Submitted by DragonKnight 876d ago | opinion piece

Vita Support Has Been Dropped.

That’s all there is folks. The Vita is no more. After not even a year on the market, the plug has been pulled on Sony’s fledgling handheld… NOT! (Culture, PS Vita, Sony)

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Snookies12  +   876d ago
Great article, I agree completely. Tired of hearing all these complaints by people who probably have never even used one for more than a few minutes. It's a terrific handheld, the best I've ever owned and I've been through them since the original Gameboy. Just give the dang thing some time to grow and really show off what it can do with games, features, apps, etc.
GribbleGrunger  +   876d ago
Agreed. There is little to add really. This article more or less sums up how I feel about the situation.
jujubee88  +   876d ago
The VITA makes me feel.
It makes me feel like a natural...

DragonKnight  +   876d ago
Agreed. Too many people think that every device ever launched needs to hit the ground running with every possible feature and software available immediately. God forbid that new products that require extensive support be given some time to show its true potential. Everyone judges the Vita based on Nintendo and the 3DS. But when everyone does the same with the Wii or Wii U then it's wrong. Double Standards for the loss.
CommonSenseGamer  +   876d ago
Based on your comment why should people then buy a Vita? If its not going to feature the games or apps people want right now why would someone buy it? Why not wait to see if Sony come through on its touted features.

Vita is definitely the underdog this Xmas in a marketplace that's more crowded than its ever been. If the Vita doesn't do well this xmas then I predict the Vita wont see a xmas 2013.
Godchild1020  +   876d ago
I have one beef with the Vita or at least mine. And that's the lack of a removable battery. During this blackout or lack of power in my area, an extra battery or two would come in handy. I went looking around for the portable one buy none of my Gamestop have it answer the closest Best Buy, Target, Walmart and Toysrus ae closed due to the lack of power and flooding.

Other than that, No problem. I have played NFS for a few hours answer I'm finding it enjoyable, but you can see the difference between it and the console version. Ragnarok Odyssey is amazing, I just don't know how to level up. The Dainsleif Mode is a neat feature. I haven't touched AC3:L yet.
LiViNgLeGaCY  +   876d ago
You don't level up. Well, you do sort of, at the end of each chapter, but it's like MH, whereas you just keep upgrading your equipment.
SandWitch  +   876d ago
You can buy official portable charger/external battery, which has capacity of 4000 mAh. It adds a solid amount of play time. It's not very cheap tho.

Vita's battery is not removable because of rear touch pad by the way.

And as for NFS, sure it is not the same as console version. It can't be. Even though Criterion's PR manager wanted us to believe otherwise. But have you seen any racing game with such big open world and such graphics on any other handheld? I haven't. This game has no competition in a handhelds market and you should not care about anything else IMO.
tubers  +   876d ago
There's an official external battery.. unwieldly but it's there.
Ult iMate  +   875d ago
>>an extra battery or two would come in handy.
I bought an external charger. Not just for Vita, but also for my phone and my tablet. It's not a Sony's official charger - there's plenty of offers from other companies. I think it is more convenient to have one external portable charging device instead of bunch of replaceable batteries for all devices, that I bring along with me.
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Blankman85  +   876d ago
Armchair analysts or not the facts remain:
-SONY themselves have decreased VITA and PSP projected sales by 6 million since May, slashing estimates twice now
-Vita has lost some 3rd support or at least hasn't gained any
-the PSP is outselling the VITA 2:1 on worldwide sales,
-VITA was at last count selling 400k units per quarter
-VITA's software sales barely crack any top 20 sales chart, heck even a VITA only top 10 sales chart it's hard to find a VITA title(that part was a joke)
-$250 IS indeed too expensive regardless of the PSP and 3DS launch prices because VITA has crazy expensive memory cards. If it isn't the price then what's the alternative you'll be pleased with? That it isn't selling because people just don't want it? Would it please you if people started saying that instead?
DragonKnight  +   876d ago
You're exactly the kind of person that needs to just be quiet since you don't know anything. You're sitting there being a hypocrite and trying to get people to worry about stuff they don't need to worry about. Go play your 3DS in peace.
Skate-AK  +   876d ago
He's just trollin. Let him trip while the people that actually own Vitas enjoy them. Like me.
AcidKill  +   876d ago
"You're exactly the kind of person that needs to just be quiet since you don't know anything. You're sitting there being a hypocrite and trying to get people to worry about stuff they don't need to worry about. Go play your 3DS in peace."

