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Submitted by ChaosKnight 61d ago | news

PS Vita No Longer Available at Major Retailers

Hardcore Gamer: Not only was the PS Vita almost completely absent from Sony's E3 showing, but now seems to be absent from major U.S. retailers as well. (PS Vita)

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texag2011  +   61d ago
We'll see a PS4/Vita bundle soon. Sony is trying to turn it into a Wii U gampepad.
mushroomwig  +   61d ago
The problem with that idea is that the Vita costs a lot more to make than the Wii U gamepad does.
mikeslemonade  +   61d ago
The Vita is a failed system but it's not stopping be from buying the next Sony portable system. The sleek looking hardware is already enough to sell me.

Also PS plus is giving a nice stable flow of games to play on the Vita.
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Sharky231  +   61d ago
Maybe but you can't buy just a game pad in North America. The vita might cost more but you can't play every wii u game on it either. Plus just the repair of the game pad cost 80$. That means the game pad cost at least $150. That's not too far from the vita cost. To me there's more upside to the vita.
The_Hero  +   61d ago
Naked PS Vita 2000: 199$
Bundled with Borderlands 2: 199$

IMO, they are getting rid of the remaining unbundled supplies to make room for the Borderlands one and possibly future bundles.
Gamescom will tell.
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darkride66  +   61d ago
Looks like Vita's are selling out everywhere as demand is up and Sony's having a hard time keeping up with the demand. This was a quote from a Sony rep to Polygon today.

"We’re seeing healthy consumer demand for PS Vita globally, particularly in markets like Japan,” the representative said.

“The U.S. launch of the slimmer and lighter PS Vita has generated strong interest among gamers, and we’re working to replenish supply here to ensure continued momentum leading into the holidays."

So there you have it. Simply supply and demand. Demand is up, supply is down.

http://www.polygon.com/2014...
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BattleAxe  +   61d ago
"mikeslemonade + 2h ago
The Vita is a failed system but it's not stopping be from buying the next Sony portable system. The sleek looking hardware is already enough to sell me.

Also PS plus is giving a nice stable flow of games to play on the Vita.
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Sony's next portable system is currently out on the market, and it comes in three flavours, Xperia Z, Xperia Z Ultra and Xperia Tablet Z.
UltraNova  +   61d ago
I will never understand the hate on Vita...never.

It has the specs, the looks, the games (how much is enough you greedy people?) and now unparalleled connectivity with the ps3 and ps4, it will be PSNow compatible and you have fully supported remote play.

I mean what the hell is up with some people? What does it have to make Espressos and do our laundry as well to satisfy some?

IMO you cant call yourself a real gamer if dont own a Vita, period.
Danteh  +   61d ago
The specs, the looks... but I disagreee about the games, I absolutely love Sony's home-consoles but the PS Vita has an extremely crappy library which the N3DS blows out of the water :(
mcstorm  +   61d ago
@UltraNova I agree and disagree with you. The part I agree with is
"It has the specs, the looks",

But I disagree about
"the games (how much is enough you greedy people?"

When I saw the PSV I could not wait to get one and on day one I got it with MNR and UCGA and for me MNR was a massive let down as it had no online play and UCGA felt let it held your hand too much. I also got LBP which was way too short and for me Resistance online was also poor.

Nothing else really got me excited about the PSV and I ended up selling it and I found my self playing and getting more excited what the 3DS had to offer and when it was announced I was less excited about the 3DS than the PSV.

For me I feel really let down by Sony on the PSV side as it has not had the support the PS3 had and they could of done a lot more with the cross gen games too as PSASBR had me excited too but when I got it the game did not give me the excitement I through I would get from it on the PS3 or PSV.

To say people are not real gamers if they don't own a PSV is just stupid as there are a lot of gamers out there that don't own all the consoles as some of the consoles don't offer any games they want. Just like the reason I don't own a PS4 yet as im not interested in any games on the console but I was for the Xbox one and WiiU. Once driver cub comes out ill be all over the PS4 but until then there is nothing I want.

