The HotSpot - PlayStation Vita - 2/15/12
After a week of putting the PS Vita through its paces, The HotSpot crew delivers its verdict on Sony's newest handheld.
I have to say I agree more with Kevin and Tom. I'm not against the *everything in one device* idea, but currently I don't think there's a device on the market that does everything perfectly. For instance, even though almost every mobile phone out there is equipped with a camera, but can a camera phone really replace digital cameras? I know camera phones can take decent pictures (I have one myself), but I think it's difficult for them to surpass the quality of real cameras. And I think the same applies to iPhone and iPad. They're kinda similar in terms of UI, and the touch screen scheme.Then why do you need an iPhone when you've got an iPad already? Well, you need it to make phone calls. And why do you need an iPad when you have an iPhone? Because you can edit my documents and use it during a presentation. My point is, even though there might come a day when there is no dedicated device, but a device can only be good at a few things at a time, and that's why I don't think dedicated hand-held gaming is dying any time soon.
you cant compare the DS with the Vita because they are aimed at different user groups. the DS is aimed at younger users such as kids and the Vita is aimed at an older user group; teens and older. IMO the Vita wont do that well because the targeted consumers of the Vita already have smart phones or ps3s, so why would they buy a product that is marketed as something similar to want they already have?
This PSVITA freaking owns!!! its unbelievable on how ppl are so spoiled on wanting an all in one device. Or even comparing the ipad to the VITA!!
Hand held gaming is not dead. I am an owner of an android smartphone and would have no qualms carrying around a VITA just for gaming - the mobile games available on the current smartphone hardware are just not up to snuff. I want a portable console experience. Also - there is no freaking way the VITA cost is comparable to the iphone. Especially in MSRB. 3G is totally unnecessary - and why would you want to pay for a second dataplan? I don't care if the UI sucks. As long as the hardware is good, and the games are better, I will still be interested in purchasing this device. All of the UI problems can be fixed during the console's lifetime.
I agree with most of them. These devices should focus more on gaming than being the ultimate entertainment machines. I just want to be able to take my games with me, and possibly have some online multiplayer. I have a laptop for anything else internet wise, and i can get a smartphone if i want internet on the go (though i don't really need that either).
I want the Vita to have more apps, but Sony should really work on the UI to make it more like the PS3 and PSP. There can still be "apps" icons but make them be in the cross bar format.
@theshonen8899 Ok, I gotta be completely honest, I was just going from what I have heard from other people about simplicity of Android/iOS stuff; I have never actually owned an Android or Apple device; but I feel the impression is still there (and they are certainly advertised as) simple to use machines.
I think I must've reached my tipping point on Vita vs iOS/Android stories. I was a little disappointed the podcast was so heavily focused on that over the actual system and games. Not there wasn't, but I think having 2 news guys in the panel hurt. Especially after they just posted an editorial speculating handheld gaming. But I kind of want to watch a Vita podcast to get your opinion of the system and games, not what you think people will think of the system lol. Like I thought the UK Podcast was a bit more focused on what Mark Walton and the rest of the panel thought of the system. But beyond that, I'm very happy with Gamespot's coverage. The reviews have been very helpful and mixed in the podcast I got to hear some candid opinions of the system, particularly from Kevin. Most importantly, good things were said about Hot Shots Golf lol
@_Matt_ Not quite. How many times have you seen an app not work with iPod Touch 1st gen but work on 4th gen like Infinity Blade II? Even worse is Android, where you can buy a $10 game like GTA III only to download it for several hours and find out it lags like crazy on your phone? (anti-flame-comment: I love Android and I swear by my Android phone). I personally think PC gaming is just as simple and complicated as smartphone gaming. Both PC and smartphones have quick and easy downloable services like the Android Market or Steam. Both PC and smartphones have compatibility issues with games, some games work on different generations of iPhones the same way Mac games run on different generations of MacBooks. I think the main reason people are hailing smartphones are the new king of gaming is because it's a new technology that we've never seen before. What if the PC was created AFTER the creation of consoles (not technically possible but what if?). What would our reactions be then? And how different would they be from the reality we live in today?
Why would Apple price an iPhone at that much if it doesn't cost that much to make? Because people will buy almost anything as long as it's shiny and made by apple.
@theshonen8899 Fair comment, and I agree that Portable dedicated gaming systems will hold on; but I think your comparison is flawed. The main reason console gaming survives even through computers is simplicity. No upgrading, no compatability issues, easy for parents to set up for kids etc... No such reason is there however for dedicated portable handheld machines. Smart phones are already simple and easy to use.
Everyone has a computer. Computers generally have cheaper games and an enormous amount of free, downloadable games. Computers even have better inputs and definitely better hardware than consoles. So... Did the computer kill console gaming? Portable gaming will hold on just like console gaming does because of exclusive games, streamlined software, and consistent hardware. I love my PC, consoles, portables, and smartphone and I think it's far too early to speculate on the demise of any of them.