True bro, true.. I am just sick and tired of these bitching about PSV.. -_-

If people can't afford a PSV that does not mean they should start bitching.. They need to f****** grow up!
miyamoto  +   876d ago
"That it isn't selling because people just don't want it?"

oh really?

or maybe parents are not buying it for their kids because they see the Vita as a state of the art electronic gaming device like a smartphone and not as a cheap kiddie plaything they won't hurt too much if lost anywhere?

Please tell the NDub Nation forces & the generals about this well written article, bro.

It might put some sense to their senses.
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DragonKnight  +   876d ago
You know I never even thought of it like that. The Vita doesn't exactly look like a "toy" per se. It is possible some parents would see it as too much of an adult product to risk children throwing it around and breaking it.
ALLWRONG  +   876d ago
Sony themselves have said Vita isn't selling as well as they like. Is Sony lying?
SonyNGP  +   876d ago
Keep that NDub crap outta here. That shot should never leave the pathetic YouTube "community".
CalvinKlein  +   876d ago
madden and AC bundles increased the VITAs hardware sales, and the COD one + holidays should help it sell more over the next few months than it has.

The AC vita bundle is around number 30 on the amazon top 100 videogame sellers, thats alot better than it was doing a week ago when there was no vita anything in the top 100. I look there to see if there are any deals going on for recent games and never see vita stuff in the top 100, I always have to go to the vita section separately to see if there are any good prices going on. So to see the AC bundle and AC get up to around number 30 is a big improvement over how it was selling there.

I really think it will sell pretty good over the holidays and will get more support after a good showing this holiday. The bundles add alot of value as everyone will buy a game anyways and they get a memory card to use until they can buy a bigger one in the future(except the madden one has no memory card for some strange reason).

Edit-- I even saw Ragnarock break into the top 100 videogame sellers on amazon and I think thats pretty good considering its a Vita game.
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pedroyamato  +   876d ago
Too many sony drones here to down vote you my friend... I've been playing games for over 20 years and I can tell you, everything you post is right, but these kids, they will not accept it, as they are just crazy now since the ps4 dev kits are not as powerful as they expected.

These must be hard days to be a sony fanboy, so many "bad" news for them but they will get over it when Black Ops 2 is released and they will have time to enjoy the "hardcore" games they praise hehehe
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gtr_loh  +   876d ago
I'm sure many of us remember the ps3 during first two years of release..."Worst PlayStation in history", "Blu-Ray is just another gimmick", "the ps3 looks like a fridge". Look at the ps3 now. One of the best selling product Sony has to offer. Give the vita some time, it's only been 8 mounths
Marquis_de_Sade  +   875d ago
The problem is, rival platforms such as smartphones and tablets are only going to improve over this time period. Personally I would prefer a Vita, but I can understand why Joe Public might look to a similarly priced tablet or the phone they already carry in their pocket and not see much value for money in a Vita.
Losyak  +   876d ago
Don't get me wrong, I love the Vita, but the amount of soft to be released after the holidays and on is worrying me. I liked the streak we had September-October of 2-3 games a week, but I doubt Sony will be able to keep this going, and we'll drop back to 1 game or less a week.
Ult iMate  +   875d ago
So gamers should give PSV support or just stop bitchin. Is it so hard?
If someone can't afford it, why don't they just quetly let those who can enjoy the device and its games.
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Devs better step their game up though. Games sell consoles but devs are waiting to see the sales of the console before they decide to make games or not....

