The PS Vita is out in most territories today, but should you hold off on buying it? Read on and find out.
I bought it and im pretty satisfied. If you have 250 euro to spend then this would be my first choice as a gamer.
Same here, the Vita is pretty damn worth it. I've been on all day, haven't had a hiccup or any dissatisfaction yet. I picked up Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 and Ninja Gaiden Sigma PLUS btw, lugia.
Yeah, it's great, but I'm happy to at least wait for a smaller design. I got an original PSP, and that thing was pretty big compared to following designs. And I don't want to get bored of it. If it has a decent back-catalog of games when I buy it (I'll probably wait at least a year), I shouldn't. Plus, some might want to wait for a price drop or 4G model. Waiting on buying a new system is always a reasonable idea.
@silentnegotiator you will be waiting for a few years then because unless there's something really wrong with the Vita hardware, Sony will not be doing any revisions on it anytime soon. They are not Apple.
SS 37 is right.....
Congrats! That's great. I'm waiting for a few more games I'm interested in to come out before I purchase one. The system looks great so far.
Loving my Vita here in the states. The games are great .. to many to play/enjoy. By the way, cant wait for Unit 13 to drop on March 6th.
I met so many new friend's on NEAR...Same here loving it....
My only reason for not having a PS Vita is because i'm broke :(
Lol me too! This will NOT happen to me on the PS4 launch, I will be there day 1 in line, cash in hand waving it in the air.
I share your pain :p im also backlogged until what feels like the end of time :o
That's my problem too, which is why I included the value for money aspect in the list. I think it's inevitable that they'll bring the price down, we might be waiting until the new year for it though.
You'll be buying it for MORE if you leave it late. Sony hardly ever drop prices and these pre-order deals were amazing. So unfortunately late adopters will be paying full price :( Back to lumines, THIS THING IS AMAZING!
Didn't they end up dropping the price of the PS3 at E3 last year though? I think they ended up dropping it by about $100... Lumines, eh? I hear that Super Stardust Delta's pretty good as well!
Yeah they did, but how long has the PS3 been out for?
I'm having so much fun with my Vita and figuring out new things about it every half hour. I have my Twitter and Facebook apps, Netflix looks amazing on it...better than my BRAVIA tv, Uncharted and Rayman are two of the best looking handheld games I've ever laid eyes on, Lumines is just as addictive as it was for PSP, party chat, backgrounds for your account profile...the things this piece of hardware can do is incredible.
I'm on my vita sooo much that I've run the battery down every single day.. I have 6 games all together on my vita and the only one I have finished is little deviants... Loving uncharted, hot shots, wipeout, and escape plan.. I need a bigger memory card though.. My 4 gig that came with the vita is already full :/
Aside from the fact that my gaming backlog will probably be jammed up from now until Christmas of 2014, there's just a few things I'm willing to wait for when considering the purchase. First off, the memory thing is pretty bogus. Triple price for same quality proprietary memory really stinks, so either price drop or cheaper 3rd party versions will make it a bit more appealing. Second, the remote play feature is a pretty big selling point for me, so I'd like to see it get fleshed out a bit more. Supposedly it will be, but it sounds like it'll take some time. Third, there's been just enough buzz about a possible price drop. None of it from Sony, of course, and obviously the company isn't known for prolific price-dropping. However, factors like the current economy and Sony's own financial trouble with other branches of the company might make them really want to push more units. Even 50 bucks less to the retail would probably do it just fine. Until then, I'll keep chipping away at my backlog.
Couldn't agree more about the memory, it feels like they're punishing users for buying the console - considering that you *NEED* the memeory to be able to play the game. I've read countless reports of retailers preparing for memory card price drops though - I can post a collection of deals on the site if you'd find that helpful? It's almost guaranteed that they'll drop the price, they *have* to, this isn't a title that automatically appeals to everyone i.e core and casual gamers alike, so they'll definitely do it at some point to pick up some extra sales. That said, the financial situation of Sony right now means that we'll be waiting longer than usual.
if anyone is wondering what is included in box with the vita here is an unboxing vid that is freaking epic
Think I'll wait until after I pay some stuff off b4 I get the device.
