Sony's newest portable system, the aptly named Playstation Vita , was first announced in E3 2011.
The Vita's selling points include :
1)It is a high-tech product (fitted completely with motion controls resembling that of the six axis Dualshock 3 controller on the Playstation 3, beautiful AMOLED screen equipped with latest in touch screen tech, and even has a back panel that responds to the user's fingers via swipes and rubs that in turn makes an effect on the game.)
2)It is to be competitively priced against the current price of the Nintendo 3DS. Entering the market at $249 for the non-3G version and $299 for the 3G version.
3)It comes with a wide array of launch titles such as Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Uncharted, and last but not least, ModNation Racers to name a few.
What we know now come the end of 2011 :
1)The price tags come without a memory card. Sony has cleverly misguided customers by leaving out the convenient fact that if you wanted to save your games, you will have to buy a Vita memory card. Let's get one fact straight, Vita memory cards are EXPENSIVE (but hey, who cares about the price tag when you can ensure stability of your games right? /sarcasm). Their also 'specially designed' to be used for the Vita and ONLY for the Vita so you can forget about using them on other devices such as your digital camera.
2)For the market in America, the 3G/Wifi version of Vita is offered with a mobile data plan from AT&T. 'Nuff said right?
Final thoughts :
This author believes that while the PS Vita is indeed an impressive piece of technology, it does come with it a hefty price tag. As of right now, I still do not believe that it is worth purchasing the console at launch. Perhaps in time, when the price of the console has gone down,demand for it has stabled and maybe when 3rd party memory cards enter the market that can beat Sony's current ridiculous price tags for its Vita cards, then it becomes a little bit easier to convince ourselves to get one. I leave you all with this photo below.