Although the Sony Vita is first and foremost a gaming machine—with hits like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and MLB 12: The Show—by rounding out its app offerings, Sony is working to turn the device into a full-fledged portable entertainment center. The company recently announced three new apps specifically designed to take advantage of the Vita's unique capabilities.
The first, "Paint Park," which dropped April 18, is a simple drawing app that lets you turn your Vita into a sketchpad. Whether you're an accomplished artist previewing ideas for paintings or just an idle doodler, this app is worth a look.
If you want a fun, easy-to-use puzzle game with unlimited playability, check out "Treasure Park." This app lets you create simple, shiny puzzle games and share them with friends, or solve puzzles created by nearby Vita users.
The most practical app is probably "Wake-Up Club." It has all the functionality of a normal alarm clock, but it adds the ability to network with friends who also have the app. "Wake-Up Club" could be a great tool to keep you and your teammates accountable and on time for two-a-days or tournament games.
All three apps are free. So far, only "Paint Park" has been released, but the others should be available within the next several weeks. Combine these apps with Vita's current library, which includes Netflix, Facebook and Skype, and you will have some compelling reasons to keep your Vita with you all the time.
Head over to playstation.com for more details.
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