(Warning this is a no BS review I have a PS Vita myself. I just don’t want people to believe all the hype and regret the decision thinking it is a i-phone or tablet PC or a 3DS for that matter.) I love my Vita. But it does have some major issues that very few people ever talk about….
– Very short battery life often way less then 5 hours of gameplay
– Both the Vita itself and the AC adapter is prone to over heating
– Very hard to hold the Vita with out hand cramping and or mistaking hitting the rear touch pad.
– Very expensive ($109.99 USD/CAD for just the core system. No Gamers or memory card are included)
– Very expensive memory sticks ($19.99 – $130.99 USD/CAD)
– Very expensive games for a handheld $9.99 – $59.99 CAD/USD. When compared to the 3DS.
– There is no battery indicator light to tell your low on battery life. So a lot of people do not even realize that they have low battery. There is only a very quick message displayed that says “power is low”. But people don’t know really know how much longer they will actually have till the Vita will just die on you.
– Very poor quality cameras
– Very poor sound quality when not using the media dock cradle.
– The power button is very hit and miss. Sometimes it will work with a slight press other times it will take a few seconds to turn on your Vita
– No flash player (So you can’t watch most videos online)
– No security apps
– The built in web browser is very hit and miss
– The content manager is terrible
– There are only 276 backwards compatible PSP titles
– PS Minis are touch and go some work other don’t
– PS Vita game saves are linked to the game itself. So you delete the game you delete the save file as well.
– It is nearly impossible to import PSP save files
– You need to keep on signing into the PSN. Pretty much every time you turn on your Vita or enter a game.
– Most games have really long loading times
– Buttons can be too small for larger hands
– The Vita comes with a really small USB cable (But if you want a good size one it will set you back 14.99 CAD/USD)
– The touch controls can be fairly difficult to learn how to use. I’m talking about you read touch pad)
– Thus far the accessories for the Vita are pretty terrible
– There so far no certified Bluetooth devices
– Sony keeps on updating the Vita firmware with out telling us why or what it is suppose to do
– Thus far next to no promises Sony said before the Vita launch has come true (Lack of cross play and no PSone support)
– There are not a lot of games out and even less in the pipeline (At least the Pre-E3 line up)
– Very durable
– You can download some pretty cool apps. (Thou still very very limited at this point)
– Trophy support
– Some really great games
– Amazing graphics
– W-ifi compatible
– Some games already have quite a bit of DLC
– Has very easy to use multiplayer
– Has a lot of useful features
– Has front and rear touchpads
– Has a front and rear cameras
– Don’t need special headphone adapter like so many other devices
So I give the PS Vita 1000 (Wi-Fi Model) a 3 out of 5 mainly because of it’s 3 major overwhelming flaws. First: The lack of overall Sony and 3rd party support for a new next gen top of the line handheld platform still in it’s launch window. Secondly: Not as many games as I would like to see for a mainstream handheld device still in it’s launch window. And Lastly: The Vita’s very short battery life.