PS Vita: is it worth buying?

We compare pricing on the PS Vita handheld gaming console to consider if it’s worth picking up

May 27, 2013
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Other retailers were considered and looked at, however, their prices were either outdated or the product out of stock.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

Tags: BT Games, CNA, gadgets, headline, Look & Listen, PlayStation Vita, PS Vita, PS Vita 3G, PS Vita WiFi, Sony, Sony PS Vita, Ster Kinekor, Takealot

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