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#51 Edited by believer258 (12180 posts) -

I just bought one and I think it's a pretty awesome little device if you like Japanese games and PS1 and PSP games.

#52 Posted by Sergio (2243 posts) -

I recently upgraded to a 3DS XL, and I think it's great. I can't imagine going back to that smaller screen. That said, if I had a choice between getting a Vita or upgrading an existing 3DS, I'd pick getting the Vita. Luckily, I have both.

#53 Posted by Raven_Sword (3447 posts) -

@xymox: where do you live? Why would the charger be region locked?

#54 Posted by Fattony12000 (7559 posts) -
#55 Posted by Pessh (2459 posts) -

I'm thinking about picking one up but heard FF Tactics runs like garbage, is that common for the psone/psp stuff or is it just a one off?

#56 Posted by nevalis (84 posts) -

@pessh said:

I'm thinking about picking one up but heard FF Tactics runs like garbage, is that common for the psone/psp stuff or is it just a one off?

The FFT PSP remake has some slowdown intentionally put into the game; no idea why. Fortunately, there are ways to patch it out. The original FFT PSone game runs just fine. I hadn't noticed any issues with PSone games that weren't already in the game, e.g., the lag in Chrono Trigger and FF6 for PSone was always there.

#57 Posted by DM (77 posts) -

Got one today with a 16gb card.Went to psn to look at the list of all games for the vita.My mind was blown by the amount of games this thing has.native games might be a bit thin.But the PSX-PS2 stuff was amazing.Now bigger cheaper memory cards please Sony.I want to spend lots of money on these games.

#58 Posted by Rorie (2986 posts) -

@raven_sword: I just picked up an Amazon bundle with Walking Dead and a few other games. Also got Spelunky for like three bucks during the PS+ sale, and Persona 4 Golden (full price, ack!). In my opinion, it's all going to be worth the money assuming that the Final Fantasy X port is of decent quality. I haven't played that game in a decade or so, and honestly I think it'll be worth the price of admission in and of itself.

In the meantime, I'm going to be beating my head against Spelunky and P4G before I got to bed. I'm guessing it'll be fun.

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#59 Posted by hollitz (1612 posts) -

I get a lot of use out of mine and I'd feel totally justified in the purchase if the only game ever released for it was Persona 4 Golden.

Gravity Rush, Tearaway, and VLR are unmissable experiences.

#60 Edited by plop1920 (450 posts) -

Yes, the vita is a fantastic system. It gets a lot of criticism, but most owners swear by it. The only complaint I have is that the memory cards are so damn expensive, I have a 16gb which was fine for release but some of the newer vita games can take up 3gb (sometimes 4 if there is a content patch). And with all the free games on PS+, I pretty much filled the card already

#61 Posted by wackojackman (143 posts) -

Sorry to kind of piggy back off your post, but I didn't want to create a new thread just for it.

I'm moving to Japan in January for a couple of years and am starting to look at buying a Vita (either the original or the new model). I already own a 3DS and am also looking at a PS4, but am happy to wait on buying a PS4 until there are more games and the system has fixed a few faults.

If I am looking at one for Indie games in the style of Hotline Miami and Guacamelee, as well as things like Tearaway which utilise the systems features in a unique way that other consoles can't do, is it worth it? I am also mainly wanting to avoid buying physical copies of games, does the PSN store still charge more for digital copies than physical?

Also... Is it a good idea to buy one in Japan? Will it work if I come back to the UK? I'm kinda confused about the cross region stuff here...

#62 Posted by Fattony12000 (7559 posts) -

@wackojackman:

  • All Vita consoles are region free.
  • All Vita games are region free.
  • You can play a US Vita game on your JP Vita, or a JP Vita game on an EU Vita, no worries at all.
  • It's the region of the PSN account linked to the memory card that really matters.
  • One Vita memory card, one PSN account.
  • A US region Vita game imported for use on a Japanese-bought Vita-2000 wouldn't be able to hit up the US PSN store/multiplayer network, unless you were using a US PSN account on that memory card.
  • Phew!? Does that help at all?

#63 Edited by wackojackman (143 posts) -

@fattony12000: Phew! Thanks. So the only real restriction comes in which store you buy from as that locks it to that certain "online zone"?

Thanks very much.

#64 Edited by HistoryInRust (6397 posts) -

@dm said:

Got one today with a 16gb card.Went to psn to look at the list of all games for the vita.My mind was blown by the amount of games this thing has.native games might be a bit thin.But the PSX-PS2 stuff was amazing.Now bigger cheaper memory cards please Sony.I want to spend lots of money on these games.

This is sort of the real value for me, as a Vita owner. Yeah, the titles on the platform proper might not be stellar (apart from a group of real standouts), but having access to such an immense back catalog of Playstation legacy titles--on what is probably the most eminently playable mobile gaming device--is worth the price of admission in itself.

