The new Playstation Vita came out  not too long ago, but it’s expensive all around.  You will have to buy an overpriced memory card, a system at either $250 or $300, and at least a game or two.  The problem is there are only three games, as of right now, worth getting, and they are Uncharted, Wipeout, and Luminex .  Of course other games will come out, but it’s not a very good start for the system.  No matter, there’s still the PSP.

While it may not be getting much attention these days, it is still very easy to get a PSP, and even easier to get the games.  What’s even better is there are a lot of very good games to get, and even a good amount of average games that are not only cheap but are fun to play.  For under $10 you can go to your local game store, let’s say Gamestop since that’s what I use for used PSP games, you can easily get 2 or 3 games.  To prove this point I went to the store and ended up with Untold Legends: Brotherhood of the Blade, Wipeout Pure, and Madden 08 (I also picked up Lumines 2, but that was not part of the under $10 challenge).  You may be wondering why Madden 08, isn’t it too old?  No, it isn’t, at least not for a handheld game.  I see handhelds as a way to get some quick gaming in, and for $3.99 Madden 08 is a quick, fun game to play.  I used to have Untold Legends, and while it’s not a great game by any means, it’s still a good bit of mindless entertainment, and only costs $1.99.  Come on, that’s cheaper than a medium shake at McDonalds (which I can also say is very good, as I’m currently enjoying a vanilla one).  I have yet to try Wipeout Pure, but bought it because the Wipeout’s for the PS3 got me hooked and I figured for $2.99 it’ll be worth a try for on-the-go racing.

There are plenty of games at great prices, and nearly every game is under $20.  The ones at that price are worth it, or at least the ones I’ve seen, such as the Grand Theft Auto Stories spin-offs, are good value for the money.

However, the best reason to own a PSP is Monster Hunter Freedom Unite.  It may be quite a mouthful, but it can easily provide at least 50 hours of game play, and if you want to get all the crazy types of armor and weapons you can probably spend around 100 hours or more.

To think, you can spend around $400 for a Vita and then end up having barely anything to play, or spend $150 for a PSP and a good amount of games, it’s pretty easy to see how the PSP option is currently a lot more attractive.  It’s not that I don’t like the Vita, as I actually really do think it can be great, but right now it seems like Sony released it and decided not to support it.  I’m on the cautious side because they basically abandoned the Move after a very short time, but am still holding out because the Vita is just so cool.  Seriously, I think by now it’s hard for anyone to say it isn’t a very cool piece of technology, it’s just a matter of tapping into it’s full potential.  That means not porting over console games to it (which is why I didn’t include Marvel vs. Capcom 3 or Rayman Origins in the list of games worth getting for the Vita).

So, for the time being the PSP is a very attractive choice for anyone looking for a good handheld with very affordable prices, and hopefully by the end of the year there will be even more reason to drop the PSP in favor of the Vita.  And from what I’ve read, it seems the PSP-2000 may be the best option since people have noted how it has a noticeably better screen than the PSP-3000.