Agreed, I'm just gonna be that "Frugal" gamer Sony wants to offer a sweeter deal too =)
Nothing wrong with being frugal. Vita is a WANT after all and not a NEED, always prioritize what you need first. :) Besides I almost went this route myself, then my hands overpowered my wallet when I saw the Vita with Uncharted:GA on the shelf. lol!
im going to wait purely on saving money wise *never thought id do something like that lol* and wait till at least resistance comes out or wait till a certain set of games i like are coming out that way i'll get them all at once either way if i dont get it then i will get it on boxing day theres bound to be some kind of deal or temp price drop only on that day bassically you get the idea with what im going with
I'll wait for 3 reasons. 1. Price, the price in the UK is ridiculous compared to the rest of the world, no thanks. 2. Games, this goes hand in hand with price, I'll pick one up when the system is cheaper and has a lot more good games. 3. Hardware redesigns/updates, self explanatory.
Hardware redesigns etc.... Helghast102 seeing games you do not like is one thing and is understandable. However, this is the best dedicated gaming handheld hardware ever. There is no doubt about the quality of the device. Like I said though games is all that matters. I had passed on UMVC3 and I do not play competitively only to mess around so that was a no brainer. Now, I want everything. The system is awesome I want to play every game on this hardware because the nailed it. Sigma and GA are next. Then Lumines and Rayman.
I love when they put lower price down the line as one of the reasons. I mean isn't that common sense. Also if that was the case, nobody would buy games when they come out and just wait till they go down to $20 or $30. Which I can understand but it is something I personally can't do because there are some games that are a must play on release. At least for me.
I'll wait for the price of it, along with the memory cards and games, to go down.
Proud to be an earlier adopter. This is one handheld that I'm glad I didn't wait for. It's fantastic.
My 5 in no order 1.4G soon 2.HDD in every unit 3. Smaller 4.Better battery 5.better camera
1. No guarantee and pretty unlikely since it still won't really work for online gaming. 2. When they can sell memory cards? Not likely. How long before PSP had internal memory? 3. I'm actually not sure how much smaller they can make it with affecting the screen size/comfort. 4. Probably. 5. Possible, but not likely. Again, none of these are even related to games. It's just hoping Sony impliment a list of features that are irrelevent which you'd probably change even if they implimented them all.
ill kill some of these for you, at least show you how you wont be getting all 5 1.4g wont have data plans suitable for psvita needs anytime soon, sony could have put 4g in right now, they didnt because it wouldnt work. 2.there will never be a HDD in any portable without having a much larger battery, and a much larger device, which brings me to... 3.you want a hdd, a bettery battery and smaller device? not going to happen, if anything it'll be getting bigger with your additions 4.what are you willing to pay? batteries are small money, batteries cost a lot of money, if youre hoping for a better battery anytime soon, youre not going to get it. it would make pretty bad business sense to put a bigger battery in at a redesign, it would likely require a larger case (because of the heat build up, not really any room requirements that the vita couldnt already deal with. 5.this could happen, but i doubt it will happen with the first redesign, optics are big money makers, and sony is largely dependent upon their optics business, theyre not going to put anything too good in vita until it gets profitable for them to do so. i think people arent realizing the amount of work that went into the vita, its quite the technical masterpiece, many patents went into this, and i can safely say that neither nintendo nor microsoft could have made this without paying sony quite a hefty amount of royalties for their patents. anyways, you probably havnt read this far, but if you have i would like to clarify on the battery: current traveling through things that resist current causes a heat build up (kind of like friction!), and if you dont have any way to remove that heat, its going to kill your device, fast. sony has placed a pretty big chip in this so they need quite a bit of heat dispersion, and in such a tiny, energy limited device, you just wont get much better. the bigger the battery gets the more energy it costs to cool the device down, when you think of it that way you have diminishing returns and a pretty difficult time getting a better battery life. sure they could triple the battery size, but its likely to only give it a quarter more length on the charge (maybe from 5hr to ~6hr? anyways it wont be much), and likely to bring the price up quite a bit. in the end its just not worth it. tl;dr no
Life's too short to be waiting all the damn time! I pre-ordered my Vita like a boss!
For real man. I dropped my $350 happily on the First Edition Bundle and haven't regretted it a dang bit! I'll be playing Vita more than PS3 this year, I'm already seeing that right now.
Bought my first edition bundle.. Between my vita and my games I've spent $500... Don't regret it one single bit...
heres one reason to not wait: in the real world, if no one buys something it gets discontinued. for platforms its doubly so, they need a strong userbase to attract potential developers to attract a larger userbase. the more interest thats shown for the vita, the more interest sony will show for the vita, that is to say, if you support the vita today, sony will support you tomorrow.
