Written by Cole Burton Wednesday, 20 July 2011 05:00
These days, when people need entertainment on the go, most use their smartphone or iPod Touch. You rarely see anybody sitting on a bus stop bench playing a Nintendo 3DS or PSP. However, the PS Vita is earning some high praise months before its release. But, can it change the way we look at portable gaming?
The most likely reason that portable gaming is dying is that people want to maintain a serious look when out and about. Some people may be embarrassed to be playing a Nintendo DS on the go rather than having fun with their iPhone. People don't want to appear geeky to others.
At the same time, most people don't want to resort to portable gaming in their own home because they have a console experience sitting in front of them. Not many people would pick a PSP over a PS3, nor a DS over a Wii. And hey, maybe that's why we have yet to see a portable Xbox. Microsoft knows that the true gaming experience is console based. And, online play is always better on a console.
Now, back to the PS Vita. The Vita is looking amazing already, and at a very nice price. Plus, there is a good lineup of games already, with the console nearly half a year away from release. Uncharted is reason enough for me to pick one up, but I expect a Metal Gear game to be announced for it as well. Perhaps that's Kojima's present to us, the fans, for MGS's 25th anniversery next year.
If any portable console can change the way we look at gaming on the go, the Vita can. With the Xperia, Sony should know what they're aiming for at this point. The Xperia may be paving the way for the Vita. It is essentially a portable console, just one with a phone. A great move by Sony, and a great challenge to Apple.