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Submitted by ICC_06 675d ago | opinion piece

One year on, why not buy a Vita?

MMGN: Over the Christmas break, the Vita turned one in Japan. In Australia, we’ve had the device in our hands for eleven months, and we’ve watched as the price quietly dropped a whole heap as no one bought the damn thing. But the Vita is a damn neat little system, a consistently impressive machine, and one that you might well want to look into now that the inevitable lull-periods of a year’s beginning are on the horizon. (PS Vita)

animegamingnerd  +   675d ago
i don't have the money ):
BrianC6234  +   675d ago
That's a good reason. Anyone who does have the money should check the Vita out though. There's plenty of good games. Don't listen to the people trying to kill it. And if you have PS Plus they have plenty of great free games now. You can buy a Vita and Plus and not worry about buying any games.
KangarooSam  +   675d ago
Slow down.
Two comments in and no one's bashed it yet. Not sure how to react.

Seriously though you're right on the money. I spent $400 on my Vita, accessories, etc. the week it was released and a few of the items have dropped in price by now. There have been bundles saving consumers A LOT also. However, I don't regret paying what I did to support Sony, Developers, and the like. But if you're still complaining about the price then wait for a deal, bundle, whatever, and save up! It's most likely cheaper than your phone which if you think about it is ridiculous with all the things the Vita can do.

So, in conclusion, hop on the bandwagon people!
brish  +   675d ago
There is a vita in my home.

The problem is it's not mine and there is a restriction that only allows one account per vita. The vita will always be bound to someone else's account.

She doesn't buy, or play many games.

If that DRM was removed I would buy a game for it to try it out but because of the DRM I won't be getting any games for it.

@BrianC6234
I have plus but it's useless for the vita because I'm can't put the games it because of the account restriction. I'm not going to buy another vita so I can try a game out (games get locked to accounts as well).

BS DRM = no game purchases from me
animegamingnerd  +   675d ago
same thing there is a vita in my home but it is my brother's
Y_5150  +   675d ago
Vita=Life

So that means Vita is attached to one's life lol.
BrianC6234  +   674d ago
I guess that's a problem for some people. I'm the only one using my Vita and PS3 so I don't have that problem. We can thank the hackers for this problem though. Sony is trying to stop all of that mess. And people who share everything. I guess that was taken advantage of too much on the PSP.
Soldierone  +   675d ago
Vita is getting some phone games, and honestly that alone shows why the vita is so awesome. Using the rear touch pad so you can actually see what you are doing on the screen is such an overlooked feature. Honestly wish phones would get this!

That and its longwise screen with clarity is way awesome for side scrolling games. Apple went the opposite way, which to me didn't have gaming in mind with the decision.
BrianC6234  +   675d ago
Have you tried Surge yet? I think it's just $2.79. Fun game. Mobile is giving the Vita a lot of good cheap or free games.
Soldierone  +   675d ago
Nope, but will check it out. I'm addicted to these casual games on it lol
League_of_Draven  +   675d ago
Because there is no point. Vita hardly has any games and if I get any handheld then I'd rather get a 3DS as it has a better exclusive lineup.
KangarooSam  +   675d ago
Zelda, Mario, and... Kid Icarus, Pokémon, and Professor Layton maybe?

Uncharted, Gravity Rush, Assassin's Creed, Need for Speed, Ragnarok Odyssey, Tearaway, Killzone, Sly Cooper, Soul Sacrifice, need I go on..?

You sir, are not the smartest. I'm not bashing the 3DS or attacking your opinion but if you think the 3DS has a better lineup than the Vita then you must be BLIND. I know everyone has different tastes; that's why I bought my 3DS for Mario and Zelda, but the Vita has so many better games for the average core gamer.

Not to mention Skype, scrolling with the rear touchpad on Facebook so your fingers don't block that beautiful OLED touchscreen (love this feature), SEN, Netflix (looks incredible), etc.

