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## Product Description
Sony's PlayStation Vita, previously codenamed "Next Generation Portable", is the successor to the PlayStation Portable hardware series. Vita retains the familiar general form of the PlayStation Portable hardware series while dramatically improving on virtually every aspect of its use with powerful and exciting new features including: dual touch pads at the front and rear, dual cameras at the front and rear, dual analog sticks, OLED Multi touch screen (capacitive type)

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I purchased a Vita roughly when it was first released and the experience was mixed. I loved the hardware capabilities, the fit and finish and the dual analog sticks (finally However, the game selection wasfor the most part, the operating system had a couple of quirks and the system just didn't have enough games to warrant the purchase, so I sold it

Fast forward to today and I think the game selection and capabilities of this system are vastly improved. I'll break this review down into the different elements of the system that I think are worth going over. I'll start with the operating system and then work my way to hardware/functionality, games/software, overall pros/cons and then my summarizing thoughts. I'll also provide a 0-5 rating system for each segment and then an overall system score at the end of this review

The OS has gone through a few updates since I had my original and for the most part, I think they've fixed everything that people were complaining about. They're still using the "bubble" style OS, but they've added a folder functionality, so you can now have those individual bubbles act as folders and contain other bubbles (aka software). This addition alone really cleans up the OS and makes it much easier to sift through all your media, so great job on that Sony. Stability overall was never really a problem, but during the initial release, some occasionally had a random hardware freeze. I did experience this once, but that was a one time event during a few months of ownership, so it wasn't a terrible issue. However, since then the OS is now rock solid and I haven't experience anything like that, thus far. The various apps that are available for the system, such as YouTube, Facebook, Maps, etc., all function as they should. I haven't experienced any stability issues and they're all fairly easy/intuitive to use. One thing that I think is worth mentioning, is that you can now click on video/YouTube links in the systems browser and it will automatically redirect you to the YouTube app and bring up the video. I do still wish that the browser could natively play videos, but this process is now very quick and painless, so I don't really have any complaints on that front. There's still the functionality of changing the backgrounds and you now CAN control the OS with the physical buttons, rather than being forced to use the touch screen of the system. I think this is a huge improvement because I hated having toup my screen/protector just to browse through my media. Lastly, we finally have the ability to multitask! Now when you're playing a game and decide to go to the home menu and say do a search with the systems browser, you're no longer forced to close your game first. This is a notable improvement and I'm very happy about it

Overall, I give the operating system a solid 4 out of 5. I can't help but feel like I'd still prefer the PS3/PSP style of OS on this system, but the functionality and stability improvements have made the overall feel of it enjoyable, albeit a little quirky/different. The multitasking and quick access to the various things you have open via the home button makeup for any reservations I've had tho

The hardware in this system is powerful and efficient. I have no complaints about the hardware the system contains. Developers have direct access to the hardware and with a light weight OS, this provides us with a powerful gaming experience on the go. It's been said before, but I do think that this is the closest you can get to a console experience on the go currently. I have nothing against mobile phones and tablets, but the lack of physical controls on those devices makes the Vita the best mobile gaming companion. I like that that the Vita also incorporates touch screen controls along side the physical. It does provide different ways to play and more control options for developers to utilize and adds a very useful control changing scheme when playing PS One games you've downloaded from PSN. Overall, I haven't encountered any games that have abused these controls by making them an unnecessary necessity. Most games allow you to turn off the touch controls if you don't like them and there were quite a few games where I felt it really did add to the experience (the best being Uncharted). However, I'll take physical controls over motion/touch elements any day. The touch controls aren't bad by any means, but there really are things that you can only do well and efficiently with a button or dual analog sticks, so the fact that we have both is awesome. The only negative aspect of the touch controls is the touch pad on the back; I just can't get used to using it. Thankfully, nothing has forced me to use the back touch pad yet, but using it just feels awkward. You have to either hold the vita in your palms while trying to fiddle with the touch pad with your fingers or you hold the Vita normally and use your middle fingers. I haven't found a usage scenario where it's completely comfortable and feels natural. I do see what they were trying to do with this tho. With the touch pad on the back you can free up the screen for your viewing experience while still having touch controls, so it's not a bad idea, but in practice I only ever found it useful while scrolling a website or if I wanted to reassign a PS One games control scheme to the back. It works, but if an action packed game that requires quick reflexes were to force me to use it, then I don't think I'd have a very good experience. Thankfully, the games that utilize it (that I've tried) let you turn off this functionality, so you don't accidentally move or engage something, while your holding your Vita. The Vitas analog sticks and buttons all feel great. All the buttons feel clicky/mechanical and respond very well. The analog sticks feel a little bit small, but I do think they found a nice balance between portability and sticks that actually function well. The analog sticks feel light years better than the original PSP's slider stick or even the 3DS's stick. They are the best "true" analogue sticks on a mobile platform/device. My only complaint or rather, something that I wish was better on the hardware front are the shoulder buttons. They don't have the same clicky/mechanical feeling as the rest of the buttons and even feel a little squishy. They feel like the PS3's L2 and R2 buttons, but not as firm/resistant. The result of this is an experience where I've felt like in some games that I have to hold the shoulder buttons down a bit firmly and in the right spot or sometimes the action I'm performing will just stop. It's not a make or break situation because they do work and the overall functionality I think is better than the PSP's, but I wish they were a tad firmer and had better response. Lastly, the build quality and the screen of this device are top notch. The OLED screen is very vibrant and crisp and just kicksfor multimedia viewing. Theare really deep and inky, the colors vibrant/bright and I have no complaints. The screen is definitely a huge improvement over the PSP's screen. In terms of build quality, the system is built like a tank. I have the WiFi version and I feel like the weight is well balanced on this unit and it's just comfortable to hold. Once you get one in your hands, you'll really feel like it's worth the price. It doesn't feel like they skimped on the quality at all with this device. It is a fingerprint magnet, but as long as you get a nice screen protector (search for the HORI screen protector for the Vita) and maybe even a protector for the back touch pad (I got a three pack for cheap from Cosmos that actually feels and looks great), then you won't have any problems. I'd store it in a case/pouch when not in use, but I think these are just obvious things that you should do if you want your device in pristine condition for a long time

A couple of things I forgot to mention is battery life and the Vitas proprietary memory cardsI feel like the battery life has actually been improved with all these software/firmware updates as of late. When I initially got my first system the battery life was. It was about like the original 3DS. It wasn't bad, but it left more to be desired. With this unit, I feel like it's been improved. I'm able to play PS One/PSP games for about 5+ hours easily on this at 70% of the screen brightness and fairly high volume. The Vita games drain battery more obviously, but with a few adjustments (Bluetooth off, screen brightness, etc.) it's not unreasonable to expect 5+ hours as well. Is this a device that'll last you 12+ hours with continuous use? No, but it's not bad and lasts long enough for a good gaming session and I would assume lasts a lot longer if your just doing something like browsing the web or listening to music. I haven't tested video playback battery life tho, so I can't comment on that yet

