Game Room: February Roundup

PS VITA cont.
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PS VITA cont.

The Vita is available in two flavors: a Wi-Fi only build ($249) or a 3G model ($299). With remote play the ability to be online anywhere is a huge draw. So far though, the 3G browsing and remote play have suffered from intermittent delays and hiccups, and persistent 3G burns through battery life much faster than Wi-Fi. If and when these experiences are smoothed out, it will be a huge boost to the Vita's unique experience.

Vita offers two ways to buy games. You can still purchase physical media games from retailers: those come on small cards that insert into the top of the Vita. And you can also buy games digitally from the PlayStation store. All retail games can also be bought online, but there's also a solid lineup of digital-only games that sell for a fraction of the price and are worth checking out: including Super StarDust Delta, Plants vs. Zombies, Hustle Kings and Escape Plan. The Vita comes with an upgradable memory card that dependent on your usage could fill up fast with game save files and digitally downloaded games.

Still, the Vita exists so you can play video games on the run. In that regard it delivers the best experience in portable gaming. Vita's impressive launch library -- keep reading for 12 Vita reviews -- is a strong selling point, and it features the best display and the most flexible control options in the history of handhelds. Gamers with the cash should seriously consider grabbing a Vita now. If Sony can iron out online functionality and drop the price, the Vita could become the must-have piece of hardware for 2012.

Score: 8.5 out of 10

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