San Francisco PS Vita Impressions

We stand outside the Apple Store and GameStop in downtown San Francisco to give some holiday shoppers a taste of the PS Vita.

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115 comments
bjklol
bjklol

@packtop first off, plenty of games have been announced for the vita after the launch but thats beside the point. When you release a system there must be good stuff from the start cuz otherwise that just sends a bad message to the consumer. Almost like its not "ready" yet to be released.

naruto6rox
naruto6rox

Been waiting over a year for this seriously! I am so excited for it to come out just a little bit over a month left to wait!

deathknightleo
deathknightleo

if everything is true vita will have a good rpg base when they get released all with trophie surport that goes with the ps3 trophies if everything is true sounds awesome... bring me the VITA

twizzickle
twizzickle

this is like right next to my house, i'm sad i didn't see this to play it.

max_wolfstein
max_wolfstein

I already have the money ready to get the PSV. Of course, I am a Sony hardcore fan (I have a PS3, PSP 3000, Sony tv, surround bar, move, eye, ps remote, lol)

Gaming-Planet
Gaming-Planet

Damn I should have gone to San Fran when I had the chance. It's like 40 minutes away from where I live.

gangstafc
gangstafc

at 2:09 the guy just ignores the gamespot guy

iplayah
iplayah

Graphics alone won't be enough.

wahyudil
wahyudil

the battery never run out ... wow

Raeldor
Raeldor

Glad this comes out after the 14th, otherwise it'd probably end in divorce.

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

@nyran125 Thank you, I do appreciate the country I live in. It's still beautiful but not as beautiful as tourist would see it.

Petty_Steve
Petty_Steve

This is why more people JB their PSP than those with DS's. Hence, in essence, Sony will lose MORE money. Personally, I have no problems supporting companies but once they start getting greedy and give the public the finger saying buy our memory cards or go south, I just go south for the ladies that enjoy it and give Sony the finger while I do it:) It's good to have some direction and moral standing every now and then, the unfortunate part is that you'll always hurt a few people along the way. All in all, I will not support any Sony Publishing Companies but all third party standings. Thank you and goodnight

Moegitto
Moegitto

@SDBusDriver1979 Yup, Blazblue Continuum shift Extend is already on the PSP and 3DS plus it'll be out for PS3 and 360 that month. Th only game that seems worth will as a new game is Uncharted and Resistance. And all the reviews say that Uncharted feels kinda luke warm, like they were only making the game to show off the Vita's graphics. And there isn't too much information on Resistence. What alot of people don't understand is that if a game system does bad sales wise, then companies won't develop games for it. A system with no games doesn't last long, no matter how strong it is (Atari Jaguar, Sega Dreamcast, Sega Saturn, Sega CD). When they make a game system and base all their games on the japanese market, then they push away american sells. That's how the Xbox grew in popularity, the PS2 spent so much of it's life pushing Final Fantasy games out left and right and adding a little bit of disgea in the mix that all the people that wanted to play shooters or mass multiplayer were alienated until the xbox came out. Then when the online console multiplayer fad caught on, Sony was and still is left in the wind. Everything they do to catch up fails not because the plans are terrible (Playstation Home, Free PSN, half of the Vita's 3G purpose) but because they're just so far behind.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

@Moegitto Yeah we do agree alot. The Vita just feels like a reaction to the 3DS in Japan and all other markets is simply an afterthought. Developed by Japanese people for Japanese people and its up Sony of Europe and Sony of America to twist this device for the different markets. This device is almost by design, is to provide the ultimate monster hunter experience and nothing more. With the milking of money with UMD downloads and online pass is something Sony can get a way with in Japan. With the negative out lash from game critics over these topics kind of shows how little Sony thinks about our market. I do not think that this is too early to the market, just feels like Europe and US are not the market Sony is going for to begin with. Just having recycled PS3 titles and direct ports isn't going to help, also I just noticed that most of the launch titles that are going to be available you can get in one form or another for the current PSP.

