How many will wait to buy Vita 2/Vita 2000/Vita XL/Vita Slim?
I love the features of the PS Vita, especially the fact that it can be friendly with my PS3 and the raw power of 4 cores in my hands is salivating. Knowing that it's so powerful compared to anything it's size or competition is amazing and the price isn't $400 so it is manageable and likely will be a hot item for at least 6 months after it's launch, similar to the Wii when it first launched.
However, I see Sony being able to improve it within a year or so and that improvement to be significant, similar to the PSP-1000 vs PSP-2000 Slim. I suspect that they will be able to increase battery life, weight and maybe something else like the camera resolution or some other arbitrary features that will be a nice bonus, but not worth the upgrade to people who bought the 1st gen PS Vita.
How many people are thinking like me? Again I would love to see how it can integrate with the PS3, the transfarring aspect and power, but the price is still enough for someone like me to be able to wait, knowing that all the games coming out for it will be $40 for some time. For some background I am a buyer of used games simply because every game decreases in value so much within the first year, if not the first six months and the price difference is astounding.
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Why buy a Vita when you can buy and iPad or iPhone that you will want to carry with you everywhere, that does more, and you can play games on too?
Furthermore, the battery life on the thing is going to be abysmal.
I don't think the Vita will live very long. It will have limited acceptance among a hard core crowd, but it's too expensive and too narrowly focused.
This will be the last round of dedicated, handheld gaming devices.
With the PSP you have a fantastic screen, it seems that it has the power of a PS2, and though your hands are likely to cramp without a peripheral, the buttons really make a difference to me. There are also dedicated games, not just ported games and half assed games like Metal Gear Solid Touch. The selection on PSP definitely is horrible, but there are a few great games like MGS: Peacewalker that are long enough to be worth the money.
I don't want an iPad because it's expensive. A PS Vita is half the price and a lot more portable. I feel like I would get very similar use out of an iPad with my iPhone whereas a PSP or Vita is a very different experience. Think of it as PC vs TV, you have both, the PC can do a lot of the things that the TV does, but you would still rather watch shows on the TV in most cases. I torrent like a pirate too, but I don't watch HD videos on my laptop screen.
This could be the last round of dedicated gaming handhelds, but Vita sure does look to be the cream of the crop and truly amazing, even when compared to iPod Touch. The reason it may be the last round is not because of bad devices, it's because of smartphones and the convergence of what people want to carry around. The price is high, considering it costs the same as a PS3, but it's also at least 4 times as powerful as an iPhone, the so-called new king of mobile gaming.
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