After the official unveiling of the Sony PlayStation Vita at E3 2011, many of you are probably wondering which handheld system to pick up. On one hand, the 3DS has full 3D support, but as we’ve just learned the Sony PS Vita will have region free support amongst other things.
News is now slowly starting to trickle out about the fact that the Vita is region-free supported, and let’s face it – it’s a huge advantage that Sony now has in their possession. The Nintendo 3DS does not have region-free support, meaning that it will not support any games or media bought from regions different to the one you bought your system from, either Europe, US, Japan or Australia.
We can imagine that this is is pretty frustrating for Nintendo 3DS owners, especially since the original Nintendo 3DS was region-free. As an old-timer gamer myself, I always thought importing games from different regions was a great way to try out unique titles, it was fun to do on the PSP and I’m sure it will be just the same on the Vita.
Some of you may feel like this is a minor omission from Nintendo, but ask any hardcore gamer and they’ll tell you that the first feature needed on a handheld, never mind a next-gen handheld is region-free support. With this in mind, you can only worry that it will affect Nintendo’s overall 3DS sales, while Sony racks up the dollars from gamers who are buying Vita titles from all over the place.
If you currently own a Nintendo 3DS or you’re planning to get one, let us know your thoughts on the lack of region-free software support on the handheld. Do you consider it a major disadvantage compared to the PS Vita or not?