The PS Vita release is now just weeks away and reviews, previews and hype is everywhere. But a question has been raised in all that discussion that seems to be dividing gamers. Is it really worth that extra $50.00, not to mention the monthly fee, to secure yourself a PS Vita 3G?
In a word, yes.
There are those that disagree, even Geek Revolt’s owner DeShaun doesn’t seem to enamored with the Vita’s 3G functionality. It doesn’t change the fact that he’s wrong though, and below you’ll find all the reasons you need to board the 3G Express and find that extra $50.
Okay, lets face it, you’re digging deep and shelling out for a release day handheld console. You’re already finding $249.99 for something that could end up like many a 3DS, an overpriced paperweight crying out for more than three good games, so money isn’t exactly tight. Hell, everyone knows if you’re getting one of these that you’ve got the money to spend, so why would you buy a lesser product for the sake of $50! It’s like buying an original iPad now rather than an iPad 2, pointless.
Ultimately if you pick up a Wi-Fi only Vita, it’s always going to be Wi-Fi only. Sure you can put forward arguments for just using your phone as a Wi-Fi Hotspot and saving yourself the extra monthly cost, but then I always enjoyed my phone’s battery lasting longer than 3 hours. As it says above, why limit yourself when you’re already spending this much money on a handheld?
One of the most fun things about the 3DS is Streetpass, having the opportunity to interact with (to some extent) other 3DS owners in your area was a great and fun application for the wireless age. It’s made handheld gaming more sociable and less “that weird kid at the back of the bus with his head buried in a PSP” and now Sony look like they’re going to take that a step further with “Near“. Will it actually be useful if you live in a small town as opposed to a big city? Who knows, but it must be said that it’s a good concept and if it takes off then you’ll regret having that Wi-Fi only model.
$299.99. Yes, you read that correctly, Sony are now selling a PS Vita 3G bundle, complete with 8GB Memory Card, free PSN game and one month’s free 3G connectivity worth $55.00, for just $299.99. Compare this to your Wi-Fi only Vita and the $30.00 you’ll have to spend to pick up the same memory card and you’re making a saving of….. $20.00. For a Wi-Fi only model. Which you can’t upgrade to 3G without buying a new one. Great choice genius.
Yes the one thing that was pushing me towards the Wi-Fi version is no more. The monthly charges are rolling and you can opt out whenever the hell you feel like it. You just uncheck “auto renew” and enjoy using 3G whenever you want/can afford it, rather than being shackled to a long term contract. With the free month’s trial mentioned above, it’d be foolish to pass up the opportunity to see if it’s all it’s cracked up to be.
All in all then, for that extra $50.00, you’re getting a hell of a lot, and in 5 months time, when you’re sitting there with your Wi-Fi only model, phone battery drained after 15 minutes of being a Hotspot and all your friends having fun on Near, you’ll be wishing you’d spent that extra money too.
Some of you though will still disagree, and I’d love to hear peoples reasons for wanting a Wi-Fi only Vita. I’m sure there are plenty of good reasons as to why you’re plumping for the Wi-Fi only model, so let us know which version you’ll be buying on release day below!