Got my Vita a few days ago. Got the launch special edition, so mine came with a memory card and a game (so long as you sign up for ATT service for 2 months, grumble.)
Sony's corporate BS is definitely a drawback, but that is true of all of its products, and most people are able to get over it for Apple, so I don't see why Sony would be any different.
Ignoring the politics of it, however, the Vita is quite simply the most unique and engaging gaming experience I have had in a long time. It is a perfect marriage of modern smart-device multitasking and traditional gaming functionality. I will sit in my house in front of my 52" TV, PS3, Xbox360 and $1500 gaming PC and play Uncharted (which I bought physically from gamestop) and FFIV (which I bought digitally on the PSN Store) on the Vita for hours. It is a strange phenomenon for me to then be able to take this experience on the road and play in airports and on my lunch breaks.
It is very difficult to describe why the Vita seems so different from anything else, maybe I should have brought a poet... Something about the goal of the system, and its execution of that goal certainly is poetic.
I'm not saying that everyone should buy one, nor am I saying that it will dethrone Nintendo in the handheld market, only that the Playstation Vita is a strange and beautiful creature that has made me feel like I am 8 years old again and unwrapping my first NES.
On Sam & Max Season 2, Episode 2: Moai Better Blues
: I really hate everything about this episode. The music, the babies, the puzzles. It's really a horrible nightmare.
: We finally have a quote for the back of the Wii box
I also have mixed feelings about one of the more desireable jobs in this world, it bears the title "S&M Designer"