The PlayStation Vita’s list of apps is slowly growing. Alongside, the equally-growing list of apps available through PlayStation Mobile, the Vita has access to default apps like Mail and Calendar, to many other apps via the PlayStation Store, like Flickr, Facebook, LiveTweet, Hulu Plus, and more. The app library is slowly growing, and there are a lot of popular services now available on the system. From social media to media streaming services, there is a lot of non-gaming ways to enjoy a PlayStation Vita.
One area of applications that we have no gone in-depth to review yet is a notable one: media streaming. There are many different services around that allow you to stream music and movies. If you recall, we had made a review for the Crunchy Roll, an anime-specific streaming service, which did pretty well on the Vita. However, there are many others out there, and many are much more popular. Red Box Instant. Hulu Plus. Netflix.
If we had to choose one that had to be the most popular and had the most content, Netflix would be our choice. Netflix doesn’t have incredibly recent material (though it does have movies as recent as Insidious: Chapter 2), but it has an immense amount of content you can enjoy. So, how does Netflix stack up on the PS Vita? Here is our official review of the Netflix app for the PlayStation Vita.
There are many genres of games where you really don’t see very many games for, at least in the United States. Think about some game genres that you don’t see hardly any of. We see a lot of different games for popular genres. You see Role-Playing Games like Final Fantasy and , Shooting games like Call of Duty, platformers like Rayman and Mega Man. Even rhythm games are starting to become more mainstream overall, due to the success of franchises like Rock Band and Guitar Hero. On the Vita, many popular franchises are seeing new light, but there are also some genres that you don’t see often on any platform, let alone on the Vita.
One such genre is the Dating Simulation genre. This is actually a very popular genre in Japan, but due to the nature of some of these games, they are kept in the Japan and Asia regions, never reaching the shores of the United States, Canada, Europe, and other countries in the North America and PAL regions. Not all of them are made like that, though, and a few of them have crossed the borders, offering a unique experience of relationship-building and winning the hearts of characters from within the game.
Last week, PlayStation Mobile updated with a decent amount of new games, available for download on the PS Vita (and PlayStation-certified Android devices). Among them was a game that this reviewer downloaded simply because the title was hilarious and I could tell there would be hilarity ensuing within the game, itself. A dating simulation game, one of the Vita’s first (outside of relationship-building in games like Persona 4 Golden) of the genre, we have played it and played it. Here is our official review of the PlayStation Mobile game, Don’t Die Dateless, Dummy!
There are a lot of Apps for the PlayStation Vita, and a lot of them are useful, outside of just PlayStation-branded apps. You have apps like Email to manage your email accounts, LiveTweet to handle your Twitter, or Netflix to handle your movie-streaming needs. However, there are many integral applications for devices like this, using a Touch Screen and Multi-Device interface, and the Vita doesn’t have much of some of them.
Two big ones I think of are Notepad and Calendar. Note-taking apps are essential for Mobile when you want to take some quick notes. The PlayStation Vita does have access to this kind of app, but it is not native. There are a few notepad applications through PlayStation Mobile, and none of them are really up to snuff. They’re decent, but nowhere near great. The Calendar, however, has had some development. In the last set of software updates for the system, it got a dedicated Calendar app.
Calendars are important because you can set up notifications, events, and more. You can keep track of things like when it’s time to come back from Break at work, or even what days that we have set for certain reviews. It’s quite an interesting and useful feature. So how does the PlayStation Vita’s Calendar App stack up? Let’s find out. Here is our official review of the Calendar app for the PlayStation Vita.
This review was requested by and is dedicated to @Luisjavier2896 from Twitter
Let’s talk about Streaming Video. If you think about these kinds of services that allow you to stream video for Television Shows, Movies, Anime, and other media forms, you’ll think of a few right away. There’s Netflix, Hulu Plus, Redbox Instant, and more. Well, there are a lot of others as well, and some of them are more media-specific. There are even services that are surrounded around media like Anime and Japanese Drama Shows.
The PlayStation Vita is about to get a lot of these services. It already has Netflix and has had that for awhile. It’s also about to get Hulu Plus and Redbox Instant. Not even a week ago, though, it got a few new ones. One of the lesser-known services, called Crunchy Roll. This is a service that is specifically centered on Anime, Japanese Drama, and even Manga. Vita users can now access this database from their system. Here is our review of Crunchy Roll for the PlayStation Vita.
The PlayStation Vita has many apps available to it, and in the next couple weeks, Sony has promised a lot of new apps, from Hulu Plus to Redbox Instant. There are certain apps, though, that are useful and efficient for things that certain types of people want. For example, a review like myself can get some pretty good use out of apps pertaining to email, but more importantly, photos and screenshots.
As a reviewer, I am very attached to the Screenshot feature of the system, where you can press the Home and Start Buttons at the same time to take a screenshot of whatever is on the screen, savor backwards-compatible games and certain PS Vita games. Utilizing these screenshots requires that I upload them to a photo-sharing service. If it weren’t for some apps available on the Vita, this would be a very tricky process.
Thankfully, there is a very convenient app for the Vita that makes uploading screenshots to be used in reviews very easy. The photo-sharing service Flickr has a PlayStation Vita app that I use almost every day. For those out there that want to upload screens for reviews or simply to upload screenshots and photos, here is our official review of Flickr for the PlayStation Vita.
