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Submitted by Lasombra 557d ago | opinion piece

Top 5 Reasons to Buy a Playstation Vita

The Playstation Vita is over a year old now and with the PS4 on the horizon, and the handheld still neck-in-neck with the PSP on the Japanese sales charts, PSU takes a look at five reasons to buy a Vita right now. (Culture, PS Vita)

GABRIEL1030  +   557d ago
Vita is a great device!
BeZdaBest  +   557d ago
vita is a great device with a identity crisis ... hear me out....

its caught between
the handheld market(3ds main competitor)
cell phone market(the introduction of ps mobile & untapped 3g potential )
console (eventual remote funtion and console ports)
i feel as if sony is going to use the ps4 as a crutch to hold up the psvita..

psvita is spreading itself to thin trying to cover all base... its not doing particularly well..most would argue that isnt doing to good..most would argue that the psvita has some "aaa" titles..(uncharted.. resistance.g-rush.asscreed..&a mp;q uot;""cod ugh""" i personally love wipeout)... so why is it struggling..

i think they should focus on getting the games that will attract people.the hardware itself is appealing. but games still matter the most..
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WhyWai88  +   557d ago
I believe your phone also have identity crisis.. hear me out..

its caught between
a camera
a media player
& of cos a phone
BeZdaBest  +   557d ago
i agree with you..BUT you can still buy featureless phones at next to nothing...but the vita is different.. what is the vita doing with its 3g/appstore(psm) nothing its a resource hogg..

the reason phone evolved were out of necessity..
would you rather be carrying a cell phone /mp3 player/camera.. or would you rather have all that in one... for the most part its been great.most people cannot go back to feature phones..

the psvita is doing nuthin great(expect for specs when only compared to the 3ds) look at the psp and the umd movies what happened to that
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Dj7FairyTail  +   557d ago
with lack of exclusive killer apps or games to move units. 2014 better be better for Vita.
RankFTW  +   556d ago
PS Vita + PS Plus is the best combo ever. My only gripe is the price of the memory cards, I wish they were non-propriatery.
PeaSFor  +   557d ago
my personal reasons.

1- Playing PsVita exclusive games(duh...)
2- Playing my digital ps1/psp game collection
3- Obvious interactivity with the PS4
4- Cross buy/save/play(like in Guacamelee)
5- Medias/apps
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GameCents  +   556d ago
3 isn't applicable right now and is dependent on purchasing a $450 or so console. Pass.
Vita needs to be able to stand on its own. Currently, it is bombing everywhere outside Japan.
PeaSFor  +   556d ago
your opinion dont matter when its MY PERSONAL reasons,
...even if it isnt released yet i will without a doubt get the ps4 on launch day.

the wii u is "bombing" EVERYWHERE......japan included..... but it wont stop me from getting it when a metroid/zelda will be released on it.
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chrismichaels04  +   556d ago
@ Gamecents - for a guy that claims Vita is "irrelevant", you go out of your way to click on, read and comment on every Vita article on N4G. Seems to me like the Vita is very relevant to your life considering how obsessed with it you are.

"currently it's bombing everywhere outside of Japan"
Oh and FYI.....if your going to continue going on your bitter fanboy rage against Vita, at least get your facts straight so you don't sound so ignorant and clueless. Sony has already reported the Vitas strongest sales have been in the US and Europe. Only recently have sales also picked up in Japan (since Sonys PSP is still selling strong in the Japanese market).
-GametimeUK-  +   557d ago
Next month I'm going to treat myself to one because of my ps+. Too good to pass.
Arai  +   557d ago
Ordering the crystal white AC III: Liberation bundle in 3 days from Amazon.
With import tax and Muramasa Rebirth limited edition it's going to cost me 650 USD.

Seriously expensive for a handheld, but hopefully I'll enjoy it.
I can see myself being lazy in bed streaming PS4 games to it, usage during flights, exclusive Vita games and the lot.
r21  +   556d ago
Recommend waiting after E3. A vita price cut might be announced so best just wait till Sony's presentation is over.
-GametimeUK-  +   556d ago
Well, my birthday is the end of June so if a price drop is announced that would be a nice bonus :D
Agent_hitman  +   557d ago
Many gamers will buy PSVITA if they cut the price of it from $250 to $199.

