This list is for the North American release only. Some details are different in other regions.
You cannot transfer your collection of UMD based PSP games to the Vita.
If you want to play the games you already bought for the PSP you must rebuy them.
You have to buy an expensive proprietary memory card if you want to save anything.
Without an expensive proprietary memory card, many Vita games can't be played at all.
The battery life for the Vita is worse than the 3DS's.
Downloaded games are only about 10% cheaper than the same retail version.
AT&T is the service carrier for the Vita.
The cheapest phone plan only nets you 250mb a month.
The device has already been hacked.
The cheapest you can get a Vita (while getting the smallest memory card and cheapest monthly data plan) is roughly $295. If you actually want to get an enjoyable experience out of the device the most expensive that you'd have to pay (including the most expensive memory card and data plans) is $480. Neither of those prices factor in the cost of games.
While I may personally love the Big N more than other companies, I don't honestly know how an intelligent and reasonable person can watch the continuing mistakes and marketing blunders that Sony keeps repeating and NOT draw the conclusion that they honestly don't know what they're doing.
My questions to Sony? How could you possibly skip out on saving to SD cards in this day and age? Why would you go with the worse phone service in all of North America? It's my understanding that the whole point of doing digital distribution is to cut out the middlemen that cause those high game prices to begin with, so why aren't digital downloads much cheaper than retail versions? Why allow backwards compatibility (which still costs a small fee) for Japan but then take it completely away for North American?
It seems that Sony's answer to the handheld market is HD graphics, console ports, and an extremely limited "mature" gaming demographic. Meanwhile, time has shown us that HD resolutions are rather pointless for small screens and varying light conditions. Most of the biggest selling games tend to be all-age-family-friendly titles like Brainage, Nintendogs, and Pokemon. And having a diverse library that everyone can play, kids and mom's alike, is an extremely important selling point.
Say what you will about the 3DS's slow initial launch, Nintendo at least has a wide variety of games that appeal to all ages. Whether you're a kid, adult, hardcore, or casual, the 3DS has games to fit those key demographics... and they never charged you for transferring your DSi purchases either.
What do yo all think? Is the PS Vita a disaster? Are you going to buy one? If so, which version are you going for (cheap or expensive)? Am I the only one who notices how messed up Sony's marketing is for this device? Is this just a one-time fluke or a continuing issue Sony needs to iron out?