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
Excerpt: The PlayStation Vita invites first-time users to tap an icon on its home screen and take a trip to Welcome Park, which isn’t really a park. It’s a pure-white void where a disembodied female voice lives. “Welcome to Welcome Park,” she says. Then, with a few dull instructional games, she points out some of the device’s features. There are a lot of them.
Summary: The PlayStation Vita is not only a strong sequel to the PlayStation Portable, it's the best gaming handheld money can buy. This device features eye-popping graphics on a stellar screen, a strong starting lineup of games and excellent controls. Sony has also done a nice job of integrating the touch screen and touchpad into the gameplay, allowing players to tailor their own style of play.
Pros: Most powerful portable gaming device ever, Tight dual analog controls, Fantastic OLED display, Fast charge time
Cons: Lacks multitasking capability, No Flash Support, Proprietary PlayStation Memory card, Only supports 3G data