We all have different needs when it comes to games and this is the reason why we have choice but for me the PSV was made out to be the next best thing but never made the hype party due to Sony and 3rd party studies as it has never really had any must own games.
UltraNova  +   61d ago
@mcstorm

Since when having an opinion makes you stupid?

Yes I believe that if you want to be called a gamer and a complete one at that you need at least one handlheld for gaming on the go and you might as well have the 'grown-ups' handheld the Vita. Yes that's my opinion.

Based on your reasoning not getting a ps4 because it has no games its stupid as well since one game like Driveclub is enough for you to get a ps4...I am saying this solely based on the fact that Infamous is reason enough, for now, to get a ps4.

See opinion my friend goes both ways, insulting just makes you an arsehole.
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pyramidshead  +   60d ago
It's a decent system actually. I've got about 15 games on it, 13 digital and 2 physical games. Filled up my 16GB mem card right up. I'm already overwhelmed in which to play but I guess if you've been waiting around since launch for new stuff to play it could slightly bleak, especially with the no first party support quote from the other day.

I got in for an OLED too just before they become extinct. It's a nice system with quite a lot of stuff to play if you're buying in right now.
kreate  +   60d ago
@mike

'The Vita is a failed system'

the vita is actually a failing system, hasn't failed yet, but it looks like it would, depends on how u look at it.
FamilyGuy  +   61d ago
This is interesting.

Just yesterday I was checking out the Clearance area in the electronics section at Walmart and they had 4Gb Vita cards for $10 (Down from $15). I asked about them and was told that they weren't going to be selling them anymore and were clearing out the old stock.
I was just thinking that they were phasing it out for higher Gb models but now I'm unsure.

I wonder what's really going on?
The_Hero  +   61d ago
The 64Gb Card will replace the 4Gb card.
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rainslacker  +   61d ago
The 4GB card is no longer manufactured. Read that the chips used in it aren't available in that size anymore or something.

Sony is pushing the 8GB cards in their pack-ins, but I believe that 16GB will be the smallest one you can buy unbundled by the end of the year(or early next year). So there will be a 16/32/64 GB option. It's easier than having too many options on the market due to retailers having to stock them, and Sony having to distribute/manufature them.

It's really not unlike the PSP memory cards and how they stopped making the smaller ones after a couple years.

Otherwise, I see Vita available online at every major retailer, but it's possible they're coming out with a new SKU later this year so some stores may run out. They probably aren't keeping a lot in reserve at most shops. Then of course there is the PSTV.
xtremeimport  +   61d ago
People in walmart hardly ever know why they are marking down prices. They get told to do so and clear out the item. That's pretty much it.
BattleAxe  +   61d ago
I've noticed that some Walmarts and Best Buy stores have little to no PS Vita games or hardware on display here in the Vancouver area.

It's clear that if this is happening all over the USA and Canada, then something is going on. The absence of PS Vita from E3 would seem to indicate a discontinuation, as would the comments from Sony saying that they will no longer be investing in AAA games for the Vita.
Sano64  +   61d ago
I found an 8Ggb card on clearance at Kmart for only $6 so you might be right.
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cgoodno  +   61d ago
Could only hope they would drop the proprietary cards with a model that takes non-proprietary micro SD cards like Sony's Z phone and tablets.
ocelot07  +   60d ago
I thought Sony replaced the standalone 4GB cards a few months ago with the PS Vita Indie pack (which includes a 4GB memory card) for the same price as the standalone. Here in the UK this indie pack costs £15.

http://www.zavvi.com/games-...

The standalone use to cost £15-£20.
problemchild84  +   60d ago
My local Walmart had the same 4Gb cards on clearance the other week. I just went in there again yesterday and they have been replaced by the 16Gb cards now for $40, so it seems to me that they were just switching out their stock (at least at my local Walmart anyway).

