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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?
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Safetoss Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012
It just dropped below selling 10000 units in North America this week... ಠ_ಠ
Disaster is the right word.
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DTJB Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Meh, they can always release a newer SLIMMER model in a year or so.
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GS-R Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
The Vita isn't HD... I think...
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Needleguns Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Dude, what the hell is your problem? You're obviously a nintendo fanboy, so stop trying to make Sony look bad. You're misinforming people and making tiny things look like a massive problem, sure, you mention the 3G model, but not the fact that the Wi-fi costs the same amount as the 3DS initially did? You aslo don't mention how the memory card is only needed for DOWNLOADED GAMES.
And I fucking hate how you don't mention the MILLIONS OF AWESOME FEATURES. ONLY THE FLAWS.

And what I think the most RETARDED THING YOU SAID WAS: "If you have psp games you NEED to REBUY them to PLAY ON THE VITA."
PLAY THEM ON THE PSP DUMBSHIT.

It's a real douchebag thing to try make a console look bad just because your a stupid ass fanboy of Nintendo.
Up yours.
Goodbye.
Yours Sincerely,
Needleguns. <3
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Incorrect. Many retail games will actually not run unless you have a memory card. So what I said was accurate.

About rebuying: It's become a staple in modern gaming to allow backwards compatibility. Yes you could easily play those older games on the PSP and technically it shouldn't be an issue. But gaming libraries are important, especially for new handheld systems. The 3DS allows you, for example, to play DS games, and the DS before that allowed you to play GBA games, and the GBA allowed you to play original GameBoy games, etc. Backwards compatibility is important and paying close to $400 for a brand new system and NOT being able to play your older titles is a poor marketing decision. Especially if you consider that it's only restricted for North America. Everywhere else you can "port" your library over (for a fee).

I don't have to make the console look bad, it's doing just fine on it's own. Have you heard the latest about software developers jumping ship because of the abysmal sales? And that's before it's even hit North America.
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Writer
And don't claim that backwards compatibility is a universal constant. The latest incarnation of the Wii had weeded out backwards compatibility with Gamecube games. The Playstation 3 has done the same. Developers are trying to ween the public off older games because they don't want to be forced to cater to those games.
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
Yeah developers ween the public off older games... when those games become old. When the Wii launched it was backwards compatible. The only reason they've removed backwards compatibility with Gamecube Games now is because the Wii-U is coming out this year and it's likely going to allow downloads of Gamecube games on the Virtual Console.

When a new system launches, being able to play the previous system's games is almost a requirement right now. Remember... that's for LAUNCH. A few years after the system has been out removing that feature isn't a big deal.
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Writer
weeded*
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Alexander-Brandt Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012   Writer
Tom: since you never responded to any of my comments, would you cite the source that supports your claim of the retail games requiring a larger memory stick to play?
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TomPreston Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012
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