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The Daily Five: Reasons Why the Vita Failed

"With the official confirmation that Sony will be cutting back its first-party support of the PlayStation Vita, owners of the handheld must deal with the realization that they own the PlayStation equivalent of the Wii U’s GamePad, but with the added ability to play indie games and the occasional third-party port on the go. Really, we should have seen this news coming sooner. The Vita never really got a good start out of the gates and, looking back, seemed doomed to fail from its very beginning.

But why? Why did the PlayStation Vita, a portable console that has seen some truly spectacular games, fail? How could a portable gaming system with such power and promise fail to catch on and give Nintendo and the 3DS a little competition?" - Travis Tucker

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admiralvic771d ago

Eh, the Vita only failed largely for three reasons.

The first was memory card prices. I am willing to bet that the Vita would have sold at $250, if it had simply supported Microsd. This is because the Vita, practically by design, made the 4 GB card worthless, since several games (even F2P titles like Phantasy Star) too large to fit on the card. Let that sink in, at the time you were asked to pay $20 for a card that couldn't even hold every game available on the system. This made the 8 GB card the first "real choice," though many viewed 16 and 32 the only "real choices," especially after plus was implemented.

The next reason was marketing. When push comes to shove, Sony never really marketed the Vita and due to that, many people never bothered with it. This problem was only amplified by what they actually bothered to market. The first commercial I recall was an MLB ad, which really made it out to be more of a remote play device, than a device all its own. The other big one was for Declassified, which is arguably one of the worst titles on the system. Sony really should have pushed Uncharted, Gravity Daze, WipEout, LittleBigPlanet and Soul Sacrifice a lot more than they did, as they might have painted a better picture.

The final reason was Sony's slow reaction times. You figure, it took months for the device to get the power to play PS1 classics and even then it never supported every title (leaving some of the best like Spyro / Crash unavailable). PlayStation Plus took close to a year (going off the Japanese release) to get implemented and was never quite that grand. For instance, Sony really should have swapped out the evergreen titles (Wipe / Gravity / Uncharted stuck around for nearly 2 years and were ultimately never replaced) with something more current and interesting to get new sales and many people were put off by Sony offering PSP titles instead of Vita titles. Even memory cards were poorly implemented going forward, as it took Sony way too long to finally release a 64 gb card.

Overall, if Sony had a clearer plan, cheaper memory cards (or just microsd cards) and actually marketed the thing, it probably would have sold much better.

dcj0524769d ago

100% agreed. The last physical Vita game I bought was killzone. The rest of my 20+ games are digital and I have a 16GB card. I want to get a 64GB one but there's no way in hell I'd pay $100 for it. The memory cards make as expensive as a damn ps3. Nobody knows in the mainstream about the fantastic exclusives. I mean even here on N4g a site for gamers people still think that the VITA has no games when that is comepletly false. Hell people think there are no exclusives coming when Freedom Wars, Tales of Heart R and more are coming THIS YEAR, the Vita has more exclusives this year alone than the ps4 has in 2013,2014 and early 2015. It's sad that Sony doesn't know how to market, people still call my Vita a PSP and don't know what the games are. Oh well,still got Japan.

jujubee88771d ago

The Daily Five: Reasons I wont click this article

1. VITA is awesome
2. VITA isn't dead
3. same as 1 and 2
4. same as 1 and 2
5. Click bait title is obviously click bait

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory770d ago (Edited 770d ago )

2. VITA isn't dead

Tell me where in the article it says Vita is dead

Another you are being delusional if you don't see Sony faults.

Failed =/= dead

jujubee88769d ago (Edited 769d ago )

You only crap talk the VITA, so why should I care what words you put on me?

You think you are being constructive by just going by all VITA articles and calling people like me "delusional" for simply liking their VITA.

HarryMasonHerpderp770d ago (Edited 770d ago )

I love my Vita, it's an amazing piece of kit with some excellent games. Sony just aren't giving it enough support though.
With barely any in house AAA games Sony give off the impression that they just don't care. Not to mention half assed ports and franchises like Resistence and COD been made with no effort and quality what so ever.

If they cared they would have at least managed to get Final Fantasy type zero for the system instead they have ignored the fanbase. I know it's up to sqeenix at the end of the day but if Sony really wanted to do it then they could have worked out a deal.

That and the memory card prices it just feels like Sony have taken a dump on the Vita and that my friends is a damn shame. Don't get me wrong there are still great games for the handheld, but it deserves much more than this and so do the people that have supported the Vita and still do.

KonsoruMasuta770d ago

Sony doesn't care. Don't expect them to pump out money on deals and first party titles. They're just sort of praying that indies and third parties will keep the Vita afloat at this point.

Yoshida came out and said that it will be getting less first party support than before. This is obviously extremely troublesome. It looks like Sony gave up on it. This means no more Uncharted, no more Killzone, and who knows what will happen after SCEJ finishes their last batch of first party titles that they've been working on since last year.

They want to make indies and remote play the Vita's main attraction.

sanosukegtr123770d ago

Its just the beginning and for starters they should lower the price tag on memory. the memory card is too small for such a price.

rpd123770d ago

Dude, the Vita failed. Sony has thrown in the towel, after very minimal effort to begin with.

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imXify770d ago

It didn't failed.

It's underperforming.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory770d ago

It failed to keep promises Sony made.

Spotie769d ago

You failed to explain your case, which would justify why a Nintendo fanboy is in a Playstation article putting down a Sony product.

The Vita isn't doing nearly what anyone would like, sales-wise (barring fanboys like yourself). But it's still getting games and seeing its feature set updated.

That's not dead, like you constantly claim.

It also hasn't failed to deliver on any Sony promises, unless you're referring to sales.

MultiConsoleGamer769d ago

Just ignore Spotie, he is the banned user formerly known as Hicken.

RexDD770d ago

Lol at yet another click bait article. It's true that the guys at Sony are idiots and treat the Vita as a bastard child, but the third party support from Japanese devs has been great.

I'll have fun with my Danganronpa 2, Project Diva 2, Senran kagura, SAO, Tales of hearts R, Disgea 4, Neptunia and more.

Vita is dead to those who don't own one.

itBourne770d ago

Yeh I am pumped for SAO! Have fun with my vita, with ps+ it is beyond worth the buy. Just wish I had the time to play all my ps+ games between the 3 systems lol. League of Legends ruined my gaming life too = ( so that does not help.

RexDD770d ago

I know exactly what you mean! I just want to get to level 30 so I can move on with my life.

itBourne770d ago

Wait what? Level 30 is where League starts not where it ends lmao. That is just the beginning. Got 90 days (2,149 hours)put into league just on my one account, it ruined my gaming life lol, I have been playing it for 3 years.

RexDD770d ago (Edited 770d ago )

True but I don't want to start playing ranked games too soon, scared of ELO hell. I'll keep playing once I reach lvl 30 but just not as much. I play for at the very least 6 hours a day. So once I reach lvl 30 i'll just play like 2 hours. That's what I meant by it. When I think i'm good enough i'll head into ranked.

Foraoise770d ago (Edited 770d ago )

Flamebaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa aait.

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