-mostwanted
-mostwanted

Seems most people don't mind the price, they do have the money so I don't see why not. If I was working I wouldn't mind spending the $250

Moegitto
Moegitto

@SDBusDriver1979 See, we do agree. I don't think Sony should be trying to replace the PSP as much as it should be re-inventing it. The 3DS is a DS with the 3D aspect thrown in, plus the 3DS plays DS games right out of the box. This prevents them from alienating former customers. The PS Vita is making you decide to either get the Vita or stay behind. I understand Sonys stance on using the new media format, but by doing this they're pretty much saying that they're no longer supporting the UMD format. Plus making it so if you want to play PSP games you HAVE to download them from the PSN, this shows how Sony is only thinking about money. I saw a topic on Gamefaqs with someone posting a link from joystiq about how if you buy a game for your Vita off the PSN, you still have to buy the online pass of that game separately. But if you buy that same game at a store, you get the pass for free. This shows that even though Sony is marketing the Vita for "downloadable freedom" if you get the 3G version, not only will you have to pay more for a downloaded game in the long run, but you can't even download a game unless you using wifi anyway. This makes the 3G version obsolete, I'm not buying a $300 to $350 3G version just to talk and facebook on the go. And I drive so how can I play online on the go? Sony is voyaging too early into a market they shouldn't just yet...

risseer23
risseer23

Man i go on Ign to look at vita news and all i am hearing is how bad it's selling.Well i already have it on preorder and i think it will be a great handheld.

Defy_The_Fallen
Defy_The_Fallen

@pataponplayer Some people can't afford to buy both systems. For example I had to make the choice between pre-ordering a vita or buying a 3ds. I decided on buying a 3ds because the library of games suit my taste more with zelda, resident evil, blazblue and some pokemon titles somewhere down the line. Don't get me wrong I like uncharted, wipeout, and katamari etc, and the system itself looks great. But the selection of games is what drew me into the 3ds more. But games are more of a personal opinion, both consoles are good but some people can't afford both or one or the other, end of.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

@Moegitto You have a very valid point. In my mind I do not think the Vita should be as powerful as it is but have the hardware as scalable as possible. Have the OS running on a very modified Android platform much like the Kindle Fire, Sony chooses what apps get ported, all three platforms get the same games, and everything goes through their psn. Make a weaker smaller Vita as a phone but still is capable of running Vita games at either lower resolution or graphics settings. Keep the current Vita for people who either do not own a phone or do not wish to be lock in to a 2 year contract, and have a more powerful tablet capable of running games at a higher resolution or graphics settings. A unified platform to form in junction with the PS3, a controlled platform so all profits go through Sony instead of going through Google, Sony appeals to every possible market, publishers will have games available for more platforms, and in a better position to combat piracy. Or maybe I am just blowing #$*#)@ out of my !$#@.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

Everytime I see more about this, I just get more and more excited. I can't wait til I finally have it in my hands in Spring. Playing that Uncharted title whilst sat on a train, bus or plane will just be so awesome. To have a device capable of so much graphically which will also slip into my pocket is about the best thing I can think of. Handhelds will dominate me this year. I'll have just gotten over the initial fun of owning a 3DS when this little beauty rocks up and asks if I fancy a go.

ecurl143
ecurl143

It's a no-brainer getting one of these Vitas, since it's the only system that delivers the full on console experience on a portable device. From the reviews I've read on the hardware, it's a beautifully designed piece of kit with extremely high build quality with absolutely tons of features - suddenly, my 3DS is looking a bit cheap and nasty in comparison and it rarely gets played anyway - not a very good selection of cool games on the 3DS in my experience and this I'm afraid, is where the Vita will absolutely dominate next year.

Badrandy
Badrandy

I'll wait another year maybe 2013, PS Vita price tag will droped 30%. Like the lunching of PSP 1000, 2000, 3000 & Go, I have all of these devices by just waiting 1 year each. Now PS Vita.... yahoo!

BasilVZero
BasilVZero

Yeah its expensive, all gaming systems are. Here's a solution: Get a cheaper version. I find it funny how they say its expensive but I'm pretty sure they buy even more expensive items than a game system (i.e. ipad, iphone, etc).

Gooshnads
Gooshnads

The first guy: "oh they needed this" "The touch screen" Me: Sigh...

RACiEP
RACiEP

Haha...this video sounds scripted. I don't see why you guys are hating on glimpus though. He's just saying the PSVita is too expensive for him and other people likely feel the same way. And that is okay! To each his own! The PSVita looks sweet guys, it's just that I won't be getting it myself. That doesn't mean I'm going to stop watching videos about it though. :)

Moegitto
Moegitto

@SDBusDriver1379 I agree 80% with what you said. You should exclude the Vita and their tablets because they cater to 2 different markets. THe tablets are mainly just to be competitive in that market and the Vita is a powerhouse on a whole new level from the other hand helds Sony has out currently. But I do think Sony should have tried to make their media more community compatible. The Xperia shouldn't be a stand alone platform, it should be able to mix with the PSP and vice versa. And of course the tablet should be able to play games from all the medias except the Vita because the vita is closer to the xbox 360's power. Regardless, it all boils down to money, I really want to see how the memory card debate plays out...