And the fact that there were a bunch of deals for early adopters. Having your reason be you are waiting for a price drop is the dumbest thing ever. I got my wifi Vita from Target for $250 and got a free 4GB memory card and a $20 giftcard.
I bought the original version of the psp and after a few years development completely dried up, and there were several other much better versions available cheaper. I doubt I'll ever get a vita, but my advice would be to sit back. To check that the console takes off and that developers stay interested, and to see what new versions are made. We will probably at least be seeing bundles with much larger memory cards on offer soon, and if the parts get smaller they may be able to include some kind of internal storage.
If internal storage is what you are after than that is one thing however, Sony nailed this device. No doubt though it is more or less a premium product this is not some poorly constructed cash in. You come home you take it out the box you like what you see. You turn the thing on and spend some time with it you see how this can replace a console for some people who love games but like to multitask like watch stuff and game at the same time. Sony nailed the hardware improvements would be UI options and internal storage or something but I will be honest there has never been a dedicated gaming handheld this good. Its more of a lifestyle decision to me. I am not as couch heavy and I like to put things down and then just pick up and play. Sleep mode is my friend and the multiple apps for the Vita make things easy. Great device and I have not even thought about the price.
I agree it is an amazing piece of kit which does what it intends, to bring core games out of the home console and where ever you want them, brilliantly. There wont be any major changes to the design but there will be some improvements. The original psp's redesigns saw improvements such as a slimmer design, better screen with more colours and better response times. its mainly little things really. I think a lot of people are hanging back at the moment to see how the games are going, which according to sony will be better this time round so Im happy to wait a little.
All I can say based upon these comments and other sites comments is that a lot of people are missing out.
I typed this comment on my PS Vita.
I was gonna buy it day one, but then I realized how many console/pc games I have to complete over the next few months already, so I'll buy my vita when summer starts.
I'm also trying to clean up my backlog and waiting until I get some more time after midterms. Skyrim ate through a lot of my time, so I made it my goal to beat Arkham City, Crysis 2 and Snake Eater HD before I get around to buying it. By then, midterms will be over and I will have enough money saved to get the Vita before Summer begins.
The only legitimate reason for a gamer not to own a Vita. :) I bought one then realized I still haven't opened Infamous 2 from Christmas. I guess I'll work through my backlog over spring break.
I will never be able to truly enjoy a handheld because I am not 8 years old. Not saying you have to be a child but that was the only time I showed any interest at all in a handheld. If you got stacks upon stacks on deck... then sure why not, pick up the Vita. But if you are smart with your money, you wouldn't.
You just made two completely different and unrelated arguments, both of which are something of insults to others. First, you imply- though you do clarify it, somewhat- that handhelds are for kids. The irony is that the Vita is for pretty much everyone BUT kids. I sure as hell wouldn't give the average 8 year-old a Vita. Second, you imply that it's an item only for the rich; in other words, that it's too expensive. Yet I doubt you'd be saying the same thing about a $400 smartphone(and not just YOU specifically, but the multitude of people who claim the Vita costs too much). Third- and this really ties in with the second, which is why I didn't separate it as its own issue earlier- you imply that someone who buys a Vita isn't being smart with their money. Granted, there are people who probably shouldn't buy a Vita and should instead put that cash elsewhere(I'm probably one of them). But that is in no way an indicator that someone isn't spending their money wisely. Hell, I've got bills and such I could be using that money for, but I feel like treating myself, and I will do so by getting a Vita. I can't see how that means I'm not being "smart" with my money. @RedCrimson101: You're joking, right? The 3DS has requred a year to build up the library of about 5-6 must-have games that it currently has. The Vita's got half that at launch, and plenty more coming. You know what? After reading more of your comment, I realize it's a waste of my time to even respond. This is one of the rare cases where I'm glad I only have one bubble, so that it wouldn't be wasted on that nonsense you call a comment. Edit: I'm sorry. I thought you might like to know of your shortcomings. It's okay if critical thinking isn't your thing, though. That's why other people are good at it: so they can point your mistakes out to you. Like having internet testicles. It gets to be pretty sad that referencing imaginary body parts is the best response you could come up with. Again, it's alright, as there are people who can do better. But if you work at it, I'm sure you can improve.
while everyone waits, ill be enjoying my vita.
