Poor internet surfing
Using the web browser on previous handheld Playstation devices has always been a disappointing experience and unfortunately the Vita doesn't really do anything to improve on this.
The 5in screen size is reasonable for web browsing. The on-screen keyboard does make entering URLs and text easy. Although our device loaded up web pages over WiFi and 3G using our Vodafone SIM quickly, there was a noticeable checkerboard effect when pinching-to-zoom. The lack of Adobe Flash support isn't ideal, although there is still a chance that it will arrive on the device.
The Vita has a 2210mAh lithium-ion battery that is sealed under the cover so it is not swappable.
During our tests, we generally found that the Vita will last for a solid five hours of continuous gameplay. With wireless connectivity turned off and brightness adjusted this can be stretched a little longer, but the processing power needed to display the excellent graphics does take its toll.
There are mixed views about the price of the PS Vita, but considering the performance on offer, it isn't too pricey. The WiFi only version can be picked up for £210, making it around £75 more expensive than the Nintendo 3DS.
Our 3G capable review unit from Vodafone will cost £279 and will have a 4GB memory card included. When topped up with £5, the operator notes that users will get Wipeout 2048 for free and a 250MB data allowance.
The Vita is hands down the best handheld gaming device we have seen to date. It remains to be seen whether there is enough demand for such a specialised device, as it will be judged on sales volume at the end of the day. µ
Console gaming in the palm of your hand, unrivaled handheld device specifications, backwards compatibility with PSP games, impressive 5in screen, variety of controls, no gimmicky 3D effects in sight, 3G version available.
Poor internet, fiddly transfer of data, no multitasking, no removable battery.
Chunky, but far from ugly.