Waterfield Designs have crafted no less than three PS Vita cases; the deceptively simply named PS Vita Case, the svelte Suede Jacket and the pocket packed Gear Pouch Pro.
By far my favourite is the humble-sounding PS Vita Case. Don’t be fooled by its unceremonious title, however, this is a premium case that looks good and packs all the trimmings. Fashioned in typical Waterfield Designs style from a combination of nylon, leather accenting and a soft interior and available in three colours it is, by far, the most premium Vita case I’ve tested yet.
I chose to take a look at the Brown/Black option, a colour combination I’ve always been fond of where dragon emblazoned flame red isn’t available. It looks every bit as good as I expected, and then some. Using a high quality, robust, locking zipper to secure the back cable pouch and reassuringly tough poppers to secure the front flap, it’s pretty much case perfection for those who are willing to accept a little bulk to get good protection and functionality.
The brown leather has that great aged look that I’ve come to love, which will gain character and darken somewhat with use. The stitching is top notch and consistent and every component of the case has clearly been chosen for quality, easily justifying its $49 price tag. The colour choices consist of Orange/Black, Green/Black, Brown/Black and Black/Black, indicating the flap colour and main case colour respectively. Whilst I maintain that Brown/Black is the way to go, the all-black combo gives a great neutral choice for those who don’t favour the daringly bold orange or kiwi green.
Inside the PS Vita Case are an array of little pockets, under the front flap these are big enough to accommodate 5 PS Vita Games, a much better option than an unnecessarily bulky plastic case. In the rear pocket (because the smaller cards need a bit more loss protection) are 3 pockets for those fiddley little PS Vita memory cards. You would be forgiven for thinking that the games might slip out of the front slots. Fear not, they’re extremely snug and your games wont budge. There’s a little cut-out in each to make it easy to manually remove them, though.
All in all, you can pack a good selection of games, more memory than you’ll ever need, a charging cable, earphones, your AR cards ( if you use them ) and, of course, the PS Vita itself into this case.
The Waterfield Designs PS Vita Case is very much a travel case, and isn’t designed to be slimline or particularly pocketable. You’ll get it into a cargo pocket or a bag, but not into your jeans, which is why Waterfield also produce the slimline Suede Jacket.
It’s a cliche to say so, but I couldn’t recommend this case more. As an ongoing fan of Waterfield Designs I’m pleased to see them backing up Sony’s sexy new console with an appropriately styled case. Now, I just need some games!
I realise that $49 may be a little hard to stomach for those who want money left over to spend on the loftily priced games. Don’t despair, I’ve got a handful of PS Vita case reviews in the pipeline!