Smartphone vs PS Vita Gaming. Is The PS Vita There Yet?
Are you trying to decide between buying a PS Vita and a smartphone for gaming purposes? The PS Vita may be a good device with potential, but can it really go head to head with a smartphone?
Game Selection and Pricing
There are a few games that are available on both the PS Vita and smartphones (I will not include Windows Phone as a smartphone throughout this article due to lack of development as of yet).
As you can see, in all cases you will pay more for the PS Vita version of a game than you will for the same game on a smartphone. The only cases where all prices are the same, are with PlayStation Mobile games. The big one that gets to me is Angry Birds. Yes, the Android and iOS versions probably have in-app purchases available, but surely they don’t add up to $40.
How can you forget about emulation? First of all, there isn’t any device out there that can produce perfect emulation, and PS Vita and smartphones are no exception to to that. For every system that you can run an emulator for on PS Vita there is an equal for smartphones (I’m talking a bit more specifically about Android right now). Let’s just put aside emulator performance and whatnot, but what it takes to start playing games from your childhood. For a smartphone, all you have to do is download an app, gets some ROMS, and you’re done. That’ll take maybe 15-20 min. On the PS Vita, buy a PSP game, try to find an exploit using a buffer overflow (yes, I could go more into detail, but that isn’t the point right now) port VHBL or TN-V/ARK to it, then download an app and transfer some ROMS. That is all minimum one day of hard, stressful work. See all of that time taken just to play some of your hayday games? All of that without taking into account that your smartphone probably has way more memory and will most likely run the games much smoother.
Basic Advantages Smartphones Have Over PS Vita (and vice versa)
Let’s make this one quick. Your smartphone probably has a faster processor, more RAM, cheaper storage, longer battery life, and a long list of other things over your PS Vita. It also has the ability to text and make calls.
But the Vita has some stuff going for it too. Physical gaming buttons, analog sticks, and other gameplay optimizations. There are also a lot of games worth playinng on PS Vita that you won’t get on smartphones, and in some cases, any other devices.
For all of these pro and cons off both devices, money also has to be a factor.
Now, the question is for you to answer. Can the PS Vita really stand up to a smartphone head to head in terms of gaming?
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