Six PS Vita Flaws
While I am super excited about the PlayStation Vita (launching Feb 22 and Feb 15), some issues make me a little worried. I’m anxious to get my hands on one and play with the touch-screen front, touch-screen back, dual cameras and analog sticks (oh, and social-networking functions) but I’m worried about the money coming out of my pocket. Is the PS Vita going to be worth the chunk of change?
While that price alone isn’t too frightening (except it’s the price of a console!), it’s the accessories that make us cringe.
Here are the top six features of the PS Vita that make consumers nervous:
1. Price of PS Vita Memory Cards
The PS Vita memory cards come in a range of prices. Since you can get games two ways–downloaded or via retail chips–you can buy different storage chips for your Vita. They come in four sizes with four hefty prices:
The most expensive chip is the 32GB for $120! The 16GB chip is $70; 8GB for $45, and 4GB for $30. Yikes.
2. PS Vita’s Battery Life
Many are saying the battery life of the PS Vita is shorter than the Nintendo 3DS. Ouch. The Vita’s battery is 2200 mA Li-ion and can last 3-5 hours for games, 5 hours of video, and supposedly 9 hours for music in stand-by (without Bluetooth, 3G and WiFi, via headphones).
I guess that means bring a charger with you. The Nintendo’s battery lasts 3.5 hours, so depending on what you want to use your PS Vita for, yours may last longer.
3. Backwards Compatibility
While the original PSP allowed for backwards compatibility–using PSOne games and such–the PS Vita will not (at least when it launches). Game archieve games will not be compatible. The Vita FAQ, though, says that they will announce their plans sometime in the future. Hopefully it will happen soon.
Really, this isn’t much of an issue for me, since I want to use the unique Vita features when I get it, which means new Vita games, not old PSOne ones.
While the fee isn’t as much as buying the new game (hopefully), it’s still quite a lot: it will range between $6 and $19 just to convert the games. And some games won’t even be UMD compatible! They do say 262 games will be possible, though.
5. Web and Gaming
It’s awesome that the PS Vita isn’t just a gaming device, but a web device too. You can use it for Facebook or other websites. But the downfall? You can’t do both at the same time.
But is that really negative? The only reason I’d look up something on the web while playing a game if I needed help. But you’ll have to exit out to do so, which kind of sucks. Whatever.
6. One Account per Vita
The PS Vita can only be used for one PSN account. It doesn’t affect most players, but I’m sure there are players out there who wanted to share, so that one person could play on the PS3 versus a friend on the Vita. They’ll just have to share an account, no big deal.
So does this really affect your opinion about the PS Vita? Make sure that before you buy anything over $100 you consider the pros and cons; here’s the cons. We already know the pros, so figure out what is best for you.
I know I’m getting the PS Vita.