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#1 Jul 29 2011 at 2:13 PM Rating: Good
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So with the lackluster performance of the 3DS, is anyone here looking forward to the Vita?

I have a PSP that I bought at launch and I only play it some of the time, I think the reflective screen is what bothers me the most (it's hard to see in sunlight). I heard the newer versions of the PSP are better for this and the Vita may be better still.

I'm going to wait for some reviews on the hardware, but I have a feeling I'll be getting one if only for the new Uncharted game.
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#2 Jul 29 2011 at 2:15 PM Rating: Good
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I am, for the first time since my parents bought me a Sega Game Gear, considering a portable system.

I like the price point, and now that I'm commuting I'm finding a lot of time for portable gaming. Smart phone games aren't evolving as fast as I'd like...there just aren't enough varied or AAA gaming options. I'm not up on Nintendo (haven't owned a system of their since the N64), so a PSP seems like it'd be the hypothetical way to go.

I'll be awaiting the reviews, but if they come out decent, and I've got some spare cash, then I might roll with it.

Edited, Jul 29th 2011 4:17pm by Eske
#3 Jul 29 2011 at 2:16 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'm waiting to find out just what it's capable of. If it's backwards compatible with PSP and PS1 (which if it's one, then likely will be the other), and all reports point to it being so, then I'll pick it up. If it ends up being PS2 compatible, I'll line up on release night to pick one up.

Also, first gen always easiest to ... engineer.
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#4 Jul 29 2011 at 2:32 PM Rating: Good
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If it's backwards compatible with PSP and PS1 (which if it's one, then likely will be the other)


How would it be backwards compatible with the PS1? Would you install the game on the handheld?

ETA: I guess the same goes for the PSP games, since it won't have a UMD drive.

Edited, Jul 29th 2011 2:34pm by Iamadam
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#5 Jul 29 2011 at 2:34 PM Rating: Excellent
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Sure, you can already play PS1 games on PSPGo, the easiest method is buying it off the Playstation Network. I don't see why Sony would be retarded enough not to add another feature that would only make them more money.

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#6 Jul 29 2011 at 2:35 PM Rating: Good
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I see, so I'd have to buy them again. I thought there would be some way to use the ones I already paid for.

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#7 Jul 29 2011 at 2:40 PM Rating: Good
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Of course, and I'm speaking purely hypothetically here of a situation from an alternative dimension, but if the PS Vita uses memory sticks like the PSP, then you might not have to buy them again. But, like I said, that's PURELY hypothetically because, as we all know, you can't do that kind of thing on the PSP.
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#8 Jul 29 2011 at 3:23 PM Rating: Excellent
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I'm gonna wait for the 3rd edition, the one whose 3G network isn't run by AT&T.

Edited, Jul 29th 2011 5:25pm by Shaowstrike
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#9 Jul 29 2011 at 3:39 PM Rating: Good
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I'm on the fence about 3G gaming overall... not sure it'll be worth the monthly data fee.
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I'm gonna wait for the 3rd edition, the one whose 3G network isn't run by AT&T.

Edited, Jul 29th 2011 5:25pm by Shaowstrike


I still don't understand why they thought this was a good idea. I mean, do they REALLY expect gamers to be willing to change their cell plans to take advantage of this (not to mention the fact that the competition doesn't use sim cards, so you'd need to buy a new phone too)? Some will, of course, and maybe more will when their contracts actually expire. But breaking the contract to switch is a sizable additional cost.

It's just so f*cking stupid.

Also, I've never been able to play any handheld in sunlight. I have a DSLite--did the later versions have some kind of new technology?

But yeah, I'd definitely like a PSVita. I've wanted a PSP for a while now, but just not quite enough to actually spend the money.
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#11 Jul 29 2011 at 4:53 PM Rating: Decent
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I'd like to borrow one for a weekend so I can play the new Uncharted game, then return it.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
I'm gonna wait for the 3rd edition, the one whose 3G network isn't run by AT&T.

Edited, Jul 29th 2011 5:25pm by Shaowstrike


I still don't understand why they thought this was a good idea. I mean, do they REALLY expect gamers to be willing to change their cell plans to take advantage of this (not to mention the fact that the competition doesn't use sim cards, so you'd need to buy a new phone too)? Some will, of course, and maybe more will when their contracts actually expire. But breaking the contract to switch is a sizable additional cost.

It's just so f*cking stupid.


Could it have something to do with Verizon's recent posturing on unlimited data plans, perhaps?
#13 Jul 29 2011 at 7:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Shouldn't have any realistic affect--AT&T doesn't offer an unlimited plan, afaik. The only people with an unlimited plan are those who had one for a while before they got rid of them and threatened to move to Verizon if they didn't get to keep it.

And even after this change, Verizon's max data plan will be 10gb, while AT&T is still topped at 4gb.