Edit: I just read rainslacker's comment and believe that to be the correct answer as I just now remembered that the 8Gb cards are no longer there as well, just the 16Gb cards.
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typittt69  +   61d ago
Problem is it's not nearly as effective for off tv play as the Wii U gamepad because of the missing buttons. Tried playing UFC on it last night it's nearly unplayable compared to using the DS4
stavrami-mk2  +   61d ago
I have no issues on remote play find it very comfortable for ufc. Probably horses for courses on this though
16bitNutritionist  +   61d ago
I also agree, they really should of added two shoulder buttons for each side as when I play anything that requires R2 or L2 it really becomes a chore and also it would of made sense for vita games also...get rid of the rear touchpad and just give me R2 and L2. Much prefer Wii U gamepad for off TV play.
Neonridr  +   61d ago
agreed, and what's even worse is you don't have the option of where things get mapped to. Sometimes the buttons are mapped to the front, other times to the back.

It was brutal for games like Infamous. Try shooting a smoke bomb or laser missle when you have to press the top right of the screen. Impossible to aim and shoot a the same time unless you have fingers that bend at awkward angles.

Give me the Gamepad anyday.
3-4-5  +   61d ago
Sony IS doing something, but what that something is,I'm not exactly sure of.

Theories:

1.) They have secretly been working on a new Vita model that is a hybrid between a brand new handheld & the current Vita.

^ = Not quite a New Handheld but it's NOT JUST an updated revision like the OG to 2000 or the 1000,2000,3000 with the PSP.

2.) They are introducing the NEWEST Vita model that is the Vita 3000 which has a new OLED screen, longer battery life, 32 GB Internal Memory, other enhancements.
texag2011  +   61d ago
I'd love to see a new model, but don't get your hopes up.
Killzoner99  +   61d ago
Vita FTW . Where are all the doom and gloomers now? All it took was that Borderlands bundle and now the Vita has picked up the steam it should have had all along.This has never happened to the 3DS , it has always been available. Now Sony is going to dominate the handheld market too.
andibandit  +   61d ago
It could be retailers not wanting to allocate shelf space for the vita, but instead for for example PS4.
bullymangLer  +   61d ago
PS Vita No Longer Available at Major Retailers?

lol there goes sony FAKING it again, paying major corporations to tell L I E S . just like when they paid for FAKE C L A P S at that one event they had where they got caught faking their fame . .

PLUS, Vita is lame comfort with no masterpiece must have exclusives yet.

no true gamer is going to believe you this time sony sorry.

lol im sure the PS Vita is flying off the shelves Lmao .

whatever makes the Vita LOOK better eh .
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CervantesPR  +   61d ago
have you played tearaway,killzone mercenary,soul sacrifice,toukiden,freedom wars,tales of hearts r uncharted and gravity rush?
the vita has some awesome games, i dont know what would be masterpiece must have exclusive game tbh
pyramidshead  +   60d ago
who are you talking and referring to?
scotmacb  +   61d ago
This is good news they are dumping the vita already thats the game pad feature on ps4 screwed all we need now is ps4 sales to dive
Evilsnuggle  +   60d ago
The best thing SONY can do for the vita to increase it base units is to bundle it with PS4 at a discount at 600. it would increase the base units and increase the number of people buying software for vita . The handheld market is dead . Yes dead because of smart phones and tablets . The 3DS is successful because it's marketed to children who are nintendo main customers . The vita is marketed to the hardcore gamer in the usa that has moved on to smart phones and tablets .
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PSVita  +   60d ago
The slim version is probably coming
iDadio  +   61d ago
Its a shame really as it really is a great piece of kit, it just never got the games to kick it off like a monster hunter.
skulz7  +   61d ago
Yep they should have kicked it off with monster hunter, an infamous title, a kingdom hearts title etc etc Uncharted was a great launch title.
iDadio  +   61d ago
I really enjoyed Gravity Rush and Infamous but it just wasn't enough to persuade people to become early adopters.

