|Never mind what the PlayStation Blog said - the PSV does play Valkyria Chronicles II.|
So I spent about five hundred and fifty dollars today. I am now in possession of a PlayStation Vita, and it feels... pretty damn slick, to be honest.
After getting it set up, getting it online with my house's Wi-Fi and associating it with my PSN account, I immediately got down to the business of not playing any PlayStation Vita games. I downloaded Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, God of War: Chains of Olympus, God of War: Ghost of Sparta, The Sega Genesis Collection, Patapon 2, Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 Portable and Valkyria Chronicles II to my PS3 and copied them all over to the Vita.
This is rather good news to those of us with a few beloved PSP titles we are loath to give up on a new handheld - particularly after Sony released this list, which had folks freaking out over everything it didn't include, for example Valkyria Chronicles II and Peace Walker.
Well... I think I figured out what they were trying to tell us. The PSV has its own little PlayStation Store, and that lists represents the PSP games in that store. It doesn't mean the PSV isn't actually capable of running all the other PSP titles available on the PSN store - it just means you have to download it yourself via a PS3 (or PC, if such an interface exists) and manually copy them over to the Vita with the content manager.
So yeah - all those are up and running.
I fired in Uncharted: Golden Abyss, and I gotta' tell you - thus far it does not impress. The controls, the mechanics - they all feel a little off. Perhaps it'll be better once I'm more accustomed to it - but little things like bugs in Drake's animations, and (what appears to be) the inability to manually reload your weapon point to a developer who simply doesn't have the same eye for detail as Naughty Dog.
That said, it's certainly far better-looking than anything I've seen on the PSP, 3DS or iOS. The Vita can produce rather remarkable graphics - but for the moment, I must admit I'm rather happy it supports (and kinda' upscales) my PSP library.
Speaking of which, one more week 'till Grand Knights History - if Amazon can be believed. I'm gonna' have to finish up Golden Abyss right quick, 'cause that little chestnut simply will not wait.
Oh, also - for those of you thinking of getting into the whole Vita thing...
$336.00 - PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle
$112.00 - PlayStation Vita 32GB memory card
$22.40 - four screen protectors, just in case.
$56.00 - Uncharted: Golden Abyss
Five hundred and twenty six dollars. If I weren't already obviously crazy, I could only call that insane.
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Oh, also - it's bullshit that I can't change the background on the thing. I mean, maybe I can - maybe that option is in there, somewhere - but I sure as hell don't see it.
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Oh also - the screen is amazing.