Talking Point: Is the Vita Really Dying a Slow, Painful Death?

Push Square: "Seasoned industry analyst Michael Pachter couldn’t possibly paint a bleaker picture of the future of Sony’s handheld gaming business. Speaking with Game Informer in a recent interview, the popular sales predictor noted that the platform holder “misjudged the market” with the PlayStation Vita, and hinted that it may not even have another crack at conquering the shrinking market as a result. But is the situation really as bad as the suit’s making out, or is there still hope for the struggling system?"

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GribbleGrunger1698d ago (Edited 1698d ago )

It's seen an increase in sales in the last year and a half. People are starting to realise the 'Vita has no games' mantra that was being promoted by certain media outlets was incorrect and more people are realising the value proposition of PS+. With more big games on the way, Indie games galore, a huge diverse library, PS1/PSP games available too, PS4 streaming and PSNow bringing PS1/PS2/PS3 games soon, the Vita is set for the future.

Add into that a probable price drop on memory cards and the Vita itself, a likely PS4/Vita bundle soon, VitaTV giving developers more reasons to bring new games to the table and you begin to realise why all this talk of 'doom' is absolutely nonsense. You can buy a Vita secure in the knowledge it won't be going anywhere for many many years.

MatrixxGT1698d ago

I agree, I also find it funny that the "vita has no games" mantra was slung around yet people fail to mention the astronomical software attach rate with vita.

Remy_S1698d ago (Edited 1698d ago )

Its practically in a coma right now and Sony isn't doing a damn thing about it. Outside of Ubisoft, just about all western third party publishers have pulled support for the device leaving only Japanese and indie game support. Don't get me wrong, I love Japanese and indie games, but most are niche in nature and won't pull in big sales numbers the device needs. Not to mention the fact that there is literally no first party games I have seen that are in development outside of Gravity Rush 2 and Freedom Wars; most development teams are solely focused on the PS4 at the moment. It also kind of irks me that Sony didn't invest in bringing third party exclusives like the proposed BioShock game or a proper Call of Duty or GTA, and if any such deals have been struck recently, due to the typical developent time, it will be at least 2 years before we can see such games. Hopefully Sony's new third party production team has been in talks with developers to bring in more games or at least porting over some of the more popular ones and upcoming releases. With the impending "slimmest announcement" this Thursday, it may mark the release of the Vita slim, and hopefully they can revive the platform, much like in Japan, and actually market the device this time around. The mishandling of this awesome device has been truly painful to watch.