Has Sony Given Up on the PS Vita?

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I love portable consoles. I always have and I always will. To me the idea of playing a game on a handheld at home, on the bus, at somebody else’s house, at school or on top a mountain is extremely appealing. I’ve felt that way since I was a kid, even when I didn’t spend that much time outside my house. That said and taking into account how much has changed since I was kid, this should be the perfect time to get either a PlayStation Vita. After all, the console can be used to browse the internet, play games, use Netflix or listen to music, among many other things. In reality though, buying the portable console would be a mistake. But why? And should Sony be blamed for this?

The PlayStation Vita is one of the most inviting pieces of portable technology around. Vita owners can play games, PSP digital titles, Minis and PlayStation One Classics (coming soon.) Additionally, those who would like to browse the internet, spend some time on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube and so on can also do so. But still, the handheld has many serious problems.

At this year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo, Sony decided not to focus on the PlayStation Vita too much. That was a big mistake. Everyone was expecting more announcements regarding new games, services, applications, promotions and so on. In the end though, Sony presented Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, the Vita version of PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, announced Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and confirmed that PSOne Classics support is coming to the console really soon. But where are the demos of upcoming titles such as Little Big Planet PS Vita, Silent Hill: Book of Memories, Shin Megami Tensei Persona 4: Golden, Sound Shapes and so on? It’s worth pointing out that most of these games were present at the show floor, but as most consumers weren’t able to go to the show itself, only selected members of the press could see and play those titles. It’s baffling that considering how poorly the Vita has been performing since it was released, Sony is completely neglecting it by refusing to present more games for it.


I’m pretty sure the company regrets not doing a more Vita-focused presentation at E3 and hopefully, we’ll get more announcements soon. In the meantime, I’m pretty sure that those who already have a PS Vita don’t know most of the games that are coming out for the handheld (apart from Liberation, Declassified and Battle Royale) and those who would like to buy a Vita don’t have a huge incentive to do so.

But not all is lost as there are numerous things the Japanese-based company could do to Change this. Sony could get an exclusive Monster Hunter title to conquer the Asian market, cut the price to make it more appealing to consumers in general and announce more games and apps so those who have a Vita can actually do something with it. Unfortunately, this is very unlikely and unless Sony does something to revert the situation don’t expect to see many people playing on their Vitas. In the meantime, I’m extremely happy with my old PSP.

  • Makai Ookami

    You shouldn’t be happy with the old PSP.

    Small Screen, no cross compatibility with the PS3 and PS VIta… really all Sony has to do in my books is encourage developers to give you free Vita versions when you buy the PS3 copy. In my book every game that does that shoots up to the top of my “might buy” list because if I don’t get around to playing the PS3 version, I always have the Vita version in my pocket waiting for me. The more “Buy once play everywhere” mentality they add, and the more they can get the software packages down, the better deal it is all around.

    I hacked my original PSP because I wanted to put games on my system. Then I bought a GO and repurchased some of the few games I had on PSP UMD on my Go, Now I have a Vita and I play it pretty regularly.

    The software lineup will flesh itself out. Fact of the matter is a great software lineup won’t convince people that a good platform is good. Sony has to have low piracy rates, and have a symbiotic relationship with the PS3 and PS VIta to the best of their ability. Every time you have to choose between a PS3 copy and a Vita copy is a lost opportunity to almost guarantee that at least 1 copy would be bought.

    There do need to be more games on the Vita, but, quality takes time. Would rather not have a sloppy cash in port that I’d have to buy separately.

    • eric_s07

      I agree with you, the idea of getting a PS3 version of a given game and have access to the Vita one is quite appealing. It’s quite surprising that Sony hasn’t taken advantage of that yet. At the same time, it’s baffling that only a handful of games are expected to come out for the portable console in the near future and that so little time was dedicated to the Vita during this year’s E3 press conference.

      Maybe it’s better this way and we’ll eventually get exclusive Vita titles that are worth both our time and our money. In the meantime though, it simple feels weird that there aren’t any “killer apps” or at least those sort of games that Vita owners simply need to have in their collection. While they try to figure that out, I want more games and I don’t care if they just put out poor ports. If that helps developers test the capabilities of the console and encourages them to take more risks, fine.

      To be completely honest and even though piracy has always been a big problem for Sony consoles, I don’t think it really affects sales that much. After all, the PlayStation 2 had some really serious piracy issues and games sold pretty well during its generation. After all, not everyone is willing to jump hoops in order to play pirate games. But then again, that’s just my personal opinion.

      Thank you very much for the comment and for sharing your point of view!