#65 Posted by AltonBrown (947 posts) -

The new Ys is pretty awesome! So is Muramasa!

#66 Edited by Fattony12000 (7559 posts) -
Time to get meaty...

@wackojackman: Yup! That's my understanding of the whole PSV region thing!

#67 Edited by nevalis (84 posts) -

If I am looking at one for Indie games in the style of Hotline Miami and Guacamelee, as well as things like Tearaway which utilise the systems features in a unique way that other consoles can't do, is it worth it? I am also mainly wanting to avoid buying physical copies of games, does the PSN store still charge more for digital copies than physical?

I'd say the Vita is one of the best platforms for indie games since the OLED really brings out the details you may overlook on a TV, and the touch control usually is incorporated well. Most of the time, prices won't be as good as Steam sales, but now that Amazon can digitally sell PS titles, it's becoming more viable to get digital, though those memory card prices are still killer.

#68 Posted by wackojackman (143 posts) -

@nevalis: Thanks very much. I did not know that Amazon was selling games digitally now, is that something in the US because I have not really seen that in the UK? I would be wanting to go digital rather than worry about game cards, but the prices on the PSN store are so high it is mildly off-putting. On the Bombcast, and I guess other sites and from game personal, I seem to get the impression it is cheaper to download games which just isn't the case in the UK at all.

The OLED is another thing for me... As I'm likely to buy one in Japan, I really don't know whether to go with the redesign or the original model. The OLED is the selling point of the original for me, but the tidy up in terms of design and the better battery life makes the new one equally appealing for me.

#69 Posted by nevalis (84 posts) -

@wackojackman:

Hmm, seems you're right about digital content for Amazon UK. They have some things, but not nearly the selection. I know the PS store on Amazon is fairly new for the US, so they're probably testing the waters before expanding it. In spite of that, if you have a PS+ sub, which anyone with a PS device should own, they run some really nice sales. Last week Spelunky was 75% off with cross-buy, and now games like Guacamelee and Limbo are 75% off. Tearaway is available from GameStop for 50% off, if you aren't completely against physical copies. Granted these deals may not apply for you, but it shows you can save a good amount with some patience.

The dilemma between OLED and the new Vita really comes down to personal preferences. The new model has some built-in memory, and the better battery life may make more sense if you're commuting a lot. Since I don't take the Vita out too often, I opted for the prettier screen. Also, the new model will be cheaper, so that's another thing to consider. In the end, you can't go wrong, especially if you intend to play indies/jrpg's.

#70 Edited by wackojackman (143 posts) -

@nevalis: Nice! Thanks man. I went into a Game store today and got my hands on a regular Vita and it felt real nice and looked awesome with the OLED screen. It was a shame that I couldn't really do anything with it, it was all locked up being a demo model. It was hard to tell but it felt like the pads at the back don't give you much freedom in terms of hand placement on the back of the console, is that an issue at all?

I hear the Japan PSN store is more fleshed out than any other store so I look forward to seeing what I can get from there.

#71 Posted by nevalis (84 posts) -

@wackojackman:

Yeah that back touch screen is a bit annoying and the system would be better off without it, but you make due; it's only really a problem with PS4 remote play since the screen serves as a pair of shoulder buttons.

Japans always had the best game selection with Sony systems. Looking at the PSone classics for the PSP that Japan got will make you weep. Also, you should get the 64gb memory card there since you can avoid the import fees and it has the best memory to cost ratio of the bunch.

#72 Posted by UitDeToekomst (743 posts) -

heck yeah, it's worth it. i got the same deal Vinny did ($175 for the Vita Walking Dead bundle) back around Thanksgiving. I only have played 4 games so far (Uncharted, Wipeout, Soul Sacrifice and Tearaway), but have several more that i can download and install at my leisure thanks to PS+. I have never owned a portable system before in my entire life, but I find the Vita to be nice supplement to my repertoire for those times when playing a console or PC is not possible (i won't go into further detail than that).

#73 Posted by wackojackman (143 posts) -

@nevalis: Yeah, I've not quite gotten the hype around remote play. The idea is cool, playing PS4 games on a Vita, but in practise I don't see a situation when I would want/ need to use it.

Yeah the cost comparison is one of the main reasons I want to buy a Vita and a PS4 out there. A few issues may arise from that decision but I know I can make a decent saving buying on out there.

#74 Posted by kagato (958 posts) -

The Vita is a neat bit of tech but it has nothing you can get elsewhere, i love my machine but i use it for offscreen play on the PS4 more than an actual console. Problem is mostly that its too big to carry around outside, the battery life dosent hold up well and the back touchpad thing was a very bad decision but as many have mentioned, you can get just about every game worth having on the machine just by being a ps plus member.

