The PlayStation Vita and the home-console/top-box hybrid will go down in gaming history as the biggest failures ever presented to the gaming public. It’s not that they’re bad devices by any means, in fact, we really enjoy the PS Vita, and we’re particularly impressed with the PlayStation TV now that we can play most titles on the device, but the lack of support from Sony and major third-party publishers has left a lot to be desired.
Sure, we’ve seen some great games for the system – and we’re still seeing some great games from dedicated indie developers – but the big stuff dried up pretty quickly.
Still, for those who’ve never even picked up either of the devices there’s a lot to enjoy. The PlayStation TV can (with a little meddling) play some of the best games available for the Vita. It’s also capable of running pretty much every PSP and PS1 Classic, not to mention streaming PS3 games with PS Now and PS4 games via Remote Play. It’s a great little machine, but the fact that Sony is treating it like a ginger step-child is baffling. More support please!
If you’re interested in the Vita’s catalogue of games and have been saving those PS Plus goodies for the past couple of years, you can’t really go wrong by spending just under $34 on the thing. What will let you down – BIG TIME – is that the proprietary memory cards are still obscenely priced, but if you can find a used one for cheap then it’s not so bad.
It’s still a decent price, even if you do buy a small 8GB memory card; you’re basically get a PS Vita for a fraction of the release-day cost. This keyboard monkey remembers paying over £275 for a console, a memory card and a game. Oh the pain. The massive, massive pain.