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 PLAYSTATION VITA FEATURE
The big Pocket Gamer accessory guide 2017
PS Vita accessories: give your Vita a treat
Product: Hardware Group Test | Publisher: Steel Media Ltd | Format: PS Vita
 
Updated 14th June: Updated listings.




The PS Vita seems to have been on its last legs for years now. But here it still is, playing host to loads of brilliant indie games and doubling as the best accessory you can buy for your PS4.

It's a handsome handheld, but it's also one that benefits a lot from its sizeable ecosystem of cases, chargers, and grip-enhancers (seriously). Indeed, in one particular case, you'll need an accessory before you can even play your Vita.

It's worth pointing out, though, that the console's diminished status means the availability and pricing of these accessories can be quite erratic.

Whether you're after some after-market protection, a way to extend your battery life, or just a little extra headroom for your games and videos, check out our Vita accessory guide.

PS Vita Cradle

This handy official dock lets you easily charge your Vita (original only) while keeping it in a tilted vertical position, making it great if you're using the console for a travel media player. It's quite hard to get a hold of these days, hence the presently inflated price.

Suggested price: £60
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Sony PlayStation Vita In-ear Headset

Playing games in public can be pretty obnoxious if you don't keep the volume down - but where's the fun in that? These official Sony PS Vita earphones should see to that - and a built-in mic means you can indulge in voice chat during multiplayer games too.

Suggested price: £20
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32GB Memory Card

This isn't really an accessory so much as it is a necessity - no memory card, no Vita gaming. Unfortunately, the Vita memory cards are proprietary and very expensive. Perhaps the most practical thing you can do for the Vita owner in your life, then, is to buy them a decent-sized (32GB is ideal albeit prohibitively dear) memory card.

Suggested price: £71
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Portable Charger

The Vita has pretty reasonable battery life - between four and six hours of gameplay, depending on the model - but you'll always want more. The official Sony Portable Charger provides just that, to the tune of an extra four to seven hours. It's slim and light, too.

Suggested price: £10
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Car Charger

If the Vita owner in your life does a portion of their gaming in the car - hopefully not whilst driving - then it makes sense to utilise all that free power. Pick up a car charger and no road trip need every be free of games again.

Suggested price: £10
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Joetsu Load Grip for PS Vita 2000

You can play PS4 games on your PS Vita, a feature known as Remote Play. The only problem is, the Vita has fewer buttons than a PS4 DualShock, so games have to map the extra shoulder buttons to the rear touchpad. The Joetsu Load Grip reinstates these buttons, making for a more faithful portable PS4 experience.

Suggested price: £31
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ZedLabz thumb grips

Some people struggle with the grippiness - or lack thereof - of the Vita's thumbsticks. If that's you, check out this 12-pack of silicone caps. They come in a variety of grip patterns, so you should find at least one that enhances your experience.

Suggested price: £4
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PS Vita Case

If you've got the original PS Vita - which many will tell you remains the best, thanks to its OLED display - then this is a great choice for a case. It offers all-round protection, allows access to the rear panel when necessary, and also acts as a stand when you're watching video.

Suggested price: £2
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ZedLabz EVA carry case

A good, solid, no-nonsense case that will keep your Vita - and up to three games - safe on your travels. It's also got a little net compartment for cables and other small accessories.

Suggested price: £7
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PS Vita Travel Case

This is an official Sony case, so you know it's going to be well made, yet it's surprisingly cheap. It doesn't have a the solid structure of the ZedLabz, but its soft, plush material should keep your console safe from scrapes. It's also got a handy strap that'll help hook it on to any bag or belt

Suggested price: £12
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Thrustmaster Uncharted Shock Resistant Case

Want your PS Vita to be able to survive a collapsing building? Of course you do! Then check out the Thrustmaster Uncharted Shock Resistant Case. Yes, it's got some heavy Uncharted branding, but the main thing is its design, which incorporates snug-fitting double high-density foam like you'd find in military weapons cases.

Suggested price: £45
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Jon Mundy 7 January 2017
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