Lastly, these memory cardsthis is the one thing that I feel is holding back the Vita. The Vita has NO on board memory. Now, this wouldn't be a problem if the Vita could use a standard (micro or otherwise) SD card or even the cards the PSP used, but these cards are proprietary (they only work with the Vita) and they're really overpriced. Initially, the Vita wasn't really coming with a memory card at the time of purchase and you had to get a starter pack that tacked on quite a bit to the Vitas cost for a lack luster 4gb card. This is plenty for game saves, but with the Vitas fantastic capability to play many PS One classics and PSP games, the 4gb just simply isn't adequate. The cards come in 4gb, 8gb, 16gb and 32gb variants. I picked up a 32gb card via Amazon this time around for my new Vita and even with the slightly lower prices nowit still cost me about $85 to $90 dollars and that was with an Amazon sale. This card in particular normally costs about $100 bucks. That is. I do understand why they went the proprietary route; the PSP had a major hacking problem and this is one of Sony's methods to preventing the same thing happening to the Vita. I have no problem with that, but these cards need a huge price reduction. The speeds have been tested and the cards actually load games a tad bit slower than if you were to buy the actual game card(s), instead of downloading them. The difference isn't large enough to dismiss the convenience of having your games on a memory card, but this on top of ridiculously inflated prices is what I feel is truly holding the Vita back. For a hundred dollars I should be getting a 60gb+ microSD card. The Vitas card prices essentially need to be cut in half. I've heard rumors that a price cut is coming, but when? I don't know. I am enjoying the 32gb card because if your someone like me who plans on having lots of PSP and PS One games on your Vita, then the 32gb is basically a necessity, but that initial purchase cost was tough to. The cards just should not be this expensive. I'm actually buying all my Vita specific games in the physical format because Amazon often has better deals than Sony offers for the digital versions and with how expensive the 32gb memory cards are, I can't justify picking a second one up to get all my Vita games digitally. They really need to slash card prices in half and add a 60gb+ card in that 100 dollars or less price range for those of us who want to and do use our Vitas as a portable digital powerhouse. Sony also needs to be more competitive with their digital pricing. It costs less for them to produce digitally distributed games than physical copies, so I feel they need to pass those savings onto us. More people will purchase the digital versions as a result and in the end I think they'll end up stronger for it

So, with all that being said, I think from a hardware stand point the system deserves a 4 out of 5. I think Sony really knocked it out the park with this system. The build quality is incredible (this is a very sturdy device) and the functionality as a whole is awesome. Everything functions well and although the back touch pad is a little awkward, it does have its purpose/usage scenarios where I was happy that it was there. The shoulder buttons could be a little better, but I don't think that's worth knocking off a point for a system that's overall fantastic. The battery life also seems somewhat improved from launch day, so there's that as well. The only thing really worth knocking off a point for (for the time being) are theprice points of the proprietary memory cards. Fix the prices and add a larger capacity card and I think most people will be happy. I think the Vita will deserve a perfect hardware score if that fix ever comes into play

Now, lets move on to the games and other software. Initially, what made me sell my original Vita, were the lack of games the system had. I know this is to be expected when a system first launches, but the Vita had a bit of dry spell during its first year. There weren't very many must have Vita games and the PSN store was pretty empty. However, mid 2013 and onward has been and is shaping up to be much better. The PSN store now has lots of PS One classics to download at reasonable prices and the same goes for the large backlog of great PSP titles that are playable on the Vita via PSN downloads as well. I'm particularly excited for the "Final Fantasy X" and "X-2" HD remake, "Phantasy Star Online 2," as well as the upcoming release of the highly praised "The Walking Dead" game. There's also many already released games, such as "Uncharted: Golden Abyss," "Little Big Planet," "Persona 4 Golden" and many fun JRPG games and button mashers like "Muramasa Rebirth." With these and highly anticipated upcoming titles, I feel the Vita is a worthwhile purchase for your portable gaming pleasure. In terms of software/apps, there isn't a whole lot to choose from, but the necessities are there, such as YouTube, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter (if that's your thing), a GPS map app and an email app. There isn't much more to ask for and the apps function well without issue, so I have no complaints

Overall, with a good library of PS Vita, PSP and PS One games, as well as some upcoming hopefuls, I feel the Vita deserves a 5 out of 5. This system has a lot of replay value and enough games so far that I don't think you're going to find yourself bored anytime soon. I'm currently playing through the "Parasite Eve" series for the first time on my Vita and the experience has been awesome. The rest of the year looks promising and I'm hopeful that the Vita is going to pick up speed. There's also the necessary apps that people will use often and they function well, so that's covered here too

So, here are the overall pros and cons of this system!
Pros:
- Powerful Hardware
- Excellent Build Quality and Functionality
- Incredibly Beautiful OLED Screen
- Reliable and Efficient Operating System
- Good Selection of Games
- Decent Apps
- Now Has Multitasking
- Seemingly Improved/Decent Battery Life
Cons:
- Memory Cards are Still Overpriced and Proprietary
- No Memory Card Capacity Beyond 32gb
- Back Touch Pad Is Awkward to Use In Most Cases (but you don't have to use it)
- Shoulder Buttons Could Be Firmer
In summary, the PS Vita is a portable gaming system worth having. Unless you absolutely have to have some of Nintendo's exclusives or need a smaller and more pocket friendly system, the Vita is superior in just about every way. The hardware and build quality are great, it's reliable, has plenty of functionality and has dual analogue sticks. Its game library is shaping up quite nicely with anticipated upcoming Vita games as well as a huge backlog of PS One classics and PSP games. The rest of this year is looking to be pretty great for Vita owners. The only thing truly holding this system back is it's overpriced proprietary memory cards. Offer better deals for the users buying your digital copies, slash those memory card prices and offer a higher capacity than 32gb. Overall I give this system a 4 out of 5. Fix the above and I think you'll have a real winner on your hands. If these issues are resolved, then I'll revise my review score to a perfect 5 out of 5

Fast forward to today and I think the game selection and capabilities of this system are vastly improved. I'll break this review down into the different elements of the system that I think are worth going over. I'll start with the operating system and then work my way to hardware/functionality, games/software, overall pros/cons and then my summarizing thoughts. I'll also provide a 0-5 rating system for each segment and then an overall system score at the end of this review

The OS has gone through a few updates since I had my original and for the most part, I think they've fixed everything that people were complaining about. They're still using the "bubble" style OS, but they've added a folder functionality, so you can now have those individual bubbles act as folders and contain other bubbles (aka software). This addition alone really cleans up the OS and makes it much easier to sift through all your media, so great job on that Sony. Stability overall was never really a problem, but during the initial release, some occasionally had a random hardware freeze. I did experience this once, but that was a one time event during a few months of ownership, so it wasn't a terrible issue. However, since then the OS is now rock solid and I haven't experience anything like that, thus far. The various apps that are available for the system, such as YouTube, Facebook, Maps, etc., all function as they should. I haven't experienced any stability issues and they're all fairly easy/intuitive to use. One thing that I think is worth mentioning, is that you can now click on video/YouTube links in the systems browser and it will automatically redirect you to the YouTube app and bring up the video. I do still wish that the browser could natively play videos, but this process is now very quick and painless, so I don't really have any complaints on that front. There's still the functionality of changing the backgrounds and you now CAN control the OS with the physical buttons, rather than being forced to use the touch screen of the system. I think this is a huge improvement because I hated having toup my screen/protector just to browse through my media. Lastly, we finally have the ability to multitask! Now when you're playing a game and decide to go to the home menu and say do a search with the systems browser, you're no longer forced to close your game first. This is a notable improvement and I'm very happy about it