Stop being an immature troll and pick up a Vita.
Soldierone  +   675d ago
Funny thing is those games are all retail as well. Vita has even more games sitting in the PS Store, let alone the PSP and PS1 library....
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   675d ago
3DS 2013:
Fire Emblem: Awakening
Luigi’s Mansion: Dark Moon
Castlevania: Lords of Shadow – Mirror of Fate
Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon
Pokemon XY
Animal Crossing: New Leaf
(etc...)

just a few major titles this year.
meowthemouse  +   675d ago
None of the Vita games interest him, maybe he isn't trolling, hes just stating his opinion.
Kingofwiiu  +   675d ago
No , the vita does not have better games than 3DS. Here's why

out now

Kid icarus uprising
Resident evil revelations
Resident evil mercenaries
Mario 3D land
NSMB2
Mario tennis open
Paper Mario sticker star
Mario Kart 7
Ocarina of time 3D
Starfox 64 3D
Kingdom Hearts dream drop distance
Theatrythm final fantasy
Virtues last reward
Cave story 3D
Tales of the abyss
Shin megami tensei devil survivor
Rythm thief and the emperors treasure
Street fighter 4
Dead or alive dimensions
Tekken prime
Ridge racer 3D
Pilot wings resort
Ghost recon shadow wars
Steel diver
Nano assault
Bit trip saga
Scribblenauts unlimited
Harvest moon a new begining
Rayman Origins
Snake eater 3D
Professor layton
Code of princess
Sonic generations
Shinobi
Bit trip saga

And many others I have forgotten

Eshop big hitters

Crashmo
Pushmo
Dilons rolling western
Colors 3D
VVVV
Escape vector
Fluidity
Mutant Mudds
The denpa men
Sakura samurai
Ketzals korridors
Gunman clive
Art of balance touch
Liberation Maiden
Crimson shroud
Aero Porter

Coming soon

Monster Hunter Ultimate
Luigi's mansion 2
Fire emblem Awakening
Animal crossing new leaf
Etrian oddysey 4
Pokemon Mystery dungeon
Castlevania MoF
Pokemon X and Y

And many more.
Ult iMate  +   674d ago
@Kingofwiiu
WTF are these games have to do with "better 3DS linup"? They are ever multiplatform with Vita or have similar games or close on Vita or simply irrelevant.

Mario tennis open
Mario Kart 7
Virtues last reward
Cave story 3D
Shin megami tensei devil survivor
Street fighter 4
Dead or alive dimensions
Tekken prime
Ridge racer 3D
Pilot wings resort
Ghost recon shadow wars
Steel diver
Nano assault
Bit trip saga
Harvest moon a new begining
Rayman Origins
Snake eater 3D
Shinobi

Why some games repeated twice?
And if you mentioning games from N64 for 3DS - there's a whole bunch of PS1 games for Vita.

And don't even mention those "Eshop big hitters" bc there are plenty of good downloadable games in PSN/PSM too.

Yes, 3DS has good games, but you are really clueless about Vita games.
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MattyG  +   675d ago
I think the whole "It has no games" thing has been disproven by now. Now if you said it doesn't have many games coming soon, then I'd agree, but right now it has a large library for a one year old console.
Riderz1337  +   675d ago
Only the confirmed 2013 games:

1) Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
2) Killzone: Mercenary
3) Soul Sacrifice
4) Tearaway
5) Warrior's Lair
6) Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee HD
7) Dragon's Crown
8) Phantasy Star Online 2
9) Guacamelee!
10) Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assault
11) Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chicken
12) Urban Trial Freestyle
13) Zombie Tycoon 2: Brainhov's Revenge
14) Rainbow Moon
15) The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth
16) Dead or Alive 5 Plus
17) Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2
18) LEGO Legends of Chima: Laval's Journey
19) Lone Survivor
20) Let's Fish! Hooked On
21) Dragon's Racing
22) Castle Storm
23) Snapshot
24) Dragon Fantasy Book II
25) History - Legends of War: Patton
26) Velocity Ultra
27) MotoGP 13
28) Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus
29) MLB 13: The Show
30) LEGO Marvel Super Heroes
31) EscapeVektor

Plus Don't forget annual releases of:
Fifa
Madden
NBA
NHL
Need for Speed
Assassin's Creed
Call of Duty (Maybe?)
MattyG  +   675d ago
@Riderz1337 Wow, there are more games than I thought for 2013. I guess I was thinking of Vita exclusives. Has Sniper 2 been officially confirmed? I thought the only thing we heard about it was through a ESRB post.
guitarded77  +   675d ago
Yep... Vita has absolutely no games.

