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Out with the Old, In with the New: Ports are Harming the Vita

Mark Reece of SpawnFirst writes: "If the fact that, approximately two years after it first launched, the Vita is still struggling to get a foothold and make any meaningful waves in the industry is news to you, then it would be remiss of me to not congratulate you on waking up after a prolonged coma that must have been quite stressful for your loved ones. I’ll send them a fruit basket."

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porkChop919d ago

Not just ports, but it's mostly old ports of games that people have likely already played.

The Vita needs ports of newer games or simultaneous releases if they're going to do ports at all. Really though, devs/pubs need to take a chance with completely new games.

sinncross919d ago

while I agree that ports are not the way to go, I am going to admit that ports are at least better than having zero support for the device.

Granted, if the port just flat out sucks then yeah... that hurts the port angle of the device.

Agent_hitman919d ago (Edited 919d ago )

Why?, don't you want to play Borderlands or Bioshock infinite on Vita?.. Me, personally I would like to see FF13 or Resident evil 5/6 on vita if it's possible.. Old game is not a problem imo.

porkChop919d ago

I would rather play a new Borderlands or Bioshock game. The Bioshock game for Vita that Ken Levine has been trying to get greenlit for example is an entirely new game specifically for the Vita, it isn't a port.

hulk_bash1987919d ago

Correction: Great ports of great games are welcomed. Half-assed ports for a quick buck can GTFO

Anon1974919d ago

Couldn't agree more. A good game is a good game no matter when it originally came out. Like any platform, half assed ports aren't doing anyone any favors (other than a quick buck for the publishers). But there's absolutely nothing wrong with a well done port. Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath was a game I missed the first time around and right now it's one of my favorites on the Vita. I'm so glad I had a chance to play it via PSN+. There isn't a damn thing wrong with that.

Quite frankly, I feel this article misses the mark. If someone wants to port a title over to the Vita, as long as the quality's there it's no skin off Sony's nose to allow that to happen. It's not like Sony's own resources are being eaten up porting these games over for the most part. So what's the harm?

kB0919d ago

Crap ports ruin Vita, Good ports further port people over from consoles;)

I think there a lot of games out there that I'd rather play on the go. I'm so happy that Persona 4 and Disgaea came over to Vita...same with MGS series... I mean seriously I have no problem for ports if they are done properly!

That doesn't mean I don't want anything new, but I won't condone any1 for porting games over.

Just don't buy them...simple.

Crap ports:

Ratchet and Clank (the dumb one), Jak (1 at least), Spiderman (though still fun:P), there are others too but to lazy.

prodg52919d ago

If it's a bad port, then yes, BUT, I've picked up a few games that I didn't get to play on PS3 on my Vita and it's great! I plan on getting any future PS3 releases on Vita also if they're released that way so I can make the transition to only PS4/Vita.

CyrusLemont919d ago

Borderlands 2 will hopefully be awesome, but will it have all the same content plus all the released DLC to date?

Also, the PS Vita is quite capable of handling console titles with obviously not as great graphics but still exceptional (Although Killzone Mercenary looks stunning!). Yet when games like the Lego series come out, it gets the crappy 3DS port. Why? This isn't a low powered device like the 3DS. Open world New York, Middle Earth, Gotham City etc. is what the device should be doing. We do get full ports on occasion, but I'm yet to see an 3D open world RPG like Skyrim/Mass Effect on the device which it really needs. It's much closer to 360/PS3 hardware capabilities than the 3DS I believe. Correct me if I'm wrong though!

cluckey07919d ago

Im thinking it's going to have added content. It's not a quick port so I hope it gets some exclusive content. I'm still playing it on PS3 and I can't wait to play it when I'm on the go with my Vita.

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