Accessory Review: PlayStation Vita Game Traveler Case

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I’ve been on the hunt for a PlayStation Vita carrying case since buying the system on launch day early last year, but none of the case options have really blown me away up to now. Sony’s first-party offerings are a bit too basic for my tastes and the often recommended Pull ‘N Go Folio from PDP, although nice, is larger than what I want for daily use.

So, one of my main wishlist wants for Christmas was to find a good Vita case, and I wound up receiving exactly what I wanted from a case that doesn’t appear to be all that widely publicized or available via online retailers.

I found the case in store at both Target and Walmart, but the only online listing I’ve been able to find for it so far is at Walmart.com under the name RDS PlayStation Vita Carry Case Deluxe. The packaging for the one I got calls it the Game Traveler Case, but it’s the same product from what I can tell, just in a different color scheme.

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The Game Traveler is an attractive two-tone black and gray case, with a metal PlayStation Vita logo plate attached at the center of the outer top shell adding a nice touch of class. (It looks a lot better in person than the fuzzy images my old digital camera was able to capture.) The hard shell bottom half of the case snugly holds and protects the Vita system while the top half is lined on the inside with an accessory pouch. A strap in the bottom compartment doubles as additional security to latch the system down or, if placed under the device, a useful pull tab to make lifting the Vita out of its nest much easier. Otherwise it can be somewhat difficult to remove the Vita from the tight-fitting walls without inverting the compartment.

Dividing the two sections is a fold-out binder capable of storing a total of 16 Vita game cards. The top side of this divider/game holder is made of a cushioned faux leather material and the underside—the side that comes in direct contact with the Vita—is a soft, fuzzy material to serve as a screen protector. (And yes, it is the proper width to cover the entire screen.)

Another neat thing about this divider piece is how it can fold back into the top half of the case to create a triangular stand to hold the Vita upright for no-hands viewing. It’s not that sturdy or secure so don’t expect it to hold the system in place during a particularly bumpy bus ride or flight, but if you set it up on a desktop or any other flat, stable surface, it stays set just fine.

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The only minor design drawback I can find is with the accessory pouch. Although large enough to comfortably store smaller items such as the AR cards, a cleaning cloth, and/or a USB cable, the pouch’s elastic straps don’t extend enough to fit the Vita’s full AC adapter, including both cables and the power brick. In a pinch you can smash everything in and leave a cable or two loose outside the pouch, but with the central game storage piece taking up room the case isn’t quite deep enough to close without putting stress on the zipper.

This isn’t a deal breaker for me since I rarely if ever take my Vita places where I need to have the AC adapter handy (and there’s always the option to charge from a USB power source any way), however if you go on a lot of extended road/business trips and need to have all the power cables at the ready, something like the Pull ‘N Go Folio may be the better choice. But for everyday all-purpose Vita transport, the Game Traveler Case is the best available option as far as I’m concerned, offering quality stitching and overall construction, a clean, attractive design style, substantial game storage and excellent system security at an affordable $20 price point.

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