PS Vita: Just A Gaming Device? You Wish!

PS Vita: Just A Gaming Device? You Wish!

In an age where we expect our technology to be able to do everything, we expect nothing less from just about any devices we own. For example tablets and smart phones, they can make calls, browse the web, play movies and music, use apps, etc. Even our TVs and media players are able to connect to the web and do things besides their base purpose. And why shouldn’t we be able to have it all? If the technology can allow for it, then you should expect your handheld devices to have all their regular functions and more. So isn’t it about time that we ask for the same from our gaming devices as well? Well, the wait is over with the Playstation Vita and its mountain of functions.

First and foremost, the Vita is a gaming device, but that’s not stopping it from going above and beyond its station. It takes a cue from its older, bigger brother (the Playstation 3) and works well as a media center on top of playing games. Its crisp and brilliant 5 inch OLED screen displays its games’ crisp graphics as well as it does movies and TV shows that you can either load onto its memory card or stream from the internet or another compatible media enabled device on your network. While its camera’s 1.3 megapixel still shots and 480p video recording aren’t going to knock any digital cameras off the shelves, it still takes some fairly high quality images and still displays crisp loaded images on the OLED screen.

Now most people into technology today have half a dozen devices that play audio, the Vita isn’t going to take it lying down. It has a pair of potent built in speakers which are great if you just want to set it in your pocket or on your desk while you’re working, but also support the standard 3.5mm headphone jack for more private listening. You can use its content manager to pull any songs (or video since I forgot to mention it) you have on your PS3 or PC onto your Vita’s memory card to listen at your leisure.

Of course what handheld device today isn’t complete with a web browser and app capability. You can connect to a home, office, or nearby local Wi-Fi source for web browsing and downloads or if you are on the go with the 3G model, you’ll have service anywhere with AT&T’s 3G data plans. As far as apps, you get all the standbys like Facebook and Netflix alongside some unexpected, yet welcome, additions like Skype (which means now your game device can make calls too), Niconico video, and Sony’s Music Unlimited. So the next time someone tells you that if you’re looking for a handheld or portable game device that you should just get a smart phone for all the other things it can do, tell them you’ll pass because the Vita you’re getting can do it all, too.