But proprietary cables have always been especially frustrating, as anyone who's ever lost a non-standard charging cable can attest. How quickly a much-loved device can become a silent brick, while you scour online retailers for a replacement charger.
The current PS Vita has a proprietary cable for charging, but a recent tweet from Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida says that's all about to change.
Yoshida tweeted a photo of the PCH-2000 model of Vita, which was announced just before the Tokyo Game Show last month.
The photo showed a standard micro-USB port and, according to the translation from Polygon, the tweet says, "You'll be glad: when using a PS Vita 2000, it can be charged [using a] smartphone micro USB".
There's a caveat of course: that model of Vita has only been announced for Japan, with no current plans for a release in other regions.