Submitted by radicaldefect 987d ago | opinion piece

The Playstation Vita is Worth Your Time and Money

This article was written in defense of the Playstation Vita. It's a competent handheld that's worth paying attention to, and may even be worth paying for. (Gravity Rush, Persona 4 Golden, PS Vita, Ragnarok Odyssey)

LOGICWINS  +   987d ago
Waitin on that redesign/price drop.
Anon1974  +   987d ago
In my opinion, you're missing out.
darthv72  +   987d ago
a price drop can occur without a redesign. Besides, if you are a collector as well as a gamer then you can appreciate the first designs because they are the complete builds.

Its when the redesigns happen that things get removed to cut costs. Or in other cases (like the psp 1000 to 2000) you get things added like the extra memory and tv out.

Id love to see a vita with tv out and bluetooth controller support.

I have not gotten my vita yet but now my attention is turned to the neogeo x gold that is coming soon. Im a serious retro gamer and that is just a sweet little unit. Especially when docked inside a mini AES shell with tv out.

$199 for the neogeo or $250 for the vita? Im getting them both regardless but i think I will go for the "gold" first.
Tetsujin  +   987d ago
I really like the Vita, my only complaint is some of the games that use the R/L buttons cramp my hands after 30-45 min (I have big hands) however I just take a break and go back later to play. I actually traded a big name tablet for one; and so far I do not regret it.

I also wish they reduced the price of the memory cards; I'm waiting on some sort of price drop to get the 32 GB stick or even word on a 64 GB stick in the future.
LOGICWINS  +   987d ago
Eh..I'm pretty sure I won't melt or spontaneously combust if I wait another 6 months to buy a Vita. It's not like the games are going anywhere.

@darth- My friends a collector, I'm not. I don't see the rational in keeping old machines I'm never going to use JUST for the purposes of having them as some "trophy" for display to prove how big of a nerd I am.
rainslacker  +   987d ago
If you think collector's collect games as "trophys" then you really don't know much about collecting. Outside of my gaming backlog, I've played almost every game that I own (about 500 right now). I will likely want to play some of those again, thus I collect games and systems.

I also have some gaming related items that I display, not because I want to show off how big a nerd i am, but because those items represent something to me that I found good about what I enjoy most.

If you want to play a game once and never play it again then fine, do what's best for you. But don't act like your better than the rest of us because we choose to pursue our shared hobby in a different way.
LOGICWINS  +   987d ago
I never said I was better than anyone...you created that falsehood. Also, I never said there was anything inherently "wrong" about being a collector. I simply implied that it wasn't for me which is why I used "I" very liberally in my comment, since I was describing myself. Why are you making yourself out to be a victim?
rainslacker  +   987d ago
Your reasons for not being a collector are perfectly valid. However your passive aggressive insinuation that collector's collect games/hardware because it some sort of trophy or to show how big a nerd we are is just unfounded and misinformed. Using derogatory terms, as you did, is a subtle way to look down on a community of people who love the same things you do because we decide to express it in a different way. There are much better ways to state what you did if you didn't mean to imply such a thing...for instance not even having that second sentence, as it adds nothing substantial to your reasons, and if anything takes away from them.
darthv72  +   987d ago
I didnt take the initial "nerd" comment as condescending as it may have come across. I understand the nature of collecting (whatever it may be) is not for everyone but everyone does hold value in things differently.

My collection isnt for any kind of measure but for my own satisfaction in having been in this hobby literally from the beginning. Or at least since the days of Pong.

Actually, you are a collector to a point. You may not keep the old when the new comes out but you are more likely to keep the things you enjoyed most. That may not be every game you ever played but Im willing to bet you have some classics that still bring a smile to your face when you reminisce.
ABizzel1  +   986d ago

I agree.


Why didn't you jump on the deal Amazon had around Black Friday. They had an unbeatable bundle. White PS Vita, Assassin's Creed Liberation, 4GB memory card, and 1 month PS+ all for $179.

That's the price drop you were looking for. As far as redesigns I doubt we'll see one before 2014. I suspect Holiday 2014 - Holiday 2015. Hopefully it's Holiday 2014, I got mine from Best Buy with the warranty, and if a new model comes out I can get it for free NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
Riderz1337  +   987d ago
It's too bad you are going to miss out on all those games for PS Plus members. Enjoying Gravity Rush atm =p
LOGICWINS  +   987d ago
"It's too bad you are going to miss out on all those games for PS Plus members. Enjoying Gravity Rush atm =p"

YUP, Gravity Rush and all those other PS Vita freebies will magically disappear from my download list when I get my Vita.

dgonza40  +   987d ago

You don't have to be a jerk, man
LOGICWINS  +   987d ago
A person made an error, I corrected them. Whats the problem?
BlaqMagiq24  +   986d ago

You do realize those games are not free forever right? They may be on your list now or whenever you get them, but once they stop being free you gotta pay for them regardless on your list or not.
ABizzel1  +   986d ago

I think he meant he already downloaded them, and they're sitting in his download history. In which case I believe you can just redownload them at a later date.
cpayne93  +   987d ago
If you nabbed the free games from ps+ then I can understand why you're waiting on the redesign. You can keep getting those Vita games for free with plus, and when you get one at a better price you will have a big collection of games to play on it.

I grabbed the 180 dollar amazon bundle on black friday. I figured there wouldn't be deals that good for quite a while, and I don't regret my decision one bit. Plus me and some friends are going to get monster hunter soon, and I would rather get it on vita so I can use the analog sticks, another reason I jumped on the deal on black friday.
LOGICWINS  +   987d ago
Precisely. Once I get my Vita, I expect to have over 20 games to play from Plus. That Amazon deal was fantastic, but I'd rather wait for Sony to release a bundle that has a 16GB memory stick and one year of Plus.
rezzah  +   987d ago
So based on your logic, all collectors are nerds. 1.1.3
hkgamer  +   987d ago
Its probably a good idea, I can see the new redesign having internal flash memory.