#75 Edited by sub_o (913 posts) -
#76 Posted by Pierre42 (120 posts) -

It seems like most of the arguments here are. "It has a great library of PS1 and PSP games! And it's portable!"

....so buy a PSP don't buy a Vita, anything with access to the PSN has the above benefits. The Vita alone isn't worth it I'd say.

#77 Posted by wackojackman (143 posts) -

@sub_o: If I don't have a Vita but do have a UK PSN account but no console, can I buy these from my computer then buy a Vita in Japan (moving there in January) and download those games?

#78 Posted by Sammo21 (3525 posts) -

Honestly, I bought a Vita on day 1 and never regretted it. I bought a 3DS on day one and wished I waited until about 6 months ago to get one. People, like Patrick, shit on the Vita but they really don't know anything about it apparently because its a great system with plenty of great games. Haters gonna hate.

#79 Edited by sub_o (913 posts) -

@wackojackman said:

@sub_o: If I don't have a Vita but do have a UK PSN account but no console, can I buy these from my computer then buy a Vita in Japan (moving there in January) and download those games?

Yes, you can buy the games from https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/ first and download them later when you have your Vita.

But be careful, since Vita has sort of account / region lock on the memory card, you can't use your memory card on other account (and thus other region's store) once you have registered to a certain account, unless you were to format it.

#80 Edited by Fattony12000 (7559 posts) -

Here are those Vita games that are on sale in that January sale thing!

All games get an extra 10% off if you are up in dat PS+. Games which are not eligible for the extra 10% discount are marked with a *.

I have underlined some choice games that you might wanna possibly maybe buy, or so I reckon.

Ending January 2nd

  • FIFA 14 [Was €49.99/AU$69.95/£44.99, now €24.99/AU$34.97/£22.49] *

Ending January 8th

  • Assassin’s Creed III Liberation [Was €29.99/AU$39.95/£24.99, now €14.99/AU$19.97/£12.49]
  • MotoGP 13 [Was €34.99/AU$47.95/£29.99, now €15.04/AU$20.61/£12.89]

