PoV: Why Buying A Vita Isn’t A Terrible Idea

Vita iconThe PS Vita may be dying in sales when stacked up against the success of the 3DS, but there are at least five solid reasons why you should still buy one right now. In fact some might say that the unappreciated system is an even greater value than what Nintendo offers for its own handheld. Don't believe me? Check out the information found in this article!











The PS Vita may be dying in sales when stacked up against the success of the 3DS, but there are at least five solid reasons why you should still buy one right now. In fact some might say that the unappreciated system is an even greater value than what Nintendo offers for its own handheld. Don't believe me? Check out the information found in this article!



The Vita Is Actually Cheap Now


While Vita was originally considered too expensive for the consumer handheld market, in the present state, it's actually somewhat cheaper than a 3DS if you play your cards right. Right now the base cost of a 3DS is $170 with nothing else included. However, come this Spring, the new Vita model will be $200 in the US with Borderlands 2 its DLC too. From where I'm looking, the Vita does stand to give you the most hardware for your money; you just have to hunt for it first.



 Borderlands Vita Slim



The one thing I will say in contrast to that is that Nintendo does have some bargain propositions of their own to contend with. The more cost-effective 2DS is just $130, and would probably pack the least overall hurt on your wallet. Still, when you consider the hardware that's actually in the Vita, its hard not to see where the few extra bills come in. At this point in time, Sony has finally driven the Vita down to a consumer-friendly tag. Depending on the sku you buy, it might even save you more cash than "the other guys."



On top of saving money on hardware, you can also save a boatload of cash on games! Click ahead to read more!












Cheap (And Free) Games



Beyond savings in your initial purchase, there's also tons of cash to be kept when it comes to games. The first way to do this is by subscribing to PlayStation Plus. For just fifty dollars a year, you'll get new games to play every single month at no additional cost to you. The best part is, because so few titles get a Vita greenlight, many of the free experiences end up being good ones too. Especially if you've been adding Vita downloads to your PSN purchase list from a PS3, it's possible you may already have an entire catalog of PS Plus free titles waiting for you to play before even owning the system. How is that not tempting?



PS Plus



If you don't have the money to subscribe to Plus, most Vita games are pretty darn cheap from the get go. Nintendo may make great first-party titles, but the one drawback to that is that they don't often have price drops because of it. Vita content on the other hand, features lots of twenty dollar or below indie content; and is privy to many recent sales on the PlayStation Store. Right now, three of the top five Vita Metacritic games are under $10! Toss a PS Plus sub into that equation and you have a catalog that almost feels like Steam on a mainstream console.



Remote Play is another massive draw for Vita. Find out why it's so important on the next page!












Remote Play And PlayStation Now



While Sony has been tooting the Remote Play horn since the PS3 days, it truly became a reality on the Vita. Thanks to Gaikai streaming technology, you can play full PS4 games directly on your handheld. The efficiency of the feature depends on your internet connection, but most users are able to at least take advantage of it while on their home networks. This means that when your loved ones want to use the TV, you never have to stop playing a PS4 game. As the technology evolves over time, it might even become easier to use outside the home as well.



PS4 Vita



Speaking of outside the home, Remote Play and Vita are also going to be an essential part of Sony's upcoming PlayStation Now streaming service too. In case you haven't heard, the concept basically allows for a Netflix-like distribution model for games. Subscribers pay a yet to be determined monthly fee and are granted unlimited access to a growing catalog of classic PS3, PS2, and PSOne titles. A lot still isn't known about PlayStation Now, but there's plenty of consumer buzz surrounding it. It's the Vita that intends to be the portable flagship device for providing the best possible experience on the new platform. This is all done through the power of Remote Play.



Unlike the 3DS, Vita also offers a truly console-like experience on the go. See more on this topic by tapping the link to advance!











The Mobile Console Experience



Much like they did with the PSP, Sony has touted Vita as a home console experience on the go. That idea may not appeal to everyone, but for those that need an increased level of immersion, Vita certainly has the potential to deliver on that promise. The exclusive Killzone: Mercenary absolutely does offer gamers a look and feel that's similar to its PS3 counterparts. Plus, there are other releases like Rayman: Legends that work well for mobility and look amazing on Vita's OLED display. You should also be on the lookout for Borderlands 2; which hopes to bring a lot to the table as well. Typically console-like ports have suffered on Vita, but there are a few good ones to get you by.



Killzone Mercenary



With a 3DS you basically get the standard Nintendo fare. The quality of games is quite stellar, but many of them aren't exactly designed to be pleasing to the eye. They feature cartoony themes which don't often require top-notch

visuals to begin with. This is no slight to the experiences themselves, but they may not fill the void for those that prefer a more pristine graphics palette. 3DS does amazing things with its limited hardware, but Vita packs more console power for those that like it.



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A Growing Hacking Scene



Much like its older brother, the PS Vita has a very passionate hacking community at its side. Should you pay attention to pages like our sister site called DashHacks, you'll be privy to the latest underground news that allows you to accomplish tasks far beyond the scope of what Sony would usually allow. It may be borderline illegal in some parts of the world, but the benefits of a modified Vita can pay huge dividends during times when new game releases may be slow.






With the right exploit and the right homebrew, essentially what you get on Vita is a scene experience that's similar to PSP. In fact, they often use the exact same EBOOT files to provide for the same luxuries. For the most part, the main draw here is the ability to play several classic console emulators on a portable system. Whether you like NES, SNES, Genesis, or something more obscure, there's usually an emulator that will run even under the most restrictive of hacks. Being involved in something like this means constantly checking news sites to stay in the loop, but it does offer some pretty neat perks for the effort!



Are you convinced to get a Vita yet, or would you rather stick to 3DS? Let me know in the comments section!