i just want to see how well it did in the Hardware Sales! lol
Wow! All these vita and Sony fans had absolutely nothing bad to say about the vita even in the wake of some hard truthful facts, but if it were the 3ds (which sold more and currently have better games) there would be a lot of bashing. I find it all funny. Anyway, I bought a vita and so far out of the 20 odd games they're only about 5 gms worth playin/buying (cough:uncharted,mvc3,wipeout, ninja gaiden & blazeblue. I like the vita. The only problem I have with Sony is how they love to screw people over. First of all I hate how you can't play all your psp and ps1 gms at all. Sony did this on purpose just so you can focus on the vita and it's games. 2nd the browser has no flash or htlm5 which means I can't download movies & porn to watch like I could on my psp lol. 3rd, the content manger is silly. Whatever happen to just connecting your vita to the ps3 and it just instantaneously just read every content on it lime the psp did before it? And 4th, it took me a while to figure out how to actually Ake the ps3 recognize my vita. I hope Sony comes out with a firmware update that adresses all these problems that shouldn't even had been a problem in the first place.
Rayman Origins and Tales from Space are also great on the Vita but different strokes for different folks you may not like platformers. As far as the browser... Apple products have no flash yet everyone feels the need to compare ipads to the vita.....in that regard people nitpick about things with the Vita and give it a pass with other devices. I bought a First edition bundle and AS a handheld gaming machine it is one of the best ever made, while additional features like remote play, backward compatibility definitely need updates
porn? seriously bro? hahaha I'm just playing but I understand your complaints.
I don't think the PSP game issue is intentional. People in Europe can play the PSP modnation but the US can't. They're behind on updating the databases on what will work with the Vita. They have said they are working on expanding the list of working titles. I'm an avid Sony fan but their products always have failings in the beginning. In a year or two they will be fixed with firmware updates but for now I'll put up with them to enjoy the device and it's games.
The vita better hurry up and come out with some decent and original games because right now the 3ds is putting a whoopin on them right now it terms of games lol. Long libe the vita though. I hope it survives for it has a lot of potential for greatness like the psp before it.
Escape plan, gravity rush, and uncharted golden abyss says HI! WHy is it that you and others feel the need to compare the catalogs of the vita and the 3ds whenever the 3ds has a years head start? Its like the 360 and ps3 all over again.. Have you people not learned that sony is the best at delivering content?
Uh, how long has the 3DS been out? I can count on my hand the number of titles that I actually enjoyed on that system: TLoZ: OoT 3D and Star Fox 64 3D...That's all that interested me. On the Vita? I'm playing Escape Plan, Lumines: Electronic Symphony, Touch My Katamari, Ultimate Marvel VS Capcom 3, Shinobido 2, Uncharted: GA, and my PSP game/save import of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. I've already logged more hours into my Vita in two days than I ever did on my 3DS. The 3DS' library is NOTHING to brag about. We're months into the system's life and there's still not that many games. The Vita just launched and it's already slaughtering the 3DS in terms of launch titles. Not sure what to make of your comment.
I pre-ordered the VITA launch bundle on a social networking site called lockerz for %25 off. the price on lockerz wont go down so i got a deal already. and these are all valid points, however i am a PS fanatic so i simply had to get this quad-core piece of OLED touch screen glory. its about to be here tomorrow.it is going to be great with the free downloadable game from the bundle and the 8gb memory card. 3g not to mention.
That is the one I got bro ^^
PSP/Vita 2000>>>>>> Vita is one of the reason i'll wait it out.
Since I'm starting college in the fall the Vita will be the ultimate device to carry around and easily store in my dorm. This way I can satisfy my gaming with the Vita and PC until I come home during the breaks. So August will most likely the time I get this beautiful machine. By then most of the launch titles will be cheaper and maybe less bugs to worry about if in the case there are any currently.
I got a few damn good reason to have bought one! 5 inch screen Shinobido 2, BlazBlue, UMvC3 and Gravity Rush, PLUS MGS:HD! Great OS and software as a whole! And a 5 INCH SCREEN! I love the thing. Solid hardware and great software. But the one thing I wish it could do is use the web browser while in game.
It's was like the old PacMan arcade in Pasadena...when a new game came out everyone was on it....it was like" have you played".....NO....Your really missing out..lol.... PlayStation Got..PlayStation 2 Portable 3 and Vita on launch.. PlayStation Underground...
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