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5.0 out of 5 stars Great case.. but a little bulky., February 13, 2012
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I've been trying to find more information on this case (without luck) for weeks leading up to the launch of the PS Vita. I was hesitant to "chance it" and hope it worked well (with so many "official" case options this time around, it's hard to pick just one).

After receiving and using it, I'm very pleased with the case.

The outer material seems to be similar to a windbreaker jacket (that sort of "water resistant" material). The case has 1 zipper and only opens "half" of the case (it doesn't unzip completely like some of the cases - it unzips to give a spot large enough to put the Vita into and remove it). Some see this as a downside, I see it as a positive (some of the cases that open fully can drop the system to the ground if not sealed up when you pick up the case -- not a pretty sight!)

The case, however, is a big bulky (between 2 and 3 inches thick). When opened, the front of the case has a spot to hold the Vita (the photos suggest you should put the Vita in with the front facing the front of the case (the "PS VITA" logo), but I feel it works better going the opposite direction as this puts the screen up against a very soft fabric divider (opposed to the hard interior of the case).

The fabric divder is also quite thick about 1/4" or more and is very soft/flexible (another nice improvement over some of the thick cardboard-like dividers some cases use).

The "back" of the case (inside) features 2 mesh pockets to hold an AC Adapter, USB cable, headphones, etc.. The "back" of the divider features 4 game-card pockets. Unlike most cases (which use the plastic pockets to hold carts), this case uses soft fabric pockets to hold the cards in place. I was a bit hesitant on using this at first (the games are expensive!), it does seem to work quite well. Even holding the case open upside down, the carts did not fall out (this can change over time with repeated use though -- I'll update this review if anything changes in the coming months). There is no pocket/place to hold memory cards, only games.

The front of the case is padded and I feel it can easily handle drops without damaging the PS Vita screen/electronics, but wouldn't recommend it. The case does seem like it can also handle a bit of water, but I obviously would not suggest putting it through that (it isn't advertised as water proof/water resistent).

Finally, there is a plastic clip on the side (where the zipped "ends") that you can use to attach a shoulder strap or carabiner to - this is great for those who might use a messenger bag (or other similar bag) and not want to carry the case separately. There is no handle/strap on the case, so you either need to carry it or use this attachment.

There are reports that the Japanese release of this case included a PS Vita Handstrap and cleaning cloth - neither come with the US version of the case.

Overall, I like it -- only complaint is it can be a bit thick at times (particularly if you DON'T use the extra compartment for accessories). With so many digital-download games now, it would be nice if they made a version of the case with room to just hold the PS Vita (not the games/accesssories) or even a way to squish the case down to a more portable size (something that might be able to fit into a pocket.

With that said, I really do like the case and would highly recommend it for anyone wanting a case for the Vita and Accessories, or even just the Vita itself (if you don't mind the added bulk)
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Initial post: Feb 24, 2012 4:15:15 PM PST
Terrel H. says:
Is it too bulky to fit into your pocket?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2012 12:59:12 AM PST
MiRSD says:
Hey Terrel,

Depends how big your pockets are!

In a pair of slacks, I've had no problem with it fitting but it DOES look a bit bulky which doesn't look "normal" - it's actually similar in size to a 16 oz. can (something like an energy drink). I hadno problem fitting it with the PSVita, a PlayStation Vita Card Case, the 6 AR cards and a microfiber cloth inside the pouch. If you were to have thicker objects (like an AC Adapter, USB cable and headphones) it won't compress as easily and while it will still fit (again, depending how big your pants pockets are), it won't be the most comfortable!

I wouldn't try it in jeans, and would actually suggest doing the "16 oz. can test" first to see if your pants/pockets can handle this case :)

Posted on Mar 2, 2012 7:27:36 AM PST
I did a little bit of research on the Japanese case. Just so people don't feel like they're getting ripped off by the US version not having a hand strap and cleaning cloth. The Japanese version of this case costs $36. Is a cleaning cloth and hand strap really worth $16? Not really since you could easily pick up a microfiber cleaning cloth for cheap, and the hand strap looks very cheap.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 3, 2012 2:47:32 PM PST
Yoda86 says:
Can the Vita with Trigger Grips attached fit well in this case?

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 4, 2012 12:43:45 AM PST
MiRSD says:
Hey Yoda,

I'm not sure how much thicker the Trigger Grips make the Vita, but the case is pretty flexible and should be able to work with them. I have my AR cards, headphones, the sony 8-game case and my Vita in the pouch with room to spare.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 9:29:13 AM PDT
Troy says:
The only thing this review is missing is the size, which is why part of the review was written in the first place.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 17, 2013 12:02:08 AM PDT
MiRSD says:
Good question -

It really depends what you have in it. Since it's not a solid case, the more you put in it, the bigger it will be.

In mine, I have the vita, the sony 8-game hardcase and the VR cards and the case is about 2 1/2 inches thick, 4 1/2 tall and 8 or 9 wide.

I'd say it's about the size of 3 Vita's placed screen-to-back, and then half an inch of extra space on the top/bottom/left/right.
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