The PlayStation Vita – Preview

Sony’s next generation portable console, the successor to the PSP and competitor to Nintendo’s 3DS is just ten days away. Yes, the PlayStation Vita will be released on these shores on the 22nd of February. You’ve been warned…

Sony’s new handheld brings to the table a whole host of new features unseen in portable game systems before, the biggest news of course being the 5-inch OLED capacitive touchscreen, designed to provide minimal glare and high definition images. The incredibly light PSVita is a little on the large side at 7.2 inches, so perhaps not small enough to fit in your pocket but c’mon, isn’t that what phones are for these days?

Unlike the PSP and the PS3, the Vita doesn’t feature the ageing XMB horizontal-display operating system, instead little bubbles are dotted across the screen featuring little apps, widgets and general tidbits to draw your interest. Just like most smartphones and Nintendo’s 3DS, the Vita features two high-quality cameras, one on the back and one on the front, enabling you to hold video chats and play augmented reality games.

Right, so the system itself is pretty solid, no? The console could cook you a full meal and pour a glass of cola too, but without any decent games on the system, it’ll inevitably just go down as another flop in the vast abyss that is gaming history. So onto the launch titles, available at launch will be the following – Uncharted: Golden Abyss, LittleBigPlanet, Little Deviants, WipEout 2048, ModNation Racer, Reality Fighters and Hot Shots Golf.

The biggest game at launch, undoubtedly, will be Uncharted: Golden Abyss. This is the first time the game is appearing on a portable device, and is a perfect title to test the PSVita to the max. LittleBigPlanet is also right up to the job of showing off what the Vita has to offer, from social networking features to augmented reality, this bad boy really is set to be a cracker.

So, the PSVita is looking like a very sound, high-spec games console, with a very strong line-up of games at launch. Only time will tell whether Sony can close the gap on Nintendo’s 3DS, but one thing’s for certain, I’m pre-ordering mine now.

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