Loving my vita btw. Is anyone else in here oddly addicted to Frobisher Says?
r21  +   876d ago
My and my siblings love it :D Its a good game to play for laughs and short burst of fun! Thanks Honeyslug and Sony for the free game.
pedroyamato  +   876d ago
This website, unfortunately, is infested by sony drones that just down vote anything that is not what they expect.

About this article, I think it is still too early to say vita is dead... well, it may not beat the 3ds, but a right game in Japan and a COD release every year in the western market would help it at least pay back the amount sony has spent on developing and marketing.

In my opinion, the biggest mistake by sony was:

1- release it after 3ds; ps2, xbox360, ds and the 3ds itself, showed that even few months can be crucial to make a new system succesful. Sony's next handheld (if they even try to make a new one) must release at the same window or before the rivalry

2- overpriced. The tech behind the vita IS worth 300 USD, as it was with ps3 when it had newest blue-ray player (etc) and cost "only" 600 USD, the problem is, videogame is basically a toy, and even if many people try to deny it, toys are orientated to kids, and parents will NOT pay 300 USD for a handheld or 600 for a console. The bad economy also dont help for selling it at this price. Worst than the system price itself is the proprietary memory sticks that are way overpriced and keep the potential customers to buy it.

3- no games. And then the cycle begins: the system is expensive and already have a much lower base than the 3ds, so it does not sell well, then the 3rd party stop supporting with games, or make just cheap ports, without games the system sells dont improve, and then no games - no selling - no games - no selling cycle starts and kill the system (already happened with game cube, psp and ps3 at the first years).

I really dont think a price drop will help now since there is no games that worth buying the system, first sony needs to get a EXCLUSIVE, a really good one, no port, no version, and bundle it with a reasonable price, and cut the memory sticks price, without that, I dont see any good future for the VITA...
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Hicken  +   876d ago
Oh, look: another talking without knowledge of the subject at hand.

1. The 360 is a bad example to use; if you need help understanding, consider that console's position right now. First to market- which is what you're implying- doesn't equate to success or dominance. The PS2, by the way, was launched AFTER the Dreamcast, so your collection of named systems doesn't have anything in common as far as timeframe.

2. That's funny, because people will pay $600 for smartphones and tablets for their kids to play on. On top of that, the Vita isn't being marketed to kids- like the DS, 3DS, and even PSP WERE- so why would you expect popularity in that segment? The economy IS poor, but it's more a lack of marketing- something that has picked up recently- that's keeping the Vita down, as many people don't know about it, or don't know much.

3. This just proves how little you actually know of the subject. I could run off a list of dozens of games on the system- ports, exclusives, and otherwise- but a little real research might do you some good(probably not, though.)

Feel free to try again once you actually KNOW what you're talking about.
violents  +   875d ago
You dont make sense

1 how were they supposed to release this before the competition when there really is no competition for it. The vita is hands down the best portable gameing device on the market. There is no other portable that comes close to the specs of it so IMO that means no one has something to call it a competitor.

2 Overpriced? Its only 50 dollars more than a 3ds and people eat of yearly reiterations of that crap all day long. With as powerful as it is I think paying an extra fifty bucks is totally worth it.

