PlayStation Vita TV review: Sony's first mini-console has some growing pains
24 January 2014
Summary: Thanks to a combination of petite, understated hardware and more than a little nostalgia, there's a lot to like about the Vita TV, especially if you grew up with PlayStation. However, Sony's littlest console still has some game-support issues it needs to sort out. In particular, it needs to get its entire PS1 back catalog online and work out a better way of bypassing the lack of a touchscreen.
Pros: The cheapest, most portable way to remotely play your PS4 on another TV, Plays PS1 and Vita games using a full-sized DualShock controller, Reasonably priced
Cons: Doesn't play every Vita game, excludes some important ones, Video services need more work, content, Same UI as the Vita, but harder to use without a touchscreen
Conclusion: With nimble operation and an attractive, graphics-driven interface, the versatile PS Vita pulls together the high-quality gaming, movies, music and more that we should expect from a modern multimedia device. A clear emphasis has been put on the games, with performance and an early variety that doesn't disappoint, but the movie/TV fare from a variety of studios and sources is a big selling point as well.
Pros: Big, beautiful OLED screen, Lots to play, lots to watch, lots to do, A new generation of interactivity and interoperability, Big, beautiful OLED screen, Lots to play, lots to watch, lots to do, A new generation of interactivity and interoperability
Cons: 3G buy-in and usage adds cost, as does highly touted cross-platform play, Backward compatibility quite buggy so far, No Flash support, where have we heard that before...?
Summary: That includes technology sites like CNET, PCMag.com, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, PC World and ArsTechnica.com. You also can find coverage at general interest sites and publications like Time Magazine, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Early owner reviews can be read at Amazon.com.
Pros: Large and responsive OLED touch screen, Terrific graphics, Dual analog controls, Rear touch-panel control, Good game library at launch
Cons: Expensive, Proprietary memory not included, Nongaming functions and features draw mixed reviews, Battery life could be better, Transferring files is cumbersome
Summary: PS Vita incorporates a 5-inch multi-touch organic light emitting diode as the front display and a unique multi-touch pad on the rear. Together with the front touch screen and the rear touch pad, PS Vita offers new game play experiences, allowing users to interact directly with games in three dimension-like motion, through "touch, grab, trace, push and pull" finger motions.
Conclusion: In terms of audio and visual quality the PS Vita also scores well. The on-board speakers have a decent amount of volume which is acceptable for home use and the headphone port offers good quality output for noisier locations. The screen is very high quality though with good viewing angles, bright vibrant colours and deep blacks which really enhance the experience over older consoles, especially the first gen PSP which suffered from being too hard to see in bright light...