Many Quad core tablets and smartphones these days have $199 price tag and you can play decent games with dazzling graphics like ShadowGun or Dead trigger.

In the case of VITA, the reason why it's not selling well is because it's pricey. Not because it doesn't have games, as a matter of fact there are plenty of VITA games out there. But sad truth is, none of those games are hardware seller..

Maybe if FFX remaster comes out, the VITA's fate with turn positive.
-GametimeUK-  +   557d ago
How is Uncharted not a system selling franchise, but a 10 year old HD touch up is? Sorry, but Vita needs more games specifically made for the Vita. HD remakes are welcome, though. Get a GT game on it and a GTA game.
imXify  +   557d ago
199$ with contract yeah.....
raytraceme  +   557d ago
the gpu's in these devices suck. The vita bar the ipad 4 is still more powerful than any portable device out there for the moment.
WhyWai88  +   557d ago
LOL.. how many phone or tablet came with a price less than $200 contract-free?
GameCents  +   556d ago
Meh. People said the vita would sell bundles and loads at $250, that didn't happen. I doubt 199 would make much of a difference.
MastaMold  +   556d ago
@Agent_hitman, $199 smartphones are what i call contract phones go buy an unlocked Galaxy S4 or Iphone 5 they cost double what a PS Vita cost. Alot of people dont understand what a smartphone really cost.
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DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   557d ago
My only reason to buy Vita are its exclusives.
PS4isKing_82  +   557d ago
5 reasons? That's five more than I thought there were.
freezola75  +   557d ago
The Vita is an amazing handheld. It does precisely what I want and as a GAMER, I want games.

There are regular Vita exclusive titles, PSN, PS1, PSP, PS Mobile, Minis, Free to play, and PS3 cross play games.

It has great AAA titles with more to come. The browser is getting progressively better (still could use a flash player), one knock I have is remote play. Needs a serious stability patch.

Apps are admittedly few and far between.. When you 1st get your Vita all of the apps are cool to try out but you may get bored with some of them. Don't get me wrong I love Treasure Park and I FB &Tweet from my Vita all of the time. I also use Netflix and I like that Skype app on it as well.

I take my Vita with me everywhere I go. I love sending and receiving items through the NEAR app. that little feature is so cool.

Look yo, smart phones & tablets are great devices and I see how cool and important they are to a lot of folks...

I just want a device that plays like my console at home while on the go, with the joy of knowing that I can play all of the games specifically designed for my console as well as some of these mobile games too (#TempleRunOnVita). Tablets and these new phones have their place.

As do my Vita. Peace

oh and don't forget about the unwritten things you can do with the Vita!

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tubers  +   556d ago
Why you should wait a while before buying a VITA..

Better hardware (they're gonna refresh it, bet on it)
Cheaper hardware
Own cheaper games (AC3L, UCGA)
More robust library

At article:

Treadmill? Really?
WeAreLegion  +   556d ago
Yeah. Handhelds aren't great on treadmills. Most people just play consoles while using treadmills. Even then, an elliptical is much easier to do this with.

I use my tablet and prop it up on my exercise equipment to watch Netflix. ;)
WeAreLegion  +   556d ago
E3:

New IP exclusives.
BIG NAME games coming to Vita. (Metal Gear, Monster Hunter (Not a fan), Elder Scrolls, Borderlands, Grand Theft Auto)
Complete PS4 streaming support.
Cut price to $149.99
Y_5150  +   556d ago
$149!? That's all kinds of messed up! The 3DS is more expensive than that prices. $199 is much more reasonable and it would show that Vita at that price would show the 3DS XL that it has better value at $199 rice point.
WeAreLegion  +   556d ago
Oh. Good point. I work at a store that only sells used systems, so I forget how much systems are new. Lol. Sorry.
Y_5150  +   556d ago
It's alright. Both systems are great anyway so I hope for both to succeed! :)
fsfsxii  +   556d ago
I'm actually lost between buying a vita or a 3ds
3ds has all the JRPGs i want, vita has Maramusa rebirth, gravity rush, and some fighting games

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