By: James Reid
Sony has been has been a huge power house in the gaming industry ever since they released their first console, PlayStation in Japan in 1994. Sony’s current generation console, PlayStation 4, is currently the best selling console on the market, triumphing over its competitors, Nintendo’s Wii U, and Microsoft’s Xbox One. In the mix of all of the PS4’s success, Sony’s current handle, the PlayStation Vita is often forgotten and overlooked. In reality, this underrated little system, although nowhere near as popular as the 3DS, is actually an incredible handheld system.
The PlayStation Vita has many things going for it. One of the biggest factors the vita has going for it is the fact that it has incredible hardware for a handheld system. The games look absolutely gorgeous on both the original OLED screen, and the newer LED screen. The console has a nice and slick UI (User Interface). The games all run great and look great to boot. The system also offers a lot of unique game play with its multiple touch screens, games like Gravity Rush and Tearaway are both brilliant original IPs (Intellectual Property) that utilize these features extremely well. The system also offers the ability to remote play select games PS3 & PS4 games.
As for games, there are many games for people to play on the Vita. If you’re interested in JRPG’s or visual novel games then the Vita is definitely the system for you because there are a ton of amazing title’s for these genres, games such as Persona 4 Golden, and Danganronpa are extremely loved by fans and definitely add a lot of value to the system itself. The vita also has a large catalogue of all of the popular fighter game series. These are just some of the more prominent genres you can get games on the Vita for; there are plenty more games for all genres to play though. The Vita is also completely region free for those who enjoy importing Japanese games to expand their library.
Not a fan of playing new games? Well that’s okay; the Vita has a huge catalogue of downloadable PlayStation One classics, and PSP games. A lot of great classics like Final Fantasy 1-9, Chrono Trigger/Cross, and Breath of Fire are all playable on the Vita. The Vita also has a lot of HD remaster collections of popular PlayStation 2 games like Sly Cooper, Ratchet & Clank, God of War, and Jak & Daxter.
Overall the PS Vita is a great handheld system that is extremely underrated and overlooked. It has a lot of great features—it’s powerful, portable, and has a great catalogue of games that cover pretty much any gamers’ interests. It’s a terrible shame to see this marvelous system go so unknown but for those who do take the time to purchase one, you won’t regret a second of it.