1. Gravity Rush
2. LBP Vita
2. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
4. MGS 1, 2, 3 and Peace Walker
5. Assassin's Creed Liberation
6. Persona 4
7. Uncharted Golden Abyss
8. WipeOut 2048, HD and Fury
9. Killzone Mercenary
10. Madden, MLB and FIFA
11. ModNation
12. Mortal Kombat
12. MotorStorm RC
14. Need For Speed
15. Ninja Gaiden
16. Oddworld HD Strangers and Munch's
17. Phantasy Star Online 2
18. Plants vs Zombies
19. Rayman Origins
20. Ragnarok Odyssey
21. Rainbow Moon
22. Resistance
23. Retro City Rampage
24. Sine Mora
25. Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time
26. Soul Sacrifice
27. Sound Shapes
28. Street Fighter X Tekken
29. Super Stardust Delta
30. Tearaway
31. Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom
32. Warrior's Lair
33. Unit 13
34. Netflix
35. Facebook
35. Twitter
36. FourSquare
37. THE INTERWEBZ
38. e-Mail
39. Skype
40. NEAR
41. Augmented Reality
42. Maps
43. REMOTE PLAY
44. Camera
45. YouTube
46. Flikr
47. Trophy Support
48. Music Player
49. Apps
50. PSP games
51. PS1 games
52. Final Fantasy VII, VIII, IX and more
53. New Little King's Story
54. Music Unlimited
55. PlayStation Mobile
56. etc... how many more reasons do you need.

@ BELOW: I just copied and pasted from one of my earlier comments to another person who thinks Vita has no games or features. Laugh all you want... the point is the same. Detractors are full of it. If you think I'm wasting my time editing the list on a troll comment, you guys are crazy.
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Kamikaze135  +   675d ago
I'm kind of upset that you listed Skype and the internet as games. After reading that list, I need to take a break from humanity.
oldskoolgamer702  +   675d ago
lol camera!!!
PopRocks359  +   675d ago
Uhhh, dude? Some of these are apps... others on this list have not come out yet.
ElementX  +   675d ago
How about exclusive games? Or games that aren't PS3 game spinoffs?
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specialguest  +   675d ago
Sure, the Vita has games, but most of those listed are ports and remakes. I understand that it's typical for new consoles/handhelds these days to be released with a lot of ports. There are games that might be amazing, but those games are not even out yet.

KZ and Soul Sacrifice might be promising. Port over Ni no kuni and it's an instant buy!
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Ult iMate  +   674d ago
@ElementX
The exactly same can be said about 3DS - are there big absolutely exclusive games that are not spin-offs of Nintendo or any other company franchises?
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Riderz1337  +   675d ago
The Vita has a more diverse set of exclusive games, not to mention most of the third party games that are available on both handhelds arguably perform much better on the Vita than they do on the 3DS. I mean sure the Mario and Zelda games are nice, but they just seem too repetitive in my opinion. I think the Vita offers a more diverse game library which includes games ranging from FPS to adventure games to puzzle games etc.
tubers  +   675d ago
The problem is that the VITA needs to achieve better market penetration. Anything you've mentioned isn't yet enough.

We need bigger system sellers be it port or what not.

Another hurdle of the system is that it's too marketed close to the PS3 (but how else are they gonna market it?).. Thus a lot of the "supposed" exclusive console quality games on the VITA (except GR and not including "ports" and such) appear as castrates of the franchise.

It's gonna be hard not to cut corners due to some hardware limitations and the 39.99 price.. Some devs might as well develop a title on much more popular platforms.

That's a fact: from Sony significantly cutting sales projection from 10m last year and their CEO stating market acceptance issues (No! The big company won't just show it's tail behind their back publicly and thus is telling of the whole VITA situation).