They shouldn't have signed an exclusive deal with anyone, given the fact that this isn't even a cell phone. I'd be less irritated if they signed an exclusive deal with Verizon, though, because AT&T sucks.
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idiggory, King of Bards wrote:
Shouldn't have any realistic affect--AT&T doesn't offer an unlimited plan, afaik. The only people with an unlimited plan are those who had one for a while before they got rid of them and threatened to move to Verizon if they didn't get to keep it.

And even after this change, Verizon's max data plan will be 10gb, while AT&T is still topped at 4gb.

They shouldn't have signed an exclusive deal with anyone, given the fact that this isn't even a cell phone. I'd be less irritated if they signed an exclusive deal with Verizon, though, because AT&T sucks.


Ah, I didn't know that AT&T didn't offer an unlimited plan.

I'd probably be getting the non-3G model anyway, methinks.

Edited, Jul 29th 2011 9:35pm by Eske
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I'll get the 3G model and pay for the darn data plan if they actually manage to pull off putting FFXI on it.
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#16 Jul 30 2011 at 9:24 AM Rating: Excellent
About 1 or 2 times a year the power goes out here from wind storms, and in my desperation for something digital I remember I have a PSP. So I scamper off to the den and dust off the padded cover. Hooray I think! I always wanted to finish this game.

I fire it up and sit with a blanket wondering how the interwebs are doing while I'm gone. 5 minutes later the battery dies becuase I forgot to charge it. Suddenly I feel like that guy in the Twilight zone who is the last man on earth but breaks his glasses before he can get down to reading some good books.

Oh yeah books! So I do that instead.

The end.
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#17 Jul 30 2011 at 11:10 AM Rating: Good
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I have a DS. It's okay, but I wish I had a PSP. :( The touchscreen thing doesn't do it for me--I only chose it for Zelda and pokemon, honestly. And the 2 zelda offerings have kinda, well, sucked. At least compared to previous incarnations.
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#18 Aug 16 2011 at 12:56 PM Rating: Good
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Ha haaaaaah, thread bump.

Some info from Gamescom, Ubisoft is going to make an original Assassin's Creed for Vita.

Also, LUMINES!
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#19 Aug 16 2011 at 9:42 PM Rating: Good
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Sony also announced another price drop for the PS3. 249.99 for the 160GB model and 299.99 for the 320GB model. If I didn't already own one, I'd be seriously tempted by this.
#20 Aug 16 2011 at 10:32 PM Rating: Decent
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There's a new LBP trailer up over at kotaku. Looking pretty great, actually--they've REALLY worked hard to make use of the Vita's features.
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#21 Sep 16 2011 at 11:01 AM Rating: Good
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Anybody been paying attention to the Vita developments from TGS? There was a lot of info put out. Some thoughts:

  • Remote play sounds great, I'll be able to keep playing even if the fiance bounces me off the TV to watch The Real Housewives of Some City.
  • Why such big cases for such tiny 'cartridges'?
  • Battery life for gaming was given as around 3-ish hours. Not so good. I was initially disappointed, but then they announced that the battery can be supplemented at additional cost. Works for me...I can save that purchase for when I decide to take a long flight. The regular battery life will suit just fine for commuting.
  • Not crazy about the UI, from the screenshot that I've seen of it. I've always liked the sleek, techy, and minimalistic look of the XMB. The Vita's doesn't seem to capture that.
  • I don't care about augmented reality. The tech is getting there, but the utility isn't there to necessitate it.


I think I'm gonna get this one. The developer support looks like it'll be there, and the initial lineup looks fairly strong. Handheld Uncharted sounds glorious. Maybe I can finagle it into being a birthday present or something, depending on the release.

Edited, Sep 16th 2011 1:05pm by Eske
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Battery life for gaming was given as around 3-ish hours. Not so good. I was initially disappointed, but then they announced that the battery can be supplemented at additional cost. Works for me...I can save that purchase for when I decide to take a long flight. The regular battery life will suit just fine for commuting.


I saw 3-5, with 5 being what you should expect for a standard screen brightness. Could definitely be wrong though, and I'm too lazy to go link hunting. Still worse than the 3DS, but I'm vastly more excited for this system.
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I saw 3-5, with 5 being what you should expect for a standard screen brightness. Could definitely be wrong though, and I'm too lazy to go link hunting. Still worse than the 3DS, but I'm vastly more excited for this system.


Yeah, IIRC it was 5 with the brightness down, Wi-Fi off, accelerometer off, etc. Something like that.

Really though, I just knock down battery estimates by a couple hours, anyway. I've always found official projections to be overly optimistic.

But being able to purchase an extra battery thing (or whatever it was they offered, I can't remember) takes care of that concern for me. I'd only be running the thing into red during flights (which I rarely take) so I can just buy a supplemental battery if/when I feel like it. Suits me just fine.

I'm liking what I'm hearing thus far.
#26 Sep 16 2011 at 2:09 PM Rating: Good
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And it's not so much a problem with Sony. It's a problem with our energy needs increasing way faster than battery technology (at least in relation to reasonable costs).

Overall, it seems like Sony's going all out to deliver a solid product.
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