Ending January 15th

Ending January 22nd

  • Army Corps of Hell [Was €39.99/AU$54.95/£34.99, now €14.79/AU$20.33/£12.94]
  • Assassin’s Creed: Bloodlines [PSP] [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$7.22/£3.99]
  • Blood Bowl [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €2.99/AU$4.33/£2.39]
  • Everybody’s Golf [Was €9.99/AU$14.95/£6.99, now €4.99/AU$7.47/£3.49]
  • Farming Simulator [Was €7.99/£6.49, now €3.99/£3.24]
  • Harvest Moon: Hero of Leaf Valley [Was €14.99/AU$21.95/£11.99, now €7.04/AU$10.31/£5.63]
  • HISTORY Legends of War [Was €34.99/£28.49, now €19.94/£16.23]
  • Jak II: Renegade [Was €14.99/AU$21.95/£11.99, now €5.99/AU$8.78/£4.79]
  • Jet Set Radio [Was €7.99/AU$11.75/£6.49, now €3.99/AU$5.87/£3.24]
  • THE KING OF FIGHTERS ’96 [Was €6.99/AU$10.35/£5.49, now €3.00/AU$4.45/£2.36]
  • Kung Fu Rabbit [Was €4.99/AU$7.35/£3.99, now €2.49/AU$3.67/£1.99]
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes [Was €24.99/AU$32.95/£19.99, now €19.99/AU$26.36/£15.99]
  • LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 [Was €24.99/AU$32.95/£19.99, now €14.99/AU$19.77/£11.99]
  • LEGO Indiana Jones: TOA [Was €9.99/AU$12.95/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$6.47/£3.99]
  • LEGO Legends of Chima Laval’s Journey [Was €39.99/AU$54.95/£34.99, now €19.99/AU$27.47/£17.49]
  • LEGO The Lord of the Rings [Was €29.99/AU$39.95/£24.99, now €20.09/AU$26.76/£16.74]
  • LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$7.22/£3.99]
  • LEGO Star Wars III: The Clone Wars [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$7.22/£3.99]
  • LittleBigPlanet PlayStation Vita [Was €14.99/AU$22.95/£11.99, now €10.04/AU$15.37/£8.03]
  • Little Deviants [Was €9.99/AU$14.95/£6.99, now €4.99/AU$7.47/£3.49]
  • LocoRoco [PSP] [Was €7.99/AU$11.75/£6.49, now €3.99/AU$5.87/£3.24]
  • METAL SLUG [PSP] [Was €6.99/AU$10.35/£5.49, now €3.00/AU$4.45/£2.36]
  • METAL SLUG 2 [Was €6.99/AU$10.35/£5.49, now €3.00/AU$4.45/£2.36]
  • METAL SLUG XX [PSP] [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$7.22/£3.99]
  • Mickey’s Wild Adventure [Was €5.99/AU$8.85/£4.79, now €2.99/AU$4.42/£2.39]
  • ModNation Racers: Road Trip [Was €14.99/AU$22.95/£11.99, now €7.94/AU$12.16/£6.35]
  • MUD – FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP [Was €39.99/AU$58.95/£31.99, now €7.99/AU$11.79/£6.39]
  • Muramasa Rebirth [Was €24.99/AU$36.95/£19.99, now €12.49/AU$18.47/£9.99]
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted [Was €49.99/AU$69.95/£39.99, now €9.99/AU$13.99/£7.99] *
  • Open me [Was €7.99/AU$11.75/£6.49, now €3.99/AU$5.87/£3.24]
  • Puddle [Was €6.99/AU$10.35/£5.49, now €2.51/AU$3.72/£1.97] *
  • Rayman Origins [Was €19.99/AU$24.95/£14.99, now €9.99/AU$12.47/£7.49]
  • Real Boxing [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €6.99/AU$10.11/£5.59]
  • Reality Fighters [Was €9.99/AU$14.95/£6.99, now €4.99/AU$7.47/£3.49]
  • Resistance: Burning Skies [Was €24.99/AU$32.95/£19.99, now €14.99/AU$19.77/£11.99]
  • Star Wars Battlefront Elite Squadron [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$7.22/£3.99]
  • Star Wars: Battlefront Renegade Squadron [Was €9.99/AU$12.95/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$6.47/£3.99]
  • Star Wars Clone Wars Republic Heroes [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$7.22/£3.99]
  • Super Monkey Ball Banana Splitz [Was €29.99/AU$39.95/£24.99, now €9.89/AU$13.18/£8.24]
  • Tekken 6 [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$6.23/£3.99] *
  • Touch my Katamari [Was €19.99/AU$24.45/£14.99, now €4.99/AU$7.22/£3.74] *
  • Unit 13 [Was €14.99/AU$22.95/£11.99, now €7.04/AU$10.78/£5.63]
  • UP [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$7.22/£3.99]
  • Valhalla Knights [Was €6.48/£5.19, now €2.98/£2.38]
  • Valhalla Knights 2 [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$7.22/£3.99]
  • Valhalla Knights 2: Battle Stance [Was €12.99/£9.99, now €4.93/£3.79]
  • Valhalla Knights 3 [Was €29.99/£23.99, now €12.59/£10.07]
  • Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition [Was €39.99/AU$54.95/£34.99, now €6.39/AU$8.79/£5.59]
  • Wall-E [Was €9.99/AU$14.45/£7.99, now €4.99/AU$7.22/£3.99]
  • WipEout 2048 [Was €14.99/AU$22.95/£11.99, now €7.94/AU$12.16/£6.35]
#81 Edited by rachelepithet (1392 posts) -

I picked one up in the refurb gamestop sale. Great deal if your local store had the white one with the new battery, wipes, screen protectors, phones and charger.

And the 16 card was $20, so a much better combined $150 than a $200 new bundle with the useless 4GB card and the walking dead game everyone already has.

Right now I can get what I want out of it with all the free PS+ games (Wipeout, Uncharted, Plants v Zombies, Ninja Gaiden, Tales from Space, Sonic Racing, Liberty City Stories).

There's a lot of great psp stuff to buy: work time fun, pursuit force.

Just be warned that remote play on PS3 is barely supported, and on PS4 is laggy and awkward to control

#82 Posted by Sammo21 (3525 posts) -

@boocreepyfootdoctor: That depends. I have had great experiences with my Vita through remote play; its not a binary thing. The controls are not awkward for everything; its up to the developers to make logical control schemes for the Vita and some of them have.

#83 Posted by cigaro (28 posts) -

I sold my vita about two months ago, and now I have a PS4 and definitely want to get another one.

I will be importing a 2000 model from Japan just cannot decide on all white or white/blue

#84 Edited by Aviar (452 posts) -

Wife got me one for X-mas and I can say that I have been playing it ALOT. I think now is the perfect time to pick one up especially if you have a PS4.

#85 Posted by CynicalBuzzard (240 posts) -

The Vita is amazing, you will enjoy owning one!

#86 Posted by dogbox (464 posts) -

I picked up a Vita about a month ago and have really been enjoying my time with it. Soul Sacrifice, Gravity Rush and Tearaway are good-to-terrific IPs that are - for the the foreseeable future, anyway - exclusive to Vita. It's also a great way to (re)visit a lot of under appreciated titles that were given a second chance to shine, like its superb port of Muramasa: The Demon Blade. Depending on how invested you are into PS3/PS4, you may also find cross-buy to be a strong motivator. Loading mine up and realizing I had Hotline Miami, Spelunky, Sound Shapes and many more greats cross-bought and ready to go was a huge plus.