It appears the PlayStation Vita is on its deathbed and if that's true, core gamers everywhere should be greatly disappointed.
"It's sad because if the Vita disappears, it was perhaps the first piece of video game hardware that died because it was too good." The hardware wasn't the problem at all. The system itself is near flawless, in my opinion. The software and marketing was the stuff that wrecked the Vita.
Sony would need to do something EXTREME at Gamescom to reignite Vita sales.
Seriously doubt that would ever happen. Sony squandered any potential the vita actually had. I mean they made it pretty apparent that the vita is more of a peripheral than an actual portable gaming system. Sony should have just made a gamepad-like controller for the PS4 and called it a day.
I think Sony is just riding the gravy train the PS4 is providing. Can't really blame them for following the money maker. But more Vita support would have been much appreciated, not less.
The only thing that was inherently wrong was the proprietary memory sticks. They were just an added (expensive) cost. The Vita is FAR superior to the 3ds though with the way bigger and higher resoluion screen, greater graphical output, way better media apps, snappy main menu. It just lacks popularity and games, and it's a damn shame.
And everything you listed for the Vita is what makes it fail. Games are the most important thing for a portable system. No one cares about graphics and hardware if they ain't got simple easy to play games that don't require too much time. It's a handheld it's not meant to be a console. That's why mario kart smash bros an games like that is gonna make me buy a 3ds this year. I got my ps4 and I have no intentions of ever getting a vita.
The PS Vita is LOVE.
Vita died coz it had no homebrew and piracy.
It didn't have enough quality software to justify hacking it, which is honestly a shame.
quality and quantity is has both from ps1 to psp game libraries and some new ones im enjoying ys right now i should have bought it when it was on sale at psn though ;( saves me a few bucks
I love my vita, and ps+ makes it a freaking insanely good deal. The problem lies in mobile devises, Sony's piss poor marketing (as usual), and the fact that Nintendo has had a stronghold on the handheld market since the beginning of time lol. Handhelds are more for kids (I almost never use either of mine as I have grown older) and parents know mario and pokemon.
It is pokemon really that has secured Nintendo's position in the handheld market. Also, like you said, handheld sell much better to a younger crowd (and I think I read somewhere a more female crowd but that was a while ago and so may not be as true anymore). I think people do underestimate the impact mobile gaming has had on the handheld market. The 3DS is not going to sell similar figures to the DS and if we go back to when both these systems launched, they both struggled to sell at 250.
I think the handheld market is more for females, I know my mom even plays ds/3ds, as well as my nieces. Not saying it is that way everywhere but from what I know that is a factor.
*knock* *knock* Somebody at the door for you Vita http://thumb7.shutterstock....
I have a vita in my home but it belongs to someone who almost never plays games. If the vita supported more than one psn account I would have bought games for it. The DRM killed it for me. One vita per account is just ridiculous.
WiiU has about the same problem (or had?)
Why can't it be like the psp but better, lower the memory card prices cuz to pay $60 for a small piece of plastic is crazy. I could buy a couple of games for $60. There are a couple of decent games for the vita, but if we receive a game like grand theft auto for the vita that would be awesome. Build from ground up. Oh yeah.
It will be the end of true handheld gaming. At least the dream of having power in a handheld.
Can you please explain to me what is True HandHeld Gaming?
the kind that tries to emulate a full console experience
@60FramesPerSecond I don't Understand your logic. HandHeld s have always been about short, light, experiences. Neither Nintendo nor any of it's previous competitors advertised their handheld as emulating a console experience
@60 "Power" in a handheld is there today on high-end phones, and even more is coming. Did you see the latest UE 4 trailer on upcoming hardware? http://blogs.nvidia.com/blo... The only thing lacking on a phone is the controls. I wouldn't lament the power, I would lament losing controls...
Just gonna add my two cents. PSP sold about more than half the amount of the Original DS. Most DS Users also owned a PSP because they complimented each other. The Way things are looking right now, I don't see the Vita selling more than half of the 3ds Sales. Maybe Sony should try persuading 3DS Users to get a Vita.
PSP mostly sold off of the multimedia and hacking capability. GTA did help as well as PS1 classics.
Minecraft Bundle Co develop Rdr or Gta spin off Co develop a final fantasy spin off with square Advertise the the games above(switch R* game with Vita Pets or Lego anything), on Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, etc. Vita is saved
Don't forget dropping the price of the memory cards in line with SD card prices. A Gran Turismo made for Vita. Revive old Sony IPs, with exclusive games for Vita.
Another case of jumping the gun.
Another case of blind hope.
What's blind about it? Plenty of games on the system, plenty to come, and entirely too much functionality to discount. As someone below said, how could it possibly die when it's so important to the fastest selling console in history?
Yeah, when Freedom Wars just released in japan. The game sells good and gave some boost for Vita. But we knew how the majority of gaming journalist act this days :/
that Japan. Vita fine there. Here in the west that a different story.
vita is a beast and can run psn, psone, ps4(via remote play), and some ps3 games, and has its own games as well..i dont think it will be gone for good..it just need more time right now psp has been stopped production and sony focus on vita..we might see some changes on sales after TGS
Right... so a device that works along with the most powerful and hottest selling console this generation is going to die. One of the best features of the ps4, and it's going to die this early in its lifetime. Also, pigs can fly.
