The PS Vita has Alzheimer’s
If you are as excited about the PS Vita as I am, you should be aware of a few setbacks in the final release of the portable before you get the nerd giggles. For starters, the WiFi model is set to run at about $249.99 and the 3G/WiFi model will run at about $299.99, so you’ll be shelling out the price of a regular console. The 3G model doesn’t even include the price of a data plan. On top of that, it was just revealed that certain games such as Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Dream Club Zero, Disgaea 3, Hot Shots Golf 6, Monster Raider, and Ridge Racer will require the addition of a memory card. They will not be supported by the on board memory. The following memory cards will be available: 4GB memory card (US$29), 8GB memory card ($42), 16GB memory card ($72), and 32GB memory card ($124) (Kotaku). So if you want a hefty chunk of memory, and 3G speed for optimal online gaming, you could be spending about $425 plus a $15-$25 data plan. That’s a lot of dough, and if you ask me, other portables are better and more popular.
If the Vita comes built in with a nice os with an app store on par with Apple or Android, it could hold its own, but the popularity in the iPhone and Android phones are their accessibility and popularity among a huge demographic that conventional gaming consoles never dreamed of. iPhones are popular among young and old. I’ve seen many elderly addicted to Angry Birds, and my mother in law in particular (who is not into gaming at all) has several slot-machine and gambling-type games on her Android-run, T-Mobile myTouch. I thought this was a strength in the Xperia play, a playstation phone released by Sony, but it too seems to be missing something; it is as popular as Rebecca Black at a Metallica concert.
I’m not sure if I want a Vita anymore. Although I am a die hard Uncharted fan, I would be more interested in borrowing someone’s Vita for a weekend to play Golden Abyss, and invest my money in other console games. The Vita could turn out to be an outstanding piece of hardware, but that will have to be proven with its release. What are your thoughts on portable devices? Am I an utter imbecile? What innovation could make it for the PS Vita? Let me know in the comments.