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Published October 14th 2012
Seven months ago, Sony released their newest gaming console, the PS VITA.

Yes, it has taken me this long to acquire one, however you can't blame one for trying to pay bills at the same time.

PS Vita Wi-Fi & 3G Version

So first of all, the PS Vita comes in two versions, the normal Wi-Fi version and the Wi-Fi and 3G version.

There are no major differences between the two, only a slight difference in price, weight and compatibility.

Wi-Fi Version
Price: $349.00
Weight: 260g
Compatibility: Allows you to access via Wi-Fi, your home internet, giving you access to the Vita's online features.

3G and Wi-Fi Version
Price: $378.00
Weight: 279g
Compatibility: Allows you to go on the 3G Broadband Plan accessed only through the Vodaphone Network, allowing you portable access to the Vita's online features at all times.


Unfortunately the VITA doesn't have its own built in memory storage system, so purchasing a memory card is crucial if you want to save game data, videos and music files. Sizes come in 4,6,8,16 and 32gb cards.

The graphics on the PS VITA are substantially high thanks to its 4 core graphic feature, which helps the VITA to pump out the same equivalent graphics used on the PS3 console.

Shape/Size/Control Display
The PS Vita is more circular in shape and its controls are well spread out, making it a more comfortable hand held console. Compared to the PS there is a big difference in its control display. The buttons are a lot more smaller only to compensate for its large 5 inch OLED screen. Two analog sticks have been installed on both sides. The home button has been replaced with a
PS symbol, as well the start and select button have been moved under the right analog stick.

The measurement stats below show how much bigger the PS VITA is compared to the PSP.

PS Vita
Height: 83.55mm
Width: 7.2 inches
Screen: 5 inches

PSP 3000 series
Height: 71 mm
Width: 6.7 inches
Screen: 4.3 inches

The PS VITA replaces the UMD discs by using its new NVG cards. Games can also be downloaded using the PS STORE, which will all be stored on your memory card.

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Like the PlayStation 3, the PS VITA also uses the six axis motion sensor capability, which allows players to interact more with the console by tilting it on both sides, forwards and towards the player.

Front Facing Camera/Rear Facing Camera
Like most portable consoles that are adapting to having a built in camera, the VITA also comes with its own unique 0.3 megapixel camera, which has a built in front and rear facing camera. At most times photos come out clean and crisp, but can also come out a bit blurry at times.

Front Multi-Touch Screen/Rear Multi-Touch Pad
The Multi Touch capabilities allow you take control of game play by using the on screen touch controls via the front and back screens.

Other Features
Other features of the VITA include a built in GPS navigator, Blue Tooth and other fun applications such as the PS STORE, Near and Party. Near allows you to connect with other Vita users in your neighborhood within a 10 mile radius, allowing you to share online gaming experiences. Party allows you to chat with your friends while playing games online. Internet browser is also available allowing you to connect on to Facebook, Twitter, Skype and the online web.

The Vita's major differences compared to other gaming consoles, defines it as the greatest console, putting the 3DS XL and other hand held consoles to shame. Though the 3DS XL has an advantage of pumping out more games, which the VITA has a slower rate due to its 4 core graphic standard. This tends to make the creation of games longer. Regardless of this minor problem, it doesn't change the fact that the VITA is the dominant and best portable gaming console on the market.
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Why? Best portable gameing device on the market.
When: Available Now
Where: Game Retailers
Cost: Wi-Fi Version ($349.00) or Wi-Fi and 3G Version ($378.00)
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