Submitted by Cartridge 304d ago | opinion piece

Why The Vita’s Time Is Now

Grainger Games takes a look at the PS Vita and how the console's fortunes are set to pick up with the release of the PlayStation 4 and PS Link app. (PS Vita, PS4)

SuperBlur  +   305d ago
I will get one eventually , currently giving my wallet a break . can't wait to try the tv add-on and the couch co-op thingy haha
hellzsupernova  +   304d ago
Great piece of hardware, I bought one cause I was travelling allot for work now haven't played it in a while, did get hotline Miami the other day for it though.
mikeslemonade  +   304d ago
It's such a pretty piece of hardware. I must say the Vita and PSP phat are the slickest looking devices at its respective times.

Even though I don't play it, it's worth the purchase just to own one. It's a slick collectible that looks good in your "man cave".
insomnium2  +   304d ago
Atm I play Dragon's crown on my way to work. I get an hour and a half of gaming almost every day. Great game! Best handheld ever. Just battling to get my anime converted with subs on it. Pain in my butt for real. Any help?
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bulbulito  +   304d ago

try using handbrake. i convert MKVs to MP4s with burned (hardcoded) subtitles
SuperBlur  +   304d ago
I'm really enjoying Hotline Miami on PS3. I had originally bought it on pc and i thought the controls would suck so damn much on console but i was wrong , they made it really enjoyable . How does it compare on Vita?
0ut1awed  +   304d ago
I don't currently own a PS3 nor have I tried the PC version (even though PC is my main platform for gaming these days).

That said Hotline Miami seems like an amazing fit for the Vita. The controls also seem fine. You just "pull" the touch screen around to see farther. You can also use the touch screen to target people although of course you can use the right analog stick to control targeting as well.

The combination makes for some pretty useful situations, such as going ahead and hard targeting the first guy in the start of a combo.
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itBourne  +   304d ago
I want one, I do, I just cant see paying that much for another handheld device, my phone is enough, because if I go somewhere typically I am driving. If I am there and do not have a ps3 or my desktop I use my laptop, so it is hard to justify. I liked my psp, and I do use my ds, but maybe once every other month at most.

At the same point a new Patapon (non main hero/mp focused) and I would totally be suckered in lol. Nintendo almost did the same with the 3ds and Pokemon, then I played Ni No Kuni, and said fuck you Pokemon, u shld of done this 5 years ago, I do no need you no more.
stevehyphen  +   304d ago
I can see what you mean. My vita always accompanies either mine or the girlfriend's work day, but that's only because we both have jobs where there's time and the ability to play it. Otherwise, I wouldn't have bought it.

As an aside, Vitas are one of the most rugged pieces of mobile tech out there. I would bet on it over any smart phone, tablet or the 3DS any day. Thing's like a brick.
SuperBlur  +   304d ago
You should look into getting a VITA TV , it's a stripped down VITA to plug on your tv and play vita games that do not make use of the touchpad and you can also stream your ps4 games to it. I will have much fun with that thing , i have moved my ps3 around so much .
Knushwood Butt  +   304d ago
@ steve

Yeah, mine got accidentally soaked once. I dried it up, opened all openings, and left it to dry out for 24 hours. To my surprise, it worked fine! Only noticeable change was that the blue LED under the PS/Home button was much weaker for months after, but now it is back to normal.

I was sure it was never going to come back from that soaking, but it did!


I don't recommend anyone trying to re-enact this incident.
0ut1awed  +   304d ago

Look at my comment below. It might help you out.
0ut1awed  +   304d ago
When you do, go to ebay/craigslist.

I've gotten both myself and my roommate pretty much brand new Vitas for around $120 with a bit of searching. You can also get bundles of whatever people are selling for pretty good deals too. For example I saw the Assassins Creed White edition Vita bundle with the game and the 4gb card about a week ago on ebay. It had been used once and it had a buy it now price of $140 shipped.

Like I said, it just takes a little bit of searching but it will defiantly pay off.
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FamilyGuy  +   305d ago
*Impatiently waiting on the PS Vita Tv*
GdaTyler  +   304d ago
Just import it when it releases on the 14th so no need to wait so much.
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0ut1awed  +   304d ago
Outside of PS4 remote play I'm not really sure why someone would want the Vita Tv over a regular Vita.

Games like Killzone look damn good for a portable but they are also running on a 5 inch screen at a resolution lower than 720p. Even then I can look closely and nitpick a lot of things when compared to PS3 graphics. Simply put, these games are going to look very rough on big screen tvs. It will probably be pretty comprable to a good looking PS2 game.

Not to mention Vita games are designed with a front and rear touch panel in mind. When the games are atually compatible with a ds3/4 it will still more than likely be a lackluster experience in comparison.

IMO if you're getting a Vita Tv mainly to play Vita games, you're doing it wrong. If you look at my post above you can see that you canget a Vita for around the same price the Vita Tv will cost too.
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FamilyGuy  +   304d ago
No interest or use in portable gaming. I don't take public transportation or have any place outside of my home where I'd play video games. The Vita itself has exclusives that I'm interested and would prefer to play them on a tv. The Vita Tv allows this, it's only $100 and with the PS4 remote play an second screen co-op ability it's a really worthwhile purchase for me. Playing a split screen co-op game on two separate tvs rather than splitting the screen alone is worth the $100. Remote play just adds to that when you go on trips or to a friends house.

