So I bought a Vita…
Yea, so I caved in and finally bought the Vita Slim. I had only been fiddling with it for a few days, and I have to say it had pretty much replaced my main gaming console (PS3) as of late, though that’s probably because I managed to finish most of my PS3 games and I haven’t been buying new games for it recently.
But nonetheless, I can see why Vita gets so much praise. I love the look of the OS. However, I’m not too big with the lock screen you need to unlock as soon as you switched on the Vita since it’s too much of a smartphone/tablet gimmick, but the design makes sense after noticing that you need to “peel” to close active apps. But other than that, the OS looks amazing.
Admittedly, since I bought the Slim version instead of the original, I don’t need to mess around with proprietary cables, as I can just connect a standard micro USB wires. It seems to charge just fine (though the orange light only comes out when the Vita is switched off), and if your USB wire supports data transfer, you can also use it for data transfer with your Vita, although you have to install Content Manager Assistant on your PC. With this, you can transfer pictures, videos and even backup your games.
Indeed, the luxury of not needing to mess around with proprietary cables is godsent, but that doesn’t stop from me from needing to buy a proprietary memory card anyway… I ended up spending an extra $60 buying a 16gb one. Also, I’m not sure if mine’s LCD version is any different from the OLED version of the old model, but as far as I can see, the difference isn’t easily noticeable so I’m fine with the downgrade, and the battery lasts longer with it anyway.
Comparing 3DS and Vita, I had always thought of Vita as a high-tech device with the common sense to implement functions which people actually use.. not sure why 3DS is lacking in that sense, other than being gimmicky. This helps tremendously especially with some advantages like region free and account-based transfer of games/saves. Also, Vita can actually take screenshots. The ability to live tweet, though the app doesn’t come as default and you have to get it off of the PSN store, is another godsent feature as taking screenshots and tweeting is something I do a lot. I can’t believe how many times I wanted to screenshot+tweet on 3DS but couldn’t, and the frustrating thing is that the console is more than capable of doing it if Nintendo is willing.
Some slight pet peeves I had with Vita is that you can only register one PSN account on it, unlike the PS3, but I can see where Sony is coming from. Of course I can always buy multiple memory cards for this, but that’s something of a possible future endeavor as I’m not in a rush to get that done. The other one is it’s battery life, even if the Vita slim model is designed to have more battery life than the original, I think Vita in general just slightly pales in comparison to 3DS’s. My Vita’s battery went completely dead when I was going on standby overnight downloading stuffs, and I don’t remember the same thing ever happening to my 3DS. In fact, the 3DS’s battery life is so strong I could had sworn it’s twice stronger than the official specs. I assume since 3DS is specially designed with 3D usage in mind, and because I always play with minimum brightness and 3D disabled-on a full charge, I can play my 3DS non-stop for almost a whole day (approximately from morning until about 7PM-8PM), pretty much the same as when I play TV console games on a weekend without any obligations.
Other than that, I think that’s about it. Unlike the 3DS, there’s honestly not much for me to complain about, though admittedly, I’m actually not done testing the functions, like taking photos, for one, nor the Party or Near functions.
For now, these are the games I currently owned:
– Persona 4 Golden (physical)
– Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair (physical)
– Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart
– Hyperdimension Neptunia PP: Producing Perfection
– Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus
– Senran Kagura: Bon Appetit
It will probably take me forever to get to yours, but do you have any other recommendations?