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The PlayStation Vita Thread

Discussion in 'Gaming' started by NormanicGrav, Jun 12, 2016.

  1. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

    The PlayStation Vita is a handheld console device developed by Sony and is the successor to the PlayStation Portable. Released in December 2011 and February 2012 for everyone else, the Vita has received warm reception amongst the community. As an eighth generation device it's completing against Nintendo's 3DS. As time moves forward, the Vita sadly did not perform very well outside Japan and has been ignored by many gaming fans.

    The Vita has two models with some different features between the two. The first model, PCH-1000 series, used a 5-inch (130 mm) OLED multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, and supported Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and optional 3G. The second model, the PCH-2000 series, featured better battery life, more internal storage, thinner and lighter, among other inclusions including the switch from OLED to LCD. The first model is declared a legacy platform by Sony (this statement brought mis-confusion as many believe they were referring to the Vita as a whole).

    In November 2013, Sony introduced the PlayStation Vita TV (known in English zones as the PlayStation TV) as a device that allows users to play Vita games on the TV using a Dualshock (PlayStation 3 controller) with support for most titles.

    The Good
    • You can play downloaded PlayStation 1 titles as well as downloaded PlayStation Portable titles on the Vita! You can transfer the games from the PS3 straight to the Vita and play them instantly.
    • If you have a PlayStation 4 then you may have noticed a bunch of games referencing Remote Play on the back of the box. This allows you to play the games directly on the Vita (as long as the PS4 is on), this style is similar to the Wii U and its gamepad. Results have turned out positive and many PS4 titles include this feature like Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin, Driveclub, Gravity Rush Remastered, and Star Wars Battlefront.
    • A lot of Vita games are also available through Cross Buy with PS3 and PS4 games. Notable examples include Fez, Hotline Miami, Oddworld: New n' Tasty and Resogun.
    • PlayStation Plus will also provide users with free games each month for the Vita. It can be a mix between indie and popular titles.
    • The battery life is pretty solid, lasting many hours so you can continue playing without having to worry about the device running out of power.
    • PlayStation Now is also supported, which can let you stream PS3 games on the go.
    • The Vita is region free! This means you can import a Japanese retail game and play it on a UK Vita. I'll have a list of notable Vita games down below.
    • You can store your save files and game files on your computer and through the cloud in case you need more space on your memory card.
    The Downside
    • The memory card. The PSP's memory card were used a lot for piracy and Sony didn't want to make that happen again. The Vita memory card has been designed specifically for the device and as a result the device has no support for any other type of memory card like SDs.
    • Because of the memory card design, the prices are expensive. Thankfully you can import bigger Vita memory cards (like the 64GB which is the biggest one available) though it'll put you into despair.
    • Because of the memory card design (again), there's no support for multiple accounts. You can change accounts but it requires the device to be reset and reconfigured, so if you have a NA retail copy and wanted to play additional content you need a NA account or else you can't play them.
    Vita Prices

    There are currently two versions of the Vita available for retailers - the 2000 model and the PlayStation TV. Ideally you would want to go for the 2000 model as it can play all of the Vita games currently available. The TV model is still a viable option but it does have certain games unplayable for various reasons (not to mention some games don't work in Europe when they do in North America like Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc).

    The 2000 model usually would cost around £149.99 but there seems to have been a price hike to around £189.99. Seems that Amazon is going a bit bonkers with its price at the moment (some third party sellers are charging £199.99). I got my copy in Game for £149.99 with a 16GB memory card and digital games so I had a good deal.

    The TV model will cost around £39.99 if you're lucky. Sony has discontinued support for this device so find one if you can. Future games will still support this however.

    What YouTubers think of the Vita

    Vita News

    YouTuber BlueMaxima does weekly Vita updates and reviews on the latest titles! He even now writes articles for Niche Gamer.
    Last edited by a moderator: Aug 7, 2016
  2. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

