Among other things the PlayStation Vita has: two analog sticks, a 5-inch OLED screen, touchscreen, four-core processor and graphical processing unit, camera and new software interface. The PlayStation Portable has none of these inviting features, but arguably, the PSP is the dedicated gaming device that makes more sense for a lot of people right now. But why do I think that a seven-year old handheld game console like the PSP is worth getting even after so many years of its original release?
First and foremost, its price. A PSP 3000 is currently $129.99 or even less if you’re in Europe ($99.99 for the E1000 version.) In addition to the console itself, you may want to buy a couple of screen protectors just in case, maybe a PSN Card, a few games, a carrying case and of course, a big Memory Stick Pro Duo to carry all your saves, DLC, digital games, music, video and so on. I guarantee you that if you take the time to look for items that are on sale you won’t be spending more than $200 on all of the aforementioned products. The Vita, on the other hand, is much more expensive. The Wi-Fi version is $249.99 and the 3G+Wi-Fi version is $299.99 and on top of that you have to buy overly expensive proprietary memory cards and some games.
The other reason why getting a PSP may be the best choice at the moment, is because the Vita doesn’t have many games yet. I’m pretty sure this will change soon, especially since Sony is having its E3 conference pretty soon where they will probably announce the arrival of some exclusive titles to their handheld. In the meantime though, there are around 750 games available for the PSP and you can get most of those at a discounted price. Furthermore, most titles are available digitally on the PlayStation Network and should you buy a PS Vita one day, you may easily transfer all those titles to Sony’s latest handheld.
Then there are PSone Classics. The Classics initiative has been great and I can assure you that the list of games will keep expanding for years to come. If you had a PlayStation One and you want to relive the experience of playing some classics titles or if you never had the console and you want to know what you have been missing all these years, the Classics program is perfect for you. It definitely helps that most of the PSone Classics are available for either $9.99 or $6.99 and it’s also great that all the Classics you buy are compatible with the Vita.
Finally, another compelling initiative that may interest all PSP owners is the PlayStation Minis. Minis are downloadable titles that you may get on PSN and are compatible with the PSP, PS3 and PS Vita. Most of these titles can be bought for a few bucks and there is a lot of potential in most of these games. Finally, it’s worth pointing out that once a week Sony updates the prices of some games on PSN. Discounts and promotions aren’t rare either, so if you want to save some money and you don’t mind playing on older hardware, getting a PSP is definitely a more than convenient option.