I know at this point the device isn't something most of you are really looking for impressions of the device at this point, but I figured I'm sitting at work and I'm kinda bored so why not tap out how I've been feeling about the device.
I picked up the device at the end of the 22nd, EB Games was selling the Assassins Creed and CoD Black Ops bundles for $199.99, unfortunately I waited to long and all of the AssCreed bundles had been purchased so I've been left with Black Ops (I'll get to that later). In fairly standard Sony fashion I have to say the device has absolutely excellent build quality, the weight of it and the construction is top notch, screen and sound quality are also among the best I have seen in a handheld device. I don't have any technical info for you, just what I see with my eyes and I think it's clear to see that the Vita won't suffer the same problems the PSP did in that the screen was hideous within a year.
The software side is where I feel things with the Vita have a big chance of being very interesting, with the device I picked up physical copies of Persona 4 Golden and Metal Gear Solid Collection. Persona 4 obviously plays like Persona, but what really blows me away is how close the Metal Gear collection comes to playing like their console counterparts. This device more than any other has the equipment to bring games on the road that don't give up a tonne just to be on a handheld.
The ugly side to the software was recently demonstrated in Call of Duty Black Ops, based on the trailers and the lack of an E3 showing I knew what I was in for and I wasn't exactly surprised by what I got. The problem with CoD is far worse than just that it's a bad game with a popular franchise on the box it's entirely the price and how nothing about the game seems to have had any effort go into it. $49.99 is highway robbery for this, and I can't see any rational person who picks that game up not feeling like they have been legitimately abused. The ones feeling the most abused I feel will be somewhat leery about the idea of plopping down $49.99 on a handheld game.
Who is the Vita for? Anyone who enjoys video games for more than just a mindless time sink. It's a great device, and if you do enjoy games on the go no phone is ever going to come close to bringing the kind of experiences that the Vita can. It was $200 incredibly well spent, and I really can't suggest this thing enough to anyone who considers themselves a "real" gamer who wants to play more than simple/poorly controlled touch based games AND isn't subject to the EU's ridiculous pricing and wants to play more than one game.