Official PSVita launch thread.

Discussion in 'Console Gaming' started by blurredvision, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. blurredvision

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    Nope, Kentucky, but you've been on my PS3 friends list for a few years now. I guess being "near" or on the friends list is good enough to get/give gifts.
     
  2. Nemesis13

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    i tried the ar games soccer is damn terrible, fireworks was ok, and the diving game id what it sounds like.
     
  3. Aikouka

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    Well, there are two (possible) solutions to this:

    1) There's an accessory port on the PSV, and we really don't know what it's capable of. A good parallel to draw to this is Apple's dock connector. It supports a lot of different features including HDMI output (via an adapter of course). So, it's possible that the Sony accessory port might be capable of something like this too.

    2) Use wireless streaming to a PS3. This is pretty much taking another page out of Apple's book, but you can do the same thing as Apple's AirPlay. It wouldn't surprise me if Sony did this because they already do the reverse since the PSV supports Remote Play, which outputs the PS3 to the PSV. So, we would just need the reverse of that.
     
  4. ViRGE

    ViRGE Elite Member, Moderator Emeritus

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    I for one can barely stand the UI. The pages of apps paradigm is fine, but why are they bubbles and why the heck do they wiggle and move?! By making them 3D objects Sony introduced aliasing, and they didn't have the decency to run AA to counter that.

    If you're going to ape iOS, do it right. Otherwise it's just a half-assed knockoff that looks like it was meant for a LeapPad, as it spends too much time being cute and not enough time being efficient.
     
  5. Aikouka

    Aikouka Lifer

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    I didn't think the UI was that great, but I don't really hate it. Although, I do find a few things odd:

    Having to hit "start" to start up simple things like Settings is absolutely inane. I could understand having a start screen for anything that would require you to shutdown a currently running application. However, they actually have a warning pop-up for that which will come up after you hit start on the start screen. :p

    I don't like how they place items from the Vita card slot randomly on your screen. I put in Lumines last night, and it throws it in some free spot on the second page. It just seems like an awful design choice. I understand if it's a game downloaded onto the memory card as you would typically put multiple games on a memory card; however, vita cards are (currently) 1 game per card. For the Vita's current layout, putting a pop-up in the top left corner (top right is the notification area) to start the currently inserted game would be the best idea.
     
  6. bl4ckfl4g

    bl4ckfl4g Diamond Member

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    Hmmm I was reading this and had dejavu. You must have posted these reviews on GAF.
     
  7. bl4ckfl4g

    bl4ckfl4g Diamond Member

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    Well I wasn't going to but once I tried a demo unit, the hype got me.

    Picked it up with.

    Wipeout
    Hot Shots Golf
    Uncharted
    BlazBlue

    Will be getting some more on Friday.

    casmith7509 is my PSN/SEN ID.
     
  8. mmntech

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    Yep, the hype got me too. Best Buy had a two day deal where if you bought a wi-fi Vita, any accessory was $20 off. That's basically a free memory card. I ended up pairing it with the 8gb card and Wipeout 2048.

    The graphics are outstanding, as is the OLED screen. For some odd reason, location services don't work on mine. Just comes up with an error. Hopped on my wi-fi only iPad and it picks my location up right away. So it's not an issue with my network.

    I don't regret buying it, as I can see the games being a lot of fun. I'm going to have to don the flame suit though and say its not quite as good a gaming/media device as my iPhone 4S.
     
  9. blurredvision

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    I tried posting this from my Vita, but I guess the browser doesn't have a copy/paste feature, so I'll just type it in here in Chrome:

    http://i.imgur.com/2BlLZ.jpg

    The guys over at NeoGAF found out you could use transparent images for backgrounds and still have the animated colored ones. You basically pick your color, then change it to a transparent PNG. The animated one stays going in the background.

    Cool stuff.
     
  10. blurredvision

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    Anytime it needs to add a new icon, it puts it after the very last icon on the very last page, no matter how many free spots there are in between. But you can move it wherever after that and it'll stay no matter how many times you take the game card in and out.

    However, you did hint on something that annoys me. I hate not knowing what game I have inserted. They could use your idea as a quick launch and to show what's in there, or at least put a little card icon next to the game bubble showing its card is currently inserted.
     
  11. mcvickj

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    Add me to the list who caved in and bought a Vita. I'm loving it. I picked up the Vita 3G/Wi-Fi Launch Bundle, Uncharted Golden Abyss, ModNation Racers and Hot Shots Golf.