Overall, I give the operating system a solid 4 out of 5. I can't help but feel like I'd still prefer the PS3/PSP style of OS on this system, but the functionality and stability improvements have made the overall feel of it enjoyable, albeit a little quirky/different. The multitasking and quick access to the various things you have open via the home button makeup for any reservations I've had tho

The hardware in this system is powerful and efficient. I have no complaints about the hardware the system contains. Developers have direct access to the hardware and with a light weight OS, this provides us with a powerful gaming experience on the go. It's been said before, but I do think that this is the closest you can get to a console experience on the go currently. I have nothing against mobile phones and tablets, but the lack of physical controls on those devices makes the Vita the best mobile gaming companion. I like that that the Vita also incorporates touch screen controls along side the physical. It does provide different ways to play and more control options for developers to utilize and adds a very useful control changing scheme when playing PS One games you've downloaded from PSN. Overall, I haven't encountered any games that have abused these controls by making them an unnecessary necessity. Most games allow you to turn off the touch controls if you don't like them and there were quite a few games where I felt it really did add to the experience (the best being Uncharted). However, I'll take physical controls over motion/touch elements any day. The touch controls aren't bad by any means, but there really are things that you can only do well and efficiently with a button or dual analog sticks, so the fact that we have both is awesome. The only negative aspect of the touch controls is the touch pad on the back; I just can't get used to using it. Thankfully, nothing has forced me to use the back touch pad yet, but using it just feels awkward. You have to either hold the vita in your palms while trying to fiddle with the touch pad with your fingers or you hold the Vita normally and use your middle fingers. I haven't found a usage scenario where it's completely comfortable and feels natural. I do see what they were trying to do with this tho. With the touch pad on the back you can free up the screen for your viewing experience while still having touch controls, so it's not a bad idea, but in practice I only ever found it useful while scrolling a website or if I wanted to reassign a PS One games control scheme to the back. It works, but if an action packed game that requires quick reflexes were to force me to use it, then I don't think I'd have a very good experience. Thankfully, the games that utilize it (that I've tried) let you turn off this functionality, so you don't accidentally move or engage something, while your holding your Vita. The Vitas analog sticks and buttons all feel great. All the buttons feel clicky/mechanical and respond very well. The analog sticks feel a little bit small, but I do think they found a nice balance between portability and sticks that actually function well. The analog sticks feel light years better than the original PSP's slider stick or even the 3DS's stick. They are the best "true" analogue sticks on a mobile platform/device. My only complaint or rather, something that I wish was better on the hardware front are the shoulder buttons. They don't have the same clicky/mechanical feeling as the rest of the buttons and even feel a little squishy. They feel like the PS3's L2 and R2 buttons, but not as firm/resistant. The result of this is an experience where I've felt like in some games that I have to hold the shoulder buttons down a bit firmly and in the right spot or sometimes the action I'm performing will just stop. It's not a make or break situation because they do work and the overall functionality I think is better than the PSP's, but I wish they were a tad firmer and had better response. Lastly, the build quality and the screen of this device are top notch. The OLED screen is very vibrant and crisp and just kicksfor multimedia viewing. Theare really deep and inky, the colors vibrant/bright and I have no complaints. The screen is definitely a huge improvement over the PSP's screen. In terms of build quality, the system is built like a tank. I have the WiFi version and I feel like the weight is well balanced on this unit and it's just comfortable to hold. Once you get one in your hands, you'll really feel like it's worth the price. It doesn't feel like they skimped on the quality at all with this device. It is a fingerprint magnet, but as long as you get a nice screen protector (search for the HORI screen protector for the Vita) and maybe even a protector for the back touch pad (I got a three pack for cheap from Cosmos that actually feels and looks great), then you won't have any problems. I'd store it in a case/pouch when not in use, but I think these are just obvious things that you should do if you want your device in pristine condition for a long time

A couple of things I forgot to mention is battery life and the Vitas proprietary memory cardsI feel like the battery life has actually been improved with all these software/firmware updates as of late. When I initially got my first system the battery life was. It was about like the original 3DS. It wasn't bad, but it left more to be desired. With this unit, I feel like it's been improved. I'm able to play PS One/PSP games for about 5+ hours easily on this at 70% of the screen brightness and fairly high volume. The Vita games drain battery more obviously, but with a few adjustments (Bluetooth off, screen brightness, etc.) it's not unreasonable to expect 5+ hours as well. Is this a device that'll last you 12+ hours with continuous use? No, but it's not bad and lasts long enough for a good gaming session and I would assume lasts a lot longer if your just doing something like browsing the web or listening to music. I haven't tested video playback battery life tho, so I can't comment on that yet

Lastly, these memory cardsthis is the one thing that I feel is holding back the Vita. The Vita has NO on board memory. Now, this wouldn't be a problem if the Vita could use a standard (micro or otherwise) SD card or even the cards the PSP used, but these cards are proprietary (they only work with the Vita) and they're really overpriced. Initially, the Vita wasn't really coming with a memory card at the time of purchase and you had to get a starter pack that tacked on quite a bit to the Vitas cost for a lack luster 4gb card. This is plenty for game saves, but with the Vitas fantastic capability to play many PS One classics and PSP games, the 4gb just simply isn't adequate. The cards come in 4gb, 8gb, 16gb and 32gb variants. I picked up a 32gb card via Amazon this time around for my new Vita and even with the slightly lower prices nowit still cost me about $85 to $90 dollars and that was with an Amazon sale. This card in particular normally costs about $100 bucks. That is. I do understand why they went the proprietary route; the PSP had a major hacking problem and this is one of Sony's methods to preventing the same thing happening to the Vita. I have no problem with that, but these cards need a huge price reduction. The speeds have been tested and the cards actually load games a tad bit slower than if you were to buy the actual game card(s), instead of downloading them. The difference isn't large enough to dismiss the convenience of having your games on a memory card, but this on top of ridiculously inflated prices is what I feel is truly holding the Vita back. For a hundred dollars I should be getting a 60gb+ microSD card. The Vitas card prices essentially need to be cut in half. I've heard rumors that a price cut is coming, but when? I don't know. I am enjoying the 32gb card because if your someone like me who plans on having lots of PSP and PS One games on your Vita, then the 32gb is basically a necessity, but that initial purchase cost was tough to. The cards just should not be this expensive. I'm actually buying all my Vita specific games in the physical format because Amazon often has better deals than Sony offers for the digital versions and with how expensive the 32gb memory cards are, I can't justify picking a second one up to get all my Vita games digitally. They really need to slash card prices in half and add a 60gb+ card in that 100 dollars or less price range for those of us who want to and do use our Vitas as a portable digital powerhouse. Sony also needs to be more competitive with their digital pricing. It costs less for them to produce digitally distributed games than physical copies, so I feel they need to pass those savings onto us. More people will purchase the digital versions as a result and in the end I think they'll end up stronger for it

So, with all that being said, I think from a hardware stand point the system deserves a 4 out of 5. I think Sony really knocked it out the park with this system. The build quality is incredible (this is a very sturdy device) and the functionality as a whole is awesome. Everything functions well and although the back touch pad is a little awkward, it does have its purpose/usage scenarios where I was happy that it was there. The shoulder buttons could be a little better, but I don't think that's worth knocking off a point for a system that's overall fantastic. The battery life also seems somewhat improved from launch day, so there's that as well. The only thing really worth knocking off a point for (for the time being) are theprice points of the proprietary memory cards. Fix the prices and add a larger capacity card and I think most people will be happy. I think the Vita will deserve a perfect hardware score if that fix ever comes into play

