The Vita is finally here, is this a moment of celebration or a moment of dread for those of us who had high hopes for the original PSP. Well after a lot of time and blistered thumbs I have an educated guestimation of where this will lead us.
I picked up the First Edition Bundle (3G/Wifi) which included a copy of Little Deviants, 4GB Memory Card, SIM Card, and Limited Edition Case, and for the $349.99 price tag I was not all that impressed right away.
After opening the system and getting it charged up, I tried to figure out where to place the memory card and the game, the memory card was simple, but the game took a quick look at the manual to realize that my hunch was correct. The initial setup is quite simple, a lot like the 3DS set up, get your Wifi signal linked, put in a name, password, and network account, etc etc.
When it came to network setup the one thing that kept me from connecting properly was AT&T bugging me to sign up for their service and get the data plan of my choice, not going to happen any time soon since well an additional $30 for just my PS Vita is not something I need at the moment.
As far as the interface is concerned, I was very impressed with the responsive touch screen, the thumb sticks feel tight and responsive compared to the PS3 controllers, the buttons also have a good feedback bounce, and the back touch screen takes some getting used too but once you do it feels almost like it was something you always had.
The interface is a lot like your typical iPhone or Android phone, you get some icons floating on the screen and tapping them will launch the applications start up screen, everything from the camera and photo apps, too network and trophies.
The system seems very promising and I look forward to many hours of game play and reviews coming in the near future, with titles coming in both retail and digital format there will be a lot to look forward to this year, sadly I do not see that many great titles coming soon enough and the current library of game is somewhat stale. I hope that this will not be the same downfall as the PSP, but unless Sony changes strategies or gets some quick titles out from Indy teams on the DLC front I cannot foresee a bright future for the system.