With less than a week to go before the official US launch, the hype behind the PS Vita is building day by day. While the original PSP might not have been as groundbreaking as say, an iPad, it did offer a gameplay experience like no other. Looking at some of the overlooked PS Vita features, it seems Sony is going to change the portable gaming industry, or at least make a huge dent in it.
1. Cross Platform Gaming
This is something that gamers have been wanting for, for quite some time now. The ability to play games with our friends through different consoles has been a topic of discussion across many gaming message boards for as long as I can remember. Few games have tried the whole cross platform concept (ex. Portal 2) and sadly the experience wasn’t as seamless as some would have hoped. With cross platform play, PS Vita users are able to play against their PS3 using friends, assuming the game they are playing supports cross platform gaming. While the amount of games that will support this feature will probably be low at first, this definitely is a step in the right direction. Over time, we can expect to see cross platform gaming transform into something that should be mandatory.
2. Buy 1 Get Both
This has to be the biggest feature that the PS Vita is bringing to the table. Basically what SONY is doing is offering you two games for the price of one. Assuming you purchase the PS3 version, SONY will be giving you a code to redeem for the PS Vita version. Granted, these games are exactly the same, they will allow you pick up right where you left off, whether you’re on the road or sitting on the couch. So far, only a few games have been confirmed to utilize this strategy, but I do see a massive wave of developers and publishers jumping ship once the Vita really hits the market hard.
3. Physical Titles Available As Optional Digital Downloads -At A Discounted Price
SONY really hit it out of the ball park with this one. We all know the PSP GO was a massive failure. Although there are a handful of people out there that truly enjoyed the PSP GO (myself included), we are few and far between. Consumers really spoke with their wallets when the PSP GO was released, ultimately leading to very poor sales of the portable console. SONY has addressed this problem by offering physical titles for all major releases, as well as a digital options for those that prefer digital media. That’s not all, the digital versions will come with a reduced price. Currently, the digital versions can be purchased for 10% off of the retail price. This isn’t a huge discount, but again, it’s a step in the right direction.
So what do you think? Can SONY help fuel a major gaming trend with these features and strategies?