Now, lets move on to the games and other software. Initially, what made me sell my original Vita, were the lack of games the system had. I know this is to be expected when a system first launches, but the Vita had a bit of dry spell during its first year. There weren't very many must have Vita games and the PSN store was pretty empty. However, mid 2013 and onward has been and is shaping up to be much better. The PSN store now has lots of PS One classics to download at reasonable prices and the same goes for the large backlog of great PSP titles that are playable on the Vita via PSN downloads as well. I'm particularly excited for the "Final Fantasy X" and "X-2" HD remake, "Phantasy Star Online 2," as well as the upcoming release of the highly praised "The Walking Dead" game. There's also many already released games, such as "Uncharted: Golden Abyss," "Little Big Planet," "Persona 4 Golden" and many fun JRPG games and button mashers like "Muramasa Rebirth." With these and highly anticipated upcoming titles, I feel the Vita is a worthwhile purchase for your portable gaming pleasure. In terms of software/apps, there isn't a whole lot to choose from, but the necessities are there, such as YouTube, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter (if that's your thing), a GPS map app and an email app. There isn't much more to ask for and the apps function well without issue, so I have no complaints

Overall, with a good library of PS Vita, PSP and PS One games, as well as some upcoming hopefuls, I feel the Vita deserves a 5 out of 5. This system has a lot of replay value and enough games so far that I don't think you're going to find yourself bored anytime soon. I'm currently playing through the "Parasite Eve" series for the first time on my Vita and the experience has been awesome. The rest of the year looks promising and I'm hopeful that the Vita is going to pick up speed. There's also the necessary apps that people will use often and they function well, so that's covered here too

So, here are the overall pros and cons of this system!
Pros:
- Powerful Hardware
- Excellent Build Quality and Functionality
- Incredibly Beautiful OLED Screen
- Reliable and Efficient Operating System
- Good Selection of Games
- Decent Apps
- Now Has Multitasking
- Seemingly Improved/Decent Battery Life
Cons:
- Memory Cards are Still Overpriced and Proprietary
- No Memory Card Capacity Beyond 32gb
- Back Touch Pad Is Awkward to Use In Most Cases (but you don't have to use it)
- Shoulder Buttons Could Be Firmer
In summary, the PS Vita is a portable gaming system worth having. Unless you absolutely have to have some of Nintendo's exclusives or need a smaller and more pocket friendly system, the Vita is superior in just about every way. The hardware and build quality are great, it's reliable, has plenty of functionality and has dual analogue sticks. Its game library is shaping up quite nicely with anticipated upcoming Vita games as well as a huge backlog of PS One classics and PSP games. The rest of this year is looking to be pretty great for Vita owners. The only thing truly holding this system back is it's overpriced proprietary memory cards. Offer better deals for the users buying your digital copies, slash those memory card prices and offer a higher capacity than 32gb. Overall I give this system a 4 out of 5. Fix the above and I think you'll have a real winner on your hands. If these issues are resolved, then I'll revise my review score to a perfect 5 out of 5

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Reviewed in the United States πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ on May 9, 2017
By Amazon_Reviewer_007 on May 9, 2017So my original PS Vita (PCH-1000) with the OLED screen finallydown after about 2 year's time. This is right around the time I was at the start of my 2nd year in the Persona 4 Golden storyline. Of course I was irritated to say the least. Instead of going through the trouble of replacing the screen on my own, I decided to buy a refurbished PS Vita (PCH-2000) LCD screen model for a heavily discounted price. I've heard good reviews of the newer Vita so I thought why not give it a try. Also given that I have over 80 PS Vita games and hundreds of PS4 games I didn't play yet that are of worthy play through value, I do plan on eventually taking them on the go to play in my downtime when traveling

MY NEW LCD VITA's PROS and CONS
PROS:
- Long battery life
- Came with a 4GB memory card
- All buttons and sensors are working
- Came with 2 games on memory card
- Very lightweight
- Price was pretty cheap (refurbished)
- Works well with PS4 Remote Play
CONS:
- Was listed in Good Condition (LIKE NEW) but had noticeable scratches on the main screen, which wasn't too bad;
however had VERYscratches on the rear touchpad which were not mentioned prior

- Did not come with a power adaptor, but that was mentioned in the prior description before buying so no

- Wasand Left Joystick had defect where during games it kept pushing forward on its own (I fixed this by using a sharp pointed nail filer and cleaning the dirt around the Joystick and blowing it good)

OVERALL:
Good buy for the money considering the huge discount

(FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE OLED VITA VS THE LCD VITA SEE BELOW ALSO INCLUDED MANY PICS IN MY REVIEW)

I previously owned an OLED Vita which I loved to death. But as we all know, technology wasn't built to last forever. I now have purchased the newer LCD Vita. With that being said, I will compare both Vitas

OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (SCREEN):
The OLED screen is a hands down winner. It isn't even close. The colors are more vivid and the superior quality is very noticeable during gameplay. The LCD screen only takes the win when playing outside in bright sunlight as it becomes a little more clear to see during those times. Outside in bright light the OLED screen seems too dimly lit to see but is still manageable

In other words, if I take my Vita outside to play in a hot, bright, long, Hawaii/Florida type of summer, I gotta go with the LCD Vita. In all other circumstances, it's the OLED Vita. No comparison

Winner: OLED Vita
OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (BATTERY LIFE):
It is true that the LCD Vita does have better battery life. I seem to get a few more hours out of my LCD Vita when compared to my OLED Vita. It does much better when on Standby as well. However on both Vitas you can always lower the screen brightness when necessary to save more battery. Usually instead, I simply put my Vita into Power Saving Mode to extend the battery

Winner: LCD Vita
OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (OUTSIDE HARDWARE):
The OLED Vita seems more expensive and more sturdy with a solid metal build. The LCD Vita is more lightweight in a cheaper and softer plastic build. I have an AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty Vault Case which fits my OLED Vita and not the LCD Vita I just received. It wasn't originally designed for the LCD one but I still managed to make it fit after using some pressure. So just make sure to check the description before buying any case to see which one will fit yours since both Vitas aren't the same sizes. Another bonus of the LCD Vita is that it comes with a Micro USB port for charging, which is universally used. You can basically always find a plug and a place to charge this Vita, unlike the OLED version

The OLED controls do seem more precise and it never gave me any dirt related issues or break downs. It also feels more comfortable, but that is a personal preference. The LCD Vita is more susceptible to those above issues mentioned

Winner: Tie, but LCD Vita does come with micro USB charging

OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (INSIDE SOFTWARE):
The PS Vita's obscene, overly priced memory cards have been ridiculed for some time now and was a fatal mistake in the long run which can't be fixed at this point. A benefit of the newer LCD version is included memory of what I believe is 1GB. It's not much but it does help. Note that this memory can not be used at the same time as an inserted SD card. It's give or take, but is great at downloading your favorite new game or 2 on the go less than 1GB in size from the PS Store

It also seems to have a faster processor, although not by much. I did notice that a few games seemed to load slightly faster with less frame rate drops in higher graphically intense games. PS4 Remote Play works well with both Vitas but seemed slightly more responsive with the newer LCD Vita

