Having already seen the very first Archos GamePad compared to the PS Vita, we thought it was now time to take another look because there are new versions of both these handheld games consoles. The former has received far more improvements when compared to the latter, which is just a minor refresh.
While there is no direct Archos GamePad 2 vs. PS Vita comparison for these new 2013 models, we do have a couple of video reviews to help explain the changes to both handhelds.
The new Archos GamePad 2 sticks with the same form factor of the first model, although improvements have been made to its hardware, such as a better quality 7-inch screen with 1280×800 resolution allowing for 720p HD video playback.
Other hardware improvements include a new Quad-Core CPU and GPU, and 2GB of RAM, which is twice as much as before. These enhancements should make for a far better gaming experience.
Sony has released the new Slim PS Vita 2000 and has managed to get almost the same technology into a smaller form factor. The overall design is the same, but the new Vita is now 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter, which will make a huge difference when holding the device for long periods of time.
The two other biggest changes are an extra hour of battery life and the controversial move from an OLED to LCD screen. We do find it strange how Sony has stuck with the same 1GB of RAM, which is half the amount of the Archos GamePad 2.
In the first video we hear about those changes made to the Archos GamePad 2, such as the hardware and a new layout for the buttons. The second video is an unboxing and first impression of the 2013 Slim PS Vita.
We already knew the changes made to the Archos GamePad 2 over its predecessor were far more important than the PS Vita, as the battery life was poor and the controls did not feel right. From what we know, all those issues have now been resolved, but how will it do in terms of sales compared to the original model?
As for the new PS Vita Slim, we are happy with the changes, we just want a release date for the US and other countries outside Japan.
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