I got my first hands on with Vita Yesterday, see what i thought!

Discussion in 'PS Vita - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by chadders, Jan 14, 2012.

  1. chadders

    chadders GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 21, 2005
    Alright guys,

    So as some of you may know, Sony are setting up "pop-up shops" so to speak, to promote the Vita, there calling them PS Vita rooms and they hit Manchester this weekend.

    They had a pre open party on Thursday night and opened to the public Friday 12pm and at 12.01, lol, I walk though the door!!!

    The shop had been properly kitted out with Vita signs all over the show and small booths with pretty much all the launch games for you to try. I would say, all in all, there must have been around 30-40 Vitas running, the Manchester shop is over 2 floors.

    There were booths showing off the AR stuff, i think it was reality fighters didn't get there, booths showing off the PS3/Vita cross play using Wipeout, Near was being demoed and there were loads of staff around willing to take on any questions you may have had, a good set up to be honest!!!

    So, I walked in and grabbed the first vita I saw, which was running Little Deviants, some game where you had to pinch the front and rear touch panels a flick a ball around, good but not what I wanted to see, where was Unchartered!

    I pressed the Playstation button and cancelled out of the game and found the memory card, a 16Gb one, had demos of pretty much all the launch games, I found Unchartered, started it and some chick came over and told me "I wasn't allowed to play it down here as Unchartered was being demoed upstairs", so I went upstairs, lol.

    Being one of the first people in, I could get on any game I liked really, I had a quick look at someone playing Fifa, very smooth looking, LBP, the guy didn't know what he was doing on it, had a quick 3 laps of wipeout, just what you would expect and then I got on Unchartered.

    Now, I am no way any kind of fanboy, be it Sony or Nintendo, I have a 3DS and I have a Vita on preorder. I have a 360 but I don't have a PS3 so I have not played an Unchartered game before but have seen lots of game play vids and stuff. It plays fine, the graphics are great, fire looked good, smoke looked good, motion aiming worked well, touch climbing worked well and I must say, I was Very impressed. I finished the demo, don't really want to spoil it for anyone, and as there was now quite a cue behind me thought I best had leave it now!!

    I then ended up sitting down with one of the staff and for the next 3 hours, yes you read that right!! talk about the vita.

    Now let me talk about the system. Some of the Vitas on show were retail machines and some debug units or demo units. The demo units were version 1 and the retail units version 4?? They all looked exactly the same but I must say, the Unchartered machine I used was a Retail unit and the one I had access to while talking to the staff guy, was not. There was a massive difference with the analog sticks. The retail units had much more spring in them over the demo unit and felt alot better. This may be because it hadn't been used as much, I don't know, but they just felt better.

    The system itself is a good size, nowhere near as big as I thought it was going to be. The face buttons on the other hand are alot smaller, say the size of a pencil ,diameter. The sticks are quite small to, maybe the size of a 5p, but work great. The shoulder buttons are nice and I can confirm they are pressure sensitive, another lad who was sat with us tried it out by holding his revs at the beginning of modnation racers just to try them, he also said he had Unchartered on PS3 and it was very comparable.

    I do however have a couple of downer points???

    The screen, though beautiful, is nowhere near as bright as I thought it was going to be? By holding the PS button, it opens up a menu where you can change some things quickly, like brightness. The brightness slider is analog so to speak, not predetermined points to set to, you slide it and let go where you want it set and on the brightest setting I still expected more??? This by no means makes the playing experience bad, but when you read all the reviews about the Vita, they all seem to go on about how bright the screen is. May be this is because it isn't backlit and for this fact it is impressive, but I just wanted more, but lets think of our battery life ay!! lol.

    All the Vitas were hooked up to headphones, probably craps ones, but I found the volume to be very low. Bear in mind it was quite noisy in there but still, I even asked the staff guy if there was any way to turn it higher, and this lad did know his stuff. He did look into some menu but we had a demo unit and not everything was accessible. This may also be down to european volume levels, which for some reason have to be set much lower than say the USA???? time will tell.

    And really the last little thing I have to mention is how the screen just seems to attracted finger prints!!! I'm not even joking when I say this and I would highly recommend that anyone getting a Vita to GET a screen protector because we're going to be wiping the screens an awful lot, trust me.

    And that really, is that, if anyone wants to ask anything, I will try and answer, but all in all, me going to try the Vita has just made waiting till the 22nd feb even longer, really looking forward to getting one of my very own now!!.

    Just 2 other things!!!!!!!! The staff lad said that Call of duty will be released WITHIN the launch window, so thats within 3 months of launch, he also said it was going to be COD 3 but didn't know if it will be tweeked in any way??? He also said that the tech guys would not tell him what was coming for the mystery expansion port on the top of the Vita but he said they were very excited about some of the things they had seen????? who knows!!!!

    Happy gaming guys and roll on Feb 22nd, cheers!!!!
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  2. steve1974

    steve1974 Advanced Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    Nice post of your first impressions with the vita. I think its gonna be a great system-the hardware certainly is there. First ive heard of cod being released for it, but this doesnt suprise me. Call of duty will be the game that can push the kind of hardware sales sony needs to compete with the 3ds for market share.
  3. jarejare3

    jarejare3 PROFILE CHANGE!

    Dec 8, 2010
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    Vita is going to be one of the mainstream portable set for me when i get a job later on, good first impression made me look forward to it.

  4. Jennyfurr

    Jennyfurr GBAtemp Regular

    Jan 7, 2012
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    I think the vita will be really impressive.. but not many launch games interest me >.< I don't know if I'll go ahead and buy one or wait until new games are released.
  5. Tom Bombadildo

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    Nice post man.

