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Sony PlayStation Vita

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1148 reviews of Sony PlayStation Vita. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Game Consoles for all reviews. Opinions about the reliability and design are on the whole positive. The size and portability are also appreciated, but the connectivity and price get mixed views.

usability, portability, size, design, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Game Consoles the Sony PlayStation Vita is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony PlayStation Vita

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 82 user reviews of Sony PlayStation Vita from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Amazon.co.uk. Comments about the size and design are on the whole positive. The price and portability also get good reviews. There are some mixed reviews about the reliability.

usability, portability, price, design, size

94% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: PlayStation VitaPlayStation Vita

Dec, 2017

Consumer review by: (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony PlayStation Vita

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 32 user reviews of Sony PlayStation Vita from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Game Consoles on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the portability and size. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical views about the reliability.

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reliability

91% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

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Dec, 2017

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Sony PlayStation Vita Slim (PCH-2000)

 

Even though it still uses Sony's own pricey memory cards, the slimmer, less-expensive new version of the PlayStation Vita is improved in nearly every way.

Feels much thinner and lighter than the original PlayStation Vita. LCD screen is crisp and vibrant. Micro USB port. Lots of classic games available over PlayStation Network

Still uses Vita memory cards. Native Vita game library isn't as compelling as that of the Nintendo 3DS

The original Sony PlayStation Vita was an impressive piece of technology. While the Nintendo 3DS has clearly relegated it to second place in the handheld game system market, the Vita's hardware is objectively better. Unfortunately, at $300, it was very...

Jun, 2014

Expert review by: Digital Trends Staff (digitaltrends.com)

Sony PlayStation Vita Slim review

 

The PlayStation Vita Slim contains no enormous upgrades, but it is a modest improvement to an already strong handheld.

Lighter and slimmer ; Longer battery life ; Better access to touchscreen and touch pad

OLED screen replaced by LCD ; No major upgrades ; Still costs $200 ; Forcibly bundled with Borderlands 2 ; Forcibly bundled with 8GB card

The PlayStation Vita Slim is not a game changer in the console wars, nor will existing Vita owners sprinting down to the store to grab one right away. The new Vita is a good, conservative, upgrade. With the exception of the replacing of the OLED screen...

May, 2014

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

PlayStation Vita TV review: Sony's first mini-console has some growing pains

 

The Vita TV can play PS1 andVita games, and,if you have a PS4,you can useRemote Play,too. It's cheap, but the video services are limited, bothin content and picture quality. For now, it may be aJapan-only experiment, butit has potential, assuming Sony...

The cheapest, most portable way to remotely play your PS4 on another TV ; Plays PS1 and Vita games using a full-sized DualShock controller ; Reasonably priced

Doesn't play every Vita game, excludessomeimportant ones ; Video services need more work, content ; Same UI as the Vita, but harder to use without a touchscreen

Thanks to a combination of petite, understated hardware and more than a little nostalgia, there's a lot to like about the Vita TV, especially if you grew up with PlayStation. However, Sony's littlest console still has some game-support issues it needs...

Jan, 2014

Expert review by: Sam Byford (theverge.com)

PS Vita review (2013)

 

The PS Vita hasn't exactly gone according to Sony's plan. Unveiled in Tokyo at the start of 2011, the PSP's successor was supposed to be a world-beating handheld console with PS3-level graphics and smartphone sensibilities. But despite strong reviews...

More comfortable, colorful design ; Standard Micro USB charger ; Growing indie game support

LCD display is a downgrade ; Few AAA titles ; OS still drowning in bubbles

One part console, one part high-tech accessory

Nov, 2013

Expert review by: (engadget.com)

PlayStation Vita review (2013)

 

The new Vita offers plenty of improvements over the original, especially with battery life. If the PS4's Remote Play functionality works as promised, the Vita could be an even more tempting option a few months down the road.

Thinner, lighter, more comfortable ; Improved battery life ; No more proprietary charging cables

Vita memory cards are overpriced ; We prefer the original Vita's OLED screen

The new Vita is better than the last, obviously. We're glad that Sony didn't just stop at making its new device thinner and lighter -- although these revisions are of course appreciated. For many gamers who already have drawers filled with cables,...

Oct, 2013

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by: Will Greenwald (pcmag.com)

Sony PlayStation Vita (Wi-Fi)

 

The Sony PlayStation Vita is one of the best handheld game systems to date, even if almost everything it tries to do outside of gaming falls short.

Powerful graphics. Beautiful screen. Dual analog sticks

Short battery life, and battery isn't removable. Proprietary memory card. Clunky media manager

Jun, 2012

DT Editors' Choice

Expert review by: Ryan Fleming (digitaltrends.com)

Sony PlayStation Vita Review

 

In terms of gaming, the Vita is a beast. Nothing handheld even comes close.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Sam Byford (theverge.com)

Sony PlayStation Vita review

 

Sony's PlayStation Vita represents the company's second entry into the volatile handheld gaming market. The original PlayStation Portable found reasonable success as a largely traditional system,...

