After Nintendo’s announcement of the Wii U, one would think that Sony’s new handheld gaming device, the PSVita, would have to come with a rotating disco ball attached in order to get any attention. But the successor to the PlayStation Portable (PSP) has not had any trouble wowing attendees at this week’s E3 convention in LA, impressing journalists with its sleek design, sheer processing power, and promising line-up of launch titles.
Like Sony’s handhelds that came before it, PSVita looks and feels sexy. The surprisingly light-weight console, which feels even lighter than the original PSP, strikes the perfect balance between a super-sleek gloss and matte finish, with a monstrous 5-inch OLED screen that displays the most stunning graphics ever seen on a portable gaming device. And despite its lightness, it feels incredibly solid – the buttons and body are sturdy and the machine itself is quiet – a far cry from the PSP with its rackety UMD slot and the PSP Go, which felt flimsy and ready to snap if gripped too tightly.