Is the PS Vita worth it in 2020?
First I asked whether the PSP was worth it in 2020, then I asked whether the PS3 was worth it in 2020. Now I think it’s the PS Vita’s turn. As always, these are all my opinions, so if you don’t agree with me, tell me in the comments. I love seeing your replies.
The PS Vita is quite chunky (especially the 1000 model), so if you are looking to carry your Vita around with you, make sure you have large pockets. The buttons feel very nice and responsive, although long play sessions may make your thumbs hurt. The triggers aren’t the best, but they get the job done. The screen on the 1000 is OLED, so it looks very nice and really makes the colors pop and stand out, but the LED screen on the 2000 is not bad at all. You can even make changes using the registry editor which can help improve the screen. The 1000 model doesn’t feel cheap at all, but the 2000 model is the opposite. The charging port on the 1000 is proprietary, but the charging port on the 2000 is Micro-USB, which is much better and less expensive to replace. Overall, even though the 2000 looks nicer, I prefer the 1000 model.
The PS Vita had plenty of exclusive games, as well as games that took advantage of all of the Vita’s features (Rear Pad, Cameras, Microphone etc.). There were also plenty of ports from other systems, one example being Jet Set Radio. However, as well as all the standard PS Vita games that were released, they also allowed you to play PSOne games on your Vita (Crash Team Racing etc etc.) and PSP/PSP Mini games so you will have plenty of content other than just PS Vita games to play. As well as this, you can also use Henkaku and Adrenaline (next point) to play almost the entire library of PSP/PSP Mini/PSOne games on your Vita. As well as games, there was also plenty of apps to download such as Youtube (most have shut down though). If you can find one thats still running, have fun with it!
My favorite part. The Vita hacking scene is one of the most active I have seen. Even when Sony wants to forget about the Vita, they still keep going and pushing out new and exciting homebrew apps that show just how much the Vita was capable of. Stuff like Custom Themes, MicroSD Card support, emulators, VitaShell and plugin support really make a great experience. If you own a Vita and haven’t hacked it yet, what are you doing! Once its been hacked, it gives endless possibilities. There are plenty of Homebrew games and ports for you to try out, such as Doom, Half-Life, etc etc. And then there’s Adrenaline, which allows you to run most of your PSP/PSOne games on your Vita. It is such an amazing tool and if you have a hacked Vita but no Adrenaline, what are you doing! Along with all this, you can also run your game backups from your SD Card. No more carrying cartridges around! Writing this makes me want to go play something on my Vita now, so I suppose this is where I should end it off.
Yes! The vita is worth it in 2020! The amount of stuff you can do with it (especially once it’s been hacked) is amazing, you wont run out of games to play at all, and it has enough power to run alot of your retro games via emulation (With N64 being worked on right now at the time of writing). I love to hear your opinions, so leave them in the comments!