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Is Sony’s PlayStation Vita worth a buy?

By: Musa Afridi

  |   September 3rd, 2012   |  
PlayStation Vita Launch

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The inclusion of a second analogue stick means that shooters, be it first-person or third-person, suddenly became a real possibility on the console, as are titles such as Grand Theft Auto and Assassin’s Creed.

There are a number of games that demonstrate that those titles will work rather well on the Vita, with Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Resistance: Falling Skies, Mortal Kombat and FIFA Soccer all showing that games of every genre will feel right at home on the second generation portable from Sony.

Combine all these factors together, along with the gyroscope and accelerometer, one begins to understand just how the console could potentially prove to be the secondary gaming of choice for many.

However, there are a few complaints to be made as well. Firstly, the size of the analogue sticks takes some getting used to. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 controllers have the advantage of not having a screen in the middle, as opposed to the Vita, which means that the latter had to restrict how big the sticks could be.

At the start playing on the Vita will feel quite cumbersome, however, it is only a small problem and players will get used to it after a few hours of playing.

The second complaint is with the rear-touch pad and how it can prove to be a bit finicky in some games. For example, it is basically used to both power and direct the player’s shots in FIFA Soccer. Accidently touching the sensitive area will trigger a shot, which can be prove extremely frustrating at times. Again, it does take some getting used to but can be the cause of some frustration as players find the best way to hold the console without sending the ball flying into Row Z


The Vita was designed to be more than just a gaming console and was designed with an element of social networking and gaming in mind. That shows from the start with some of the preloaded apps including the likes of Maps, Near, Party and Group Conversations. All the features encourage anyone who owns a PlayStation Vita and a PlayStation Network account to interact.

The friends list from the PlayStation 3 console is available on the Vita as long as the user signs in from the same PSN Account. However, nearly all the apps are in the early stages and have a number of drawbacks as well. They are not unusable, but they could do with a couple more iterations before the User Interface and functionality become more streamlined and the features become more fluent to access and use.

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