The LCD Vita also has an impoved camera processor

Winner: LCD Vita
OVERALL SUMMARY:
Winner: OLED Vita
Both Vitas are worth the investment. The newer LCD Vita does have better battery and a few slight enhancements. But the original OLED Vita's display and overall aesthetic appeal is a no match in my opinion

Given a choice, I would go with the OLED Vita. But if the LCD Vita is the only available Vita you can grab, I would say it's worth it. For plane travelers who do a lot of flying and traveling to different places, the LCD may benefit you more as it has a longer battery life. Also when I was living in Japan I found myself using my Vita a lot in trains. Any New Yorker or city dweller will find it useful totime in the subways and longer commutes

I personally used my OLED Vita often times as a multimedia device watching Netflix on the go. True a tablet can do this, but the Vita is small enough to fit in your pocket and a better gaming device on the go, which is a bonus. This saves my phone's battery from heavy drainage due to gaming and movie binges. The Vita is an all-in-one

For you heavy PS4 users, I find myself using Remote Play more often on the Vita than I originally thought I would. It's a good benefit when playing RPGs and some Sports games, as it can be used as an extra controller when playing with friends. I've used it with Call of Duty and Battlefield, as well as Assassin's Creed and the NBA 2K series, but under intense gaming situations, the touch screen can be a headache and does take some time getting used to

Remote Play isn't perfect. It's missing the L2/R2 buttons, which it compensates with the touch screen, so be aware of that if you're mainly buying the Vita for Remote Play or as an additional PS4 controller to use


UPDATE : MAY 14th, 2017
So after using my new LCD Vita for about a week, I noticed some things

Overall the gameplay and Remote Play options seem the same for both Vitas. Maybe the newer LCD Vita is slightly faster but it is barely noticeable in most situations. It does win with the battery life by a long shot. The micro USB charging also is a win-win

The OLED Vita has a better feel to me and a screen display that is too beautiful to describe in words unless you've ever had the opportunity to play on one. Even by today's standards, that screen is a beautiful work of art. Just see it for yourself and be blown away

I still gotta go with the OLED Vita as my winner

 If using Remote Play, I've noticed to keep your PS4 in Standby Mode. Never turn it completely off or your Vita won't be able to turn it back on when you're away from it

With the PS4 in Standby or simply left Powered On, I love how I can be almost anywhere in the world and still stay connected to my PS4 and play my favorite games on the go. I used this a lot during my time in the Navy. The Vita maybe outdated by today's specs, but since the screen is so small, PS4 games still look beautiful on the display. I can travel and play my favorite PS4 games without ever needing to take my PS4 with me. Just make sure your connected wifi is secure and fast enough. In today's bandwidth I will say ideally you want at least a speed of 10Mbps, but it's been known to work well with less depending on the situation and location. 
 Another thing to note is that Vita support is dwindling in some areas. First they cancelled AAA gaming support on a very capable device. After that they cancelled YouTube support (though it can still be accessed through the web browser). They also cancelled many other app support and will soon be cancelling support for Live from PlayStation streaming (see the pic in my attached photos)

Ithat Sony gave up so fast on a very good device without marketing it well and I'm sure they have paid the price for it. Vita support is still big in the Japan market with new games and updates to some existing games being made every month. So for the time being you can always find newer JRPG games like Attack on Titan, Toukiden 2, Danganronpa 3, and Persona-like inspired games. There is other 3rd party support also with some new games you may like and some you may not

If that is not your thing then the Vita still has a great backlog of its games capable on its own, PS4 games (Remote Play), PS3 games (PS Now), PS2, PS1, and PSP backwards compatibility. It's truly a legacy gaming machine

So my original PS Vita (PCH-1000) with the OLED screen finallydown after about 2 year's time. This is right around the time I was at the start of my 2nd year in the Persona 4 Golden storyline. Of course I was irritated to say the least. Instead of going through the trouble of replacing the screen on my own, I decided to buy a refurbished PS Vita (PCH-2000) LCD screen model for a heavily discounted price. I've heard good reviews of the newer Vita so I thought why not give it a try. Also given that I have over 80 PS Vita games and hundreds of PS4 games I didn't play yet that are of worthy play through value, I do plan on eventually taking them on the go to play in my downtime when traveling

MY NEW LCD VITA's PROS and CONS
PROS:
- Long battery life
- Came with a 4GB memory card
- All buttons and sensors are working
- Came with 2 games on memory card
- Very lightweight
- Price was pretty cheap (refurbished)
- Works well with PS4 Remote Play
CONS:
- Was listed in Good Condition (LIKE NEW) but had noticeable scratches on the main screen, which wasn't too bad;
however had VERYscratches on the rear touchpad which were not mentioned prior

- Did not come with a power adaptor, but that was mentioned in the prior description before buying so no

- Wasand Left Joystick had defect where during games it kept pushing forward on its own (I fixed this by using a sharp pointed nail filer and cleaning the dirt around the Joystick and blowing it good)

OVERALL:
Good buy for the money considering the huge discount

(FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE OLED VITA VS THE LCD VITA SEE BELOW ALSO INCLUDED MANY PICS IN MY REVIEW)

I previously owned an OLED Vita which I loved to death. But as we all know, technology wasn't built to last forever. I now have purchased the newer LCD Vita. With that being said, I will compare both Vitas

OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (SCREEN):
The OLED screen is a hands down winner. It isn't even close. The colors are more vivid and the superior quality is very noticeable during gameplay. The LCD screen only takes the win when playing outside in bright sunlight as it becomes a little more clear to see during those times. Outside in bright light the OLED screen seems too dimly lit to see but is still manageable

In other words, if I take my Vita outside to play in a hot, bright, long, Hawaii/Florida type of summer, I gotta go with the LCD Vita. In all other circumstances, it's the OLED Vita. No comparison

Winner: OLED Vita
OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (BATTERY LIFE):
It is true that the LCD Vita does have better battery life. I seem to get a few more hours out of my LCD Vita when compared to my OLED Vita. It does much better when on Standby as well. However on both Vitas you can always lower the screen brightness when necessary to save more battery. Usually instead, I simply put my Vita into Power Saving Mode to extend the battery

Winner: LCD Vita
OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (OUTSIDE HARDWARE):
The OLED Vita seems more expensive and more sturdy with a solid metal build. The LCD Vita is more lightweight in a cheaper and softer plastic build. I have an AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty Vault Case which fits my OLED Vita and not the LCD Vita I just received. It wasn't originally designed for the LCD one but I still managed to make it fit after using some pressure. So just make sure to check the description before buying any case to see which one will fit yours since both Vitas aren't the same sizes. Another bonus of the LCD Vita is that it comes with a Micro USB port for charging, which is universally used. You can basically always find a plug and a place to charge this Vita, unlike the OLED version

The OLED controls do seem more precise and it never gave me any dirt related issues or break downs. It also feels more comfortable, but that is a personal preference. The LCD Vita is more susceptible to those above issues mentioned

Winner: Tie, but LCD Vita does come with micro USB charging

OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (INSIDE SOFTWARE):
The PS Vita's obscene, overly priced memory cards have been ridiculed for some time now and was a fatal mistake in the long run which can't be fixed at this point. A benefit of the newer LCD version is included memory of what I believe is 1GB. It's not much but it does help. Note that this memory can not be used at the same time as an inserted SD card. It's give or take, but is great at downloading your favorite new game or 2 on the go less than 1GB in size from the PS Store

