PS Vita…Yawn


PS Vita – Yawn…

On January 28th, I went hands on with the PS Vita (which will forever be referred to as “Pita”). I really enjoyed the build and quality of Sony’s latest portable video game offering…but if you’ve ever seen that little YouTube show that Big Mike and I do, you’ll know that neither of us are the reviewing type. So it goes without saying that this is NOT a review of the “Pita”.

What struck me odd when playing it was that even though I was playing the most advanced portable gaming console ever released, it was a hollow experience. There I was, playing the newest Uncharted game…a game that I will eventually play for sure…yet I couldn’t care less. I Spent 10 minutes playing it and then toyed with “Pita’s” menu system for a few minutes while I was being chatted up by the Sony reps.

…And then I put the demo “Pita” down and left. You’d never know that I had just played a new system for the first time by looking at me. I was indifferent. That apathy has been felt around my immediate gaming community. Not a single friend of my mine in Raccoon City picked one up…Not even Big Mike!

So what’s with my disinterest, you ask? Simple. Even though the $250-$300 asking price for the two units available cost more than getting any of the current generation systems, isn’t the worst thing ever…but I can’t help but feel that we, the gaming community, are being suckered by Sony.  While most of the launch games had a respectable asking price, $50 for Uncharted: Golden Abyss didn’t sit well with me. But that’s not the rub…Sony is deliberately punishing their paying customers by using a proprietary memory format.  Their reasoning is two fold: 1. Makes piracy more difficult and 2. to gouge you, the paying customer. With no onboard memory, the cheapest memory card will put you back $20 (unless you buy the first edition bundle, which is a mute point because that baby costs $50 more). If you are into digital distribution and/or want to use your own media on the Pita, you’ll be looking at higher capacity cards, culminating with the 32 gig rip off at a whopping $100.

So where was I on February 15th, 2012? Well, I did stop by a local Best Buy…but not to buy a Pita. If I wanted to give Sony some of my green, there were definitely more than a few Pitas still available. I couldn’t care less about the Pita as I walked out of the store…with my copy of Resident Evil Revelations (misprint on spine jacket and all). If you want our money, Sony; you’re going to have to impress us. “Your move, creep.”

Terence Kelsey

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Terence hails from the tough streets of Raccoon City, where he co-founded CHARGE BACK FORWARD in 2010. When he isn’t eating large amounts of red meat, Terence enjoys playing adventure, survival horror, fighting, music, puzzle and platform games. His favourite game series include Lunar, Shenmue, Resident Evil, Sonic, Super Mario, Street Fighter, Virtual Fighter, Silent Hill, Splinter Cell and countless others. In 2014, CHARGE BACK FORWARD was rebooted as a Retro Video Game show that focuses on Terence's memories and current reviews of Video Games from years past. Terence in now featured as a co-host on the popular YouTube channel, 3killabytes (which is now featured on