The Good The new Vita Slim charges with any Micro-USB cable, is thinner and lighter, has improved battery life, and works nicely as a PS4 accessory for local game streaming. The game library's gotten really good, too, including freebies for PS Plus subscribers.
The Bad Expensive proprietary memory cards are necessary and annoying; new LCD display is less vivid than the original Vita's OLED display; the lack of rumble and extra buttons means some remote-play PS4 games translate awkwardly.
The Bottom Line Two years in, the PlayStation Vita has come of age and become a refined piece of hardware and an excellent place to play a lot of games. You don't need one, but it's really fun and worth its price.
PlayStation Vita Slim makes the case for a dedicated gaming handheld
We play games all the time on the go now. On our phones, on our tablets. I bet you've played a game in the last few hours. Why then would you need a dedicated gaming handheld?
Back in 2005, when, the PSP (PlayStation Portable), there weren't any gaming-friendly smartphones. No iPhone. No video iPod, even. The PSP was a unique and futuristic toy.
But consider the PlayStation Vita a refined, dedicated device, with better games and better controls to play those games, and maybe you'll understand what makes the Vita compelling. Sony's PlayStation Vita, as of summer 2014, is a really good way to play handheld games. Better than you realize. It's gotten better than what it was back when it debuted in 2012. And the extra hardware refinements, a price drop, and an underrated and large game library make the Vita a lot of fun. And if you like indie games, or own a, it just might be worth the $200 investment.
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