Michael Ormonde, Thunderbolt writes:
With all the hype and excitement surrounding the announcement of Sony’s PlayStation 4 this past week, another milestone slipped under the radar. A year ago last week - February 22nd to be exact - the PlayStation Vita celebrated a year on sale in European and North American markets. Heralded as the “Next Generation” of on-the-go gaming, it boasted the most powerful specifications of any portable system, and promised a console quality experience no matter where you were. The system arrived to stellar reviews. It looked as though Sony would have a hit on its hands. However the Vita has, in all honesty, failed to gain traction with the consumer. Sales are below expectation; having originally set a goal of 16 million units sold in the fiscal year 2013, this was first reduced to 12 million, and then 7 million as Sony tempered their expectations. Even this modest goal will most likely not be achieved as at last count the handheld had sold approximately 4 million units since launch. But is the system dead in the water, or are the reports of the vita’s demise greatly exaggerated?