The PS Vita known as a complete flop of a console, if even distinguished by the discerning eye as something different than a PSP, is actually an impressive piece of hardware that boasts greater specifications than the New 3DS XL despite being released in 2012. The problem does not lie within the hardware, however. Instead, many find the PS Vita to be lacking in games that appeal to them; whilst Nintendo has constant first-party releases of popular game series, the PS Vita panders more towards fans of JRPGs, visual novels, indie games, and niche games that tend to have plenty of fanservice.
Gamers interested in playing PSOne classics and PSP games on the go are a great place to start. With most of the classics and PSP games priced $5.99 to $19.99 each, replaying a game anywhere is easier than ever. Flash sales, PS+, and weekly sales also aid in providing players with plenty of opportunities for cheap games that are both new and old. Previously mentioned niche games, JRPGs, and visual novels play beautifully on the near-HD screen of the PS Vita. Additionally, it should be added that there are weekly releases for the Vita that range from indie games to retail.
The PS Vita is a personal favorite portable device for playing solo. Unlike Nintendo games, most games designed for the PS Vita have no mulitplayer available and/or the multiplayer is empty a few months after the game's release. For anyone looking to play online, this is a major drawback of the Vita.
On the topic of memory cards, Sony uses proprietary memory cards and overprices them. The PS Vita has an expensive initial cost for those interested in going fully digital and, with some games being digital exclusives, can be a bit of a concern for even a new user due to the constant sales PlayStation has.
Remote play, a fully supported feature of the PS4, works well if there is a strong connection to both the PS4 and the Vita, so it can be hit-or-miss for some. Altogether, many people report it as a great experience, but the price is not always worth the convenience.
No more first-party support means no more big Sony titles, at least for now. The Vita has a distinct lack of localized exclusives, but the ones it has tend to be fan favorites (Persona 4 Golden, Danganronpa, Tearaway, and Gravity Rush).
As with every big purchase, consider the pros and cons. The PS Vita is not for everyone, but the individuals who do enjoy it tend to invest quite a bit into the system.
Taking all the previous information into consideration, alongside some more research, should lead someone to a fairly decisive answer. The New 3DS XL is a strong competitor and is dominating the market with its games, but the resolution and capacity of the PS Vita is much greater than that of the 3DS. Still, some believe the Vita does not live up to that potential and others claim it is a dead device after a recent announcement that the first model, the OLED “fat” 1000 model, is considered a legacy device.
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