Why there must be a PSVita 2 and 3DS replacement

Gioteck discuss why the need for dedicated gaming handhelds stands, but is under threat:

"The market for dedicated handhelds is not what it was. The 3DS is selling very well, but it’s not the huge, mainstream success which was the original DS. Heck, even the original PSP eventually sold over 80 million units worldwide which the current PS Vita won’t get near to."

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Goro1698d ago

Unfortunately, i can't see Sony releasing another handheld after the Vita, as awesome as it would be, the Vita just didn't sell well enough to justify it for Sony.

Beetey1697d ago

I'm just not sure. Based on the how much they seem to like remote play, it wouldn't surprise me if they continue to make handhelds but market them more as an accessory to their home console.

As for Nintendo, I'm inclined to say that their next console will combine home and portable gaming. With the Wii U tablet, I just feel like this is the direction they are heading. It might also be a wiser decision for them financially; it's much easier to support one system than two.

STK0261697d ago

But, you see, Vita can do remote play very well already. My guess is that if Sony really intends to continue to push for remote play in the future, it won't be with a Vita follow-up. It would make more sense for them to create an add-on for the Xperia Z line that would add physical controls to it (similar to the Logitech powershell or the moga ace). The Xperia line is getting updated every year, and will continue to do so, it already packs more horse power than the Vita and it has a higher resolution display. Such an accessory would be inexpensive enough, and combined with an exclusive remote play app, this would be a real selling point for (struggling sales-wise) the Xperia Z line, giving it a chance to take some market shares away from Samsung.

I don't know about Nintendo, but as far as Sony is concerned, I think it would make more sense to use the Playstation to make a push in the very lucrative and competitive smartphone market than to create another dedicated handheld, mostly when considering just how the Vita has trouble capturing market shares.

porkChop1697d ago

It's Sony's own fault. Next to no marketing, next to no first party support, priced too high with ridiculously priced memory cards, etc. If Sony had handled the Vita the way they've been handling the PS4 then the Vita would have been a huge success. The Vita is running out of time, Sony needs to change their strategy or the system will never take off.

randomass1711697d ago

Well, it has taken off in Japan. And that's mostly due to the rise of Japanese-centric games for Vita.

Killzoner991691d ago

I find your comment pretty laughable. The Vita is the superior handheld on the market. Have you even been following the recent Vita sales? The Vita is far from dead. In fact it's dominating in Japan. Check your facts in the future.

DonDon1697d ago (Edited 1697d ago )

I've seen fan made concepts for a psp/sony xperia phone hybrid. Seemed like amazing idea. Imagine if sony told their phone division to make a specific vita phone. It would combine the hardcore handheld market with the appeal of free android games. Combine the Vita's ability to do remote play and play digital ps1 games & psp, and we have a winner. Plus every new phone has both wifi AND 4G capabilities. The current vita models make u have to choose between the two (and a dreaded AT&T plan if u choose wifi model). But if it's a phone, then we can choose any data provider company we want.

Here's a concept PS VITA phone art concept:


Even if it was expensive, cell phones are usually cheap with a calling/data plan and are payed off slowly in monthly instalments.

3-4-51697d ago

They are both going to sell for at least another 4-6 years.

Both are getting new games released every month. Those add up, and eventually both will have really good libraries of games.

3DS is already on it's way there, and has done a great job of being a system that lets me experience a lot of games.

Vita is slowly making it's way in that direction, and every game released on the Vita, makes it that much more appealing to own.

tubers1697d ago

While there's a good chance it won't be another dedicated device exactly like the VITA and PSP, I see Sony never giving up on interactive portable entertainment.

The VITA will just get absorbed is some of Sony's platform, most likely stuck between the PS division and Mobile Hardware division.

I think the VITA will be Sony's longest handheld to get various h/w iterations of specially if PS Now becomes more mainstream.

randomass1711697d ago

I think we will see another handheld after Vita from Sony. But I think it may follow the console/portable hybrid approach that Nintendo is leaning toward.

