Five reasons to buy a PS Vita right now...
- Posted May 2nd, 2012 at 06:08 EDT by Steven Williamson
- 9 Comments
Last week we revealed that 70 percent of PlayStation 3 owners are yet to buy a PlayStation Vita. A chunk of those people said that if the price was lower and there were more games available they’d be more likely to purchase one, but we still believe there’s more than enough reason to buy PS Vita right now.
We’ve owned Sony’s new handheld since day one and don’t have too many bad things to say about it, that’s aside from the poor battery life, inability of the Remote Play feature to run the games that we want to see on the small screen, and the lack of video out, which means we can’t produce any nice gameplay footage for you all to enjoy. Overall though, our experience has been very positive and there’s hardly a day goes by when we don’t pick up our PS Vita.
Here are five reasons why we think PS Vita is worth buying right now…
1. Great range of games
There are some great games on the way, including Resistance: Burning Skies, Mortal Kombat and Gravity Rush, but PS Vita does already have a very strong line-up with more than enough to keep you entertained until more games arrive.
Uncharted: Golden Abyss is, of course, the flagship game and as close to a console title as we’ve experienced on handheld, thanks to the high production values, great storytelling and smooth gameplay mechanics. We’re also still loving Unit 13 (and still trying to beat it), but there’s lots of fun to be had out of the numerous pick-up-and-play titles too, such as MotorStorm RC, Super Stardust Delta, Modnation Racers and WipEout 2048. Like platformers or puzzle games? Then Rayman Origins or Escape Plan should be right up your street, while FIFA or Virtua Tennis 4 should keep sports fans entertained.
Looking for something a bit more hardcore? Then get your mitts on Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention, which is an absorbing experience if you’re into turned-based RPGs. In fact, PS Vita actually has something for everyone no matter what genre you’re into. The argument that there’s a lack of games is flawed, we feel.
2. Great controls and smooth interface
The inclusion of two analog sticks for PS Vita was a very wise move. Compared to the PSP, it makes those core gaming experiences, particularly shooters and action adventures, feel much more intuitive and more like playing on a gamepad. The touchscreen interface also feels instantly familiar if you've ever used a smartphone or tablet with an interface that is easy to navigate.
We’ve been impressed too with the range of control methods. Though implementation of the rear touchscreen controls in a few games hasn’t convinced us yet that it adds anything to the experience, titles such as Little Deviants, which showcases the whole range of PS Vita’s new control methods and features, including the multi-touch screen, augmented reality and tilt functionality, are good fun and offer a different kind of experience away from traditional controls and the usual type of games.
3. Digital downloads and the PlayStation Store
Being able to browse the PlayStation Store via touchscreen is much more enjoyable and works so much better than it does on PS3. One of the beauties of PS Vita is that you can also download games via Wi-Fi immediately, so no longer have to buy physical copies of titles. While staying away from home we’ve conveniently downloaded games via hotel Wi-Fi.
The fact that a lot of the games also have downloadable demos too means you get to try before you buy, while the NEAR feature means you can pick up free levels of games, rewards and further demos from other PS Vita owners in your vicinity.
4. The apps
When PS Vita launched there were no apps, but finally they’ve arrived with Skype, LiveTweet, Flickr, Facebook and Foursquare catering for all your social networking needs. Due to power of the handheld's processor, you can also multi-task quickly and switch between apps and games in an instance.
5. Listening to music, watching films
Via USB you can transfer music across to PS Vita and listen to your music on the move, but what’s most impressive on the 5 inch screen are the ... (continued on next page)
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- 7:22am EDT - May 2nd, 2012
Five reasons not to buy a PSV right now:
1- not that many good games (right now).
2- the controls are not that great. ( the PSV buttons are smaller than average, not all the games use a touch-screen interface)
3- its to heavy and fat.
4- battery life sucks for a handled.
5- in one/two years a PSV slim is going to be released. (yes we know Sony)
Drebin296 | Drebin296
- 7:59am EDT - May 2nd, 2012
I would like one very much, but I can't afford it. I'm waiting for a price drop or a slim version. I played Fifa on a Vita in GAME, and it was pretty awkward to control. I'm sure once I got used to it/didn't have a giant thing attaching it to the wall it would be alright. But yeah, too much £££ for me. Plus what #1 said is true.
- 9:35am EDT - May 2nd, 2012
I agree with #1. It's expensive, there's a low battery life, while there may not be a lack of games, there's certainly a lack of games that I'm willing to buy, an improved Vita will probably be released in a year, and the controls aren't great. Like #2 said, it does feel kinda awkward, that may be because I'm used to the PSP and there's a massive unit attached which prevents it fitting comfortably into my hands, but the buttons are definitely smaller than average.
Having said that, if it was cheaper, and boasted a larger amount of games that interest me, I'd definitely buy one. So in time, I'm sure I'll have one soon, even if they do announce a new model shortly after.
- 10:01am EDT - May 2nd, 2012
SrNelito must be absolutely weak if you believe the PS Vita is heavy. It's lighter than the original PSP.
The controls are great.
Battery life is great, lasts longer than the 3DS.
Games absolutely suck at the moment, there is none that are good and i get bored in seconds.
Costs too much for memory.
All i do is play PSP games on it.
Still no PS1 games support.
Remoteplay is the same as the PSP version, absolutely USELESS.
the web browser is exactly the same as the PSP version except you can type with touch now. (which was a system update, it happens on all PSP games. So the actual web browser has not been updated.)
Do not buy it yet, that's coming from someone who bought it day one. Just wait and buy it soon after some good games are out.
- 1:08pm EDT - May 2nd, 2012
If I can't afford the device, those 5 reasons you listed are irrelevant !!!
psmgamer | Demonhunter84
- 1:20pm EDT - May 2nd, 2012
The price for memory is expensive which is one of the reasons why I want to wait for Sony to drop the price of memory so it's more affortable. As for price, I think I'll wait for the PSP VIta Slim like others have said or perhaps a model with built in memory like the PSP Go. As for the games, I'll wait for E3 to see what's coming out in the future. Only game that would get me to buy one would be Uncharted Golden Abyss.
- 3:34pm EDT - May 2nd, 2012
My only hick is that NEAR doesn't work, my PSVita trophys don't show up on my PS3 and still no remote play. Battery Life is good considering the quality of the games.
- 3:58am EDT - May 3rd, 2012
[quote]rNelito must be absolutely weak if you believe the PS Vita is heavy. It's lighter than the original PSP.[/quote]
Im not weak its a fact.
PSP1000: 280 grams (9.9 oz)
PSP2000/3000: 189 grams (6.7 oz) (the one i play)
PSV - Wi-Fi: 260 grams (9.2 oz)
- 3G: 279 grams (9.8 oz)
See only 1 gram dosent make a difference and since there is a PSP2000 (witch is lighter) so i can say that its heavier than a psp
- 5:11pm EDT - May 3rd, 2012
@8 Moron, learn to read. He said it was lighter than the original psp which you proved with your silly little stats. Stop being weak btw. The thing is 9 ounces. My god people will complain about anything.
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