A MH game would of single handedly sold hundreds of thousands of units in Asia and maybe that would of had a knock on effect for game support and interest.
GrandpaSnake  +   61d ago
yeah you know whats up, they got a little push with some original ip's but people ignore them. They main reason why the 3ds does so well is mainly because it has almost 3 of these games, monster hunter, pokemon, and mario. If they would of released a monster hunter a brand new one as a launch tittle im pretty sure it would of exploded in popularity.
Mr_Writer85  +   61d ago
Nintendo paid for MH exclusivity.
jujubee88  +   60d ago
@MR_Writer85: I also wouldn't dismiss the fact Capcom were just foolish and didn't see why a MH on VITA would benefit the handheld sector all around in Japan.
WeAreLegion  +   61d ago
I personally think Soul Sacrifice is much better than Monster Hunter, but that's just me.
Yahdaree  +   61d ago
This really bums me out. I hope the relationship between the Vita and the PS4 help Vita sales. Its a really nice system.
pwnsause_returns  +   61d ago
they weren't ambitious enough to go walk up to capcom and throw them money for MH...They saw how it sparked the PSP...yet they did nothing about it... it ended up on the 3DS...further hurting the Vita.... The console doesnt deserve this punishment...

my opinion, i prefer a game like SS over MH... but brand power can make people buy one thing over the other.
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iDadio  +   61d ago
Thats exactly what stumped me, if you have a runaway success on that scale surely you do whatever it takes to keep it?

Good point about brand power, MH is the reason me and two friends bought a WiiU and spent 400+ hours playing it so proofs in the pudding I guess.
pwnsause_returns  +   61d ago
what angers me about it is, based on what happened on the 360 vs the PS3, where these 3rd party companies where flocking to microsoft at the time (ESPECIALLY CAPCOM), did they think the same was not going to happen with the 3ds and the Vita? the same applies here, especially when a company like capcom loves money, and the popular machine is the 3DS...of course they where going to bring it to the 3DS, and i dont blame them...

Sony had to walk up to them, not the other way around.

EDIT @IDadio

EXACTLY!
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rainslacker  +   61d ago
I think Sony wanted to create their own MH type experience. Soul Sacrifice was great, but as you say, brand power wasn't there.

In some ways it might be good to go their own route on this, as it means the potential for success is much greater. Like Nintendo has Pokemon to rely on, without having to buy off 3rd party publishers. Unfortunately, it's hard to make that happen, mostly because new IP's are extremely hard to get on the level of a MH or Pokemon. On a side note, Soul Sacrifice isn't exactly a super family friendly title.

It's really a shame because the Vita is a great system. I've been a bit disappointed in Sony's handling of it, this year especially. But I love the system, and it has games that are the kind of games I like, but I understand that I like mostly niche Japanese titles which others may not.
Mr_Writer85  +   61d ago
You do know Nintendo (who have more money than Sony) paid for MH exclusivity.

Even if they wanted to Sony wouldn't of been able to match Nintendos offer.
HighResHero  +   61d ago
Well, with the new SKU, etc. they may still have time, if they choose to actually market the thing properly.
I don't need only "aaa" games and fast sales, but if they want to sell 100m, then they will need to create a buzz, period.
iamnsuperman  +   61d ago
It is possible these retailers don't buy stock that often, as historically the thing doesn't sell that well, which is why they have run out (also the Playstation TV is coming out soon so retailers might be preparing for that stock over the Vita as it is essentially the same thing). If it was something major then it would be a world wide issue (for instance a new bundle would come with massive price drops, as it doesn't sell that well, on previous bundles and if it was a discontinuing issue then it would be a world wide issue)
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trickman888  +   61d ago
Vita is life
imXify  +   61d ago
Life in prison...
Mikito11  +   61d ago
Vita is death at the moment.. Even Sony are backing away from supporting it with first party games and relying on indies which is kinda silly
Chrono  +   61d ago
It's for a niche market. Those who want it know how to buy it.
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PlaystationSquuad  +   61d ago
What i don't get is how the Vita flopped. It is so much stronger than the 3DS yet it's a worse system. How does something like this even happen...
DiscoKid  +   61d ago
Still don't see it? Power and graphics aren't the most important factor of a game. The gameplay is.
PlaystationSquuad  +   61d ago
Yes, i know that but I dont get how the games on the Vita are so lackluster compared to the 3DS's library. The Vita is able to create experiences that are impossible on any other handheld
GrandpaSnake  +   61d ago
yo playstationsquad that is very true and he wont really be able to answer that. the games on the vita are not lack luster at all in fact from the ps1 rpg's and the current rpg's i dont see any actual lackluster in that situation, racers and platformers are so much better on vita. some people are just settling for the 3ds.
WeAreLegion  +   61d ago
For me, the Vita has the stronger lineup of games, as well. I'm definitely in the minority here. I like Pokemon and Zelda, but I definitely prefer Gravity Rush and LittleBigPlanet. That's the problem. Sony made games that appeal to a niche market, like me. :/
Highlife  +   61d ago
We have 2 3ds and a couple of ds s we also have one vita the vita is far and away used more often thanks to ps plus. I hate the 3ds the thing is terrible to hold I can only get through 2 tracks on Mario kart before my hands hurt. Plus almost all the games on that system don't interest me.
I would say that it's a nice system for a little kid great crap ware with a smattering of Mario and it's somewhat durable.
SilentNegotiator  +   61d ago
Price of the main system, memory cards, and a bunch of s**t versions of highly rated series (Resistance, RE, Silent Hill, COD, etc) killed Vita before it ever even had a chance.
randomass171  +   61d ago
^This. Vita doesn't have many exclusives and it's priced a lot higher than its competition. It's saving grace is Japan where handhelds are thriving.
hkgamer  +   61d ago
its not about power, also like to say that 3ds can get away with an ugly game, but with the vita people are expecting a nice looking game.

