Sony had almost a year to update to YouTube API v3, but clearly has actively chosen not to.
i don't really use any of those but this is still pretty sad.
Why would they get rid of Near though? I find this very odd.
im bent on why they would get rid of youtube. how am i insantly gonna switch to watching a walk through from playing a game or vice versa? or instantly check out some gameplay while im on the store looking for a game to buy? bad move sony, thats pretty irresponsible of you. im tight.
Sounds like i'm not getting media functionality for my PS4 if the Vita can't even update youtube... anyone wanna buy a barely used PS4?
@XBLSkull If you had one in the first place you could sell it. Nice try but your not fooling anyone.
@PoSTedUP Just use the web browser to check game walkthrough videos. Seriously, I use my vita to check walkthroughs and other game help as well but in the couple years I've had my vita I've never needed to use any youtube app since videos work just fine using the browser. Never used maps, so no loss, and Near never worked for me (I live in a pretty remote area) so again, no loss.
WTH??? First foursquare and no Maps, Near, And YouTube? I backed up foursquare on my harddrive a year ago before its removal but nsince that date I didn't touch my vita. I cna backup youtube but maps and near can't be backed up. Sony is really losing support for the Vita and that saddens me very much.
@chippychan: the browser with youtube was always horrible for me. but i guess that was way back when; i just tried it and its fine, they mustve improved it over the years. i just found a good deal on a kindle firle i was gonna use for youtube bc of this news. guess ill keep it and start buying books digitally from now on or something. plus now i can tap into the mobile android/ios market ^_^
well other than near you can get the other apps on a smart phone that is more easily accessible. I'm sure they gathered plenty of data and saw the apps were not being used much at all on the vita
Well its probably because is was abused attimes. My niece that was 10 years old was being harassed by some creep. She showed me and I followed the convo as being her. He ende dup asking me "Do you like older men" I tried to meet him so I can beat his ass and call the police but he ended up knowing it wasn't her anymore. I called Sony and complained
@XBLSkull I'll give you $400 imaginary dollars for your imaginary Ps4. Welp, Sony is working towards dropping Vita. If they're not even going to put the effort in to save the Youtube app (even if you can still watch it in the browser, how cheap would Sony have to be to not keep up with the app?), it's doubtful that they're going to do much with it anymore. Vita has been a real waste of potential. I hope that Sony doesn't give up on handhelds after this, but they'll definitely need to be change things up to be successful if they do.
I don't think they're getting rid of Youtube, I think that they aren't adding the necessary requirements for the new YouTube API to work on the Vita. This means that Google can't update their app to work. Either that or Google actively decided not to update their app on Vita, but of course no one will admit that it's not Sony's responsibility to offer these apps, and is on the companies that make them to do so. Sony should of course work with these companies to try and get them, but they can't force the issue. As far as Near, I don't know. I could never figure out the purpose of it myself, and seems to be pretty pointless, although Im sure people do use it, since I've seen users on it. @XBLSkull Seems odd you would have so many devices just for media functionality given how much you use the X1 for it, and that you would sell your PS4 because of it. Just proves that games really mean nothing to you. Also....how many times have you sold your PS4 already? Seems you keep coming back. Sounds like you aren't a very savvy consumer if you keep making the same mistake of buying the console over and over again, despite it never having what you are looking for.
I use YouTube often on Vita. It's a pretty lame news.
its only the app isnt it? I never use apps and prefer to bookmark the youtube site instead even on PS4 'The YouTube application for PlayStation®Vita (PS Vita) will no longer be supported after 20 April 2015, and the application will cease to be available for download from PlayStation®Store on 28 January, 2015. Users can continue to enjoy YouTube via the "Browser" application, and will be able to access their YouTube data, such as playlists and channels, by signing in to the same Google account via the "Browser" app and on other devices'
I agree completely, I'm really mad about this. EVERYTHING these days has a YouTube app. I used my Vita's a lot, and I considered the Vita's app to be the best I've used (Out of the other systems/handheld devices) Wow, they're stopping support right on my birthday, that's nice lol.
That's pretty lame. Sony wasted money developing Vita since they are barely supporting it. Edited my original post.
No support at all...from anyone. Oh wait... http://www.neogaf.com/forum...
Good thing most of them are exclusive..not console ports. Oh wait...
He was talking about Sony, not 3rd party, actually if it wasn't for Japanese studios and 3rd party publishers the Vita would be dead. Its funny and sad at the same time that Sony lost $1.2 billions in the mobile market in 2014 but they can't invest $10m to market the Vita and support it.