3 NO Games? Gamestop lists like 140 games out there for it and I dont even know how many downloadable ps2 ps1 classics can add to that list and all the psp titles that can be played on your vita.

the only real mistakes made by sony with the vita was that they toughted it would do cross play on all kinds of games and they havent pulled through on that one yet. And the internet browser on the vita sucks, just like the one on the ps3. The expensive proprietary memory sticks are a bummer. Sony has been a slow burner this gen, they come out with top of the line bleeding edge equiptment and let it play out in the long run. Its not even a year old yet, and this month the vita gets playstation plus so if your a subscriber youll get the instant game collection and a bunch of other perks. The vita is a great deal and i dont know why so many people dont give it the pat on the back it deserves.
r21  +   876d ago
Great read, thought it was another negative vita article, thankfully it wasnt :)
DivineAssault  +   876d ago
Vita haters are just jealous.. They talk trash cuz they dont have one & judge it based on words they read or sales #s.. Its library will continue to grow & if u ask me, it already has better support than 3ds does.. I had 3ds since launch w about 5 games.. I have 12 games on my vita which is a year younger & was the same price & much stronger.. smh
pedroyamato  +   876d ago
I do not know the games you like, but the selling numbers prove that the MAJORITY of people doesnt think like you. And there is no need to get so sensitive about games, enjoy your VITA and hope sony keeps supporting it
Ult iMate  +   875d ago
The "majority" argument is silly, because you should only play WiiFit, Guitar Hero, CoD and JustDance then.
WeAreLegion  +   876d ago
I absolutely love my Vita. :)

It is my favorite handheld. Period.
tubers  +   876d ago
VITA today: amazing potential, less than stellar implementation.

I'm still very optimistic on this platform 2-3 years from now as I only really buy into a bit more mature system.

For the meantime; Ahh, my lovely PSP. *licks*
Bell Boy  +   876d ago
I'm a very happy Vita owner and I approve this article...lol

I would say the amount of BS spoken and written about the Vita is beyond belief but sadly I've seen it all before with the PS2 and PS3.

It seems so many appear to want any Sony product to fail and fail hard that an industry of it's own as developed to churn out article after article of doom for the Vita.

I was a kid before any gaming device was ever 1st sold and so I have owned plenty of consoles and handelds and the Vita is simply the most powerful handheld ever devloped by a country mile....

Yes it's expensive...I have family and home to pay for so guess what..I chose to stop smoking and use the money to save and buy games for the Vita..did'nt take long at all..lol

But judging how many complain of price (entitled kids I guess) they would not be happy if Sony gave Vita away with every pack of Corn Flakes..
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violents  +   875d ago
I bought a vita at launch and couldn't ask for a better handheld gaming platform. The only things i could bitch about was when they advertised the crossplatform play the video showed people playing kz3 and other newer AAA titles via their psvita. This type of crossplay hasnt come to fruition yet and it makes me angry that this is one of the reasons I bought at launch. And the internet browser is awful just like the psp and the ps3. C'mon really sony in this day and age an iternet browser should be a pretty simple problem to fix. My phones browser works better than my vita or ps3, IMO thats a pretty sad loss, a smartphone should never be able to outdo a dedicated machine.
Jihaad_cpt  +   875d ago
I got my Vita a few days ago and I love it. I got LBP Vita and FIFA 13 in the bundle. I have purchased Gravity Rush and Uncharted but I don't know what to get get next. I have recommended all my gaming friends purchase one.
Sithlord-Gamble  +   875d ago
LOVED this article!

If anyone knows anybody thats a Vita pessimist, send them to this article, bc the author was spot on.
Kudos to you sir.
jayman1  +   875d ago
No way the holiday has not even come yet and the flaming continues on the vita. There are plenty of games and psn support let the holiday decide whether vita is dead if it sells in the millions all you haters will look like idiots. Discuss this after january please hate flaming people saying the vita is dead vita is dead SHUT THE HELL UP!
chukamachine  +   875d ago
I'm not really into handhelds tbh.

But i've since had a few goes of some games on vita and mobiles and new ipad etc.

Most of the games i played ran great and looked great as well.

The trouble with mobiles and ipad's etc is control.

Pusing up on a screen is not the same as pushing up on a analogue stick, it just isn't.

Fifa 13 played on the PSVITA was awesome.

With the right packages and price, and with lots of new games coming. I think it'll do well. The machine deserves to.

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