About this time last year my 60 GB PS3 stopped working. It wasn't my main console, I had it just to play those games that wasn’t available on the 360, so I wasn't too heartbroken. So around November I picked up the new super slim PS3 bundled with Assassin's Creed. Now I'm always looking at game trading sites and a few weeks before Black Friday someone was selling their PlayStation Vita for a really good price. I never had an interest in a Vita, but Persona 4 was coming out for the system and I'm a huge fan of the series, so I thought what the heck I’ll buy it. Lucky for me Sony announced that same week that PlayStation Plus would be coming to the Vita, and already being a subscriber made the decision to buy a Vita a no brainer.
I'm very excited how Sony wants the PS4 and Vita to be interconnected. Sony has mandated that every PS4 game (unless it requires hardware) will have Vita remote play support. And the new Gaikai streaming service, coming in 2014, will allow PS3 games to be streamed to the Vita. All this is very exciting news for system owners. These reasons, and $100 cheaper price, is why I will be getting a PS4 and making it my main console this generation.
In the past year alone I have been leaning more towards my PS3 because of cross-buy games. To me there is more value in buying a game that includes the Vita version because I own both systems. Also, by being a PS+ member, I have more games that I can play.
Now I know what you are going to say, the PS4 is $400, a Vita is $250 and a 32 GB memory card for the system is $100. Yes, it is a lot of money up front, but there are ways to save money on a Vita system. Some Best Buys right now have Wi-Fi/3G versions on clearance for 50% off. Craigslist, eBay and even pawn shops are great places to find a good deals on a system. Who knows, maybe even Sony will offer some kind of deal where you buy a PS4 and a Vita and you can get so much off or maybe there will even be a price drop before the PS4 launches.
All I do know is that if you are a Plus member and you are planning on getting a PS4 you owe it yourself to spend a little more and get yourself a Vita. There are a lot of great games on the system and it is a nice piece of hardware. Now with the promise of PS4 and PS3 games streaming to the system you might find yourself always playing a video game, even when the wife is watching HGTV on the main gaming TV.