I do not think Sony has supported the Vita to the Nth degree but acting as if the Vita does not currently and is not projected to have backing as well as a substantial games library is utter nonsense.
@Skate-AK. Who cares? Most of those games are the kind I want on the road anyway, not on my TV.
@Skate-AK How many PS4 games are actually exclusive to PS4? I think you can count that number on one hand right now. If people are fine with that, why can't they be okay with Vita having a lot of multi-platform games?
They decided to make a handheld console a remote play / streaming handheld... T___T I really want another exclusive Uncharted for my little device T____T so sad
We were supposed to get Bioshock, it was talked about ages ago, instead it went to ios, makes perfect sense, its not like the Vita has 2 thumbsticks or anything.
I would love to play a side story of Bioshock on the Vita.... hell even a port would be great! :D
... That's not at all what happened. Ken Levine wanted to design a strategy role-playing game set in the Bioshock universe for Vita. iOS got a port of the first game. Might I add that said port received horrible reviews.
No Bioshock game was ever announced for Vita. Ken Levine just said that he would like to make a BS game for Vita. Ken Levine is now not connected to the BS franchise because he shut down the company. It would be on 2K to do such a thing. This happened early last year. It's hard to say if the Vita will get one or not, but it was a long shot to begin with.
@rainslacker Sorry, but you're wrong: "A version of BioShock for the PlayStation Vita had been announced at the 2011 Electronic Entertainment Expo by Levine during Sony's press event, alongside the introduction of the Vita, but few details were revealed at that time. Levine later described the title as still in the works, a game that would neither be similar to the first two BioShock titles nor be a version of Infinite for the Vita. He stated that "I'd rather do something that's an experiment and that's a little different. And is unique for the franchise." By April 2012, with Irrational working heavily to finish Infinite, Levine had put the Vita game on hold."
it's a U-turn that proves Vita isn't the console they revealed the first time anymore. I never saw the use of Near anyways, or i dont know how to use it.
How isn't it what they revealed? Imo the thing that kept the vita from being a great success is/was price. When they revealed it $250 was an amazing price for the vita but then nintendo did a huge price drop on the 3ds, it also was struggling until it's price drop,and that kinda took the wind out of vita sales before it even launched
@jukins - yet the Vita and 3DS are the same price and have been for quite some time and every month the 3DS outsells it. Sure the Vita was expensive at $250, but the 3DS launched at $250 as well. Being $50 more for better tech isn't something that is new to us (PS4 is currently $50 more than the XB1 for more powerful tech). It's the big games the Vita is lacking. That list posted above has like 1 or 2 games that will actually sell some copies. It seems like every game that hits the 3DS sells over a million units with barely any effort. Thus the developers flock there because of the much larger userbase.
@jukins : what makes a console successful is a mix between price and games, but games are biggest reason here. Nintendo never lost a handheld war due to the amazing number of games they release on it.. Vita has been introduced as a PS3 type of experience in your hands. Dual Stick was a big deal and AAAs like Uncharted WipEout and Killzone really caught people's attention. It also allows some very unique casual experiences due to the cameras and read touch pad. Now take a look at what happened to it. What games use camera, microphone, Rear Touch pad in the passed 2 years? i only see Tearaway. Vita went from an AAA gaming machine to an indie station using barely 2 buttons. It also became a PS4 companion more than an independant gaming console (in Sony's eyes). I love my Vita, i just think its ressources are underused. it's too bad!
Guys the vita was 300 at release.. In America anyway.. it's messed I paid that much a b day haven't got much as far games in awhile
I used to use YouTube on the vita, but that stopped when i got a tablet. Not a big deal for me. A little extra room on the ol memory card.
Yea, no concern if it affects other people as long as it doesn't affect yourself, right?
The Youtube app was like 5MB in size ...
Why in the world have they been so lazy with the vita support, i mean how little would it cost them to just update the youtube and their 'near' app but they're not doing it and instead they go the easy by just removing them...so messed up.
strange move to remove youtube. i would call that a tv/streaming app that would have been good for pstv.
Hopefully Sony sort it out in order to keep the youtube app supported. My daughter uses the app herself. As for Near and maps, I have no use for either of them, nor does any of my friends who own a vita. Removing these 2 would at least free up resources that could be used elsewhere.
yeah i use youtube app a lot towatch gameplay and walk throughs while gaming. i dont think i ever touched near or maps, ever.
Double double post
Edit button is there for a reason bro.
nooo.. l found friends with Near. c'mon it was so good. The fact you could see how close people were to you and what games they played made it awesome to send friend requests "hi! l live near you, we play the same games, wanna meet up?" I found a boyfriend this way lol.
