When Sony first announced its successor to the PlayStation Portable, the gaming world was in doubt whether another console could really beat the PSP. But when Sony finally showed the portable console at E3 2011, those doubts immediately changed. The PSP Vita brings exceptional features to the table with a very decent price. At its announcement, PSP Vita would cost $250, which was the same price of Nintendo’s portable console, the 3DS. The difference between both was that Sony was offering superior hardware in every way for the same price.
The U.S release of PSP Vita draws closer as the console went finally on sale in Japan. Hundreds of people across the country lined up to get their hands on the console. The scheduled release date for the PSP Vita in the U.S has been moved to February 2012. This has caused uproar in the western world because many gamers were expecting the console to hit the market during the holiday season. While you wait for the release, we go back to the days of E3 to see what PSP Vita is capable of.
First let’s discuss the price of the PSP Vita. When it was first announced, Sony confirmed that the console would cost $250, which was the same price as Nintendo 3DS. Months later, the 3DS has now fallen to $170. With PSP Vita’s so many features and superior hardware, we still believe that the price it is being sold at is justified. But when you look at how the other consoles are reducing their prices, Vita looks expensive. For its 3G enabled version, the PSP Vita is $300. This much money can buy you a PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.
When it comes to features, PSP Vita has plenty to offer. The console can connect to your PlayStation 3 and can open new gameplay opportunities. Sony has promised to provide cross platform games, which means you will be able to play a game on both the consoles if you wish to. The graphics power of the system is easily comparable to PlayStation 3, which is why we are going to see some mainstream games making their way to the console. Sony PlayStation Vita is definitely going to change how owners of PS3 play games, but until it is finally released in the U.S, we really can’t say anything about it.