10 Things You Need to Know About the PS Vita



Summer vacation is almost here, and that means a lot of road trips!  In June, we have a Disneyland trip and a camping trip, then in July and August we'll be in England, Wales, France and Belgium.  There are going to be a lot of boring hours in cars, trains, planes, and waiting rooms, so we're definitely going to be taking the Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) that kept the kids so well occupied the last time we were abroad.  And this year, our PSP is going to have a rival  --- its younger and newer version, the Sony PlayStation Vita!  As a PlayStation Family Member, Sony sent me a PS Vita and some games to try out, and let me tell you it's so much more than just a handheld videogame! 

In fact, the PS Vita is so rich in functionality, it's difficult to know where to start raving about it.  Fortunately, the PS Vita social media team sent each of the PlayStation Family Members a list of 10 Thing You Need to Know about the PS Vita -- a "cheat sheet" of the PS Vita's best features, if you must.   I'm reprinting the list here, so if you are curious about the PS Vita, or if you're wondering what all the fuss is about, you don't need to look any further:

1) LIVING COLOR
The Vita's 5" touchscreen display is powered by cutting-edge OLED (Organic Light-Emitting Diode) technology which harnesses organic electroluminescence instead of backlit design in LCD displays (means brilliant color, deeper blacks for even monochromatic games, different shades of grey)



2) NO COMPROMISES
First and only portable gaming platform to incorporate dual analog sticks, which grants first-person shooter and hardcore action players the precision and responsivenedss.

3) NEW WAYS TO PLAY
Another video game first: a precise rear touch pad that puts powerful new tools at your fingertips.  front-and-back VGA cameras and sophisticated sixaxis motion sensors for world's most advanced augmented reality entertainment platform, blending virtual world and real world.


4) CROSS-PLATFORM PLAY
Enables PS Vita and PS3 players to play with and against each other in supported multiplayer games.  Also, players can transfer progress between their PS3 and PS Vita versions of the game.



5) STAY CONNECTED
Features 3G/Wi-Fi model, allowing players to play with other people on the PLayStation Network, login to the PS store to download add-ons or new games or content, all on the go.  Uses AT&T Data Connect plans, which are month by month and not contract based! 250MG for $14.99
3GBfor $30

6) THE WORLD IS IN PLAY
Connect with your friends, use "near", PS Vita's geosocial networking app, to check in.  Also use "Party", a cross-game voice chat for up to 8 players, enables users to send messages and photos

7) SOCIAL EVOLVED
PS Vita comes pre-installed with Paint Park (way to share notes & doodles), Facebook, Twitter, Skype, flickr & foursquare!

8) TOUCHING IS REVEALING
Tactile user interface takes full advantage of the gorgeous 5" OLED touchscreen, making navigating digital content fun and easy.  User interface is speedy and transparent, can hope form a game to an app and back again fluidly (as a bubble)




9) YOUR STUFF HERE
PS Vita Memory Card can store game saves, plus thousands of games and movies. 4,8, 16, 32GB options.

 MP3s, podcasts imported from PC or PS3 -- you can listen to them in the background while you're playing a game or browsing a web

10) GAMES, GAMES, GAMES
There are nearly100 PS Vita games in development worldwide, including:
Here are the I'm most excited to try:
Hotshots Golf
Super Stardust Delta*
Little Deviants*
ModNation Racers Roadtrip
Uncharted Golden Abyss
EA Sports FIFA Soccer*
Michael Jackson The Experience
BEN10 GALACTIC RACING

Also watch out for these upcoming titles:
Gravity Rush
Little Big Planet
Reality Fighters
Marvel Pinball
Plants vs. Zombies
Super MonkeyBall
Ridge Racer

* Sony sent us copies of these titles, so watch out for a future review!



Disclosure: Disclosure: As a PlayStation Family blogger, I have been loaned a PS Vita Unit and several PS Vita games. The views and opinions expressed here are my own.

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