I've never been what you call a Sony fanboy. The first Playstation that I owned was the small PSOne. I was a late adopter of the PS2 and the PSP. I haven't bought a PS3 and probably never will. I generally despise Sony's console controllers. All that said I've recently become captivated by the PS Vita. I finally got my first hands on experience with it the other day and was amazed at the sheer power of the device.
A lot has been said if this device will get people to play "real" games as opposed to playing on their iPhones and such. Being that I don't have a smart phone it's hard for me to comment, but seeing what the thing can do I would suspect that gamers will easily will adopt the Vita.
I guess my complaints about the device are not uncommon. Memory cards. Expensive memory cards. From a business perspective I understand why Sony went the route they did, but this still infuriates me as a consumer. If I buy the system I don't see myself downloading a lot of games. I'm not all that familiar w/ the Playstation Store to begin with, but if I do see a few games I want it sucks that I'll most likely have to buy multiple (expensive) memory cards. Get with the times Sony and give us some sort of internal memory!
My 2nd issues isn't as much a complaint as a worry. I've heard that the OLED screen may not have a long life. What happens when your screen dies? How long is the average life span of OLED screens?
Third and lastly - the battery. Like the OLED screen, what is the average lifespan of the battery. How many times can it be charged? Will it eventually become like my laptop battery where I can only use it if it's plugged into an AC outlet?
I'm leaning more and more to the side of buying the WiFi model soon. I was looking at some current trade-in specials @ GameStop *shudders* and thought about trading in my clunky first model Nintendo DS. Then I remembered all the great Castlevania games I own for the DS and I didn't like the thought of only having access to my wife's DS Lite. So that option is off the table.
What I decided to do was the keep the DS and sell out my small WonderSwan collection. I bought it more for the novelty aspect to begin with. Plus when I saw what some of the games I have recently sold for on eBay it was a no brainer. So now I sit anxiously awaiting several eBay auctions to end hoping they bring in enough money that I can take down to Best Buy and buy the Vita. Thankfully I have a few gift cards left over from Christmas and a few GameStop gift cards from taking online surveys. I hope to use those to defer some of the cost and or pick up a memory card and a game.
On the game front I'm torn. Most likely I'll only be able to afford one game at the moment. I played Uncharted and was impressed. I've never played any of the other games in the series so I'm not that attached. I'm not a huge fan of fighting games, but the Marvel vs. Capcom games have always been great. The touch screen additions, new playable characters and the lower price tag is very appealing. I also like racing games and while the Wipeout game was pretty, I'm not sure it's my cup of tea. At least at full price! That Mod Nation Racing game looks cool. I don't care about not being able to race my friends online.
I just want my first game to be something fun that I won't get too bored with. I can't afford to buy new games left and right so I want to stretch my dollar as far as I can. Makes sense, right?