    Localised Games - Coming Soon

    • Attack on Titan/A.O.T.: Wings of Freedom [digital-only]
    • Berserk Warriors [digital-only]
    • Exile's End
    • Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star
    • Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities [digital-only]
    • Gal*Gun: Double Peace
    • Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game
    • God Eater 2: Rage Burst (includes download code for God Eater: Resurrection)
    • Mercenary Kings
    • Minecraft: Story Mode
    • Project Scissors: NightCry [digital-only]
    • Rabi-Rabi [digital-only, Limited Run Games for retail]
    • SD Gundam G Generation Genesis [Asian English]
    • Shantae: Half-Genie Hero
    • Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls
    • Tales of the Borderlands: A Telltale Game
    • Uncanny Valley
    • Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni-
    • Yomawari: Night Alone (retail includes htol#NiQ: The Firefly Diary)
    • Garou: Mark of the Wolves
    • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X
    • Papers, Please
    • Pavilion
    • Drift Stage
    • Drive!Drive!Drive!
    RPG (Action, Turn-Based, Strategy)
    • Akiba's Beat
    • The Banner Saga [digital-only]
    • Caligula [digital-only]
    • Cosmic Star Heroine [digital-only, Limited Run Games for retail]
    • Criminal Girls 2
    • Darkest Dungeon [digital-only]
    • Dragon Quest Builders [digital-only]
    • Exist Archives: The other side of the sky
    • God Wars: Beyond Time
    • Hyper Light Drifter
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II
    • The Longest 5 Minutes
    • MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death
    • Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics
    • Rainbow Skies
    • Romancing SaGa 2 [digital-only]
    • Salt and Sanctuary [digital-only]
    • Shiren The Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate
    • Summon Night 6: Lost Borders
    • Super Robot Wars V [Asian English]
    • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization
    • World of Final Fantasy
    • Y2K [digital-only, Limited Run Games for retail]
    • Zodiac
    Shoot 'em Up
    • Doryoku Way: Conflict
    • Touhou: Genso Wanderer
    Visual Novels
    • Bad Apple Wars
    • Code: Realize Future Blessings
    • Collar X Malice
    • The Eden of Grisaia
    • Fault Milestone One DX [digital-only, Limited Run Games for retail]
    • The Fruit of Grisaia
    • Idol Magical Girl Chiruchiru ☆ Michiru
    • The Labyrinth of Grisaia
    • Muv-Luv
    • Muv-Luv Alternative
    • Period Cube: Torikago no Amadeus
    • Psycho Pass: Mandatory Happiness
    • Root Letter
    • Steins;Gate 0
    • Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak Special Gigs World Tour [digital-only]
    • VA-11 HALL-A [digital-only, Limited Run Games for retail]
    • World End Economica [digital-only, Limited Run Games for retail]
    • Zero Escape - 999: Nine Persons, Nine Hours, Nine Doors [heavily hinted at]

    Localised Games

    • Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls
    • Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders From Planet Space
    • Freedom Wars 2
    • Gravity Rush
    • Killzone: Mercenary
    • Muramasa Rebirth
    • Senran Kagura: Estival Versus
    • Senran Kagura: Shinovi Versus
    • Tearaway
    • Uncharted: Golden Abyss
    • Arcana Hearts 3: LOVE MAX!!!!!
    • BlazBlue Chrono Phantasma Extend
    • Dead or Alive 5+
    • Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax
    • Mortal Kombat
    • Street Fighter x Tekken
    • DJMAX Technika Tune
    • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd
    • Persona 4: Dancing All Night
    • Superbeat Xonic
    RPG (Action, Turn-Based, Strategy)
    • Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault
    • Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars
    • Disgaea 3: Absense of Detention
    • Disgaea 4: A Promise Revisited
    • Dungeon Travelers 2: The Royal Library & The Monster Seal
    • Final Fantasy X|X-2 HD Remaster
    • Grand Kingdom
    • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1
    • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth2: Sister Generation
    • Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth3: V-Generation
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
    • Lost Dimension
    • Odin Sphere Leifhrasir
    • Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy
    • Persona 4 Golden
    • Stranger of Sword City
    • Sword Art Online: Lost Song
    • Tales of Hearts R
    • Trillion: Gods of Destruction
    • Ys: Memories of Celceta
    Visual Novels
    • Code:Realise ~Guardian of Rebirth~
    • Corpse Party: Blood Drive
    • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
    • Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
    • Norn9: Vars Common
    • Steins;Gate
    • Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters
    • XBlaze Code:Embyro
    • XBlaze Lost:Memories
    • Zero Escape: Virtue's Last Reward

    Import Games

    Import Friendly: Action
    • Bullet Girls
    • Gundam Breaker
    • Gundam Breaker 2
    • Gundam Breaker 3
    Import Friendly: Music/Rhythm
    • IA/VT Colorful
    • Miracle Girls Festival
    • Taiko no Tatsujin V
    • Taiko no Tatsujin V: The iDOLM@STER Must Songs Blue
    • Taiko no Tatsujin V: The iDOLM@STER Must Songs Red
    Knowledge Required: RPG (Action, Turn-Based, Strategy)
    • Chaos Rings III: Prequel Trilogy
    • Ciel Nosurge (Offline version)
    • Luminous Arc Infinity
    • Omega Labyrinth
    • Super Heroine Chronicle
    • Tokyo Xanadu
    • Utawarerumono: The False Mask
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2016
  3. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

    The non-official mascot for the PlayStation Vita is Uni!


