Steam Deck is now the ultimate JRPG handheld device

Square Enix has released Final Fantasy 7 for PlayStation, PC, iPhone, Android, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch. But for most of the last decade, if you wanted the ideal Final Fantasy 7 experience, you did not play any of these ports for newer platforms. You played Final Fantasy 7 on PlayStation Vita.

FF7’s modern ports added enticing features such as the ability to fast-forward through random battles, but they also required games on large HD screens with blurred upscale backgrounds. Without mods, all of Square’s beloved PlayStation RPGs were best played on a CRT TV – or far more conveniently, as “PSOne classics” for download on Vita, Sony’s 2012 handheld. The Vita made dozens of amazing (and very, very long) gaming laptops for the first time, and its 5-inch OLED screen was small enough to still look good. If you loved JRPGs more than any other game, the Vita was the best gaming device ever made.