Amazing screen ; Excellent controls ; Well-designed OS ; Good launch lineup

Inconsistent apps ; Multiple accounts are a no-go ; Expensive proprietary memory

Handheld consoles are as alive as ever

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Sean Buckley (engadget.com)

PlayStation Vita review

 

Look familiar? It should: that's the PlayStation Vita, Sony's up-and-coming challenger to the mobile gaming throne. It's made the rounds a few times

Superb 5-inch OLED touchscreen ; Intuitive, snappy UI ; Comfortable button layout and dual-stick controls

Unimpressive camera ; Short battery life ; Dust- and fingerprint-magnet

The PS Vita is easily the most advanced portable gaming device to date, but will live and die by software support. It's off to a good start, if you can swallow the sticker price.

Feb, 2012

Expert review by: Alex Wawro (pcworld.com)

Sony PlayStation Vita Review: A Big, Beautiful Gaming Machine

 

When the Sony PlayStation Vita arrives in North America on February 22nd, it'll face stiff competition. Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets have become powerful, cheap and ubiquitous. And with great, inexpensive games readily available on a...

Light and durable design with excellent controls ; Big, beautiful OLED screen ; Rear touchpad works well, permits unique gameplay

Overpriced proprietary memory cards ; Onboard 0.3 megapixel cameras are terrible ; Middling battery life

When it comes to pure performance, the PlayStation Vita is the best dedicated handheld gaming console you can buy.

Feb, 2012

Product Specifications

Design

Analog thumbsticks:Y / Yes
Built-in touchpad:No / Y / Yes
Charging indicator: Yes
Color of product:Beige, Black / Black / Green, Lime, White / Silver / White
Gaming control function keys:D-pad / D-pad, Home, Power, Select, Start / D-pad, Home, Power, Select, Start, Turbo / D-pad, Home, Select, Start / D-pad, Power, Select, Start / D-pad, Select, Start / Home, Power, Turbo, Select, D-pad, Start / Home, Select, Start
Gaming control technology:Analogue / Digital / Digital
LED Indicators: Yes
Shoulder buttons: Yes
Volume Control:Digital

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 3:4
Built-in display: No
Display:LCD / LED / OLED
Display Diagonal:5
Display number of colors:16.0 / 16.77 / 16.78 million colours / 262144 colours
Display Resolution:950 x 544 / 960 x 540 / 960 x 544
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Energy Management

Battery life (max):7 / 9
Battery performance:182 / 2100 / 2200 / 2210
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power consumption (typical):2.8
Power supply:190

Features

Developer:Spiral House
Distribution type:Physical media
ESRB Rating:E (Everyone)
Game edition:Basic
Genre:Simulation
Maximum number of players:1
Multiplayer mode: No
PEGI rating:3
Platform:PlayStation Vita
Publisher:SCEE
Release Date:6.06.2014
Release date (DD/MM/YYYY):6.06.2014

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, MP3 / AAC, MP3, MP4 / AAC, MP3, MP4, PCM / AAC, MP3, MP4, WAV / DSS, IMY, LC-AAC, LPCM, MPA / IMY, MIDI, MKA, MP1, RA-Lossless / LC-AAC, MKA, MP1, MP2, RealAudio / LPCM, MP1, MP2, MP3, WAV / LPCM, MP3, MP4 / MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, OTA, PCM / MP1, MP2, MP3, MP4, PCM / MP3 / MP3, MP4, OTA, PCM, WAV / MP3, MP4, WAV / MP3, OTA, PCM, RTX, WAV / MP3, OTA, PCM, WAV / MP4, MPA, WAV / MP4, OTA, PCM, RTX, WAV / MP4, PCM, WAV / MP4, RTX, WAV, OTA, PCM
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in Microphone: Yes
Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Image formats supported:BMP, EXIF, GIF, JPG, PNG / BMP, EXIF, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF / BMP, EXIF, JPEG XR, MPO, SVG / BMP, GIF, JPEG XR, JPG, PNG, TIF / BMP, GIF, JPEG XR, PNG, TIF / BMP, GIF, JPG, PEF, PNG, TGA, TIF / BMP, GIF, JPG, PNG, TIF / GIF, BMP, JPG, EXIF, PNG / GIF, BMP, TIF, JPG, EXIF, PNG
Main camera resolution:640 x 480
Main camera resolution (numeric):0.3
Number of built-in speakers:2
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:0.3
Speaker Power:4
Supported video modes:1080i, 480p, 720p
Video compression format:AVC, H.264, MPEG4 / AVCHD, H.264, MPEG4 / H.262, M2TS, MPEG / H.264, MP4, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4 / MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVC,H.264,MPEG4 / AVCHD,H.264,MPEG4 / H.264,MP4,MPEG4 / H.264,MPEG4 / MPEG4

Networking

3G:No / Yes
Bluetooth:No / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, HSF / A2DP, AVRCP, HSP / A2DP,AVRCP,HSP
Bluetooth version:2.0 / 2.1 / 2.1+EDR
Ethernet LAN:Y
Ethernet LAN connection: Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100 / 10,100,1000
Wi-Fi:No / Yes
Wi-Fi positioning: Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11b, 802.11g / 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11n / 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):-5 - 35 / 5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):-5 - 35 / 5 - 35

