PS Vita: Should You Buy One?
PS Vita is out in just over a week: should you buy one?
PS Vita is out in eight days, which seems a lot sooner than I thought, so it’s about time to really get your thinking shawl on: do you want one? That’s the first question and one only you yourself can answer. But others can help, if not directly answer, with the second question – should you buy a PS Vita?
It’s not cheap. It’s not something you can just find the money lying down the back of the sofa for. Unless you have a massive sofa and a proclivity for dropping large bank notes down the back of it. You’re looking, realistically, at £200-300, depending on the unit you buy, where you buy it from and what you buy with it.
But Sony, in recent days, has been revealing its hand. The company has been showing that, while memory cards are still stupidly expensive and games cost Normal Game prices, you’re not going to be left out should you have a bit less moolah. Motorstorm RC clocks in at under a fiver. Frobisher Says is free. Super Stardust Delta is free on activating your 3G connection, at least in the US (hopefully that offer will make it to the EU, as Stardust is ace). Sony is making genuine efforts to make sure you will actually have something worth playing to play when the machine comes out. You still have to fork out around £300 to get a Vita with the bigger games, but you don’t have to splash that much just to get a console and something half-decent to play.
But price isn’t everything, shockingly. PS Vita has to offer enough elsewhere to make it a worthwhile purchase. Nobody wants to spunk hundreds of pounds, euros, dollars or whatever space-currency you might use, up the wall. Apart from Captain Money Spunkington The Third, obviously. We want to know if the device is future-proofed in some way so it’s not a frivolous waste, like an Atari Jaguar, Panasonic 3DO or Xbox 360 TROLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.
This is where it becomes more subjective, though. Personally, after having a Vita in the office for a month, I see it as covering all the bases. Well, apart from being a phone. But it doesn’t have phone functionality because it is not a phone. Complaints comparing it to smartphones and tablets aren’t just stupid; they’re entirely pointless. It’s a games device with some added extras, and it’s a damn solid games device from what I’ve seen so far. It’s not for the smartphone crowd – it’s for gamers. It’s got a ‘proper’ Uncharted game on it. It’s got a ‘proper’ Wipeout game. It’s sure to have ‘proper’ versions of Call Of Duty, Gran Turismo, RPGs, fighters, shmups and whatever else, because it’s robust in what it offers developers and players.
But I’m gushing, and waffling on too long. Should you buy a PS Vita? I’d go with yes.
But then I’m “bias”.