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Playstation Vita Slim

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Comparing the new slim model to the original Vita, you might think it's on the pricey side. BUT for those new to the Vita this is a stunning addition to your gaming experience, especially when linked to your Playstation 4.

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Sam Applegate

19th April 2014

By Sam Applegate

I like bacon sandwiches.


Buying the PS Vita Slim was never really something I'd thought about, but as I saw that it could be linked with the Playstation 4, I thought 'Why not?!' and took the plunge, finding a suitable bundle to purchase both at the same time.

Comparisons with Original PS Vita

Firstly, although I haven't got an original PS Vita, I have had a fiddle around with one of my mates, so I do know how it handles. In comparison you do notice the difference straight away with regards to bulk. It is definitely lighter than its predecessor and there were a few little touches that I noticed within a couple of hours of playing, which we will get into later.

To be honest though, as well as it handles, it's not as if the original PS Vita was that bulky or cumbersome, it handled fine and didn't cause that much annoyance - though I'm told by friends that it could do after hours of play at any one time.

Now to the little tweaks even I, as a PS Vita novice, noticed from the original. The screen - oh boy! Sony has changed the old OLED screen to an LCD, and though it's not a massive difference it is a noticeable one. Considering this is supposed to be an all-round improvement they've really screwed up with this change. Games no longer have the zip and colour definition that they seemed to on the original, and if you're continuing a game from your Playstation 4 it might be a bit of a comedown.

The in-built speakers seem louder and clearer, so that's all good, and another improvement has been with the buttons. On the PS Vita Slim the design has been changed ever so slightly, with the finger rests on the back being considerably larger and more comfortable. This gives you peace of mind that you won't slip and accidentally interfere with the touch pad sensors that are also present on the back, jeopardising your game! The battery life has also been improved by a couple of hours when comparing my experience with a friend who owns the original model, but you would expect that from a newer model.

The Sony Gaming Experience

There isn't a lot of space on the PS Vita. You will have to fork out for a memory card if you want to have multiple games on the go at any one time. This can be a real pain, especially when you consider the outlay for the gaming device itself. It won't be long before you're deleting old games to make space for new ones.

On a personal level I tend to use my PS Vita Slim for one reason - my PS4 games. Much as I switch between my main television and tablet when streaming Netflix or Amazon Instant, I've started to do the same with my games. So I'll get some gaming done on the bigger screen in my living room, and then if I have friends/family who want to watch television I can switch to the PS Vita and carry on my game through the wi-fi. It's an amazing addition to the gaming experience and even allows me to be terribly lazy and play my PS4 games in bed before sleeping or in a public place if I'm waiting for someone. Anywhere there is wi-fi you can connect to your games.

It was surprising to many that Sony decided to even make a new Slim Vita, due to the emerging market of tablet and smartphone games since the launch of the original model. But for me it still does make sense. This is a handheld gaming device after all, and as people become accustomed to handling tablets for gaming, I don't see how they would be put off a PS Vita Slim either, especially if it's connected to their Playstation 4 games. I had a Sega Game Gear when I was a child, and using the Vita has brought me back to that love of gaming I had then.

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  • CPU: ARM Cortex-A9 core (4core)
  • GPU: SGX543MP4+
  • Main Memory: 512mb
  • VRAM: 128mb
  • External Dimensions: Approx. 183.6 x 15.0 x 85.1mm
  • Weight: Approx. 219g
  • Internal Memory Card: 1GB
  • Sound: Built-in Stereo Speakers
  • Motion Sensors: Yes
  • Power: Built-in Lithium-ion DC 3.7V 2210mAh

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