So my launch OLED Vita, having been viciously attacked by gravity and suffering a fatal edge-impact which damaged its screen, died. The screen, bloodied and choking for life, lived on for a few precious hours, growing ever-dimmer as it slipped away - but held on long enough for me to disassociate my PSN account from it that evening. The next morning, it was gone.
I love the OLED screen, for the record, and thanks to the gift (and curse) of foresight, secured a backup OLED Vita before the new Vita Slims (with their LCD screens) launched, in case such a catastrophe occurred.
Once I had transferred all my gaming goodness onto Vita Number Two, it occurred to me - I was now in the same position as I'd been before the Slims launched. What if something should happen to my new OLED Vita?
I'd be obliged to get a Slim - with its less-vibrant, less-awesome screen - and the thought horrified me anew.
But where to get one?
Sony reps actively removed the original OLED Vitas from Best Buy shelves - they were nowhere to be found in Wal-Mart or GameStop, and the new Slims are just as rare.
"The recently slimmed handheld has been difficult to find in retail stores and in online outlets like Amazon, Best Buy and GameStop. For example, the limited edition Borderlands 2 PS Vita bundle, which was released in May, is unavailable online at each of those outlets (though it is available through Amazon resellers)."I considered calling my local mom-and-pop game shops, but as far as I knew the OLED I'd purchased from them back in April was the last they had. Fortunately, a fellow forumer had recently needed to replace their Vita, and found solace in the refurbished OLEDs Sony is selling through Amazon.
-Polygon, July 2nd, 2014-
Done. Sold. Yes I'll pay extra for two-day shipping. No, I don't know why.
So now there are three.
The first thing I do with a new Vita - the moment it glides free of its plastic - is to touch nothing on it, and apply a screen protector.
I went back in to the mom-and-pop shop today, because they are literally the only store in my city that had more than a single Vita screen protector for sale, and in my experience you always screw up the first application. I was more than a bit hesitant at the KMO Protective Shield for PS Vitas they had - never heard of KMO, never used one of their products - but damned if they're not easily the easiest-to-apply screen protectors I've ever come across. They fit across the entire face of the Vita, not just the screen, created zero air bubbles on the screen itself, and because it covers so much the protector will never slip down over years of use.
So, having tested its screen and found it flawless, the recertified Vita's now ensconced within the protective embrace of my games safe, the fresh Vita sees daily use and the dead one... hmmm....