Author: Gio Pacheco
Hand held devices have come a very long way from when I was growing up, all the way back to the original game boy, which at that time I enjoyed playing Tetris and Bubble Bobble. Now that I think about it that was a pretty big bulky thing that I would sometimes have to shove into my back pocket. Then of course new systems started coming out with a little bit better fit for my tiny pockets. Systems like the Game Boy advance or even the Game Boy Color are just a few that kept me busy for a long time. Kids today probably don't even know what it’s like to play something like that and the struggles of trying to figure out how to beat a game without using YouTube or Google to look for answers.
A couple of years ago I bought my son the Nintendo 3DS for Christmas, which I thought was the coolest thing ever. My wallet didn't feel the same way but hey YOLO! (You Only Live Once). My son which was about 12 at the time was in LOVE with the 3DS. Every weekend when he got his 3DS he was on it 24/7 playing Pokemon. I thought I was hooked on Pokemon growing up, but my son is a Pokemon Master who knows just about every Pokemon, including the new ones that have come out in recent years. I think it was stunning how they were able to incorporate the 3D effect on games and how realistic it looks. Now after a while of playing it like that you do tend to get a headache but good thing you don't have to necessarily play it in 3D all the time.
Now the one system I am truly blown away from is the PS Vita. I have recently acquired one, at what I consider to be a very good used price and I have to say it is probably the best handheld I have ever played. For a brand new system your looking at about $150, but as cheap as I am, I was able find a used one that was in great condition for $60 bucks. Granted the only thing that came with it was a case and charger, but I still saved a lot. Now it’s not all perfect, one con that I noticed right away was the fact that the memory cards are pretty pricey, especially if you are getting one brand new. You can’t just use any SD memory card, it has to be a Sony PlayStation proprietary memory card made specifically for the system.
Some of the pros I noticed were that once I logged in to my PlayStation account I was able to transfer content that I had purchased or saved on my PS3 onto my PS Vita, like pictures, videos and even games that I had purchased from the store. For example a few years back I bought the digital copy of Resident Evil Nemesis on my PS3 and now I was able to transfer the game to the PS Vita and play it on the go. I have to say that on the OLED screen it looks awesome. I have never seen or heard of a system being able to do that before. When I got the system I bought Call of Duty Black Ops for the PS Vita. I have to say I’m impressed with it, I didn’t have high expectations for it but I like what I have played so far, especially the multiplayer. It almost makes me feel like I was playing on the PS3 or something like it without the TV screen.
I also noticed the PS Vita has the option for remote play where I can play PS3 & PS4 games from the console and play them on the Vita. Ohh! Let’s not forget the touch screen display it sports, which is pretty accurate and decently fast when switching from different screens. It's an all-around amazing system in my personal opinion. I would definitely recommend it to anyone that enjoys playing handhelds on the go or during your lunch break at work. To me this system works best for people like me that have to sit in a car waiting for their child to get out of Football practice at a certain time and it’s always late. So now with the Vita he can take his time while I am immersed in upping my K/D and killing bad guys.