PS Vita Tv output in 720 and the games look better than PS2 games already. Anyone that was content with the original Wii would have no issues with the PS Vita Tv graphics.
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DigitalRaptor  +   305d ago
Remote play, baby!
GdaTyler  +   304d ago
Finally I get the feature I have been longing for even since the days of the PSP. I've always even wanted to play PS3 games on Vita, but one day it will happen!!!!
Evil_Abed  +   304d ago
Remote play is a gimmick that will lose its novelty fast as far as Vita interest is concerned. Soon enough it will go back to collecting dust unless and until Sony stop marketing it as a companion device.
colonel179  +   304d ago
What? For you might be, which will never own a PS Vita in the first place. I have my PS3 connected, but can barely play on the TV. Remote play is going to be ideal for me. And definitely a lot of people.
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GutZ31  +   304d ago
I will be using it to play PS4 games on the toilet.
GuruMeditation  +   304d ago
@GutZ31 agreed, it was either this or a commode. Greatness, and a huge circular ass-crease, await.
stevehyphen  +   304d ago
Ahahaha +funny bub Guru
hulk_bash1987  +   304d ago
My Vita has never collected dust since I got one on launch day. And with remote play and gaikai implementation next year I'll have less reason to put it down.
paul-p1988  +   304d ago
PS1/PSP/PSVita/PS4 games on the go... yeah, gimmick that will collect dust...

I play mine everyday, probably more than i play my PS3 now. Normally i play my handheld as a secondary device, just for quick bursts of gameplay, but the vita is that good that it's almost completely stopped me playing my PS3
MatrixxGT  +   304d ago
Sorry, remote play (if it works like sony has shown) will be vitas killer app. It will be the reason people with ps4's will want to own a vita.
Not to mention its also a very powerful stand alone handheld is awesome.

People that talk down vita either just dont have any interest in it anyway or trying to jump on the doom gloom bandwagon. Most potential buyers are waiting until next generation is here or more games come. But vita itself is the best gaming hardware or any electronic I have ever held to date.
Evil_Abed  +   304d ago
Bookmark this conversation. Time will prove me right.
Hicken  +   304d ago
Don't you guys get tired of trolling?
CocoWolfie  +   304d ago
a lot of people are actually fond of portable gaming, with the ps4 being its buddy, with more games on the way (hopefully god eater 2 >_<) i think its true! :)
Nabbic  +   304d ago
Vita day is every day, baby!
My 3DS has collected dust ever since I had my Vita, it honestly can't compete in terms of quality.
GuruMeditation  +   304d ago
I for one am glad I picked up my Vita. Am totally content with its native software lineup, so the remote play function will be just one more reason to keep it by my side. Also, the directors cut of Deus Ex:HR makes an interesting case for its use in off-screen gaming, which has proved very immersive thus far.
r21  +   304d ago
Good thing too, Tearaway could be someone's Gravity Rush i.e. the game that hooks you into a vita ;D
dcj0524  +   304d ago
Gravity rush for me. The VITA's HALO. I was so excited because not only did I get assassin's creed bundle for $200 ( before price drop) but I got uncharted and Gravity rush (the reason I bought the thing) for FREE! Ultimate customer satisfaction. Had for 10 mi nths and its still going strong.
r21  +   304d ago
Gravity Rush is such an amazing vita game. Cant wait for GR2 :D
GdaTyler  +   304d ago
Gravity Rush was mindblowingly addictive. I really enjoyed Gravity Shifting throughout that massive openworld all on dat OLED SCREEN!! I'm really hyped for Tearaway and hope for good sales from it.
rustyspoon80  +   304d ago
I picked one up last week (£139.99 with Killzone, 8gb card, Virtua Tennis), it now sits in a cupboard peacefully awaiting xmas when it'll be paired with the PS4 and all the PS+ games I have waiting.
bulbulito  +   304d ago
8GB might not be enough for all those nice PS+ games :)
rustyspoon80  +   304d ago
Yeah, I keep checking the prices for additional memory. I understand Killzone has a 1.5gb patch.
Awaiting the 64gb card, but I imagine that'll be pricey.
TheLastGuardian  +   303d ago
The 32GB card isn't even enough.
feraldrgn  +   304d ago
Definitely going to get one once the 2k model reaches us.
ibrake4naps  +   304d ago
Have to send mine in for repairs or buy a new one. Battery quit taking a charge :-(
asmith2306  +   304d ago
If you like fps then get KZ:Mercenary with your Vita, nuff said. Awesome game online. Perfect when my girlfriend is using the TV or I'm sitting on the can.
Knushwood Butt  +   304d ago
Yeah, played it online for the first time today. Good times.
GdaTyler  +   304d ago
I'm surprised that there was virtually no lag for me online, and it never disconnected me, not once. Really awesome game. Totally recommend it as well.
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TristanPR77  +   304d ago
I proudly have one since the launch. Vita is an amazing device and now with the PS4 it takes a new meaning.
HighResHero  +   304d ago
Very happy with my Vita so far.
SpinalRemains138  +   304d ago
Every ps4 owner should have a Vita. Fact of the matter is, gamers have to use the facilities. Now, with remote play, we can do the deuce, yet continue our adventure or game.

I'm coming from all the way back during Atari days, so the idea of remote playing your console game via a handheld, seamlessly, is frigging awesome.

Nuff said
zombie78rock  +   304d ago
I love PS but remote play and Vita are a joke. I'm buying a PS4 and I have played PS3 for 6 years now supporting Sony. And I've been playing games sine Atari 2600 1983.. What upcoming Vita game is a system seller I can't think of 1 it's a joke. I be happy with PS3+PS4. MGS V Phantom Pain

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