PS Vita: is it worth buying?

PS Vita

Every gamer, deep down inside, wishes they had a handheld gaming console when they find themselves sitting awkwardly, waiting for a doctor’s appointment, at the licensing department or whatever other mundane thing you may have to be patient for.

If your mobile phone isn’t doing it for you anymore, there are two options – the Playstation Vita and the Nintendo 3DS – but are they actually worth purchasing?

We had a look at the PS Vita – the WiFi and 3G editions – and have rounded up the best prices for the devices. We also had a look at the current game library for the console to see if it warrants a purchase.

Other retailers were considered and looked at, however, their prices were either outdated or the product out of stock.

Please note: These prices are correct at time of posting.

Retailer PS Vita edition, extras Price
Takealot Standard WiFi edition R1,999.00
BT Games Standard WiFi edition R1,999.90
Look & Listen PS Vita WiFi edition + FIFA 13 + LittleBigPlanet R2,599.00
PS Vita WiFi edition + Need For Speed: Most Wanted R2,999.00
PS Vita WiFi + 3G bundle (includes includes 4GB memory card, Wipeout download token, and Motorstorm download token) R3,699.00
CNA WiFi + 3G bundle and games [includes 4GB memory card, Virtua Tennis 4, Wipeout download token, and Motorstorm download token) R2,999.90
PS Vita WiFi Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified bundle R2,999.90

Keep in mind when buying a PS Vita you’ll need a memory card – and a Sony PSVita memory card to be exact. They range from around R200 (for the 4GB) to R450 (for the 16GB).

As for the games, there aren’t loads worth playing, but there are a handful that are impressive on the system. These include Rayman Origins, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Mortal Kombat, and Assassin’s Creed: Liberation.

These games retail for between R400 – R500, but there are used-game stores that will have these titles.

Some of the older, but worth-playing games, such as FIFA 13 and Resistance: Burning Skies, retail for under R300.

As for the future of Vita games, we can look forward to Rayman Legends, Killzone Mercenary, Batman: Arkham Origins, Tearaway and the Jack and Daxter Trilogy.

Verdict:

The talk around the MyGaming office regarding the PS Vita has always been positive. We’ve always been in awe of its gorgeous screen and great control layout, but that said, we have also always been sceptical on its release schedule.

There just aren’t that many games. However, the system is slowly building up a decent library.

The future of the PS Vita is looking bright on the incoming PS4, where the Vita will become an enhanced controller for use with the PS4 console, even streaming gameplay to the Vita from the PS4 when the household TV is otherwise occupied.

If E3 2013 can bring some new announcements, along with another slip in price, then there’s no reason not to pick up a WiFi Vita.

More PS Vita news:

PS Vita price cut revealed

Bioshock for Vita stuck in “paper design” stage

Strange PS Vita ad compares handheld to four breasts

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  • Draco Lusus

    Bought one 3 months ago…haven’t played it in 2 and a half months, just not enough games. Its very sad cause its an awesome piece of hardware.

  • Verrayne

    You guys don’t talk a lot around the office do you?

    There are many more games for the system. Gravity rush, everybodys golf, guacamelee, sound shapes, vlr, persona 4 golden, ragnarok oddesy, the upcoming final fantasy titles and for those who never bought a psp that entire library as well.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dmchardy Darren McHardy

    LittleBigPlanet PSVita is awesome! Great value for money :) R250 on Takealot!

  • Draco Lusus

    I need to get Gravity Rush, got Everybody’s Golf, which is good. The rest… I’m not the biggest fan of JRPG. Waiting for Warrior’s Lair.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pages/Wesley-Fick/184346154999538 Wesley Fick

    The Vita becomes fabulous to own when you have a PS Plus subscription.

  • Vixremento

    Was very tempted just recently but that was my fear too…having it become another dust gatherer. Pity too because it looks like some sweet piece of gear.

  • fred

    Loving my Vita … busy playing Velocity HD. Awesome game , and free on PS+.

  • stannsh

    is it worth having the 3g version? i’m thinking of getting one soon. your thoughts?

  • Space_Chief

    Your list excludes Vocaloid, idolm@ster and similar. Next FF game is going to suck, it’s going to be a card game.

  • Spathi

    Anime Worx has the WiFi Vita on special for R 1699 currently.

  • Beanz777

    Exactly what Wesley said. The vita along with ps+ and a decent memory card is an excellent investment. Imo better than the 3DS as well

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