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Is Now a Good Time To Buy a Vita? Sure Is.

Is now a good time to buy a Vita? I see that question being asked everything nowadays. One thing Sony doesn’t have to worry about is consumer interest in the Vita. Most seem very into the idea of Sony’s new handheld but just not sold on it. The 3DS went through the same thing. Developer support just wasn’t there. On the Vita front, however, there is also a terrible marketing campaign and not enough being shown off to appease current owners and future purchasers.

At E3 this year we had a show off of All-Stars and a couple title screens flash by. This was upsetting to many people who thought Sony’s conference would be dominated by the Vita to assuage all the “doom and gloom” hearsay due to iffy launches, shallow PSN updates, and very thin game releases. Yet, all we were met with was a gigantic wanting for more and plenty of internet rage at Sony.Jack Tretton’s comment about “trimming the fat” out of the conference didn’t help, either.

It can be easy to jump on the hate wagon with the Vita, especially if you don’t own one. If you didn’t bite into the initial craze and amazing launch (still my #1 for video game device launches in terms of games available) than you could look at the shelves in stores and bustling stock as warning signs to stay away. I have owned my Vita since launch and while I did not touch it once from the end of March until a couple weeks ago, I’ve been mercilessly going through my current collection to beat everything I can. It saddens me when people blindly see through what the Vita has right now and what it will have. It may not stack up against the 3DS right now but does not mean it isn’t worth having.

A sense of time makes a huge difference. If it feels like you’ve been waiting forever for the Vita to have a nice chunk of releases, that’s obviously been a problem. However, if you’re just getting into the handheld console right now, that gap won’t be long at all.

I am here to tell you that if you’ve been mulling it over, it is safe to buy into the Vita. Right now is a good time to buy a Vita.

Why? The summer is just about over. Video games see a big drought during this time and then we get a gold rush converging on our wallets during Fall. Plenty of console releases skipped this Fall in favor of Spring 2013 but the Vita has plenty to offer coming up.

Now that August is here, let’s look at the titles coming out this month and all the way up to November.

  • Madden NFL 2013
  • Sound Shapes
  • Ragnarok Odyssey
  • FIFA 13
  • Silent Hill: Book of Memories
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale
  • Street Fighter x Tekken
  • Super Monkey Ball: Banana Splitz
  • Zero’s Escape
  • Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation
  • LEGO Lord of the Rings
  • Need for Speed Most Wanted
  • Persona 4: The Golden

This list is not complete. We’ll most likely see more release as we don’t know all of November’s offerings (such as Call of Duty) and October should have something to creep up on us. Perhaps LittleBigPlanet will be ready for Treat or Trick time.

That list shows a great offering of many different genres. This is something that the Vita has been known for since launch. Every spurt of game releases offers something for nearly everything. If we disregard the launch titles and focus on the above list, we see sports, RPG, action-adventure, racing, fighting, horror, music, and simulation. If you can’t place your favors in any of those categories, I’m worried about you.

But how does this upcoming list make the Vita a good buy right now? If you buy a Vita today you’ll have plenty to do to hold you over while this batch of releases makes its way out to stores and the PSN. The same couldn’t have been said for launch buyers as the wait between then and this new rush of releases was far in between. However, right now there are about 60 games released for the Vita, including Vita-exclusive PSN releases. The current selection has plenty of top tier content to keep you busy well into the end of the year. Let’s take a look at some of the worthy titles for the Vita that you can get today.

  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
  • Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
  • Lumines: Electronic Symphony
  • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
  • MLB 12: The Show
  • Mortal Kombat
  • Super Stardust Delta
  • Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
  • Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
  • FIFA Soccer
  • Unit 13
  • Wipeout 2048
  • Gravity Rush
  • Rayman Origins
  • Resistance: Burning Skies
  • LEGO Batman 2: DC Super Heroes
  • BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend

As you can see, this is another list showing the variety you can find on the Vita in terms of games. If you couple this, with the upcoming list, PS1 support coming, and the PSP games you can digitally download, the Vita has plenty to occupy yourselves while the releases begin to flow.

We are not far off from seeing the Vita come into its own with retail shelving space and a mass of “must have” games. Hits like Uncharted, Gravity Rush, and Resistance are doing their best to give current owners a good time but as I said above, it has been quite a while since we’ve seen a big list of releases like this coming for the Vita. Buying one now with some existing software will tide you over to this release list and the upcoming announcements.

Also, if you get a 3G Vita or are by a Wi-Fi most of the day, you can take advantage of the apps that you can download for free such as Skype, Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and more.

There are plenty of Vita “assurance” posts going around the forums and some other websites. I greatly enjoy my Vita and while it has not seen the playtime I wish it could’ve, every time I pick it up I find myself playing for hours. This is a post that shows you that you should not be scared to purchase a Vita. Don’t let the “haters” and “doom and gloom”-ers deter you. You should find plenty on the Vita to satisfy your portable gaming itch as the above new releases find their way into your hands.

 



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