Please don't allow articles from this Troll site to be posted anymore N4G. This is an obvious click bait article as it has already been established that the Vita is sold out around the world right now. Sony can not meet demands on the Vitas current popularity do there's NO WAY the Vita is dead right now. Articles like this border on slander so it might be wise to take this one down N4G:
What's accelerating it's death is the fact that it's mostly digital downloads. There is no retail presence for customers to see! I love my vita but I'm so angry sony are neglecting it.
Agreed. Here in the UK, ASDA (Wallmart) have just dropped their support for Vita. Barely any shops sell Vita games, what does that say to anyone considering purchasing one when there are huge DS sections and nothing for Vita. I absolutely love my Vita, The new One Piece game looks great on the OLED screen, just advertise it more!!!!
Remember when Sony made the PS3 and sold it as a Lamborghini at 600 bucks? Remember how it didn't sell well and the game library sucked for 2 years? Well they made a super Lamborghini Portable with the PS Vita( A ps3 portable). The allowed some PSP games, ps1 games, and good vita games on it. TONS of good rpgs. But games overall just kind of sucked for a while. Now the games are pretty awesome. But no one wants to pay 250 bucks for a handheld system that you can't even play on the big screen. OH WAIT! They made a PS TV that is exactly like the ps VITA ... except you can ONLY play it on TV! Oh and don't forget! All those games you bought for your PS Vita YOU HAVE TO REBUY FOR THE PS TV! They made this, at ONLY 100 bucks(sarcasm) so you could play the handheld games on your bigscreen. Why not just allow the PS vita to play on the big screen? WHY NOT ALLOW ALL THESE GAMES TO BE PLAYED ON THE PS3? Greed. They also wanted to sell games for 40 bucks a piece on a HANDHELD. They started putting games that was on the ps3 on to the vita, which is nice, but let's be honest .... 99% of us would rather play games on our big screen tv. Also, they tried making commercials showing that everyone was playing games while out in the world. That was major mistake. I don't know about you, but when I'm not at home I pay attention to the world before me, not some damn game system. Interaction with humanity can sometimes be a good thing. Bottem line is Sony has failed to realize that people have lives OUTSIDE of gaming. Wives, husbands, sons, daughters, work, socializing, bills, just LIFE in general keeps us busy. Sony is spreading itself out too thin. To make matters worse, Sony is bleeding in the TV department and other parts of the company. They are trying to find ways to make up for it in the gaming department. We used to play online for free. Not any more. (Thank god Nintendo Online is free). They are screwing the PSN network up buy making a cloud system that allows you to RENT games at a very high price. Don't forget you have to pay a yearly fee to even RENT these games! It's a streaming service so you HAVE TO BE ONLINE TO PLAY THEM! DIDNT WE JUST RIP MS FOR TRYING THIS? Sony is failing badly, and no remakes of The Last of Us is gonna save them.
So why on earth would anyone repurchase a game to play on PSTV? Just insert your memory card (digital) or game card and play them fool. If you're gonna attempt to troll then I suggest you try and get the basic facts right and twist them to your own means. You won't look like such an imbecile that way.
"super Lamborghini portable" yet it launched at same price as a 3DS... go figure?
Nobody told my Vita's they were dying? This is terrible! I should do something but I'm too busy playing One Piece and Soul Sacrifice Delta and waiting on Senran Kagura, Minecraft, Akiba's Trip and Sword Art Online to do anything about it right now. Then there's the backlog...
it' not dying sony already said demand increased ore than expected since BL2 launched and they're sold out till next stock shipment.
Perfect handheld console that has fallen apart due to poor marketing.
This year alone im buying a lot of Vita games SAO Tales of Hearts R Oreshika Danganronpa 2 Disgaea 4 The Binding of Isaac Rebirth Helldivers Hotline Miami 2 Axiom Verge
all of these and freedom wars.
forgot that one :D
All they have to do is market the vita well and give people a reason to buy one, I.e bring a game series back from the past like syphon filter or crash bandicote or a exclusive game from a third party developer. I like my vita, the games can be a hit and miss like most console have, be a real shame for it to die out before it had a chance to be really tried and tested
This is a prime example to those that believe a more powerful system is automatically the better system. Despite having better hardware the Vita is still trialling behind the 3DS. I wonder why.. Whatever happens, I'm still a proud owner of one.
If the Vita dies it will be for the same reason their first party games sell less than half as well as MS's. No marketing!!!
There have been a few times when I considered getting a vita but each time I ended feeling underwhelmed by its games and ultimately went for another device. Maybe this year though I might pick one up to go along with my ps4.
OK Sony now it is the time to relase the kraken ..eehh i mean the Monster hunter on Vita ...idont understand their stupid logivc to not invest a lit bit more money to bring the series on Vita and the spend money to have minor lame insignificant exclusivity from Craptivision with the Destiny
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