Finding a boyfriend using near sounds dangerous. The way you say "found" makes it sound like it didn't work out.
oh it's not like we went immediately into a relationship lol. we were playing similar games, added, we played a few games together and talking through chat we met up at a public place, digged eachother and tried dating XD Naa it didn't work out but my point is that it wasn't useless if you actually tried using it. I still play games with him, hell we've moved on to 3ds and waiting for mh4 now.
Sony i wany my money back i cant even transfer psone games from ps3 anymore feature removed. Theres really not much support with this system. I didnt buy vita to be an ultimate ps4 streaming device i bought it to be a PS3 in my pocket
...that feature wasn't removed, it's how I got Danganronpa and Dissidia onto my Vita.
Are you in America because none of my games show up in my content maneger not even the the competible ones.
I really liked Near. When it first came out I was checking that daily and where ever I went. It was really interesting to see who had a vita in the area. Over time though you could see interest fall when it went from being in the 100s to 50s to 20s.... last time I check I was lucky to find one.
Oh come ON.. Near is a really good feature! And YouTube is needed for the PS:TV to be even remotely useful as a tv box so it makes no sense to discontinue it. Wtf Sony, Stop dropping stuff so readily. People need to feel like their investments aren't going to be nullified randomly - nobody will be comfortable buying Morpheus based on the track record with Move, Vita, Sharpshooter, 3DTV.. Grr. MS are no better on this front if people think I'm being anti sony, I'm not. I'm really heavily invested in Sony stuff and appreciate their work, I just think they shoot themselves in the foot sometimes.
Yeah MS is so much better. So many quality Kinect games out there...
they aren't but mixelon didn't say they were. im thinking sony receives data on what people are using the vita for and they see no point continuing to support these things
What in the hhhhhell?
honestly this is fine with me, even if that frees up a few MB of space on my memory card thats good.
Unacceptable Sony! Time to trade in for a 3DS??? I will wait to see what the march update brings but hopefully the people at Sony wake up and fix this or it looks like I'll have 2 Vita's (oled&lcd) for sale come March....
Wait what?Why?I just bought a VS Vita an I use Youtube on it why get rid of YOutub Sony?WTH?
This is crazy. Maps I get, MAYBE Near, but YouTube shouldn't be effected, let alone losing all three simultaneously. First they don't support it with games, now they're reducing the functionality it DOES have. WTF, Sony?
I don't use it anyway.But dam Sony!
Such a shame, becoming more evident they've lost interest in the vita. It is such an amazing little machine it had so much potential
This is now pushing me to get a 3ds, I can't believe how little support the vita has gotten...
I would agree with you but I have a 3DS as well, and it's beyond awful. Sure, it gets "support" but the games are garbage compared to what is on the Vita. It has a YouTube app but because the touch screen is so bad, typing is nearly impossible. It's looking more and more like the best option is to just invest the money in a tablet or phone.
sadly sony is slowly but surely killing the vita. i am afraid this is the last handheld sony will ever make :(
Can you really blame them? The fact many on this and every freaking gamer forum many gamer's, stated I bought this for exclusives not watered down Ps3 port's! Than, the Game cards were too expensive, why could they not use SD cards. Never mind the fact the problem was Piracy was such a problem for the PSP many west centric dev studios refused to support the console. Than with the PSPGo Than with the Xperia play Now with the PSVita Do you really think Sony is going for yet another Money sink , where still the dedicated Handheld will still be viewed, in the light of Nintendo determines if what ever handheld Sony put's out will be seen to be if its viable by Nintendo's Metric. Sony released Playstation Mobile the very same day as the NGP IE: PSVita, and now with smartphone's and Tablets where will this market share is going to come from? Already out of any other Dedicated Handheld Game system other than Sony's, name any other company that has one with even the number's Sony has? There is none . Hell ever see so many threads about the Nvidia shield and it's number's? Or how well it's doing? Or lambasted about its a dead on the market because Nintendo is killing it in the market? Its very clear Sony is not going to make another and just put playstation portable games on smartphone's android based, with bluetooth game pad support, and freaking call it a day.
What the f*** Sony, this is a bitchslap to vita owners.
What's next? Remove Netflix?
Wtf.... removing YouTube.... stupid move! That's something I often use, infact I use it more than I do to play games.... great move Sony! Oh, use the browser.... yeah... great! Another reason to give android phones a +1 over the vita in terms of features.... r.i.p vita :(
I actually use YouTube more so on the Vita than I do on anything else. This is a stupid move by Sony!