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THE PlayStation Vita is the latest high-
tech handheld gaming machine from
Sony, which was released in Australia on
Boasting an impressive five-inch multi-
touch screen displaying 16 million colours
and a rear touch pad, this gaming machine
is turning the tide on handheld gaming.
Available in both Wi-Fi and 3G, The 3G
model gives the player a connected experi-
ence away from local Wi-Fi networks.
Those who have used the PlayStation
Portable (PSP) will love the dual thumb
sticks on the new machine, much like the
dual-shock controller on the PlayStation 3,
allowing greater control within games.
Another new addition to the Vita is the
game cartridge. Sony has discarded the
discs used on the PSP and has used a new
cartridge format not much bigger than a
standard SD memory card.
Sony estimates the battery life of four to
five hours depending on use, so this review-
er tested it on a recent trip from Canberra
to Darwin and was quite happy with the
battery lasting the whole way, even with
gaming and videos.
The Vita launched with an impressive
number of games which can be purchased
on the new cartridge format and also online
from the Sony Entertainment Network and
downloaded directly to the memory card.
Also available via the Sony
Entertainment Network are demos for
selected Vita games and a huge library of
PSP games available to purchase, download
and play on the Vita.
Media such as photos and videos can be
copied to the Vita by connecting it to your
computer or your PS3 using the supplied
The machine is certainly a pleasure to
use. Games such as Uncharted play very
smoothly with high quality graphics and
sound, even without headphones.
The Vita costs $350 for the Wi-Fi model
and $419 for the 3G and Wi-Fi model, and
is available from most gaming shops.
-- Cpl Nick Wiseman
By Bob Dikkenberg
ENTRIES came in thick and fast for the
J&L iWall speaker dock reviewed in Army
on February 2.
All entries showcased some inter-
esting and imaginative ways to use
the iWall, but Sgt John Penhall, of the
Defence Force School of Signals, won in
the end with:
"I would use the iWall to conduct
mobile circuit training, physical employ-
ment standards tests and CrossFit train-
ing. I have a 160-gig iPod with all types
of music but nothing to plug in to."
Congratulations Sgt Penhal.
We also liked
"I will use the iWall's impressive sound
to drown out the really bad music played
the Army people living in my block."
Flt-Lt Jason Corbitt
"Armed with a remote control and a con-
sidered selection of sound effects and
tunes, a strategically placed iWall will
enhance any dining-in-night experience"
Capt Paul Sylvester
Army Learning Production Centre
THIS one reads more like a Wilbur Smith novel
than a military history book, so if you've grown
tired of WWII military history books, this will
re-ignite your interest.
An artillery lieutenant and his four ser-
with the lack of
action in Egypt
in 1940, put their
hands up for a
ised a transfer
where they lead
a ragtag expedi-
tion of Sudanese
patriots and camels through the mountains into
In Abyssinia their small groups attacked out-
lying Italian forts at night with mortars, machi-
neguns and grenades, so the Italians thought
they were surrounded by much larger forces.
After several months of living rough and
fighting hard, which took its toll on them in
later years, their activities enabled the British to
restore the emperor, Haile Selassie, to his throne
in Addis Ababa.
The book sadly lacks photos as none of the
men had a camera with them, but there is a map
for those not familiar with this part of Africa.
The author, Duncan McNab, is a former
detective and private investigator, and currently
His uncle, Sgt Ken Burke, was one of the
five Australians who waged this daring guerilla
war against 250,000 Italian soldiers to help free
Well worth a read.
-- Sgt Dave Morley
Mission 101-- the untold story of
five Australian soldiers' extraordi-
nary war in Ethiopia
By Duncan McNab
Pan Macmillan, 320pp
Best in mobile gaming
Portable gaming device
High tech: The recently released PlayStation Vita takes handheld gaming to a new level
with high-quality graphics and touch-sensitive controls. Inset, Uncharted is one of the most
spectacular release-day games on the Vita.
If you can think of a
witty caption for the pic-
ture at left, email
with "caption compe-
tition March 29" as
the subject. Try to keep
entries under 25 words
and include your name,
rank and unit.
SAY AGAIN, OVER
Last edition's winning entry
"Ha! Saved your life!"
Tpr Daniel Cameron
We also liked
"Jump when I say 'go'.
Ready, steady. ... spaghetti!"
LCpl Eddie Parsons
1 Sig Regt
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