10 Must-have Gadgets for the 2012 Holiday Season

PlayStation Vita
The Vita's screen is bigger and more colorful than that of older PS's. ©2011 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc.

PlayStation came out with this new flavor of its ever-popular portable gaming device in 2012. The first thing that you'll notice out of the box is the PS Vita's vivid 5-inch (13-centimeter) organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen. It's bigger and more colorful than older PS's. And the graphics rock.

The touch screen, rear touch pad, dual analog thumb sticks and 6-axis motion sensor make the Vita incredibly responsive. They allow you to touch, tap, tilt, steer and interact with your game environment in new and dynamic ways.

More than 250 games for the PlayStation Vita -- from Assassin's Creed III to Need for Speed Most Wanted -- are available for $30 to $50 each ($10 to $15 for download-only versions) [source: Bakalar]. As a bonus, the Vita lets you store your own videos and music and includes front- and back-facing cameras. Wi-Fi or 3G connections allow you to play against other Vita owners and send game invitations via voice chat.

The Vita isn't cheap. It sells for about $250, and you'll probably want an additional memory card to boost power. But as portable systems go, this one gives players one of the most graphic and user-friendly experiences available.