    But she's sad about the poor treatment of the Vita. Seriously this article is worth a read, multiple games are missing from the US Store even though they *are* there.
  4. Jaysgba

    Jaysgba Hunter

    No mention of Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth in your list? I'm a little disappointed.
  5. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

    The list covered retail games (and it's a work in progress after having to find the details via cache), I'll have a bunch of notable digital games added soon.
  6. Arbalest

    Arbalest 黒い剣士 Moderator

    I think Cyber Sleuth was also physical retail, i remember seeing it on a few occasions in GAME, but yeah. The vita isn't treated with the respect it really deserves. It ha a lot of good titles in there and it's a decent piece of kit all round that just got ignored so quickly by Sony. Some really good gems on there, including Persona 4 dancing all night, etc. I wish more bought it/would buy it to give a lot of the games a try which are just vita exclusive. There is a lot to enjoy
  7. Buzz201

    Buzz201 Cardcaptor

    I thought they'd gone Physical and Digital for PS4 Digital Only for Vita.
  8. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator


    However you can in fact get a physical copy from the Asian English version which if I remember right is based on the European version (by that I mean you should be able to buy EU DLC and it'll work with the Asian copy).
  9. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

  10. serpantino

    serpantino Adventurer

    The vita has been fully hacked (it's sandbox breached), though it is currently a browser based hack which needs putting on every time the console is turned off & on. I'm sure there'll be ways to make it more permanent now though.

    If the vita does get a decent cfm then I'll actually consider a vita TV box as Sony's ridiculous whitelist has kept me from purchasing one.

    The vita deserved so much better from Sony, maybe in the hands of the community it will get what it deserves. Of course piracy is likely to become an element of it but Sony has already written off the vita as 'legacy' & releases are slowing so I doubt it'll be as detrimental as the PSP.
  11. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

    Apologies for not updating this thread much (still behind from the June incident).

    Someone on NeoGAF has posted an Upcoming Vita Games chart, so feel free to have a look at that while I'll sort out the thread this week!

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  12. serpantino

    serpantino Adventurer

    Great chart thanks. Be interesting to see how many get the digital only treatment here in the UK though.
  13. Linkachu

    Linkachu Completely Average High School Student

    While I've never been able to get into the Digimon World series the way that I did with Cyber Sleuth, I'd definitely be excited if Digimon World: Next Order received a localization. Thanks for sharing the image! I honestly had no idea that Vita had so many potential goodies on the horizon... :x
  14. Rena Ryuugu

    Rena Ryuugu Oyashiro-Sama

    Amnesia:Memories is one of the PS Plus games next month, looking forward to playing it.
  15. Emo185

    Emo185 Student Council President

    It's a good game; really enjoyed it considering (well worth adding to the PS+ collection).
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  16. Rena Ryuugu

    Rena Ryuugu Oyashiro-Sama

    I have done a few routes so far, and I'm having a great time going through the story. So glad I got the chance to try it.
  17. NormanicGrav

    NormanicGrav Hai Hai Grav desu Moderator

    I'm working on updating this thread properly sometime during the next few weeks but here's a quick update on what's been happening for the underrated device as of late.

    The Vita gets an update every now and then that basically does Stability stuff. Nothing special.

    The online streaming service will no longer support any device outside PlayStation 4 and PC. Starting sometime in early August, the PS3 and PSVita as well as various devices from Sony won't be able to use this. It's practically useless anyway unless you have tons of cash and a very good internet connection.

    Despite the stock for the console being very low lately, there are still games being made for the platform so it's still alive and kicking.