It also seems to have a faster processor, although not by much. I did notice that a few games seemed to load slightly faster with less frame rate drops in higher graphically intense games. PS4 Remote Play works well with both Vitas but seemed slightly more responsive with the newer LCD Vita

The LCD Vita also has an impoved camera processor

Winner: LCD Vita
OVERALL SUMMARY:
Winner: OLED Vita
Both Vitas are worth the investment. The newer LCD Vita does have better battery and a few slight enhancements. But the original OLED Vita's display and overall aesthetic appeal is a no match in my opinion

Given a choice, I would go with the OLED Vita. But if the LCD Vita is the only available Vita you can grab, I would say it's worth it. For plane travelers who do a lot of flying and traveling to different places, the LCD may benefit you more as it has a longer battery life. Also when I was living in Japan I found myself using my Vita a lot in trains. Any New Yorker or city dweller will find it useful totime in the subways and longer commutes

I personally used my OLED Vita often times as a multimedia device watching Netflix on the go. True a tablet can do this, but the Vita is small enough to fit in your pocket and a better gaming device on the go, which is a bonus. This saves my phone's battery from heavy drainage due to gaming and movie binges. The Vita is an all-in-one

For you heavy PS4 users, I find myself using Remote Play more often on the Vita than I originally thought I would. It's a good benefit when playing RPGs and some Sports games, as it can be used as an extra controller when playing with friends. I've used it with Call of Duty and Battlefield, as well as Assassin's Creed and the NBA 2K series, but under intense gaming situations, the touch screen can be a headache and does take some time getting used to

Remote Play isn't perfect. It's missing the L2/R2 buttons, which it compensates with the touch screen, so be aware of that if you're mainly buying the Vita for Remote Play or as an additional PS4 controller to use


UPDATE : MAY 14th, 2017
So after using my new LCD Vita for about a week, I noticed some things

Overall the gameplay and Remote Play options seem the same for both Vitas. Maybe the newer LCD Vita is slightly faster but it is barely noticeable in most situations. It does win with the battery life by a long shot. The micro USB charging also is a win-win

The OLED Vita has a better feel to me and a screen display that is too beautiful to describe in words unless you've ever had the opportunity to play on one. Even by today's standards, that screen is a beautiful work of art. Just see it for yourself and be blown away

I still gotta go with the OLED Vita as my winner

 If using Remote Play, I've noticed to keep your PS4 in Standby Mode. Never turn it completely off or your Vita won't be able to turn it back on when you're away from it

With the PS4 in Standby or simply left Powered On, I love how I can be almost anywhere in the world and still stay connected to my PS4 and play my favorite games on the go. I used this a lot during my time in the Navy. The Vita maybe outdated by today's specs, but since the screen is so small, PS4 games still look beautiful on the display. I can travel and play my favorite PS4 games without ever needing to take my PS4 with me. Just make sure your connected wifi is secure and fast enough. In today's bandwidth I will say ideally you want at least a speed of 10Mbps, but it's been known to work well with less depending on the situation and location. 
 Another thing to note is that Vita support is dwindling in some areas. First they cancelled AAA gaming support on a very capable device. After that they cancelled YouTube support (though it can still be accessed through the web browser). They also cancelled many other app support and will soon be cancelling support for Live from PlayStation streaming (see the pic in my attached photos)

Ithat Sony gave up so fast on a very good device without marketing it well and I'm sure they have paid the price for it. Vita support is still big in the Japan market with new games and updates to some existing games being made every month. So for the time being you can always find newer JRPG games like Attack on Titan, Toukiden 2, Danganronpa 3, and Persona-like inspired games. There is other 3rd party support also with some new games you may like and some you may not

If that is not your thing then the Vita still has a great backlog of its games capable on its own, PS4 games (Remote Play), PS3 games (PS Now), PS2, PS1, and PSP backwards compatibility. It's truly a legacy gaming machine

MY NEW LCD VITA's PROS and CONS
PROS:
- Long battery life
- Came with a 4GB memory card
- All buttons and sensors are working
- Came with 2 games on memory card
- Very lightweight
- Price was pretty cheap (refurbished)
- Works well with PS4 Remote Play
CONS:
- Was listed in Good Condition (LIKE NEW) but had noticeable scratches on the main screen, which wasn't too bad;
however had VERYscratches on the rear touchpad which were not mentioned prior

- Did not come with a power adaptor, but that was mentioned in the prior description before buying so no

- Wasand Left Joystick had defect where during games it kept pushing forward on its own (I fixed this by using a sharp pointed nail filer and cleaning the dirt around the Joystick and blowing it good)

OVERALL:
Good buy for the money considering the huge discount

(FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE OLED VITA VS THE LCD VITA SEE BELOW ALSO INCLUDED MANY PICS IN MY REVIEW)

I previously owned an OLED Vita which I loved to death. But as we all know, technology wasn't built to last forever. I now have purchased the newer LCD Vita. With that being said, I will compare both Vitas

OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (SCREEN):
The OLED screen is a hands down winner. It isn't even close. The colors are more vivid and the superior quality is very noticeable during gameplay. The LCD screen only takes the win when playing outside in bright sunlight as it becomes a little more clear to see during those times. Outside in bright light the OLED screen seems too dimly lit to see but is still manageable

In other words, if I take my Vita outside to play in a hot, bright, long, Hawaii/Florida type of summer, I gotta go with the LCD Vita. In all other circumstances, it's the OLED Vita. No comparison

Winner: OLED Vita
OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (BATTERY LIFE):
It is true that the LCD Vita does have better battery life. I seem to get a few more hours out of my LCD Vita when compared to my OLED Vita. It does much better when on Standby as well. However on both Vitas you can always lower the screen brightness when necessary to save more battery. Usually instead, I simply put my Vita into Power Saving Mode to extend the battery

Winner: LCD Vita
OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (OUTSIDE HARDWARE):
The OLED Vita seems more expensive and more sturdy with a solid metal build. The LCD Vita is more lightweight in a cheaper and softer plastic build. I have an AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty Vault Case which fits my OLED Vita and not the LCD Vita I just received. It wasn't originally designed for the LCD one but I still managed to make it fit after using some pressure. So just make sure to check the description before buying any case to see which one will fit yours since both Vitas aren't the same sizes. Another bonus of the LCD Vita is that it comes with a Micro USB port for charging, which is universally used. You can basically always find a plug and a place to charge this Vita, unlike the OLED version

The OLED controls do seem more precise and it never gave me any dirt related issues or break downs. It also feels more comfortable, but that is a personal preference. The LCD Vita is more susceptible to those above issues mentioned

Winner: Tie, but LCD Vita does come with micro USB charging

OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (INSIDE SOFTWARE):
The PS Vita's obscene, overly priced memory cards have been ridiculed for some time now and was a fatal mistake in the long run which can't be fixed at this point. A benefit of the newer LCD version is included memory of what I believe is 1GB. It's not much but it does help. Note that this memory can not be used at the same time as an inserted SD card. It's give or take, but is great at downloading your favorite new game or 2 on the go less than 1GB in size from the PS Store

It also seems to have a faster processor, although not by much. I did notice that a few games seemed to load slightly faster with less frame rate drops in higher graphically intense games. PS4 Remote Play works well with both Vitas but seemed slightly more responsive with the newer LCD Vita