Price drop probably wouldn't be too much though, most likely will be bundled with more things.
Seraphim  +   986d ago
guess you lost out Black Friday then. $199 at most retailers. Got the Assassins Creed Vita bundle @ Amazon for $180. Plus they threw in 3 months PS+ & a code for Playstation All Stars Battle Royale. Yes trivial but still freebies on top of an already great deal. I'm glad I broke down though. Great machine, Uncharted kicks A...
cpayne93  +   986d ago
I enjoyed Uncharted a lot more than I thought I would, I feel like its a bit underrated. I would give it in the upper 8s.
KongRudi  +   986d ago
I think it's pretty obvious that you're just convincing yourself not to buy it..

- First you say you are waiting for a redesign/price drop, 190$ is too much for this awesome system.
- And then abit further down the thread, you say you need atleast 20(!) games, 16GB memcard, and a year worth of PSN+ bundle, price obviously don't matter anymore because now you're gonna play 20 games.

I'd be very surprised if you ever decided to pick up thesystem up, if ever your criterias did fall in line, for you. I think it's more likely that you'd change the criteria; I now need all the 20 games I want, but I need to wait for the total costs to be under 150$, including the games, device, memory-card.

BTW: The current free PSN+ games won't dissepear from your download queue, when you get your vita at a later date.
They'll be stored in your transaction management, as part of your plus games, as long as you buy them during the free period.
i.e.if you are a plus-member, you can buy them for 'Free' today on the web-store, or the PS3, stop subscribing, and resubscribe in 2 years time when you get a Vita, and they'll be available again for you to download in the future then should you get a Vita.
As long as you hit the buy button, it don't matter what time you did buy it, or if you don't yet own the system you bought it for, you just need to get it in your transaction.
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LordMe  +   987d ago
Yes it was... I got mine on launch day, and I love it!
Kamikaze135  +   987d ago
I'm waiting for more decent games to come out and a price drop.
KangarooSam  +   987d ago
Hell yes it is! Love this thing.
maniac76  +   987d ago
Playn ragnarok aka monster hunter
rezzah  +   987d ago
Then i'd be playing it too, to me MH is much more enjoyable than Ragnarok.
vork77  +   987d ago
O boy i can but games i already own but on the Vita and not play any new games :)
Dracoon85  +   987d ago
I'm playing Playstation Allstars Battle Royale that I got free with the PS3 version and it's great. Vita is definitely a great system.
josephayal  +   987d ago
the PlayStation Vita is the best handheld ever made, The Future Has Arrived
dgonza40  +   987d ago
The hardware is there, but there is a lack of software on the horizon that worries me. Love the crossbuy, though.
Williamson  +   987d ago
Im enjoying tales from space mutant blobs attack, its really addicting and the touch screen functions work well imo.
specsmatter  +   986d ago
Ive had my vita since day one even bought the early bundle in which we received it a week ahead of time. I spent a pretty penny but have been enjoying it from day one. The way the games look on the oled screen mesmerized me from day one lol I have many games which include Unit13 (love that game), Plants v. Zombies (addictive as hell), Marvel v. Capcom (looks awesome and plays great), UC Golden Abyss (its UC nuff said), Resistance burning skies (enjoyed the crap out this game contrary to reviews), LBP Vita (couldn't believe i was playing this on a handheld its that good), COD Vita (yes bad reviews but some of the most fun and addictive mp ive played) and other games!!!

I respect ppls decision on waiting for a price cut especially with the pricy mem. cards, but i also know that the majority that bought this great handheld aren't displeased. It offers so much...... and it pricier than the competition because the tech is more advanced, has more perks and offers more imo.
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H4all  +   986d ago
2013 is big year for vita...
if you got one.. you will love it..
you will know what is different from other handheld..
so much improvement has been made..
Niyari2  +   986d ago
3 words: Phantasy Star Online
sashimi  +   986d ago
Over 300+ hours spent on the Vita and counting with no signs of slowing down. Plus my game collection only grows larger as time passes.
TongkatAli  +   986d ago
#### yeah. Please get DJ Max Technika Tune. I know it's 50$, but get it guys I swear you won't regret seeing the amazing presentation for the Vita OLED screen. I think DJ Max best shows off how sick colors look on the screen and the gameplay is hardcore in the harder diffculty lol, that game will make you bug out.
tubers  +   986d ago
Can't wait for the revision! I'm pretty unhappy with the screen quality control for it.

Google: "Playstation VITA vertical lines"

Apparently Sammy/Sony opted out of the technology to prevent this and improve quality yields:


I sure as heck won't mind if the VITA gets a quality IPS/PLS next time instead.. AFIK Sony only went with OLED due to power efficiency w/c the VITA sorely needed.
boybato  +   986d ago
Have not really noticed this not until you mentioned them lines. Anyway, I'm more bothered with the small black blotches in the background, the one that looks like watermarks, when I am playing my Vita in the dark and the screen is displaying black (eg.uncharted's loading screen)
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tubers  +   985d ago
That too is FACTUALLY an inherent issue with the OLEDs.

I've got them too at least my unit has most of the near the edges of the screen.. It's as if someone spilled some black ink under the screen.
Hicken  +   986d ago
I continue to spend time and money on my Vita, and with no regrets.

.. except that I don't have more of both to spend on it.

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