    Here's a list of every Japanese made Vita title over the past year or so.
    • A.O.T. (Attack on Titan): Wings of Freedom [Digital-download]
    • A.W. (The Asterisk War): Phoenix Festa [Digital-download]
    • Adventures of Mana [Digital-download]
    • Aegis of Earth: Protonovus Assault
    • Atelier Escha & Logy Plus ~Alchemists of the Dusk Sky~ [Digital-download]
    • Atelier Shallie Plus: Alchemists of the Dusk Sea
    • Atelier Sophie ~The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book~ [Digital-download]
    • Berserk and the Band of the Hawk [Digital-download]
    • Criminal Girls 2: Party Favors
    • Croixleur Sigma [Digital-download]
    • Digimon Story Cyber Sleuth [Digital-download]
    • Dragon Quest Builders [Digital-download]
    • Dynasty Warriors: Godseekers [Digital-download]
    • Earth Defense Force 2: Invaders from Planet Space
    • Exist Archive: The Other Side of the Sky [Digital-download]
    • Fate/Extella: The Umbral War
    • Gal*Gun: Double Peace
    • Garou: Mark of the Wolves [Digital-download]
    • GOD EATER Resurrection [Digital-download ~ Bundled with GOD EATER 2 physical copies]
    • GOD EATER 2: Rage Burst
    • Grand Kingdom
    • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva X [Digital-download (EU)]
    • The Last Blade II [Digital-download]
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
    • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II
    • MegaTagmension Blanc + Neptune VS Zombies
    • MeiQ: Labyrinth of Death
    • Mobile Suit Gundam: Extreme VS Force [Digital-download]
    • Mystery Chronicle: One Way Heroics [Digital-download w/Limited Run Games Physical]
    • Odin Sphere Leifthrasir
    • One Piece: Burning Blood
    • Psycho-Pass: Mandatory Happiness
    • Ray Gigant
    • Root Letter
    • Samurai Warriors 4 Empires [Digital-download]
    • Senran Kagura Estival Versus
    • Shiren The Wanderer: The Tower of Fortune and the Dice of Fate [Digital-download (EU)]
    • Steins;Gate 0
    • Stranger of Sword City
    • Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls
    • Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization
    • Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters: Daybreak Special Gigs [Digital-download]
    • Trillion: God of Destruction
    • Valkyrie Drive -Bhikkhuni-
    • World of Final Fantasy
    • XBlaze: Lost Memories [Digital-download (EU)]
    • Yomawari: Night Alone
    • Zero Escape: Zero Time Dilemma [Digital-download (EU)]
    Quite a number of games. Most of them are physical releases as well, thanks to the dedicated publishers Aksys, Idea Factory, NIS America, PQube, and XSEED.
    • Accel World VS Sword Art Online [Digital-download]
    • Akiba's Beat
    • Atelier Firis: The Alchemist and the Mysterious Journey [Digital-download]
    • Bad Apple Wars
    • Caligula [Digital-download]
    • Chaos;Child
    • Cladun Returns: This is Sengoku! [Digital-download]
    • Code: Realize ~Future Blessings~ [Digital-download]
    • Collar X Malice
    • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
    • Deemo: The Last Recital [Digital-download]
    • Fault Milestone One [Digital-download w/Limited Run Games Physical]
    • God Wars: Future Past
    • The Grisaia Trilogy [Digital-download]
    • Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds
    • The Longest Five Minutes
    • Mary Skelter: Nightmares
    • Muv-Luv [Digital-download]
    • Muv-Luv Alternative [Digital-download]
    • Narcissu 10th Anniversary Anthology [Digital-download w/Limited Run Games Physical]
    • Operation Babel: New Tokyo Legacy
    • Period: Cube ~Shackles of Amadeus~
    • Rabi-Rabi
    • A Rose in the Twilight
    • Sharin no Kuni: The Girl Among the Sunflowers [Digital-download w/Limited Run Games Physical]
    • Stranger of Sword City Revisited [Digital-download]
    • Summon Night 6: Lost Borders [Digital-download (EU)]
    • Tokyo Tattoo Girls
    • Tokyo Xanadu
    • Touhou Double Focus [Digital-download]
    • Touhou Genso Wanderer [Digital-download]
    • Touhou Kobuto V: Burst Battle [Digital-download]
    • Toukiden 2
    • Utawarerumono: Mask of Deception
    • Utawarerumono: Mask of Truth
    • Valkyria Revolution [Digital-download]
    • World End Economica [Digital-download w/Limited Run Games Physical]
    • Ys Origin [Digital-download]
    • Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA
    • YU-NO
    • Zero Escape: The Nonary Games
    It's great to see more visual novels heading west, especially with Utawarerumono as it's one of the bigger titles out there.
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