If western 3rd party devs aren't enough, ask more from Sony in house dev teams at least!
TheLastGuardian  +   674d ago
Well, I actually own a Vita and I'm completely satisfied with it's game library so far. It's got a lot of great exclusives. I play it for hours everyday and haven't run out of exclusive games to play on it yet. As a matter of fact, I have a rather large backlog of games on my Vita and I haven't even bought half of the Vita games out currently that I plan on buying.

I could game strictly on my Vita if I wanted to and have more that enough good games to play in just about every genre. You think "Vita hardly has any games" because you don't educate yourself on the Vita's game library like I do. You just don't know what you're missing.
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ylwzx3  +   675d ago
It is too expensive to get into it.
BrianC6234  +   674d ago
It's no more expensive than buying an iPod and people have no problem spending that kind of money on those. Why is $250 so much?
showtimefolks  +   675d ago
i think Vita is doing poorly not only because of what people consider high price or not enough content but because handheld market has shrunk

Vita is not targeting 3DS crowd, its going after core fan base and has more of a home console approach. Mobile Market has taken a big share out of gaming handheld. why pay for a $40 game when you can buy one from app store for $2.99

IMO in the long run Vita will do fine maybe it won't sell 70-80 million units but if it stays on the market and gets some support i can see 40-50 million lifetime sales. Let's get one thing out of the way its a awesome machine

price is what people complain about yet they have forgotten so fast that most were expecting minimum of $349-299 price point so when it launched at $249 it was a low price to begin with. Also this Theory about not having a lot of games, well Vita Launched with 25 Games so maybe sony should have spread those out over a 6-8 months period.

but than is that also what we want from ps4 and next xbox? should both companies launch with a lot of software upfront than nothing for a year or should it be 10 games at launch but than 1-2 new games each month or every other month? It seems like to me a system launches with 20 games 2 months later people are asking where are the games

Been a long time PS brand fan and have come to realize that with sony its not a race, its a marathon.

Get Vita if you have the money, or wait for some good sale like they had at black friday with memory card and a game.
Jek_Porkins  +   675d ago
Money is the main reason, it's a bit too pricey at this time. Especially when you consider Microsoft and Sony will launch new home consoles this year.

If Sony were to lower the price to $179 and add some kind of memory stick, I'd probably get one. It does concern me that Vita is getting a shocking lack of third party support.
showtimefolks  +   675d ago
i think Vita is doing poorly not only because of what people consider high price or not enough content but because handheld market has shrunk

Vita is not targeting 3DS crowd, its going after core fan base and has more of a home console approach. Mobile Market has taken a big share out of gaming handheld. why pay for a $40 game when you can buy one from app store for $2.99

IMO in the long run Vita will do fine maybe it won't sell 70-80 million units but if it stays on the market and gets some support i can see 40-50 million lifetime sales. Let's get one thing out of the way its a awesome machine

price is what people complain about yet they have forgotten so fast that most were expecting minimum of $349-299 price point so when it launched at $249 it was a low price to begin with. Also this Theory about not having a lot of games, well Vita Launched with 25 Games so maybe sony should have spread those out over a 6-8 months period.

but than is that also what we want from ps4 and next xbox? should both companies launch with a lot of software upfront than nothing for a year or should it be 10 games at launch but than 1-2 new games each month or every other month? It seems like to me a system launches with 20 games 2 months later people are asking where are the games

Been a long time PS brand fan and have come to realize that with sony its not a race, its a marathon.

Get Vita if you have the money, or wait for some good sale like they had at black friday with memory card and a game.

http://www.youtube.com/watc...

i will buy a Vita just for this and new KZ game

also Cross game buy is a great feature
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Kamikaze135  +   675d ago
Too expensive for me and not enough games interest me yet. I'm keeping my eye on it though. Just waiting for the right time to buy it.
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PopRocks359  +   674d ago
Same here. I don't really have the money to spend presently, but I wouldn't want to pay the starting price for it. Not enough games to justify it either. Tearaway looks freaking awesome though; I really want that game in particular. Just want a few more games to add to the collection before I choose to dive.
ElementX  +   675d ago
I could've bought a Vita, but I spent my money during the Steam sale!
oldskoolgamer702  +   675d ago
Bottom Line. Its just like the PSP. good hardware but no game support
TongkatAli  +   675d ago
All these Nintendo fanboys complaining about the Vita are really funny, shouldn't you guys be at Wii U articles ? You know, defending it from the doom articles. Yet, you're here passing judgement on something in its infancy.

