My thoughts on portable gaming and the PS Vita.[ReadMe: Alright guys, get ready for this wall of text rant tonight. (Note: this is NOT a review of the Vita. You can get that from any major game review network.) This is just a rant I had to rant about because I'm a nerd, and it's fully opinionated, despite I talking like what I'm saying is pseudo-factual. Your agreement with me may vary, though this is pretty inconsequential stuff.]My thoughts on portable gaming and the PS Vita.4 years ago in Personal More Like This
So lately I've been hearing a lot of people eager to look at their watch and pronounce the precise time that portable gaming has passed. I don't have any crazy statistical facts or deep market research on the matter, but I don't entirely think portable gaming on dedicated devices such as the 3DS and Vita is in decline like headlines constantly make it seem -- it's likely still growing (or at the very least remaining rather level.) It's just that compared to NON-dedicated-device gaming such as on smartphones and tablets, the dedicated market is beginning to pale in comparison. (I could be wrong about this
The ongoing disaster of the PS Vita.This list is for the North American release only. Some details are different in other regions.The ongoing disaster of the PS Vita.4 years ago in Personal More Like This
You cannot transfer your collection of UMD based PSP games to the Vita.
If you want to play the games you already bought for the PSP you must rebuy them.
You have to buy an expensive proprietary memory card if you want to save anything.
Without an expensive proprietary memory card, many Vita games can't be played at all.
The battery life for the Vita is worse than the 3DS's.
Downloaded games are only about 10% cheaper than the same retail version.
AT&T is the service carrier for the Vita.
The cheapest phone plan only nets you 250mb a month.
The device has already been hacked.
The cheapest you can get a Vita (while getting the smallest memory card and cheapest monthly data plan) is roughly $295. If you actually want to get an enjoyable experience out of the device the most expensive that you'd have to pay (including the most expensive memory card and data plans) is $480. Neither of those price