Of course the real question here is whether you should buy the Sony PlayStation Vita, and the answer is “it depends.” If you’re already a Sony fanboy (or girl!) who idolizes Kevin Butler, you’ve likely been drooling over the Vita for several months now and may even have already picked up the First Edition bundle.
If, however, you don’t consider yourself a real gamer, and are happy enough with a couple of rounds of Sudoku or Tiny Tower on your iPhone each day, the Vita may not be right for you. It’s a true beast in all of the best senses of the word — great hardware, spectacular screen, and an impressive library of games already available at launch, but it also comes with a relatively high price tag for a dedicated gaming device with a few non-gaming features.
In other words, the Sony PS Vita is the true gamer’s handheld. It’s for people who want deep, rich gameplay challenges and PSN exclusive games without compromising on graphics or controls. If you loved the PSP back in the day and you’re ready to step up to something new, try the Vita.
You can save a few bucks by getting the WiFi-only model, but to get the full experience go ahead and get the 3G model so that you can take advantage of anytime, anywhere multi-player gaming along with the near app and GPS capabilities.
Whether you’re an RPG fan, an adventure gamer, a die hard racer, or even a fan of quirky Japanese games like Touch My Katamari, the Vita has something for every gamer and is well worth the investment.
- 5-inch OLED screen is a thing of beauty
- Quad-core processor delivers plenty of speed and power
- 3G enables a better social gaming experience with the near app, local challenges, etc.
- Completely redesigned UI is intuitive and efficient
- Front and rear touchscreen input plus motion control and two analog sticks allow for creative gaming options
- Cross-game chat and remote play for Vita/PS3 connectivity
- High cost may be an issue for a dedicated gaming device
- Proprietary charge/sync connector and large AC adapter are annoying
- No on-board memory, so you’ll need a memory card for game saves and media
- Speakers somewhat underpowered, though they are relatively good quality with distortion at only the highest volume setting
- Cameras take average shots at best, though video capture works well