i reckon sony needs a good exclusive platforme like mario.
IHassounah  +   61d ago
for example , PS2 and Xbox , the Xbox was using a Nvidia card that is powerful , on the other hand PS2 was just a top notch gameplay focused system , it was a beast on the gameplay side so people bought it .
Mikito11  +   61d ago
It doesn't have many games that match up to the quality of 3DS games... Power doesn't make everything instantly better... Games sell systems
Imalwaysright  +   61d ago
Because a gaming platform is defined by its games. Having all the horsepower is meaningless if the software doesn't back it up.
il-JumperMT  +   61d ago
The production cost of VITA games is way more then DS games, due to more power. They cost similar to console games to develop
boya3gob94  +   61d ago
Sony killed their own child ...
TongkatAli  +   61d ago
It didn't kill it, molested yes, killed no.
vivid83  +   61d ago
lol!!!! comment of the day !!!!
Highlife  +   61d ago
@vivid
Is it the only comment you read?
If so you speak the truth.
LOGICWINS  +   61d ago
If you had to describe the state of the Vita in one sentence, that would be it.

1) Not releasing a consitent amount of AAA titles.

2) Not localizing enough Japanese titles

3) Announcing Playstation TV, basically a Vita for half the price+PS4 streaming.

4) Stupid expensive memory cards.

Sony doesn't deserve the Vita. They created a beautiful child and blatantly killed it.

And we still have Yoshida playing dumb by downplaying AAA games. AAA games SELL consoles. The Vita ISN'T selling. Only a fool wouldn't be able to see the issue here.
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TheTwelve  +   61d ago
5. Not getting Monster Hunter
Salooh  +   61d ago
Agree except for Yoshida part. He's just wondering why some people only look at AAA titles. There are indies games more fun then AAA games. So they are as important as the AAA.

However , they shouldn't be the focus because that's what's killing the vita. I'm studying in UK and i just got back to my country. I didn't cary my vita because nothing interesting for me in vita. It's dead to me until they deliver AAA games and at least 3 killer(Masterpieces) games.
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rainslacker  +   61d ago
2. Not localizing enough Japanese titles

I actually say they don't get enough Western titles to appeal to the western audience. There is a slew of great Japanese titles on the system. More than enough to play in a few years time, and a good amount of variety. It's why I like the system so much, because those are the kinds of games I like to play.

Agree with the rest of the stuff. AAA titles, they're there, but get very little press, and are few and far between.

3. Agree because it seems like Sony is going to take the focus off the Vita handheld. It may work out well for the Vita system overall though, as it could mean more support if it does well.

