A lot of people are wondering if they should trade their old PSP systems for the Vita. In my opinion, the Vita will be a huge upgrade and is worth every penny of the 250$+ that it will cost you. There are different models of the PS Vita, some with WiFi only and some with 3G + WiFi. As of now, in order to use the 3G model, you have to have 3G service through AT&T. Another thing to think about when getting your Vita, is memory cards. You will have to have one in order to update, save and etc. The memory cards start out at 25$ for a 4gb and go all the way up to 100$ for a 32 gb. As of now, they are only four different memory card choices. Your best choice, for the average gamer, would be an 8gb memory card for 35$.
So what all can it do? The Vita allows cross play between the PS3 and itself. This means that you can pause a game on your PS3 and pick up where you left off on your Vita and vice versa. Also, You can use your Vita as a PS3 controller and play multiplayer games with your friends as long as said game is Vita compatible. All trophies earned on your Vita games will show up on your PS3 for you friends to see, so you can add more ammunition to your bragging rights.
The Vita also has front and rear cameras and uses augmented reality. Incase you do not know what augmented reality is, I will tell you. Augmented reality uses your cameras to put your games into your home environment. Example: If you are playing a duck hunting game in your living room, you’ll see your living room on your screen and it will look like ducks are flying around in your living room!!
Don’t worry, you will still have Dual Analog sticks and even built in microphone and speakers. It also has Six Axis Motion Sensor technology. This allows you to tilt and steer your Vita to make your gaming experience seem as real as possible. If that doesn’t impress you, maybe the 5” OLED touch screen will. OLED works without a backlight and is even clearer than LCD. It emits less light, using less battery power, yet it displays over 16 million colors. Did I mention the back of the Vita is also touch compatible? I’m not sure if a system yet has given you as many options to have so much control over your games.
The game cartridges are not at all like the other PSP disks. They are designed to not break as easy. This also means that any game you have currently for your PSP will not work with your Vita. This may upset some people, but honestly, I do not think it is a big deal. The PSP 1000, 2000, and 3000 model could play the same games, yet the PSP Go did not even use game cartridges. (The Vita will not be as fail as the PSP Go so please do not think that). You will have to buy new games, but the reason for this is, the games are designed to fit this system. The Vita offers many different ways to control your games and uses things that no other system even has, so of course, the games would have to be made different than any current PSP game.
The Vita will be released on February 22, 2012. The basic model is 250$. Here are some games that are being released for the Vita: Fifa, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Ridge Racer, Resistance: Burning Skies, Ben 10, Galactic Racing, and much more of many various categories. I think that no matter what type of game you are into, you’ll find a game for yourself on the Vita. (This list does not include any DLC from the PSN, nor it is a complete list of games that will be released). While the Vita will most likely set you back around 350$ to get the system, memory card, and a game, I believe that it will be well worth it and will revolutionize gaming.