The PSVita has become, as of late, a decent piece of technology for the tech-savvy but is it enough? Portable devices with iOS/Android can do whatever you wish but do they beat the Vita at what it’s designed for?
Which one is the best for you?
This is a question that probably comes first on the mind of everybody contemplating such a decision. It’s natural that you ask yourself this question but it’s one that requires quite a bit of research and you might come across conflicting opinions. There are various differences between the two (or three) platforms which affect your choice and these will be discussed in the next paragraph.
Factors of choice
The Vita has a very comfortable control scheme with great buttons. For Android/iOS, you may need to get a third-party controller for the best experience. Controllers For All make most Bluetooth controllers work with iOS. Bluetooth controllers are generally compatible with Android.
iOS/Android devices shine at allowing you to use social media and online services. The Vita allows you to use *some* online services but it’s far from the best console for such things. The YouTube and Facebook apps were pulled from PSN and don’t work (even if you have them installed). There’s a Twitter client but there isn’t much more in terms of official network apps. The browser is okay but might be buggy at times (you can watch YouTube or other HTML5 video on it).
Games on the Vita are targetted to people who like spending hours playing games while iOS/Android devices are aimed at ‘casual gamers’. Casual gamers are those who play games for a few minutes each day as a means to waste time. Casual games are usually filled to the brim with ads and IAPs (In-app purchases) nowadays. Ads and IAPs are unheard of in the Vita scene so if you’re serious about gaming, a Vita is a good idea.
The Vita and the iPad in harmony!
Gaming on the Vita requires some type of monetary commitment so you must consider the fact that you need to spend some money to get games. Free games are virtually non-existent so think about that if you wish to get a Vita. PSN is currently inaccessible so keep that in mind!
Running emulators on iOS/Android and the Vita requires you to be somewhat tech-savvy but for the non tech-savvy person, an iOS/Android device may be simpler to operate. Running homebrew (i.e anything not from PSN) requires some computer knowledge.
One can keep on going on and on about this subject for ages but it’s really an opinionated matter. I personally use my Vita together with my iPad Air (and Nexus 7) because the Vita doesn’t fulfil all my needs that I wish to do on the go. Make sure to ask people on the /talk forum and the vitahacks subreddit if you’re on the fence. The community is pretty friendly so you needn’t worry about not finding help.
N.B: This article has some opinions. Be civil if you don’t agree. Feel free to voice your opinion but try supporting it some way or another. Happy hacking!