Best Reasons To Buy And Avoid PlayStation Vita
Ready to splurge on Sony's sexy beast? Let us help you make that all important decision.
Believe it or not, Sony's PlayStation Vita is nearly upon us. Exciting, no? In fact, the First Edition Bundle is less than two weeks from release.
That said, thousands (dare we say millions) of interested gamers will either pre-order the machine outright, or head to the store February 22 to make the adrenaline fueled impulse buy.
Conversely, perhaps they have little interest in Vita, or question its chances against Nintendo's 3DS. There's no guarantee Sony's little monster will capture the shopping world's attention.
If you still don't know where you stand, perhaps the following reasons to buy and avoid Vita will convince you to splurge, or keep that money in the bank.
Purchase a PlayStation Vita if...
You want the most powerful handheld on the planet
Say what you will about iPhone 4S and iPad 2, but PlayStation Vita was designed to play video games, first and foremost. To that end, it does so exceptionally well, with dual analog sticks, a five-inch OLED touch screen, rear touch pad and gyroscope.
Not only that, but it's only a few steps below a PlayStation 3 in terms of raw processing power. A portable PS3? How could you not want that?
You dig the launch lineup
We have to admit, Sony did a great job assembling the games for launch and within the launch window. Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Wipeout 2048, Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational and FIFA Soccer appear to be worth the cash day one. Then you have other titles like Touch My Katamari, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Army Corps of Hell, Lumines: Electronic Symphony, ModNation Racers: Road Trip and Escape Plan to check out.
You see promising games on the horizon
With rumblings of a new Call of Duty and BioShock, along with Street Fighter X Tekken, Gravity Rush and Resistance: Burning Skies on the way, the future looks bright for a system that should pick up more third party support in the months ahead. We expect nothing but great things at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June.
You love Sony products
So you purchased the original PlayStation the day it hit stores, and bought every Sony branded system since? If that's the case, we see no reason to break tradition. Besides, we feel you'll have plenty to love about Vita.
Avoid PlayStation Vita if...
You think it's too expensive
Hey, we can't blame you for pinching pennies during these tough economic times. That possibly being the case, Vita clocks in at a hefty $249.99/$299.99. From there, you need a memory card to save/download content, and then we have the games, which run anywhere between $29.99 to $49.99. Unless you trade in a lot of stuff or break the seal on those holiday gift cards, this is a $300 day, easy, and that's a low estimate.
With this in mind, wait for a price drop.
Its recent performance in Japan concerns you
We can sit here all day attempting to get into the minds of Japanese consumers, but let's face it, the numbers don't lie. Vita failed to make much of a splash the first month on the shelf, and even fell behind PSP sales on more than one occasion. Either Japan has a lack of triple A games (a real possibility), or they simply don't like it. Either way, maybe you should adopt a wait and see approach.
You think Sony should work out the kinks
Almost every hardware launch produces a few lemons, or at the very least, dead pixels. To reduce the chance of buying a dud, give Sony a few months to make Vita as perfect as can be.