It’s Friday and our week-long look at the Vita in celebration of it’s 4th birthday is coming to a close. Please do check out the week’s other articles if you have missed them. Monday saw a list of the top roguelikes, Tuesday a list of upcoming games, Wednesday looked back on the biggest mistakes that were made with the Vita, and Thursday went over the best games that have been available to PlayStation Plus subscribers. Today I write to tell you that there is absolutely still good reason to own a Vita, even if you’re a newcomer to ownership in 2016. Here’s a few reasons why.
1. Huge library
Now working on it’s fifth year, nobody can say there’s no games available on the Vita. From platformers like Spelunky and shoot em up hybrid Velocity 2X, to huge franchises like Uncharted and Assassin’s Creed, to the ubiquitous Minecraft, there’s something for everyone. Downloadable PSP games will all play on the Vita, and games from PlayStation 2, like Final Fantasy X, have been remastered.
2. Upcoming Games
Though I did a post earlier this week solely focused on upcoming games, there are a few more worth mentioning. The “Dystopian Document Thriller” Papers, Please, and Mega Man-esque Mighty No. 9 have both been announced for Vita releases, along with the follow up from Guacamelee creators called Severed.
3. Cross-play and Cross-buy
If you also own a PlayStation 4 there’s even more you can get out of your Vita. Titles such as Crypt of the NecroDancer and Hitman GO are both cross-buy and cross-play enabled. This means that buying either the PS4 or Vita version entitles you to download the other. Cross-play means you can transfer your save across platforms using the cloud. You can finish up a level on your PS4, upload the cloud save, and walk out the door carrying on where you left off on your Vita
4. Remote Play
If your PlayStation 4 is connected to a popular television in your house, you might not be able to play a game when you want to, but with a Vita you can use your home’s wireless network to remotely play games that are running on your PS4. You can play your disc copy of Rainbow Six Siege while your significant other is busy with their appointment viewing of the latest episode of their favorite television show.
Is there anything I left out? What’s your reason for buying a Vita in 2016? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading my series this week.