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In the recently slur of rumours that have been thrown at us by various sources, the term ‘Digital Only’ tends to get thrown around a lot. Basically, it is rumoured that the next generation of gaming consoles may force us to download software, instead of buying it in store. While this is a sure-fire way to decrease costs and manufacture time, but is it really good for the industry to move forward? Read on to find out…

The arguments for converting games consoles to Digital Only are more beneficial for the manufacturers. The fact that they can cut costs almost completely when it comes to the distribution of the software they are publishing makes it rather appealing. It is arguable as to whether or not the content will come at less of a premium to us, however, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Also, the ease of distribution makes life easier for, once again, the manufacturers. Retail stores will no longer be required, meaning that they don’t need to ship hard copies, or bother with having to handle reorders. Basically, they set up the file on a server, make you pay to access it, and away you go.

While this sounds all well and good, there are various implications. The biggest one being the holocaust that would descend on retail game stores. I can’t seem to understand how it would be smart to destroy all the free marketing that is provide by simply having the products in a store. Tell me what sort of kid travels down the virtual isles of XBOX Live, PSN or Steam, asking for anything that catches their eye. It would be stupid to move away from this, as there is less of an audience for games on online store, also letting the biggest selling be the publisher with the biggest marketing budget.

The next argument is purely practical. What appears to be overlooked my so many people is the fact that not all countries have high speed internet infrastructure. Eg. Australia. This means we could be waiting a few hours to download games onto the console. And I’m not a patient person, so…

All in all, I have to say that I’m 110% certain that I’m against converting to online content downloads instead of hard copies. What’s going to fill my games shelf otherwise?

With the launch of the Playstation Vita in Australia yesterday, I got a chance to pick it up and have a play of some of the new titles. I was really quite impressed witht the clear and bright screen, high frame rate and engaging controls. It really seems like a solid upgrade to the existing Playstation Portable hardware, and is definitely a step in the right direction for handheld gaming. In this post, I’m going to sum up what I believe to be the best launch title of the Vita. More after the jump…

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Uncharted: Golden Abyss stood out to me as visually being the most impressive title, as well as being a successful bridge between the Playstation 3 and PS Vita. It also does something that most other launch titles didn’t- making use of some of the new advanced hardware that Sony put into this system. Things like the rear multi-touch panel and the front touch screen are used extensively, should you choose to activate them. This makes for a more engaging experience and brings the game to life.

The actual gameplay itself works rather well. I have no real complaints about it, and that’s rare given my supercritical nature towards control schemes. If they’re not right, I’ll notice. The control sticks work nicely, and having two is definitely a plus and is something the PSP could only dream of. Utilising the controls is easy, and the game flows naturally, which is typical given the series it’s from.

The plot takes place some time before Uncharted: Drakes Deception on the Playstation 3. It took me just a couple of short cutscenes to realise, although once you get into it, it fits in rather well. It’s everything we would have come to expect from the series, with epic action scenes, huge free climbs and stealthy takedowns of enemy guards. I may as well have been playing on the big screen- it had a very similar effect. The sheer scale and sense of depth from some scenes really showcases the Vita’s hardware and gives the game a very polished look. I couldn’t believe I was playing on a handheld.

All in all, if you’re after the Vita, or you already own one, this is one title you can not miss. I will eventually get a full review up with screenshots and all that good stuff, but for now, all I can say is… BUY IT!