    I don't think I'll be buying a Vita at launch. Just no games really stand out to me. I'll probably end up buying it a year or two after it's released, by then a reasonable price drop should happen...
  6. s4mid4re


    Apr 2, 2011
    United States
    Nice write-up. I'll probably be okay with the low brightness, as I usually keep the brightness on my handhelds to the minimum.

    Launch title-wise, Disgaea 3 interests me very well, although it's not a confirmed launch title outside of Japan. I'll probably import the Japanese one, though, since I'm usually not fond of non-Japanese voice acting. Yay for region-free~
  7. togusho

    togusho Newbie

    Jan 4, 2012
    I haven't made up my mind yet whether to buy it at launch or not... but I really want to play Uncharted and Gravity Rush!
  8. NES SNES V.B. N64 G.C. Wii WiiU

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    Feb 10, 2011
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    I'll probably get one at launch and pick up Uncharted with it :)
  9. steve1974

    steve1974 Advanced Member

    Oct 15, 2011
    I dont know if im gonna be buying the vita. I'll play the bajesus outta it at best buy tho. 250$ + tax + Mem stick & tax = 400$ easily without games. I'll definately be waiting till that price drops if i do purchase one.
  10. Gnargle

    Gnargle The day I set a profile picture is the day I die

    Jul 29, 2008
    You know when you put !!!!!! ?????? at the end of every sentence? That's really annoying, cut that shit out.
    Otherwise, some good coverage. Nice to have a normal person's perspective instead of gaming websites etc. Shame it's doing so terribly in Japan, hopefully sales will pick up so we'll get some decent 3rd party games.
  11. boombox

    boombox GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Sep 29, 2008
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    Awww awesome! If I didn't see your post I wouldn't have known about this, I'm well going to check it out.
    Thanks for the details and the heads up :D I'm desperate to try it.
  12. Vigilante

    Vigilante TempLurker

    Jan 1, 2010
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    You could try to organize your post a little bit but its good that you showed your opinion to us.
  13. prowler

    prowler Sony

    Jul 14, 2009
    How long are they there for? This weekend only?

    I'm going Manchester tomorrow and I bet I miss out :C
  14. Guild McCommunist

    Guild McCommunist (not on boat)

    May 6, 2009
    United States
    The Danger Zone
    tl;dr version:
    • Uncharted: Plays fine, great graphics, good fire and smoke effects, motion aiming and touch climbing worked well. Very impressed.
    • Some of the units were retail, others were debug and demo units. Played Uncharted on retail machine. Retail units had better "spring" in their analog sticks than the demo units, maybe because they had been used less.
    • System is good size, not as big as he thought. Buttons are smaller, maybe the size of an pencil in area, sticks are about the size of a 5p piece, but they work great.
    • Shoulder buttons are nice and are pressure sensitive. Shown in Mod Nation Racers where they revved the engine at start up.
    • Uncharted is graphically comparable to its PS3 version according to some other guy there.
    • Beautiful screen, but not as bright as he thought.
    • Holding down the Home button opens up some settings you can change (like brightness). Brightness slider is analog, it doesn't have preset points.
    • The Vitas were hooked up to headphones but he found the volume to be quite low. The headphones were probably crap though and it was noisy in the shop.
    • Screen easily gets finger prints. Vita buyers should get a screen protector since you'll be wiping the screen off a lot.
    • One of the guys on staff said Call of Duty will be released within the "launch window" (aka within 3 months after launch) and he also said it would be CoD3.
    • Tech guys wouldn't tell the staff guy what the "mystery expansion port" was for but that there were some exciting things on the way.
    That's basically what I surmised.
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  15. chadders

    chadders GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 21, 2005
    Glad people are reading this and liking it.

    @ prowler_ Sorry for the late response, they are there till the 18th Jan, the address is 63 Deansgate, near moon under the water.
  16. awssk8er

    awssk8er GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jun 26, 2007
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    The only game I have interest in is Uncharted, and I still never beat the third one.

    Maybe I'll get a Vita eventually, but I'm fine with my 3DS right now. While the hardware is impressive, I don't think it's worth the money.
  17. prowler

    prowler Sony

    Jul 14, 2009
    thank you! will try and go there
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  19. muckers

    muckers GBAtemp Regular

    Sep 30, 2006
    Warwickshire, UK
    We got our store one delivered today. We get all the launch titles, but as downloads and as our store doesn't have wi-fi we couldn't actually play any games.

    I'll add my impressions in this thread rather than start a new one, and I'll try and be brief.

    First impressions were that it's big, and it's nearly all screen; the buttons and sticks are quite small. The system feels really nice in the hands; very comfortable to hold, and not heavy (surprising characteristics after my first impressions about its size) but them buttons seem a bit too small - we shall see when we get some games on 'em tomorrow.

    It's a very, very nice screen but a bit underwhelming now we've been treated to the iPhone/iPad screens but it's on a par; the resolution is delicious.

    The cameras are both great - for photos they beat the iDevices hands down. Haven't tried videos yet, but iPhone/iPad videos are notoriously good for a tiny cam.

    The menu interface is very similar to the iOS setup. Swipe through screens of apps organised how you want. Except they're not squares, they're bubbles, and you swipe up and down as opposed to left and right.

    Finally, the memory cards are really tiny. Like a baby MicroSD card.

    Oh and it is a fingerprint magnet. We took it out the box and it instantly needed a wipe. Screen protectors will be a must but just gotta hope they don't diminish the beauty of the OLED screen.
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  20. The Milkman

    The Milkman GBATemp's Official Asshat Milkman

    Jan 12, 2011
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    Throwing milk at the bitches!
    Ill pick one up if I see a Bioshock for it (or TF2, which is much less likely)