While pondering what to include in my upcoming weekly video series, “The PS Vita Diaries,” I decided to consult Twitter and the hashtag, “#Vita” for some guidance on what questions to answer and tips to give. I was surprised to find several appearances of the image I’ve posted above: a PS Vita with the words “Game Over” on its screen. A PS Vita that’s surrounded by an army of Nintendo 3DS units. Did people really believe that the 3DS will kill the PS Vita?
Yes. I discovered tweets proclaiming “Game over, Vita!” and “the Vita is fricken awful.” My personal favorite, however, was “the 3DS is better than the Vita for sure!” But is it?
Those are the words of fanboys and trolls. You cannot compare the two devices. The Vita is designed as an all-in-one device that lets you game, social network, and watch movies; the 3DS is meant to be more of a fun gaming system to have all your handheld gaming needs. Different devices, different audiences.
There will always be an industry war between Sony and Nintendo when it comes to portable gaming (both companies want your dollars, after all), but the devices themselves are on the market for you to enjoy. Nintendo’s handhelds will never be Sony’s, and Sony’s will never be Nintendo’s. Before the Vita went on sale, people constantly asked me, “Will you trade in your 3DS for your Vita?” And they were always shocked when I said no.
Sure, I use my Vita a lot more than I’ve used my 3DS in the past, but that’s because my 3DS is my casual handheld gaming device. When I’m in the mood for some Zelda, or happy-go-lucky games, I play my 3DS. My Vita takes care of all my other needs. My media, my Twitter, my action games, my weird arsty games—I felt like a kid again staying up late under the blankets playing Rayman: Origins on my Vita.
Some 3DS fanboys have cited the Vita’s slow start in Japan as it’s deathblow, but that means absolutely nothing. When the 3DS was released in America, its slow sales cast gloom over portable; then the sales skyrocketed after a price cut. Vita sales have started slow, but who’s to say they won’t pick up on its on for any number of reasons?
But even with all the 3DS fanboys out there, the Vita craze lives. Taco Bell held a contest which promised a free Vita every fifteen minutes, and, as you can see in the photo above, @cave_bo was willing to do whatever it took to win the much-anticipated handheld for free. Including doing ungodly things to his body.
So what are your opinions? Do you think the anti-Vita negative is getting out of hand? Leave a comment below, or send me a tweet at @digital_vix3n. Let’s talk.