Bask in your ignorance/hypocrisy, LOL.

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-e...
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PopRocks359  +   675d ago
Okay, seriously. Can you stop being so damn defensive?

No self-respecting gamer is trying to trash the Vita; just give their thoughts on the thing. Do you really have to assume stuff and be so disrespectful? There's honestly no reason for it. That right there is more fanboyish than giving an opinion on a piece of entertainment hardware.

If you hate Nintendo fanboys so much, then why do you even visit the Wii U related articles?
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tubers  +   675d ago
This. It seems that most of the time here, people can barely take valid criticisms of the VITA.

I'm a VITA owner that owns a decent gaming rig and a PS3. Not even a single Nintendo device in our household.

Can I not clamour for more games such as good exclusives, new IP (GR) and monstrous system sellers?

Can I not yearn for more from Sony's support since the system as yet to have THE 3rd party support?

Where's my GoW? GT? More news from the creators of selling the top VITA software (UCGA devs)?

I don't think any VITA owner should tunnel vision and ignore the competition both direct and indirect.

They're handheld isn't doing great and that's a fact. From failed projections to the CEO admitting problems.

Sending them requests and suggestions (officially) is better than carrying a passive attitude towards it just because some of you are satisfied with it.

It needs to reach more people in order to garner better support specially with today's fast moving mobile industry.

Something to hold onto to get past 2013 with enough confidence.
Ult iMate  +   674d ago
It's the magik of Nintendo: people look at Nintendo's devices or games and their critical thinking just switches off.
"Wow! Mario platformer! Zelda Ocarina!"
"Fuu! Persona is a port! Uncharted is a spin-off!"
PopRocks359  +   674d ago
Nintendo fans are incapable of critical thinking? Just really?

God I love this community. /sarcasm

EDIT: Okay, let's just ignore the good review scores that Nintendo games generally get, or how successful each one tends to be, or how the entire past generation Nintendo was supported by casual gamers and not just "Nintendo fanboys."

Nope! A good Nintendo game is simply outside the realm of freaking reality.

Seriously, Nintendo fans are incapable of looking at a game's quality objectively or even subjectively simply because of the name of the game? What a freaking straw-man argument.
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yeahokchief  +   675d ago
have the money.

don't need a handheld.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   675d ago
The end wouldn't justify the means.

I feel that the current price doesn't justify my wants for mobile gaming.

Not interested in the game selection and not interested in the price.
vikingland1  +   675d ago
I don't get all the hate the Vita gets. I have nothing but love in my heart for my Vita ;)
medziarz  +   674d ago
Sony's getting hate (in the US media and Gamestop stores) for the last 7 years, that's one of the biggest reasons xbox has so much of an advantage in the US (nationalism?). people on the internet get affected by the propaganda and repeat it.
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contradictory  +   674d ago
i'm getting it. infact i'm going to order it in coming weeks.
and...persona 4: Golden
vikingland1  +   674d ago
I never played the origonal P4 but I can tell you P4 golden is fantastic. One great game for sure.
contradictory  +   673d ago
heh,i played original Persona 4 on ps2 many years back.
it's one of the best jrpgs ever made.
...now if they would already release Persona 5...but it's better to wait longer than have broken game...
also i recommend the older installations in persona games especially Persona 3 which is awesome.
Knushwood Butt  +   674d ago
If you sign up for PS+ and have a Vita, you'll have access to more games than you'll have time to play.

Unless you happen to have a ton of time on your hands...
Gekko  +   674d ago
Because I've already bought one. In all seriousness though, if the games and PlayStation Plus doesn't get 'em I don't know what will.
BDG  +   674d ago
All this talk of plenty of games yet my local Asda has about 5 or 6 on display below the console itself! Compare that to the space allocated for other consoles including the 3ds and its pretty poor, Until the Vita starts selling well then market forces will continue to limit the support it will get from retailers! Yes there are many more games available to download etc but any casual walking in will look at the number of games on display for both consoles and think he will be better off buying the 3ds.

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