4. Worst thing they could have done IMO. Particularly early on since it was just an added cost to the system.
hkgamer  +   61d ago
vita needed more exclusives. the launch line up was pretty impressive. however, less and less people were confident in releasing exclsives for the device and now i barely se anything.

however, i do feel that if vita does not have anymore exclusives. it still can survive if vita becomes a port machine. i wouldnt mind sony just porting every ps2 and dc game onto it.
extermin8or  +   61d ago
@twelve tbf it is finally getting a monster hunter game soon. Its not like sony disnt try to get monster hunter but capcom I believe it is vasically said "nah, cba we're already supporting 3DS so we'll stick there for the moment" apparently Nintenso hasnt even paid them... never understood that especially considering the psp basically made monster hunter what it is today. What converns me is that Sony maybgive up after vita and never release an NGP2 I reakly hope they do and that they try to correct all the mistakes made. They really need to try abd setup some new srudios that exist solely to make gamesbfor handheld-new Ip's and existing ones. Plus rhe pricepoint nwesa to be about 250 with inbuilt mempry of at least 16gb and an option to buy it carrier subsidised with a 4g contract say 15 pounds a month for 18 months and th we consoles free plus allow texting/calling and video calling but don't market it as a mobile phone per se. OS based on android so they can add android mobile apps and games to the ps storebif their quality is good enough.
GamersHeaven  +   61d ago
Sad great hardware had so much potential lack of games killed it Sony trying to keep it a float with inferior PS3 ports it was obvious Vita was doomed.
TongkatAli  +   61d ago
People are rooting for its death, nothing like a strong gladiator getting hanged in the roman times that was the Voice and American Idol during their time.

Lack of western games i agree, but it got plenty of Japanese RPG type of games also not using Sandisk memory cards like wow Sony you got greedy there is no defending you for that one.

@Mr Swank after we get Digimon brahhh Sony can kill it after that : p
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hkgamer  +   61d ago
digimon and that new phantasy star game that was announced.
extermin8or  +   61d ago
Wait is digimon comming west??!
Jeremy24  +   61d ago
I love vita
SpiralTear  +   61d ago
Sony doesn't.
60FramesPerSecond  +   61d ago
What? Why? I dont have a vita, but surely it cant be selling that poorly!!!! NO!!!!!!!
Masterman280  +   61d ago
Well only in Japan is sell well, the rest of the world, not so much.
Swiggins  +   61d ago
The Vita is trailing so hard behind the 3DS it's now no longer even a contest.

It's something like 9 million vs. 43 million.

It really is a shame because the Vita is a top tier mobile-device, great specs and a lot of potential.

It could have been a contender....
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hkgamer  +   61d ago
its trailing a lot but it may stay around for a while. the pstv may boost 3rd party interest.
xazingop  +   61d ago
all people go polygon article......
MrSwankSinatra  +   61d ago
Sony would be smart not to even make anymore vita's. Cut the thing off life support and just focus on PS4 & PS3. If anyone wants to facilitate their handheld gaming needs then just go with the 3DS. It may not be as powerful as the Vita, but at least it has the library.
RexDD  +   61d ago
Yeah.. What about the 9 Million people that bought the Vita? The vita actually has a fanbase you know.
xazingop  +   61d ago
please go polygon article and why 3ds fanboy and ps vita hater on ps vita article?troll?
MrSwankSinatra  +   61d ago
I am not a troll, is that the only argument you people have when someone has a differing opinion from yours? I actually own a vita, i owned the very first day it came out, playstation has always been my preferred platform ever since the PS1. Even with all that i'm not going to put the shutters over my eyes and place my hands on my ears and act like everything is okay with the vita when it's a untrue statement. The vita is by far the worst system sony has ever been put out. I've never seen such a lack of support when it comes to sony system. Every sony system i've owned has been fully supported even the PSP had major support. The vita should've never been made, sony should've called it quits in the traditional handheld market after the PSP. An honestly i would rather sony call quits on the vita and put even more focus to systems that they're actually "Focused" on rather than have focus on the PS4 & PS3 with the vita just being there for the hell of it.
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Revengeance  +   61d ago
Nah I'm good. I have great games on it that will never hit the 3DS. And also the 3DS can't be used to play a console either, but guess what can?
Urzusix  +   61d ago
Love my Vita, cant wait for Freedom wars, Disgaea 4 and danganronpa 2. Really dont understand anyone who says there isn't anything to play on the system, there is too much
xazingop  +   61d ago
because ps vita hater and troll.
Salooh  +   61d ago
Naaah , i just don't like these games. Never was my type of games. :(
rainslacker  +   61d ago
Not everyone is into Otaku style Japanese games. There is a ton of those available, so for you and I, there is a ton of content to play.

