It can, which adds value. The Vita is a solid system, but the back touch panel can easily get scratched to hell, which is why I would be weary of a $100 price point for it. But yes, with a Vita you get solid emulation for PSP, PS1 and most third and fourth gen systems. With 3DS you get GB, GBC, GBA, DS, very limited PS1 and then most third and fourth gen systems (NES/Super NES/Genesis/etc). I think there's also some arcade emulation and one-off systems like NeoGeo Pocket or something, plus RetroArch support.
This is actually a decent break down with some pros and cons - https://versus.com/e...vs-sony-vita-3g
If you had asked me 5 years ago, I would have been the Vita all the way. It's a beautiful, high quality piece of tech that was heavily underutilized and abandoned by Sony. But if you're comparing a potentially grungy Vita to a brand new 2DS XL in 2020, I think you'll get more value at a lower price point picking up the 2DS. Here's the thing - $99 for the system, $20 or less for a 32 GB micro SD card and a trip to certain boards on Reddit and you've pretty much unlocked the entire 3DS library. The Vita is a bit more complicated ... and the hack is a bit more involved. Plus, if you're buying a used Vita, there used to be models that couldn't be hacked bc of system updates. I think they may have finally cracked it, but 3DS/2DS is fully cracked and buying this $99 model will guarantee you can hack it for emulators, etc. Just my two cents, I'll be quiet now ;-).
Agreed. A new vita for $150 would be a better buy imo than a used vita for $100 or a new 2DS XL at $100.
I have hacked the OG Xbox, Wii, Wii U, and now a PS Vita 1000 series... and the Vita was definitely the biggest PITA out of all those to hack. This is all the stuff I sunk into it, to get the full experience, and probably a whole day to get the hacks to work.
PS Vita: $99.99 (Gamestop)
SD2Vita: $5.95 (Amazon)
PS Vita 16gb Memory Card: $16.95 (Amazon)
L2/R2 Grips: $22.37 (Ebay)
Sandisk 128gb MicroSD Card: $14.99 (Gamestop)
The vita I have is grundgy, and I feel kind of annoyed sinking so much time into it because of the condition (I'm anal about condition, and was expecting more from the vita I got from Gamestop... but I bought it in March and due to COVID I dind't really have the option of returning it in store and trying to get another vita in better condition).
So add $50 on top of the price I paid, since that seems to be what vita's are going for ($150, vs the $100 I paid), and you have over $200 invested in a used system. Not exactly spectacular.