 4 supporting Remote Play streaming of all games, the Vita is a compelling accessory for new owners of the console.
Pros: Sony has made some great choices in redesigning its portable games console. It’s 20 per cent slimmer and 15 per cent lighter, which doesn’t sound like much, but it feels much more portable and comfortable overall as a result. The console also comes with 1GB of internal memory - not enough for storing downloaded games, but enough to at least store your saved games if you’re mostly gaming on cartridge. Like most Android phones, the PS Vita Slim now charges using a stand...
Cons: The biggest change to the PS Vita Slim is the screen, which is now a standard (and cheaper) LCD display, whereas the older model had a gorgeous OLED panel with fantastic contrast. The picture quality on the Slim suffers as a result: blacks aren’t as deep, fast motion isn’t as smooth, and colours don’t pop as well as they did on the original Vita. Unlike the original Vita, there’s also no 3G model, so you’re stuck with Wi-Fi only - not too much of an issue if you still...
Summary: The PlayStation Vita is not a big seller, which is a shame, because it's pretty darn brilliant. The fact that it plays beautifully with PS4 has breathed a bit of new life into the handheld, though, and keen to not let that go to waste, Sony has given it a svelte makeover. It's officially known as PCH-2000, but it's the Vita Slim to normal people, and while there are other changes besides (including a new, potentially downgraded screen), a review of an ergonomically...
Pros: Lighter, more ergonomic design, Screen is actually more natural, Remote Play is great, Now has some built-in storage
Cons: 1GB still isn't enough, Feels less premium than original