Anyone else have one of these beauties?
- Can play 155 full PSP titles purchased digitally through the PSN store (list is here: http://www.computerandvideogames.com/335548/a-list-of-vita-compatible-psp-games/)
- 5" OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) bright display
- Dual joysticks
- Front and rear touchpad
- Front and rear cameras with augmented reality support
- Quad core processor
- Sony is currently working on support for PS1 games, and will eventually have Remote Play options for full PS3 games
- 'near' tracking program to see who else in the area plays, as well as track popular games and send/collect gifts to and from other players
- Group chat
There are two different versions of this system:
3G - Retails for $300, usually bundled with a 4gb memory card. The only advantages it has to the other system is that it has a more sophisticated GPS system, and that it can use the 't@g' application to create virtual graffiti for other Vita users to see around the world. Otherwise, would not recommend. Extra price and service month-by-month from AT&T.
Wi-fi - Retails for $250, does not come with a memory card. Otherwise, minus that and extra GPS, same as above model.
Vita-specific games usually retail $30 - $50 at the moment, though there are some special bundle deals and sales.
I got my wi-fi model about a week ago and I own Katamari and Uncharted. I've also been reading and participating nonstop in the Something Awful Vita thread (look for it if you have a membership), as it is currently my job to make sales for video games and related peripherals. So I consider myself somewhat knowledgeable on the subject, and I'd like to get some more friends!
Post here with any questions or comments on the system, as well as PSN handles if you have the system. My handle is shadowobsessed, obviously.
Here's a list of games that are currently out:
- Army Corps of Hell
- Asphalt: Injection
- Ben 10 Galactic Racing
- BlazBlue: Contiuum Shift EXTEND
- Dungeon Hunter Alliance
- Dynasty Warriors NEXT
- EA Sports FIFA Soccer
- Escape Plan
- F1 2011
- Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational (known as Everybody's Golf in other parts of the world)
- Hustle Kings (cross-play compatible)
- Little Deviants
- Lumines Electronic Symphony
- The Michael Jackson Experience
- ModNation Racers (unfortunately, multiplayer support is still in the works)
- Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
- Rayman Origins
- Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen
- Touch My Katamari
- Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
- Uncharted: Golden Abyss
- Virtua Tennis 4
- Wipeout 2048
Games can be purchased one of two ways: Physical cartridge, or digitally via the PSN store. Digital purchases are ~$5 cheaper on average, and you can purchase with a credit card or a prepaid PSN card, which you can buy from BestBuy or Gamestop for example (online, too).
Negatives to physical cartridges: You can only have trophies on a game for the first Vita that it is played on, and also you must store them in a case, for example, and can't switch out quickly.
Negatives to digital downloads: You can change games on the fly, but you must have a memory card with enough space.
You need a memory card no matter which way you purchase a game, because all games store their save files on a memory card as opposed to internal memory. You will not be able to save progress without one. However, with some games taking up about 4 gb of space so far (with 4 gb being the smallest memory card you can get), memory gets pricey for those who choose digital. Currently, memory cards come in 4 sizes: 4, 8, 16 and 32 gb. However, 32 retails for $100, soo I am waiting for a price drop. I plan on using the space for PSP game downloads and demos.
Releases coming up soon:
- MLB 12 The Show - 3/6
Unit 13 - 3/6
Reality Fighters - 3/13
Silent Hill: Book of Memories - 3/27
And, notice: On March 6th, MotorStorm RC will be released for $10, and the bundle includes a copy for both Vita and PS3 systems!
Also, I may be biased, but an awesome game to look out for:
Gravity Rush - 6/12
No seriously, Gravity Rush (Gravity Daze in Japan) is going to be amazing.