Just booted up my Vita for the first time in over a year, and holy shit.

Spork4000

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Oct 27, 2017
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This thing is fucking TINY. I've used my Switch at least a few times a week for the past three years and I had no idea I'd be this acclimated to large handhelds, but I don't think it's just that. I have an iPhone 10s with a larger screen and an iPad pro with a much larger screen. I feel like I'm squinting trying to use this thing and my hands cramped up almost instantly. Vita era, how do you still use this in a world where it's dwarfed by almost every other consumer electronic? Would I just get used to it again if I kept using it?
 

Coolduderedux

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Oct 25, 2017
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Not only that, i'm sure it still had a considerable amount of charge left. That Vita was a wizard with battery life.

Fake edit: Also, this was back in the day with 5" screens were big, so being an a 6"+ phone for years makes it hard to go back.
 

Finale Fireworker

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'm glad it still worked. All my Vita memory cards died after a couple years of storage. 😥

100s of games installed and meticulously organized to my great pleasure - gone. I was so disappointed that I didn't even bother fixing them. My Vitas gave up on me. I remain devastated.
 

Hieroph

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Oct 28, 2017
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I haven't booted or charged my Vita for over a year. I'm kind of worried for the battery, I really should get around to it.
 

Maxey

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Oct 27, 2017
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I couldn't play Killzone Mercenary for more than 20 minutes at a times due to excruciating hand cramping.

Edit: a shame it never got a PS4 remaster as it's actually a pretty good game.
 

TheChrisGlass

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Oct 25, 2017
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I still bring mine out. I bought the largest memory card just because they ain't going to get cheaper.
But I also have a PSTV. I need to figure out which games should be best played on each and split up the installs.
 

mrmoose

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Nov 13, 2017
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Yeah, the battery life in general is terrific, though at least with my settings the screen goes to sleep really quickly.

I brought it out to play the SD Gundam game (the sequel is on the switch) and I'm not sure why I ever put the vita down besides the shiny newness of other systems.

I'm afraid to go look for my PSP because I'm sure the battery has exploded by now.
 

xero93

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Oct 25, 2017
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I remember I stopped using my Vita because it was on firmware 3.60 which was the needed firmware to mod it, but I never really got around to it. So it's been sitting on a little display stand I made on my bookshelf for a while. Thinking I might just update it proper and get around to some of the games I started and never finished. Is it still worth it to mod, for emulators and ability to use a micro sd card? Any other neat things you can do to mod it?
 

Mirage

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Oct 25, 2017
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I'm glad it still worked. All my Vita memory cards died after a couple years of storage. 😥

100s of games installed and meticulously organized to my great pleasure - gone. I was so disappointed that I didn't even bother fixing them. My Vitas gave up on me. I remain devastated.
And here I thought vita meant life. That sucks though, would be quite disappointing to discover that.
 

samred

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Nov 4, 2017
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, i'm sure it still had a considerable amount of charge left. That Vita was a wizard with battery life.
Not a universal truth. My launch-period Vita has always been garbage at keeping a charge when powered down and left in a drawer. I commonly have to leave it charged for no less than 30 minutes upon every "return after a month of non-use" attempt, then re-enter the date/time info. It's always been a big limiter for my enjoyment of the device.
 

In Amber Clad

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Aug 26, 2018
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/shrug I played mine a few weeks back, first time since the Switch came out, and it was absolutely fine.

I do have the joetsu grip on my (launch day!) Vita though, so it's more comfortable to hold than the Switch anyway.
 

Nickerous

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Nov 2, 2017
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Play my 3ds constantly, but vita never seems to get in the rotation. Maybe I’ll get back to it soon. Loving the switch lite too.
 

Tater

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Oct 30, 2017
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Same way I felt when I last booted mine up.

Irony is I remember it was considered pretty big for its time
These mobile consoles were originally meant for pockets lol
Yeah, when I first turned on my Vita ~8 years ago, it felt like the future. Such a vibrant, large screen for a portable. It's outclassed by the Switch now, but it really was amazing hardware for its time.
 

Prelude

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Oct 25, 2017
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"Hands cramping" people are always funny, just relax your hands and keep playing, the discomfort will be gone in less than a day unless you really have a fucked up grip you don't wanna fix.
 

georaldc

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Oct 27, 2017
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Not only that, i'm sure it still had a considerable amount of charge left. That Vita was a wizard with battery life.

Fake edit: Also, this was back in the day with 5" screens were big, so being an a 6"+ phone for years makes it hard to go back.
It was a wizard, while in sleep mode. I think actual battery life was just about average. Maybe 3 - 5 hours?
 

man

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Oct 30, 2017
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Not a universal truth. My launch-period Vita has always been garbage at keeping a charge when powered down and left in a drawer. I commonly have to leave it charged for no less than 30 minutes upon every "return after a month of non-use" attempt, then re-enter the date/time info. It's always been a big limiter for my enjoyment of the device.
Same, my vita was dead pretty much every time I left it in a drawer for a few days.
 

Another

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I still use it daily because the Switch isn't an actual portable system I can carry on me and as such the Vita or the 3DS still get alot of use out of me.
 

Sephiroth117

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The Vita was SO POWERFUL when it released, way more than the Switch back in 2017.

If they persisted and released a Vita 2, it'd have the most powerful mobile/tablet SoC, probably overclocked and tweaked by Sony...along with a good cooling solution contrary to all those smartphones that throttles after 2 min.

A shame they left this market.
 

ghibli99

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Oct 27, 2017
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Try going back to a DS Lite, which I did recently to start playing that era's Castlevania titles. I couldn't believe how small those screens are! And yet those games are able to get text size right as opposed to a good number of titles on Switch and Vita...
 
I still use an iPhone SE, so Vita's screen is just fine - but I get you OP, since I feel the same when I hold my PSP lol.
I like how light the Vita is too, portable Switch is super cool but sadly too heavy for more than short bursts for me (I'd get a Lite if cloud saving worked for anything I play, or if it was dockable too. Alas.)
 

inguef

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Oct 28, 2017
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Not a universal truth. My launch-period Vita has always been garbage at keeping a charge when powered down and left in a drawer. I commonly have to leave it charged for no less than 30 minutes upon every "return after a month of non-use" attempt, then re-enter the date/time info. It's always been a big limiter for my enjoyment of the device.
I have the opposite experience, looks like you might have a faulty battery.
 

RedOnePunch

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Oct 26, 2017
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It’s so good though. That OLED screen is amazing and it’s got one of the best dpads ever made. It’s also actually portable with a screen not much smaller than the switch lite. Recently playing shovel knight on the switch lite and that dpad sucks. Had more fun playing it on the Vita
 
Oct 27, 2017
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I’ve used my Vita daily Since it was released. To me, everything about it is perfect. I’m very comfortable with any control set up Especially with remote play, when the rear panel turns in to 4 buttons. I almost never have issues pressing what I want, and my hands don’t cramp up with it either. Now, I use it to play my ps4, despite my ps4 being ~20ft away or so. I feel if I sit on my console, being tucked away in the back of my home, I’m too cut off. I love Vita remote play though...thousands of hours have been spent playing MoHun and GTAO with it. Even from like 40-50 miles away. I’ve fine tuned my network over the years, so for me it works near flawlessly, no matter how I connect it. It’s been my favorite gaming thing to happen, aside from VR. I’ll be sad to see it die out next gen :(