Other Features

AV output: Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HSP
Energy Star certified: No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports quantity:1
Included memory card size:1

Packaging Content

AC adapter bundled: Yes
AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC / AC, HDMI / USB
Games included:1 / 8 / All-Stars: Battle Royale / Assassin's Creed III: Liberation / Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate / Borderlands 2 / Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified / Call of Duty: Black Ops: declassified / Disney Mega Pack / Disney Mickey Epic 2: The Power of Two, Disney Pixar Cars, Disney Pixar Toy Story 3, Mickey's Wild Adventure, Disney Pixar "Oben", Disney Pixar Ratatouille / FIFA 12 / FIFA 15 / God Of War Collection / Gran Turismo, WipEout Pulse, ModNation Racers: Road Trip, Everybody's Golf, MotorStorm RC, Top Darts, Table Top Tanks, Table Mini Golf / Heroes Mega Pack / Injustice: Gods Among Us Ultimate Edition, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, PlayStation Allstars: Battle Royale, God of War: Chain of Olympus, Killzone: Liberation / Injustice: Gods Among Us – Ultimate Edition, Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate, PlayStation Allstars: Battle Royale, God of War: Chain of Olympus, Killzone: Liberation / Invizimals: Gli Invincibili / Invizimals: The Alliance / Jak & Daxter Trilogy / Killzone Mercenary / Killzone: Mercenary / LEGO / LEGO BATMAN 2: DC Super Heroes, LEGO Harry Potter, Lego Star Wars 3: The Clone Wars, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Lego Batman, Lego Indiana Jones - Die legendären Abenteuer / Lego Harry Potter: Die years 5-7, Lego Batman, Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes, Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures, Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, Lego Star Wars III: The clone Wars / Lego Marvel Super Heroes / LEGO Mega Pack / LiittleBigPlanet, Uncharted, Tearaway, Vikings / Little Big Planet / LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, WipeOut 2048, MotorStorm RC, Little Deviants, Frobisher Says!, Ecolibrium, Ratchet and Clank: Size Matters, Lemmings, Hungry Giraffe, Rotating Octopus / LittleBigPlanet, Wipeout 2048, MotorStorm RC, Little Deviants, Frobisher Says!, Ecolibrium (Bronze, Silver, Gold & Platinum, Ratchet & Clank (Size Matters, Lemmings, Hungry Giraffe, Rotating Octopus) / Looney Tunes Galactic Sports / Looney Tunes:Galactic Sport / Mega Disney Pack / Mega Pack (Sports & Racing) / Mega Pack Hits / Motorstorm, Little Big Planet / Need For Speed: Most Wanted / Phantasy Star Online 2 / PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale / PS Vita Mega Pack 1 / Tearaway / Tearaway, Gravity Rush, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Escape Plan, TxK / Tearaway, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, LBP Marvel Super Heroes, When Viking Attack / Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Tearaway, Gravity Rush, Escape Plan, Txk / Worms Revolution Extreme, Ratchet & Clank, Jak and Daxter: Precursor Legacy, Lemmings Touch, LocoRoco
Manual: Yes
Memory card included:MicroSD / Yes
Number of gamepads included:1
Poster included: Yes
User guide: Yes
Video game included:No / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Built-in processor:ARM Cortex-A9
Electronic compass: Yes
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
Graphics adapter memory type:GDDR3
Graphics controller:RSX / SGX543MP4+
Graphics processor:RSX / SGX543MP4+
Gyroscope: Yes
Internal memory:256 / 512
Internal memory type:XDR
Motion sensor: Yes
Platform:PlayStation 3 / PlayStation Vita / PlayStation Vita (PSVita) / PlayStation Vita TV
Processor:ARM Cortex-A9 / IBM Cell Broadband Engine
Processor cores:4
Processor model:ARM Cortex-A9 / IBM Cell Broadband Engine
Video memory:128

Ports & interfaces

Combo headphone/mic port: Yes
DC-in jack: Yes
Digital audio optical out:1
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in: Yes
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB connector type:Micro-USB B
USB port: Yes
USB version:2.0

Power

Battery Capacity:182 / 2100 / 2200 / 2210
Battery life (max):7 / 9
Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Power consumption (typical):2.8
Power supply:190

Storage

Built-in memory capacity:0.512 / 1 / 8
Built-In Optical Drive:N / Y
Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:Memory Stick (MS) / PSVita
Included memory card size:16 / 32 / 4 / 64 / 8
Internal storage capacity:120
Maximum memory card size:16 / 32 / 4 / 64 / 8
Optical Drive Type:Blu-Ray/DVD
Storage media:HDD

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.535 / 0.591 / 0.732 / 11.4 / 3.29 / 3.35
Height:0.591 / 0.732 / 2.56 / 3.29 / 3.35 / 4.13
Weight:3.88 / 7.05 / 7.72 / 9.17 / 9.84 / 91.8
Width:11.4 / 2.56 / 7.13 / 7.17 / 7.24 / 71.3