2. Integration with the PlayStation 3
The PSP tried to play nice with the PS3. Features like remote play and a "Plus" control mode were nifty, but only worked on a handful of titles and weren't implemented all that well. The PS Vita promises to do better though, with saves that can go between consoles and games that can legitimately played with both consoles. Being able to take your game from a console to a handheld is something Nintendo is trying out with Wii U, but it is something that looks like it will already be possible with the PS Vita. This is actually one of the few features that we haven't test-driven yet, but if Sony's E3 Press Conference is anything to go by, this feature should be pretty well implemented across several in-development titles like Wipeout 2028 and Ruin.
1. It's More than Just a Gaming System
In today's world of iPhones and tablet computers, we need more from our devices than just the ability to play games. Again, this is another area where the PSP tried, but ultimately did not win. However, the PS Vita is going to have a whole new interface that will allow for downloadable apps that will take advantage of the PS Vita's touchscreen, cameras, gyroscope, and internal compass. Though Sony hasn't commented about whether existing applications like Skype will be made available for the PS Vita, we know that they have big plans to make the PS Vita not just a mobile gaming device, but a useful tool to have in your pocket as well.
Needless to say, we're pretty excited for Sony's new handheld. We certainly can't give our final thoughts on the PS Vita quite yet, but from what we've seen so far, it's worth getting excited about. But of course, the Vita wasn't the only big hardware reveal at E3. Check back next week for Why You Should: Be Excited for the Nintendo Wii U.
By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Senior Contributing Writer
*The views expressed within this article are solely the opinion of the author and do not express the views held by Cheat Code Central.*