Should you buy a PlayStation Vita? If you're a hardcore gamer, you know the answer is yes.

There is one generalization about me that I really can't argue... I'm an XBOX fanboy. There's typically zero thought process that goes into my decision making when I choose what platform to get a game on, if it's between the Wii, PS3, or the XBOX.  Of course it's going to be on the XBOX.

And then I bought a PS Vita... and it's really messing with my head. It's one of those things where you don't realize what you really think until you say it. As I was recording the following video, just pontificating about how much I like the system, I realized something: I wasn't thinking about it as a handheld. This thing is compartive to a full on console.


It really started with playing Marvel vs Capcom 3. Now, I've got it on the XBOX 360. And I have a beautiful HDTV. But playing that game on this little device... I could swear the graphics look better on this tiny device. Not "as good as." No, "better." Now, my rational brain tells me that's not true... the screen isn't even actually HD quality... but it's so smooth and pretty. Then I played WipeOut 2048, which I also own on the PS3. This one, I KNOW looks better on the PS Vita.

And I can play against people who are playing WipeOut 2048 on the PS3.

After a week of play, the simple verdict is that if you're a hardcore gamer, you need to be buying a PlayStation Vita. The true test will be in how many new and innovative games come out for it... but I'm finding myself curious about some of the Sony-centric franchises out there all of sudden. I know I won't get to play Gears of War or Halo on this device... but I've already spent more hours with WipeOut than most of the games I own on the 3DS... or the PSP for that matter. And Lumines keeps on sucking me in for an hour of play here and there...

Sony's got a winner in our hands. Let's just hope the support keeps up and they can iron out the bugs. If so, I might just have to be considering whether to buy games for the XBOX 360 or the PS Vita in the near future...