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

@pataponplayer I think anyone should be able to bash anything as long as what is said has some merit and there is some credibility to what glimpus said. People who just one a 3DS or DS is a legitimate market that Sony is appealing to. If what is being offered isn't compelling for 3DS owners to go out and buy an additional handheld; 3DS owners have a right to complain about it. I also do not find the Vita or the 3DS appealing enough because what little portable gaming I do, I do it on my Xperia Play phone. I think Sony really messed things up with dividing all their hand helds up with Xperia Play phone, Vita, and their tablets instead of unifying it under one platform.

nyran125
nyran125

@sandman201 dude, you should stop to smell the roses more. Because Ive lived in NZ for 20 years and its still amazing to look at, whefver you go outside any town or city. Sometimes people dont realise how awesome things are around you when you have it all the time. The normal wages suck though lol. not to mention fresh clear crystakl rinking water from the tap. Thats something you should cherish, a lot of countries dont even have fresh clean water out the tap anymore.

SANDMAN201
SANDMAN201

@chazy035 New Zealand is one of the beautiful places in the world? I haven't left New Zealand for 14 years I'm just used to it and don't notice the snow capped mountains anymore and mountain rangers.

ADO300
ADO300

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pataponplayer
pataponplayer

@glimpus That's my point. If you don't buy the other portable you shouldn't be bashing it anyway. That's why I said fanboys should shut up.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

Nice. This is the PSP that should have come out along side the PS3 originally. Things have changed. The market has changed. They are 5 years too late. And whoever says this is big is a nitz.... For every day portable gaming people are still going to use their phones... this is the type of thing you take on vacation to have something to play. Or young kids playing on long car rides... playing a portable in your home when you have consoles with better games and bigger screens is, I don't know... dumb.

ecurl143
ecurl143

Well I thought the 3DS was expensive for what it was when it was released and it doesn't even come close to what the Vita is offering in terms of features and just overall coolness. I have a 3DS but I'll be trading it in to get what to me, is a far superior peice of hardware - hands down, the Vita is in a class of it's own. Come February, this thing will fly off the shelves.

glimpus
glimpus

@pataponplayer Why should people buy two portable gaming devices? I already spent a couple hundred on my 3DS and as far as portable gaming goes I'm content with that. Why would I blow another few hundred just to carry another portable around? It doesn't make fiscal sense. Most people can get by fine with one or the other, depending on their budgets and or gaming tastes.

otanikun
otanikun

Epic lulz were had, like children x3

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Like EPaul said, most of the feedback was pretty positive. I'm not saying the PS Vita isn't impressive, but this looks like something that would be in Core or Pulse ... except without a sexy female host like Christina or Veronica.

drswank
drswank

How's Ryan McDonald going to make all of those exaggerated hand motions when you weigh them both down, Gamespot??

nickscho
nickscho

Launch titles are never really compelling. The last time I was compelled by a launch lineup was probably Mario 64 for N64. The great games will come out later, if the Vita can prove it can be successful, and when developers get used to designing for it. 360 and PS3 went through the same thing (they had medicore launch titles at best), and now, PS3's game library is one of the best in the last 15 years.

nickscho
nickscho

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pataponplayer
pataponplayer

I wish you fanboys would shut up and just buy both the 3DS and Vita.

poopinpat
poopinpat

@glimpus $250 is lower than most were expecting prior to its announcement. imo it looks worth it and im getting it day one. It will indeed be interesting to see how well it sells but im guessing the primo launch line-up will push sales well.

quicksilver_03
quicksilver_03

I'm impressed with Sony Vita's powerful handheld device, but I'm disappointed with the lack of upcoming first group of game line-up especially no new RPG, Strategy, or Fighting games (with the exception of SF X Tekken). Developers are way too behind making new and refreshing games and instead they're focusing more old game remakes from previous systems that most of the people have already played. I'd cancel my pre-order and just wait for decent games to come. And like some people, who made their comments, I agree that I'll invest prior on the PS4 release than PS Vita.

glimpus
glimpus

Being a big Nintendo fan, even I couldn't justify 250 for the 3DS. Right after the price drop, I got one, and I likes it. I think the Vita is an impressive piece of hardware, but I wonder how a 250 dollar (plus essential memory card) portable will sell in this turbulent economy. It's a very powerful machine, but it comes down to the money. If Nintendo had trouble moving portables at 250 dollars then it only stands to reason Sony will also have difficulty doing so.

Breyant
Breyant

man I'm gonna have to buy this stupid thing just for Uncharted! Curse you, Sony!

blackace
blackace

@EPaul Everyone was positive about it ******************************************** Except for the price. Some said they wouldn't be able to afford it yet. Otherwise the responses were pretty positive. It'll be about the games in the end.