So do I “Need” a Play Station Vita?

A few weeks ago when we were purchasing a second XBOX for the house we were hard pressed by the “guy behind the counter” at the Columbia, TN Games Stop to put down money to reserve a Vita. He went on and on for far longer than we wanted about the Vita in the middle of our purchase of loaded Xbox. Wife and I were annoyed because it was late, we had kids with us, we were spending hundreds of dollars already that day and the guy would NOT SHUT UP. Our regular Game Stop is in Spring Hill but they didn’t have the model/bundle of Xbox we wanted and it was the last evening of a $50.00 off said bundle.

So I have noticed people micro blogging about the Vita on various sites as it seems to be have released this week. Jack Hardman on Google+ had this to say…..

“My initial thoughts on Uncharted: Golden Abyss for the PSVita are that it is a very beautiful game, the platforming controls work very well on the handheld, and it keeps the same sense of epic adventure that the console games in the series have. My only complaint is that targeting seems a bit off to me, like the analog sticks are not as responsive as they should be, this could just be because I am being very delicate with the machine or am just not used to how it controls yet.”

The Slash Gear review of the PSVita was very positive.  The only caveat seemed to be when is the best time to play a mobile platform game.  The reviewer seemed to be more phone guy than reviewer.  He seemed to think the only time to play the Vita was while you were travelling or waiting for your food at a restaurant.  I read another Slash Gear article assuring us that the PSVita was the last mobile platform from Sony.

I do not own a handheld other than my iPhone. (edit — Ok I lied. I have an iPad with AT&T 3g. Totally forgot about that, but hey, I am getting old and I don’t game as much on it as I should.) The 11 and 13 year old in the house have 2 or 3 different gaming systems of the handheld variety. (iPod Touch, iPhone, Nintendo DS XL and Nintendo 3d and both have Kindle Fires…) As non drivers they play them a lot in the car but also on the couch. I think there is a still a market for a good handheld no matter what Slash Gear bloggers think. Maybe not for adults, but there are a lot of kids out there who don’t drive and don’t own a smart phone yet….

As a “gamer” I have think we have not seen what the Vita can do yet.  When titles that work on both the Vita and the PS3 are integrated and I can finish my game I started on the console in the car I might be more impressed.  As someone who is not travelling a lot letting someone else drive (train ride, bus ride, wife dragging my sorry butt around) I don’t think I am in the “need” stage for the Vita.  But maybe someday.

PlayStation Vita 3G/Wi-Fi Launch Bundle



Best Gaming Laptop, January 2012 for $1500.00 or less.

For my birthday this year my wife was very generous.  Pick out a laptop for talking on the road for gaming!  She gave me a $1500.00 budget and told me we could order it a few weeks after my birthday.  I was thrilled.

So every day I looked on the Internet and read reviews and scanned sales and cruised Amazon, New Egg and Dell Outlet.  I read reviews.  I carefully compared what games would do what FPS on what GPU.

Ok maybe I took one or two days off, but other than that, I was looking.  This is what I found my needs were.  I wanted a 17 inch computer.  I wanted graphics in the NVidia 750 or AMD 6970 (M versions, for Mobile).  I wanted a keyboard that was backlit and I wanted an core I7 processor.  I wanted a 1920 x 1080 monitor.  I was asking for a lot.  Secondary was a second drive (that I could add later if I wanted) and minimum 8 GB Ram.

Ok I got close with a new computer.  The MSI 780DX – 406.  Not a great name but it had everything I wanted (NV 750M GPU) 12 GB RAM, Steel Series keyboard, 1920 by 1080 graphics on a 17 inch non glossy screen.  And the price was close.  1549.00 from Amazon.  And by the time I was ready to order a 100.00 dollar rebate.  Awesome Sauce!

Yet…. I chose the Dell outlet Alienware with a slightly lesser video card, NVidia 560M.  8 gig HD and the 1600 by 900 69 HZ panel. Why?  I used a friends 18x Alienware laptop a couple weeks ago and it was tank like.  Beastly.  And it contained the Nvidia 460 discrete video card and it was still smoking the FPS in Skyrim with the the video settings cranked up.  The one I ordered came up on the Dell Outlet with 8 gigs of RAM and a 500 GB HD for 1329.00…. And there is a 20% off coupon code which made it too good of a deal to pass up.  Also you can buy a new screen for 200 bucks off ebay any time you want that will get me the extra pixels if I feel I just have to have them.  I ordered one year of MacAfee for 15.99 and a nice case for 54.00 and was still way below my budget.

The Alienware is refurbished, but has the standard year service via web and if that does not work they will send someone to my house.  The Alienware has a SD card slot, the one my camera uses, that was a big plus.  The Alienware has one interesting feature I had not seen on other laptops.  An HDMI IN port, so I could plug in my Xbox or PS3 (I have both) into the port and the computer will support the video and sound for the incoming device.  It also has a 720p camera so I can Google Hangout where ever I want to hangout.

There was enough money left over to order 2 copies of Office for Students off the Dell website for the two HP laptops her boys got for Christmas.  I will Open Office and Google Docs my way thru, no Microsoft needed for myself.

I will be hanging out near the front door this Thursday, when Dell will deliver my beast!