Sony isn't supporting it with more variety. It had some there early on with KZ:M, Gravity Rush, etc, but since then it's mostly been barren on the western type games from Sony devs, and other western devs as well. Almost all western style games are just ports of console versions, or spin offs. There are no defining games that appeal to the western audience. PSP didn't really take off until MGS:PO came out, if that puts things in perspective.

I haven't counted them out yet, but I have to admit that they do seem to be somewhat disinterested in the platform. Hopefully they have some secrets in store with the release of PSTV, because otherwise it means they are just looking at the Vita as an accessory, and not it's own console.
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hkgamer  +   61d ago
yet konami decided not to port peace walker onto vita. which was really strange.

vita has turned into a crossbuy machine/ps+ machine i think. well for me it has, i havent really been interested in anything for a while.not sure if that is a bad thing though.
plmkoh  +   61d ago
Misleading article, Vita original model has been discontinued and North America never got the Vita Slim outside of the Borderlands bundle which is 'limited edition', so of course consoles are going to be disappearing from shelves.
vivid83  +   61d ago
I think they made the slim so I t wont cost so much to make an official bundle
PrinceOfAllSaiyans  +   61d ago
I just read a article that Sony is trying to keep up to the demand of the Vita in NA. It was a VG247 article. Check it out for yourselves.

http://www.vg247.com/2014/0...
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sloth3395  +   61d ago
you know its not demand or some places would still have it. Its not like its a new system its been out for awhile.
KonsoruMasuta  +   61d ago
They must be producing in small quantities then. The Vita sales in NA are nothing to write home about.
bub16  +   61d ago
Only reason I have a vita is remote play. When people take over the TV I carry on gaming!! Not that interested in the games for vita

They really should advertise remote play more. It works amazingly good once you set it up proper
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nevin1  +   61d ago
Isn't it only one set up?
Gezmoyassine  +   61d ago
How is it when you use it outside you're house? Have you tried it over the internet?
Doge  +   61d ago
They've been advertising nothing but remote play ever since the PS4 was announced. Horrible decision for a dedicated handheld with a lot of potential.
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KonsoruMasuta  +   61d ago
"They really should advertise remote play more."

That's pretty much the only thing they do advertise about the Vita. They see it as a companion device. Yoshida says that remote play is how the Vita will get most of it's AAA experiences from now on.
SpiralTear  +   61d ago
"Not that interested in the games for vita."

Good for you. Too bad there are millions of people who own the system that actually want some good, original games for the system.
nevin1  +   61d ago
PSP2 would of been better choice.
Crawfail  +   61d ago
All they need to do is:

1) Release Skyrim, Gran Turismo, an exclusive MGS, inFamous and a few others for Vita
2) ...
3) Profit

