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Ever since E3 2011, I have been interested in the Vita. Now, I have bashed it at every oppurtunity, but even I admit it has had some games worth checking out. I did, after all, skip out on the GameCube for the PS2, so I have some fondness of PlayStation products. However, I have frequently doubted the future of the device, doubting that Sony or Western developers would give it much support.

With the news of Vita TV, now renamed PlayStation TV, getting a Western release later this year, I am once again considering the Vita, as a microconsole rather than a handheld. For $140, 30% off of the Vita's price, I can get the bundle with a controller and a free game. At a glance, that seems like a good deal, especially compared to the big consoles' prices.


I'd like to ask a few questions to Vita and Vita TV owners out there. If you could answer even a couple of these questions, I'd appreciate it.

  • The PS TV lacks a back-touchpad like the Vita does. How many games does this make the PS TV incompatible with? Which of those games would be considered essential Vita titles?
  • Conversely, which Vita games DO NOT make good use of the touch-pad? Which do you think would play well on my HD TV?
  • One of the benefits of owning a modern console is the non-gaming functionality, for things like Netflix. How does the Vita stand in terms of providing good non-gaming enertainment options? Netflix, for example, would be a major bonus.
  • What are the digital offerings for the Vita like? I know that there are many acclaimed indie games for the platform, but what about PS1 and PSP games? Are there decent libraries of these games?
  • Will the PS TV come with a sufficently large memory card? If not, what size would you recommend, and how much would that cost?


Also, I am considering the value of the following games for the Vita. Which of them would you recommend/not recommend and why? Also, which ones would be unplayable on PS TV? Feel free to give your own recommendations!

  • Final Fantasy X HD
  • Gravity Rush
  • Guacamelee
  • Muramasa Rebirth
  • Persona 4 Golden
  • Ys: Memories of Celceta


Thanks in advance!


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