The PS Vita has been out for a while now, yet there are still many dedicated Sony fans who’ve yet to buy into the most powerful handheld games console.
A new addition to the PlayStation family is the PS TV which is already out in North America and hits store shelves this November in the UK and Europe.
So why would you want either of these extra gadgets lying around your house? Won’t they just clutter up your already tech-filled homes? The clutter is worth it, here’s why.
1. Affordable Gaming
PS Vita and PS TV are both relatively cheap. The PS Vita was pretty expensive when it first released, costing more than £200! These days you can get yourself the PS Vita slim for £139.99 (Amazon) or bag a bargain with a bundle that includes a memory card and a voucher for five top-notch titles for £159.99 (Amazon.) Those prices are for new consoles too, so if you don’t mind pre-loved hardware then you can save yourself a tidy sum. Amazon Warehouse deals are usually pretty good for cheap consoles and games, you’ll probably be able to find a PS Vita “Like New.” Amazon re-sells returns for a cut-price cost to you, so you basically get a brand new console for less than it should really cost. Bargain!
The PS TV is also very, very affordable. Less than £100 in fact. £84.99 is what it’ll set you back (Amazon) and it come with £25 worth of games to download to the mini-console. Grab a cheap DualShock 3 (or a DualShock 4 if you have one) and you’ve got some premium gaming at a budget price, what’s not to like? Certainly worth a think about if the budget for this year’s Christmas won’t allow a PS4 or Xbox One, mind you, you’re better off waiting for the January sales.
There’s more than a fair amount of content on the PS Vita, and that’s putting it conservatively. In real terms there are more than 700 games available for the nifty handheld. Everything from AAA blockbusters (Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Killzone: Mercenary) to smaller titles that beg to played in bursts (Unit 13, LittleBigPlanet, Guacamelee!) and much more. You know you can play PSP games on the Vita right? Most are reasonably priced too, between £3-£10 is what you’ll pay for the top games that were once priced triple that at retail. Then there’s the PS One Classics. Why not rekindle the old love affair with Lara Croft in the original Tomb Raider games or see what Naughty Dog were doing before Uncharted was just a word you used to describe your sock drawer. There’s a ton of games, just bear in mind that you’ll require a heft memory card, but thankfully you can get these at a fair price if you buy used.
The same holds true for the PS TV, though to a somewhat lesser extent. There are a fair few PS Vita titles available for the PS TV including some big hitters like Killzone: Mercenary, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time and FIFA 15, to name but a few. There’s also the PS One selection as well as PSP titles that are playable on the PS TV, not to mention the steaming service PS Now. Safe to say, there’s a lot more than meets the eye with the PS TV and PS Vita.
Here’s a scenario – Christmas Day, your siblings and parents want to watch the Christmas movie being shown on ITV (most likely Harry Potter for the fourth year running…) but all you want to do is hunker down on the couch and get stuck into your new games that Santa left under the tree for you.
What do you do? Resign yourself to two and a half hours of watching posh kids wave little sticks around? Of course not, if you have a PS Vita or a PS TV you simply release the main television to the family and continue your adventures elsewhere.
The PS TV and PS Vita are both capable of streaming PS4 games. The PS Vita does it via Remote Play and displays the game on the Vita’s mighty screen and allows you to play without the need for a television. Just make sure your internet connection is half decent and you’ll be laughing.
The PS TV does pretty much the same, although it will require a TV, obviously. So you just hook up the micro-machine to your TV in the bedroom and away you go. It’s practical and cheap! Not to mention the PS Vita is just as handy on its own with a large catalogue of games to play, you could just switch the PS4 off and retreat with the Vita in hand.
Have the PS TV and PS Vita been added to your Christmas list this year? Or are you completely against the idea of more PlayStation in your house? Let us know down in the comments.