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PrinceOfAllSaiyans1697d ago

I'm hoping Sony gives it another go and actually try this time. The Vita has so much potential and its a great machine.

Goro1697d ago (Edited 1697d ago )

Sony gave the Vita great support with exclusive AAA titles in it's first few months with games like Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Unit 13, Resistance: Burning Skies, Wipeout 2048, Little Deviants and so on... but unfortunately it just wasn't selling well enough for them to continue.
Since the PSP launched, the market for the DS & especially Mobile gaming has increased significantly hence why there's not nearly as much demand for the Vita as there was for the PSP despite it undoubtedly being the most greatest handheld console on the market when it comes to specifications.

Elronza1697d ago

Sorry but I own an Nvidia Shield which is the greatest handheld ever made! Which also dwarfs all of the PS Vita's specs,but here's proof so you don't just have my words to go by and yes I do also own a 3G PS Vita!

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1697d ago (Edited 1697d ago )

Uncharted: Golden Abyss - lol please
Gravity Rush - amazing game - kept the game
Unit 13 - very good game - didn't keep though
Resistance: Burning Skies - didn't play has no interest to
Wipeout 2048 - good game - didn't keep though
Little Deviants - didn't play has no interest to

ritsuka6661697d ago (Edited 1697d ago )

The Vita has so much potential '''

Sorry, but they not have. stop be delusional...

I'm hoping Sony gives it another go and actually try this time'''

Vita is a last portable of Sony. Let's be real people.

randomass1711697d ago

What's real is Vita is killing it in Japan. It could do better in the west too. Sony just misread the market. I doubt they want to lose potential money. So yeah, let's be real.

pwnsause_returns1694d ago (Edited 1694d ago )

no they read the market. But the read it the wrong way.

they did things we wanted them to fix.

No UMD- flash cards instead
More ram which allowed for better multitasking
dual analog sticks

problem is the pricing and the support of the thing in the west.

the memory cards is the nail to the coffin with the thing.

you can get a 32gb hi speed micro sd card for $20 where as a 32gb vita memory card is what? 60-80$

McScroggz1697d ago

Sadly I don't see Sony releasing another handheld. I hope I'm wrong though.

zero_gamer1697d ago

It wouldn't be any surprise if the Vita won't be succeeded by another handheld. Just like Nintendo might only release one more home console before they go handheld only, that is if it would do as poor as the Wii U marketing wise.

Sony is so oblivious to the fact their memory cards for the Vita are still, to this day, overpriced, and their marketing agenda is non-existent. The hardware is great and all, and has lots of potential that might unfortunately never materialize. PSP sold much better than the Vita but remember, the homebrew, CFW, and piracy community makes up a decent-sized chunk of the sales.

Nintendo is so oblivious to the fact third party support is just as important as first party, as the games make up more than 75% of the entire catalog of games for a system. They're lucky enough to get A LOT of third party on their handhelds, but this isn't a reality for their home consoles after the SNES, the Wii U being the absolute best and most recent example.

I really hope Nintendo learns from their major mistakes they made with the Wii U with their next system. Their next handheld, however, would be a major success if they continue pulling the right cards as they did with their previous generations.

If Sony does give the handheld another try, hopefully they'll learn from what they did wrong with the Vita. I will for sure buy one regardless of the faults.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1697d ago

Nintendo is not dropping out of console.

Pillsbury11697d ago

There will obviously be a successor to the 3ds as it is nintendos most profitable market right now. Although the vita seems to be selling well in japan, I don't see them releasing another piece if hardware in the portable market as they are trying to push their subscription services via mobile platforms.

feraldrgn1697d ago (Edited 1697d ago )

I hope Sony tries again, but makes sure not to go in thinking handhelds need console experiences.

FFCC, KHBBS, MGS:PW, MH:FU etc. were brilliant games so I'd like more of those experiences please.

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