I have been away from portable gaming since 2000. Yes 2000, 11 years ago when 'N Sync was popular and Pokemon cards ruled my 3rd grade class. It really has been that long since I have purchased a handheld, I skipped out on the Gameboy Advance, DS and even PSP but, that may change come next year. In my opinion the Gameboy was the pinnacle in handheld gaming, it was fun, simple and cheap. With the release of the Playstation Vita, Sony looks to breathe new life into handhelds and maybe capture what the Gameboy Color did and maybe even dethrone Nintendo and their DS as the number one handheld. While I don't think that may be plausible I'm excited nevertheless.
The transition for me from a Gameboy Color to a Playstation Vita is a big one to say the least. While I have kept up to date with consoles over the years, I lost interest in portables until maybe now. Now that tablets, portables and even cell phones can deliver a near console experience in your hand I'm particularly excited and intrigued. The Playstation Vita is no ordinary portable, I would not even call it a portable video game but, rather a multimedia device in the realm of an iphone. The PSV boasts a large amount of features and great hardware and seems like more than just a video game in your hand.
It seems Sony has completely improved on the PSP in every conceivable way from the way it looks to the hardware specs and even the elimination of the UMD media format for games. Everything has been changed and improved for the better and it looks promising. While I think the Vita will sell out quickly the first few weeks for early adopters it will need more than amazing looking games to earn my purchase. More or less the PSV has the potential to be a portable PS3 but, I already have a PS3 and enjoy playing at home so, it will need to provide more than just games. The Vita will definitely need an app store with free apps not just paid apps to keep me interested. As well as be able to use and play anything on the current Playstation Network Service like PSN games, Playstation Minis, PSP games, movies, TV shows, basically everything except the PS3 games. This will give it a large library of content already at launch and have an edge over the 3DS which has already been out for months.
I don't want to only use this to game, I want the Vita to have a good internet browser with compatibility with Youtube, flash websites, email even the ability to visit porn websites if I feel the need. The Vita in some degree may even compete with cell phones if a Skype option was to be added. Being able to call your could friends and family off your Vita or send texts would be awesome. Along with all these features a good music player would be great addition , I don't have an ipod so this could be used instead. I have very high hopes for the Vita and I hope it delivers since, it already has the great hardware behind it, many of the first and third party developers are on board with it and the price is reasonable, $250, 250 euros for the standard wifi model and $300, 300 euros for the 3g model. I want to make the leap from Pokemon Blue on the Gameboy Color to Uncharted on the Vita. Let's see if Sony can bring me the stun factor and enjoyment the Gameboy Color brought me those many years ago.
PSV Release Dates
Japan- Dec. 17, 2011
Americas/Europe- Feb. 22, 2012