Making some of the PSN PS3 games available on vita would work wonders too. The older ones especially.
I love my Vita but it's full of PS1 games and a handful of PS+ releases.
Kick the AAA development back in!! It's an awesome console! Give it the games it deserves!
andibandit  +   60d ago
Whos gonna play immersive games on the train or bus...
Remote play is a really cool feature though
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RexDD  +   61d ago
Vita is love, Vita is life.
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mrpsychoticstalker  +   61d ago
Vita is already following the PSP which I loved. its a pity.
e-p-ayeaH  +   61d ago
Sadly im not surprised it just lacks support...
x_RadicalAura_x  +   61d ago
You stupid people, the Vita's not dead/being discontinued. Most likely reason: the phat Vita 1000 and the BL2 bundle are being replaced by a new Vita slim standalone SKU for $149.99, which would make them the price leader and boost sales (hopefully).
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hellothere1977  +   61d ago
There's no way in hell they would cut the price of the hardware 25%, when their latest edition is completely sold out and being sold on ebay/amazon for a near 40-50% mark up of current retail price.
x_RadicalAura_x  +   60d ago
Wanna bet? The BL2 slim bundle retailed for $199. Take away the ~$50 game and boom, you have $149.99. It's not rocket science, it's simple math.
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60FramesPerSecond  +   61d ago
i would pay $129 for one.
Scumdog  +   61d ago
Playstation Vita isn't the worst handheld ever, it is the worst outcome of an old game company that, imo - "is" trying to give us a f kn sick games system. I have seen the past & forgot the future... ha - sadly all Sony had to do....,all they had to do ages ago, was give us an official wireless DS2 controller with a screen on it...done. What the f k were they thinking we wanted? ( the DS2 slightly miniaturized for portability just a hair though ) or DS3 ( same thing slightly miniaturized ) then leading to DS4 obviously. Having the screen become upgradable over time. Where is my f kn check?
masa2009  +   61d ago
People in the West don't necessarily buy a portable system to play on the go, at least not in the streets or transports.
They maybe take the device with them on Holiday in the car, and that's it. But mostly they will buy it for a big exclusive or two.
It's not like in Japan where they have low crime and play in the comute and public places.
So the portability of the Vita is not a huge deal for Westerners as it is for the Japanese.

I wonder if they might not quietly retire the Vita from the Western market and replace it with Vita TV/Playstation TV only, which is cheaper and looks like more of a viable proposition as a PS4 accessory.
There was already so little interest in the Vita in the West, surely when people have the opportunity to buy a device that costs twice less, can also play the few quality exclusives Vita had, and is compatible with a full blown controller, it will be the death knell for the portable Vita.
The portable Vita with a screen will surely remain in some form, but maybe not in all régions.
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rpd123  +   61d ago
I agree. I only play my Vita in my home or take it on trips. There's really no time for me to play on my commute or between classes, the little time I have then is spent on my phone. I just want some great exclusives like the PSP had.
Flames76  +   61d ago
Vita was a horrible handheld that flopped and lost sony alot of money.Everybody knew this was coming sony needs to just let it go forget the bundle it will not sale
AkitAtikA  +   61d ago
I like the vita...it is cool to use the ps4 remote feature indeed, but it would have been better if the screen was better and of course not having the shoulder triggers and l3 r3 really suck and makes most games unplayable using remote play.
OMNlPOTENT  +   61d ago
Sony played the Vita TERRIBLY. The Vita is a powerful handheld with a beautiful display and some major potential that never got tapped and probably never will. The Vita has some great games but they're mostly games that apply to a small audience or new IPs that people aren't ready to risk their money on. The triple A games it needed to be able to sell as a system? They made cheap knock off versions of actual triple A titles which a few might have been halfway decent (AC Liberation) but never actually held up to the franchise standards. They let a studio ruin Resistance near launch and from there it went downhill. Where was the exclusive Ratchet and Clank, God of War, Kingdom Hearts, Final Fantasy, and Metal Gear Solid exclusive that the Vita deserves? I swear if it had an exclusive from even 3/5 of those that wasn't a cheap knockoff title it would at least see PSP sales. Throw in some other big hitters like Bioshock, Infamous, hell port Morrowind or maybe even Oblivion onto it if possible and you have a portable to rival or even beat 3ds. I love my Vita and it has some great games but Sony has not brought games the general public wants. I'm going to continue to support it because honestly, other than marketing and lack of system sellers, the things it does are amazing. Seeing PS4 games play on the Vita is magical. The Vita has some of the BEST new IPs. The Devs weren't afraid of getting creative with the features. Tearaway, Gravity Rush (anyone know anything about 2?? Wasn't it announced last year?), Soul Sacrifice, and I'm probably missing a ton but even those three are brand new impressive IPs that I would surely by a sequel to if they turned into franchises. TL;DR. Vita is a great system, Sony did a shit job of selling it. If it dies out this quickly it was Sony's own fault and they missed huge opportunities.
ZORDON  +   61d ago
Uhhh... Vita is still available at Walmart.com
ZORDON  +   61d ago
Uhhh... clearly Im dumb because it is not. I must have been hallucinating
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