    According to this page (http://us.playstation.com/psvita/att/) it says you can get a free copy of Super Star Dust plus DLC with a DataConnect Pass activation. Of course it takes one month of the DataConnect Pass before you receive the game voucher.
     
  12. Aikouka

    Aikouka Lifer

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    Yeah. If you'll use the 3G, then it's worthwhile to pay $15 for 3G + a delayed copy of SDD. If you're like me and will probably not leave the house with it or have tethering with your phone, it has much less value, and is probably worth just buying the game if you want it.

    EDIT:

    Is anyone else having some weird screen "faults"? I don't know if this is just common with OLED, but my screen seems less than stellar. I notice a sort of thick horizontal line that goes across the screen when the screen goes black. You can also sometimes see it after that. I was messing around with Netflix and I could see it while loading a video, and I could also make the line out after the video started.

    Essentially... everything on that line is a darker shade of the color than it should be.

    EDIT 2:

    I did a little reading an apparently this is common with OLED? Most people seemed to say it only appeared on black screens (which is where I first saw it), but as I mentioned, I see it in other places too.
     
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    I think I may have hit my first bug. Whenever I put the vita to sleep, I lose my wifi connection. I have to go back into settings and click connect verytime I wake the vita up.

    by the way, my near showed 50 people playing last night. So people are slowly getting it.
     
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  15. Aikouka

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    I think I saw similar things with mine, but I wonder if that's not a bug but rather a feature? What I mean is... why connect to WiFi if you don't actually need it at that time? Leave it off until an application requests a data connection, and then connect. Sure, that initial application will be slowed by requiring it to wait for the access point handshaking, but you may end up saving some power.

    I know in my use, I haven't had a point where I woke it up, it didn't connect to anything, and then nothing that uses the network would ever work. I'll try to keep a more scrupulous eye on it next time though.
     
  16. warcrow

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    I did, but I'm not sure why I bother. Those threads move waaaay too fast. :/
     
  17. warcrow

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    Well I think the two devices really serve different markets, and everyone is entitled to their opinions. However for me the vita thumbsticks ALONE make it an overall better (and more enjoyable) gaming device. I very much dislike virtual-sticks!

    As for media, doesn't the larger OLED screen on the Vita sort of make the media device thing a wash? (honest question)
     
  18. purbeast0

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    anyone play hot shots golf? i'm curious how it compares to hot shots golf out of bounds. that is really the only game i'm somewhat interested in.
     
  19. blurredvision

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    The Vita is very conscious about when it has the wifi on or off. Putting in stand-by does turn the wifi connection off. The Vita will also turn it off when it's not being used, also when playing some (most?) games. You might notice sometimes when launching certain stuff, you get the system message of "Please Wait" because it's turning wifi back on and connecting.

    So putting it to sleep does turn it off, but you shouldn't have to worry about turning it on manually, since it will do this when you try to access something that requires the network, i.e. the Playstation Store.
     
  20. warcrow

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    Not yet. ;)
     
  21. Aikouka

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    In regard to the Vita as a media device, the screen issues that I saw last night and posted about would make me disagree. While my iPhone's screen is smaller, at least it produces uniform colors as would be expected from the source material.

    I can deal with seeing slightly darker black splotches on a black screen, which I do get in addition to the thick black line, but the fact that these anomalies persist after the screen begins to show other content is a huge turn-off.

    I haven't seen anyone else on the Internet report seeing such a large issue with their screen (the line, not the blotches -- the blotches didn't seem to cause an issue after content appeared), and if no one tells me otherwise here, I'll probably see if I can get a new one as to me... this shit is broke.
     
  22. ViRGE

    ViRGE Elite Member, Moderator Emeritus

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    Off and on, to be more precise. As I've found out, the Vita will periodically wake up and turn on WiFi to refresh its PSN and video rental ads.:| It'll show up as a notification: "The LiveArea screen has been refreshed".
    That definitely doesn't sound right.
     
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  23. KentState

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    I'm not sure to Out of Bounds, but this is a typical Hot Shots of Golf game that I would expect on the PS3.
     
  24. purbeast0

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    well out of bounds introduced the advanced shot mode. from the little i heard about this one i THINK it has that mode as well.

    i just hope it's more comparable to the PS3 version rather than the PSP versions, because the PSP versions were very weak compared to the PS3 one. so much less detail and was just a lot easier.

    although, the PSP version had A LOT more "shortcuts" to take on holes than the PS3 version did, which actually added a lot of fun to the PSP versions.
     
  25. KentState

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    It has 3 or 4 different shot modes and I think one is advanced. The game is difficult once you get to the 3rd level which I believe is Pro.