The PlayStation Vita has been having a hard time of late, with many critics panning it for its flagging sales in Japan, lack of features, i.e a telephone and also its cost…. but wait, the PS Vita hasn’t even launched in the West yet has it, and although the initial outlay is quite an expense, you have to remember that this is a pretty high spec device.
Let’s get one thing straight, the Vita is all about the games; sure it’ll have standard features such as Near, Twitter, Facebook and all those other social features, that it seems no-one can do without these days, but I for one would give these up in a flash for a decent gaming experience on the go, which makes it all the more remarkable that with Vita, I don’t have to.
A wise man once replied to the question “Why do I need a Vita when I have an iPad,” with the answer, “Does your iPad have Uncharted?”
I’ve played a fair majority of the games, in fact the reviews will go live next week. So I can say without fear that the Vita comes with the best launch line up ever in the history of gaming. Titles such as Uncharted Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048 and Gravity Rush are amongst the best presented you will ever have seen on a handheld console. But there is a difference, because this time Sony has taken the way gaming has evolved into account, therefore, no matter where you are, your friends are always there with you, challenging your scores, sharing gifts and comparing trophies. This social aspect is the consoles lifeblood and it changes the way you game on the go. Take Wipeout for example, wherever you are you know when someone has beaten your time, then you can simply jump in and challenge them. This is duplicated in many of the games I have played, such as the systems brilliant FPS, Unit 13. The always connected experience is just like having PSN in your pocket, and best of all, it’s not anything you can get on any other mobile device.
We have all heard the gaming handheld’s are dead mongers, but who are these people? Are they real gamers or are they the ones sleeping with their iPhone under their pillows at night waiting for the days fifteenth update to Angry Birds? Don’t get me wrong, I love my iPhone, but with its flat surface and lack of ‘real’ controls, to me at least, it can never duplicate a real gaming experience; the PS Vita can and does.
Games speak for themselves and a quick look at the iPhone charts tells me the audience devices such as this are aiming for; is Angry Birds in there, yes it is. In contrast, a quick look at the Near charts on my Vita shows me AAA titles such as Wipeout, Uncharted and Marvel vs. Capcom. These are the games I want to be playing and I want to be playing them two analogue sticks, all while being connected to my friends on the PlayStation Network.
I could go on for hours about the features of the Vita, how well designed it is and how bright the future looks for the device, but I won’t because if you have any interest Sony’s new handheld then you’ll know all this already. The fact is, if you are a real gamer you already want this device, unless of course you hate Sony, have no cash or are just not interested in the initial launch line-up.
The PlayStation Vita may have it’s problems and therefore it won’t be for everyone, but for me, a real gamer, it’s the most fantastic handheld gaming device I have ever laid hands on. Perhaps the most exciting part of all is that this is only the beginning of what could turn out to be a fantastic journey for portable gaming. So to those people knocking this fantastic device, when really it’s not even born yet, I say give the Vita a chance because without it AAA gaming on the go will be a thing of the past.
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Look our for the first batch of our PS Vita reviews starting next week.