And that is customization.
Seriously, of the five dedicated game systems on the market (PC not included, because we all know PC's the best at this anyway), Vita is actually somehow, against all odds, the only system that actually lets you customize it. I mean, seriously, somehow between the generation transitions, all other systems lost the ability to be customized- the Xbox One (probably because Microsoft seized the OS in an effort to have it align to their vision), the PS4 (I guess because they're still working on it? Seriously, you can't even change the background color), and Nintendo never had much customization to begin with anyway, and sure enough, outside of some swapping of tiles and folders, the Wii U and 3DS are disappointingly deficient in that regard.
Meanwhile, the Vita offers complete and full customization. There is nothing you cannot change. You can have your own lock screen. You can have your own wallpaper. You can have your own different wallpaper for each different screen. On each screen, you are not bound to a grid, and you can place your game and app icons anywhere you want. You can create folders. Seriously, it's the most amazingly flexible and intuitive customization system I have seen yet. iOS and Android don't offer this degree of customization flexibility.So we really should give the Vita credit here, because this is something that only it can do, and, simply because of how the Xbox One and PS4 are (as in, consoles with no direct touch input or manipulation) it is also likely to be the only system this gen that does it.
BONUS ROUND: Share your PS Vita lock and home screen layouts here for everyone to see! It'll be fun to see just how much everyone has utilized the Vita's amazing customization options. Here's mine:
(and yes, in case it wasn't abundantly clear, I did spend a lot of time on getting this right lol).
I often refer to the Vita as my Persona 4 machine- this isn't meant to be derogatory, and I basically remodeled my entire Vita in celebration of this very fact. This is also a massive step up from when I just had three boring screens before with all the bubbles just arranged in order as they had been out of the box, the games just lining up at the end in order of installation.
Anyway, that just demonstrates some of the flexibility the Vita can demonstrate when it comes to this, so yeah, let's just give it credit for this here. And if you have any creatively done customizations, be sure to share them!