The LCD Vita also has an impoved camera processor

Winner: LCD Vita
OVERALL SUMMARY:
Winner: OLED Vita
Both Vitas are worth the investment. The newer LCD Vita does have better battery and a few slight enhancements. But the original OLED Vita's display and overall aesthetic appeal is a no match in my opinion

Given a choice, I would go with the OLED Vita. But if the LCD Vita is the only available Vita you can grab, I would say it's worth it. For plane travelers who do a lot of flying and traveling to different places, the LCD may benefit you more as it has a longer battery life. Also when I was living in Japan I found myself using my Vita a lot in trains. Any New Yorker or city dweller will find it useful totime in the subways and longer commutes

I personally used my OLED Vita often times as a multimedia device watching Netflix on the go. True a tablet can do this, but the Vita is small enough to fit in your pocket and a better gaming device on the go, which is a bonus. This saves my phone's battery from heavy drainage due to gaming and movie binges. The Vita is an all-in-one

For you heavy PS4 users, I find myself using Remote Play more often on the Vita than I originally thought I would. It's a good benefit when playing RPGs and some Sports games, as it can be used as an extra controller when playing with friends. I've used it with Call of Duty and Battlefield, as well as Assassin's Creed and the NBA 2K series, but under intense gaming situations, the touch screen can be a headache and does take some time getting used to

Remote Play isn't perfect. It's missing the L2/R2 buttons, which it compensates with the touch screen, so be aware of that if you're mainly buying the Vita for Remote Play or as an additional PS4 controller to use


UPDATE : MAY 14th, 2017
So after using my new LCD Vita for about a week, I noticed some things

Overall the gameplay and Remote Play options seem the same for both Vitas. Maybe the newer LCD Vita is slightly faster but it is barely noticeable in most situations. It does win with the battery life by a long shot. The micro USB charging also is a win-win

The OLED Vita has a better feel to me and a screen display that is too beautiful to describe in words unless you've ever had the opportunity to play on one. Even by today's standards, that screen is a beautiful work of art. Just see it for yourself and be blown away

I still gotta go with the OLED Vita as my winner

 If using Remote Play, I've noticed to keep your PS4 in Standby Mode. Never turn it completely off or your Vita won't be able to turn it back on when you're away from it

With the PS4 in Standby or simply left Powered On, I love how I can be almost anywhere in the world and still stay connected to my PS4 and play my favorite games on the go. I used this a lot during my time in the Navy. The Vita maybe outdated by today's specs, but since the screen is so small, PS4 games still look beautiful on the display. I can travel and play my favorite PS4 games without ever needing to take my PS4 with me. Just make sure your connected wifi is secure and fast enough. In today's bandwidth I will say ideally you want at least a speed of 10Mbps, but it's been known to work well with less depending on the situation and location. 
 Another thing to note is that Vita support is dwindling in some areas. First they cancelled AAA gaming support on a very capable device. After that they cancelled YouTube support (though it can still be accessed through the web browser). They also cancelled many other app support and will soon be cancelling support for Live from PlayStation streaming (see the pic in my attached photos)

Ithat Sony gave up so fast on a very good device without marketing it well and I'm sure they have paid the price for it. Vita support is still big in the Japan market with new games and updates to some existing games being made every month. So for the time being you can always find newer JRPG games like Attack on Titan, Toukiden 2, Danganronpa 3, and Persona-like inspired games. There is other 3rd party support also with some new games you may like and some you may not

If that is not your thing then the Vita still has a great backlog of its games capable on its own, PS4 games (Remote Play), PS3 games (PS Now), PS2, PS1, and PSP backwards compatibility. It's truly a legacy gaming machine

*Item more damaged as listed but overall nice buy.*
By Amazon_Reviewer_007 on May 9, 2017
MY NEW LCD VITA's PROS and CONS
PROS:
- Long battery life
- Came with a 4GB memory card
- All buttons and sensors are working
- Came with 2 games on memory card
- Very lightweight
- Price was pretty cheap (refurbished)
- Works well with PS4 Remote Play
CONS:
- Was listed in Good Condition (LIKE NEW) but had noticeable scratches on the main screen, which wasn't too bad;
however had VERYscratches on the rear touchpad which were not mentioned prior

- Did not come with a power adaptor, but that was mentioned in the prior description before buying so no

- Wasand Left Joystick had defect where during games it kept pushing forward on its own (I fixed this by using a sharp pointed nail filer and cleaning the dirt around the Joystick and blowing it good)

OVERALL:
Good buy for the money considering the huge discount

(FOR A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE OLED VITA VS THE LCD VITA SEE BELOW ALSO INCLUDED MANY PICS IN MY REVIEW)

I previously owned an OLED Vita which I loved to death. But as we all know, technology wasn't built to last forever. I now have purchased the newer LCD Vita. With that being said, I will compare both Vitas

OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (SCREEN):
The OLED screen is a hands down winner. It isn't even close. The colors are more vivid and the superior quality is very noticeable during gameplay. The LCD screen only takes the win when playing outside in bright sunlight as it becomes a little more clear to see during those times. Outside in bright light the OLED screen seems too dimly lit to see but is still manageable

In other words, if I take my Vita outside to play in a hot, bright, long, Hawaii/Florida type of summer, I gotta go with the LCD Vita. In all other circumstances, it's the OLED Vita. No comparison

Winner: OLED Vita
OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (BATTERY LIFE):
It is true that the LCD Vita does have better battery life. I seem to get a few more hours out of my LCD Vita when compared to my OLED Vita. It does much better when on Standby as well. However on both Vitas you can always lower the screen brightness when necessary to save more battery. Usually instead, I simply put my Vita into Power Saving Mode to extend the battery

Winner: LCD Vita
OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (OUTSIDE HARDWARE):
The OLED Vita seems more expensive and more sturdy with a solid metal build. The LCD Vita is more lightweight in a cheaper and softer plastic build. I have an AmazonBasics Heavy-Duty Vault Case which fits my OLED Vita and not the LCD Vita I just received. It wasn't originally designed for the LCD one but I still managed to make it fit after using some pressure. So just make sure to check the description before buying any case to see which one will fit yours since both Vitas aren't the same sizes. Another bonus of the LCD Vita is that it comes with a Micro USB port for charging, which is universally used. You can basically always find a plug and a place to charge this Vita, unlike the OLED version

The OLED controls do seem more precise and it never gave me any dirt related issues or break downs. It also feels more comfortable, but that is a personal preference. The LCD Vita is more susceptible to those above issues mentioned

Winner: Tie, but LCD Vita does come with micro USB charging

OLED vs LCD VITA REVIEW (INSIDE SOFTWARE):
The PS Vita's obscene, overly priced memory cards have been ridiculed for some time now and was a fatal mistake in the long run which can't be fixed at this point. A benefit of the newer LCD version is included memory of what I believe is 1GB. It's not much but it does help. Note that this memory can not be used at the same time as an inserted SD card. It's give or take, but is great at downloading your favorite new game or 2 on the go less than 1GB in size from the PS Store

It also seems to have a faster processor, although not by much. I did notice that a few games seemed to load slightly faster with less frame rate drops in higher graphically intense games. PS4 Remote Play works well with both Vitas but seemed slightly more responsive with the newer LCD Vita

The LCD Vita also has an impoved camera processor

Winner: LCD Vita
OVERALL SUMMARY:
Winner: OLED Vita
Both Vitas are worth the investment. The newer LCD Vita does have better battery and a few slight enhancements. But the original OLED Vita's display and overall aesthetic appeal is a no match in my opinion