Social Media is a big thing in today’s societies. Businesses. Companies. Friends and Family. Even Game Developers get in contact with everyone they wish to by means of Social Media. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen new Game Articles that are based off information that was conveyed to gamers from developers from sites like Facebook, Twitter, and more. It’s becoming a very crucial part of the gaming industry. As such, it makes sense that game systems have applications made for those services.
The PlayStation Vita is no exception to that. Within its own selection of apps, it can open and access the two biggest services, as far as social media is concerned. While it can open anything through its Web Browser, it has its very own apps for the services Facebook, which we previously reviewed. However, there is also an app that allows the Vita to access the Twitter service, which I see much more gaming news being conveyed on.
The PlayStation Vita’s version of Twitter is unique, though. Unless you read descriptions on the PlayStation Network, you just might miss it. While the Vita’s Facebook is just called “Facebook”, the Twitter app is not called “Twitter”. It is actually called “Livetweet”. Here is our official review of LiveTweet for the PlayStation Vita.
Ever since this writer was in high school, Social Media has been on the rise. Back then, it was Myspace. That soon evolved and everyone moved to Facebook, which was originally made for college students only. However, as it evolved, more and more people, young and old, began to take part in it. There have been countless social media web sites spawn since then, from Facebook to Twitter to Google Plus and others. Nearly everyone in today’s world takes part in social media, in some form.
Out of all of the different ways and sites for this, though, Facebook still reigns supreme as the social media platform with the most people, hits, and more. Facebook is something that everyone knows of, even if they don’t have an account there to be social or advertise their business. It is also one of few social media services that has its own app for the PlayStation Vita, along with Twitter and Sony’s own social service. After being around for so long, how does Facebook work on the PlayStation Vita? Is it user-friendly or hair-pulling? Here is our official review of the Facebook app for the PlayStation Vita.
When you initially think about PlayStation Mobile, without looking at the actual store, you think about Mobile games that are playable on the PlayStation Vita. That makes sense, right? The PlayStation brand has always been associated with games, particularly game consoles, savor the actual game that has the title within it, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale. So, when PlayStation Mobile comes to mind, most people think of games.
However, games are not the only form of media on PlayStation Mobile. Take a few minutes to pull up the store and take a look at everything that’s actually in the store. There are a lot of games, sure, but there are also apps, something very big in the Mobile market. In fact, everything you use on the PS Vita is converted into an app. Even games like Dissidia: Final Fantasy and Gex: Enter the Gecko. Apps are rising, and they are especially rising in number on PlayStation Mobile.
One kind of app that most Mobile users need is an app to jot down notes. Something to create notes with to save on the system so they can go back to it later on and remind themselves of it. Or, they may just need a reference. Thanks to PlayStation Mobile, there are a few note-taking apps available on the Vita. Today, we will cover one such title. Here is our official review of the PlayStation Mobile app, Notepad DX.
If you’ve not noticed within the past week or so, our site has expanded! Not only are we providing in-depth reviews of games available on the PlayStation Vita, but we are now providing in-depth reviews for Apps available on the system as well. Taking a look at the top menu, you can see there is a new section called “App Reviews” and that section has two categories within it. There is a section of PlayStation Mobile apps as well as PlayStation Vita Apps. Last week, we gave you a review for a PlayStation Mobile app, and today we’re offering you a review of a PlayStation Vita app.
If you take a look around Mobile environments, there are a few apps that seem like they are essential for people to use. If I were to name some, I would probably mention apps like Facebook, Twitter, Photos, YouTube, and Amazon. These are not the only ones, though. One of the most crucial apps out there for a Mobile environment is something to check their email. Every Mobile system has a Mail app, and that includes the PlayStation Vita.
The PlayStation Vita did not originally have an app for email. For several months into its life cycle, it required the use of its Internet Browser for checking email. But, eventually, an update came and an app based around email finally came to the portable powerhouse. Since then, Email has been handled by the app that is simply called “Mail”. This is our official review of the Mail app for the PlayStation Vita.
Today, we are celebrating something new. It’s almost the end of January, and we are expanding our site. We have been doing game reviews for a good while now, and we feel we have been successful enough that we want to expand the range of our content. While there are several different kinds of games that we offer reviews for, and will continue to do so, there is more we can do. Apart from games, there is also a fair selection of Apps available on the system. As of today, we will start reviewing games as well as apps.
Apps are what is bringing the PlayStation Vita, and other gaming systems, out of solely have its use being for playing video games to being a multi-function device. With the PlayStation Vita’s Operating System and Live Area interface being very similar to the interfaces of Mobile systems like iOS and Android, the system is slowly becoming a multi-function system. With apps coming out like Mail, Facebook, Livetweet, and more, you can do many different things on the PlayStation Vita.
One thing that the PlayStation Vita has been missing for quite a long time is a Weather app. All Mobile devices have apps that help you figure out the temperature of your area as well as the weather forecast of the coming days. Some apps are called The Weather Channel or just plain Weather, and normally come bundled with devices. Thanks to PlayStation Mobile and a recent update, the PlayStation Vita has access to a Weather app through Solar Weather (called Sola Weather on the PS Store), developed by ZHANG BO. Here is our official review of Solar Weather.