Given a choice, I would go with the OLED Vita. But if the LCD Vita is the only available Vita you can grab, I would say it's worth it. For plane travelers who do a lot of flying and traveling to different places, the LCD may benefit you more as it has a longer battery life. Also when I was living in Japan I found myself using my Vita a lot in trains. Any New Yorker or city dweller will find it useful totime in the subways and longer commutes

I personally used my OLED Vita often times as a multimedia device watching Netflix on the go. True a tablet can do this, but the Vita is small enough to fit in your pocket and a better gaming device on the go, which is a bonus. This saves my phone's battery from heavy drainage due to gaming and movie binges. The Vita is an all-in-one

For you heavy PS4 users, I find myself using Remote Play more often on the Vita than I originally thought I would. It's a good benefit when playing RPGs and some Sports games, as it can be used as an extra controller when playing with friends. I've used it with Call of Duty and Battlefield, as well as Assassin's Creed and the NBA 2K series, but under intense gaming situations, the touch screen can be a headache and does take some time getting used to

Remote Play isn't perfect. It's missing the L2/R2 buttons, which it compensates with the touch screen, so be aware of that if you're mainly buying the Vita for Remote Play or as an additional PS4 controller to use


UPDATE : MAY 14th, 2017
So after using my new LCD Vita for about a week, I noticed some things

Overall the gameplay and Remote Play options seem the same for both Vitas. Maybe the newer LCD Vita is slightly faster but it is barely noticeable in most situations. It does win with the battery life by a long shot. The micro USB charging also is a win-win

The OLED Vita has a better feel to me and a screen display that is too beautiful to describe in words unless you've ever had the opportunity to play on one. Even by today's standards, that screen is a beautiful work of art. Just see it for yourself and be blown away

I still gotta go with the OLED Vita as my winner

 If using Remote Play, I've noticed to keep your PS4 in Standby Mode. Never turn it completely off or your Vita won't be able to turn it back on when you're away from it

With the PS4 in Standby or simply left Powered On, I love how I can be almost anywhere in the world and still stay connected to my PS4 and play my favorite games on the go. I used this a lot during my time in the Navy. The Vita maybe outdated by today's specs, but since the screen is so small, PS4 games still look beautiful on the display. I can travel and play my favorite PS4 games without ever needing to take my PS4 with me. Just make sure your connected wifi is secure and fast enough. In today's bandwidth I will say ideally you want at least a speed of 10Mbps, but it's been known to work well with less depending on the situation and location. 
 Another thing to note is that Vita support is dwindling in some areas. First they cancelled AAA gaming support on a very capable device. After that they cancelled YouTube support (though it can still be accessed through the web browser). They also cancelled many other app support and will soon be cancelling support for Live from PlayStation streaming (see the pic in my attached photos)

Ithat Sony gave up so fast on a very good device without marketing it well and I'm sure they have paid the price for it. Vita support is still big in the Japan market with new games and updates to some existing games being made every month. So for the time being you can always find newer JRPG games like Attack on Titan, Toukiden 2, Danganronpa 3, and Persona-like inspired games. There is other 3rd party support also with some new games you may like and some you may not

If that is not your thing then the Vita still has a great backlog of its games capable on its own, PS4 games (Remote Play), PS3 games (PS Now), PS2, PS1, and PSP backwards compatibility. It's truly a legacy gaming machine

Images in this review












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Shane Miller
Reviewed in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ on March 22, 2021
*Failed to mention the dark spots on the device
Works fine in terms of software and the games run as intended but I’m a little irked that the seller neglected to mention the dark spots that are present when the screen displays dark colours. I did not see any indication in the description of this issue. I understand that there will be cosmetic damages to the product and there were which is perfectly fine but this is completely different as on certain games it’s noticeable and annoying for more than the original retail price might I add. Not impressed

*Failed to mention the dark spots on the device
Reviewed in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ on March 22, 2021
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Amazon Customer
Reviewed in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ on February 23, 2022
*THE CONSOLE IS BRICKED Not in a good condition at all, deep scratches all over the screen and back.*
The console is not working at all, after 3 hours of charging the power button still flashes orange, like its charging, furthermore I have been misinformed in regards of products quality, I did expect a bit of scratches on a glossy surfaces here and there, but the whole console is clawed, the back panel has so many scratches that you can physically feel the texture, it looks bad too. The front screen is full of scratches, some of which are pretty deep. This is AT BEST an AVERAGE condition, NOT GOOD. Really de-satisfied with my purchase

*THE CONSOLE IS BRICKED Not in a good condition at all, deep scratches all over the screen and back.*
Reviewed in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ on February 23, 2022
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An Honest Reviewer
Reviewed in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ on September 18, 2020
*You get what you pay for*
This product was to be expected for the price paid, however I'm still going to rate you according to what I read, and what I received

What was described to me was a refurbished PS Vita that the seller said "I usually add more games because " yada yada need for better reviews

What I got was used, cleaned and fully functional and operational

Esthetically though, there's damaged all over the screen. There were no games included. There wasn't even the minimum $10 MicroSD to PS Vita memory card nor any memory at all. I have the memory butfor the look of the damage on this system. You could have at least done me a solid

Zero consideration and really didn't live up to the description of the person selling

Take your bad review and hopefully you take better consideration towards your customers in the future. If you are going to hand outlike this, at least give a little extra in return for my cash

What was described to me was a refurbished PS Vita that the seller said "I usually add more games because " yada yada need for better reviews

What I got was used, cleaned and fully functional and operational

Esthetically though, there's damaged all over the screen. There were no games included. There wasn't even the minimum $10 MicroSD to PS Vita memory card nor any memory at all. I have the memory butfor the look of the damage on this system. You could have at least done me a solid

Zero consideration and really didn't live up to the description of the person selling

Take your bad review and hopefully you take better consideration towards your customers in the future. If you are going to hand outlike this, at least give a little extra in return for my cash

*You get what you pay for*
Reviewed in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ on September 18, 2020
What was described to me was a refurbished PS Vita that the seller said "I usually add more games because " yada yada need for better reviews

What I got was used, cleaned and fully functional and operational

Esthetically though, there's damaged all over the screen. There were no games included. There wasn't even the minimum $10 MicroSD to PS Vita memory card nor any memory at all. I have the memory butfor the look of the damage on this system. You could have at least done me a solid

Zero consideration and really didn't live up to the description of the person selling

Take your bad review and hopefully you take better consideration towards your customers in the future. If you are going to hand outlike this, at least give a little extra in return for my cash

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Mikael Goyette
Reviewed in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ on July 6, 2021
*Like a PSP and a NDS mixed together*
One person found this helpful
Amer Aghyourli Zalt
Reviewed in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ on April 18, 2021
*I absolutely love my new (used) PS Vita 1000!*
This was a surprisingly great purchase. I didn't know what to expect with an OLED vita, a 10 year old used device, being labeled as 'in very good condition'. However, I think it should've been labeled 'like new' because it really doesn't feel like a used handheld at all. I already have a PS Vita 2000 slim, but I was always curious about how the OLED model looked and played – I'm not disappointed at all. The Vita came really quickly, super clean and with no scratches or signs of wear, which really surprised me. You interested in purchasing used gear? Shop Online πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ has got you!

*I absolutely love my new (used) PS Vita 1000!*
Reviewed in Canada πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦ on April 18, 2021
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