Sony: “We’ve Put a Serious Investment Into Our Long-Term PS Vita Plans, A Lot of Stuff in The Works”

Sure, the Vita might have one of the biggest launch lineups in history, but that doesn’t really matter in the long run – what’s most important is what you’ll be playing on your Vita four, five or even ten years from now. With the PSP, the handheld quickly suffered a severe lack of releases not just from third parties but from Sony themselves, a mistake they promise not to make with the Vita. - PSLS

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LX-General-Kaos2492d ago

The Vita has amazing things in store for its loyal fans years down the road im sure. Just like the psp did.

OmegaSaiyanX2492d ago

PSP was a failure, it was horrible to hold and lacked support.

Since when do 'loyal' fans get anything special? Loyality just means blinded to one brand and keep giving one company all your money and in return get a product that has an improved camera and people flock and walk over each other to buy - you know what im talking about.

What Sony do is take risks, they have clearly taken their time and developed not only a powerful handheld but more on top.
I expect full support for the PS Vita and given its capabilities its clear that it already is. I think the PS Vita is also an insigt to what the PS4 may offer also which is very promising indeed.

LX-General-Kaos2492d ago

The PSP sold over 70 million units with an arsenal of world class videogames to back it. There was absolutely nothing wrong with the original psp. It may not have sold as much as the DS for its time but it did amazing for a non nintendo hand held device.

jidery2492d ago

considering the psp has outsold the Xbox 360 and ps3 in nearly the same time frame, I have yet to figure out how it is a failure.

jujubee882492d ago

Too bad you had a different experience. :)

OMEGAZONE2492d ago

I don't know what world you're living in but the PSP had loads of support.

cpayne932492d ago

Horrible to hold? It felt a lot better to me than holding a square aka the ds. It did lack support at times though, but at this point it has a large library of excellent games that I will still be buying after I get the Vita.

But I think the holding thing was just a matter of getting used to it.

Jolt2492d ago

I'm happy to read the above comments, now I no longer feel like I'm the only one to think that the PSP had the best support for a handheld, that was decent to hold, and that the DS feel like a square...

I still can't believe that the PSP got so much hating and the DS so much love.

For those who now will call me fanboy, I love GBA, GCN and Wii and I like the DS too, but c'mon, if the DS is "the best handheld ever" and the PSP is crap the world is really starting to get topsy turvy...

(english is not my 1st language so sorry for the mistakes :( )

RioKing2492d ago (Edited 2492d ago )

"There was absolutely nothing wrong with the original psp."

Whoah whoah whoah. The PSP was great and all...but it still had its own little things we wanted changed. Didn't people have problems with pixels dying on the screens, and the lack of 2 analog sticks frustrated me.

Blaine2492d ago (Edited 2492d ago )


Saying there's nothing wrong with something is not the same as saying it couldn't be improved.

Yes, dual analog would have been greatly appreciated. But when the PSP was launched, no handheld even had analog sticks, so 1 was already an improvement over the competition.

Also, its games library made great use of the system's capabilities, despite the lack of a right stick.

I'm glad the Vita gave us the second stick we've all wanted for so long, but at the same time I've been very satisfied with my PSP gaming experience.

And the dead pixels problem was only with the PSP-2000, I think, no? I have a Go and the screen is great!

sikbeta2492d ago (Edited 2492d ago )

PSP wasn't a failure, but it was backed by the PlayStation Brand from 8 years ago and the Sony from the same era = the biggest selling system brand without a doubt and nothing else, MH made it rise it again in Japan when support for the device was almost dead, now things changes alot and the rise of the I-Devices + Smartphones and tablets are making things even worst

Vita is a marvel, but Sony should have adapted to the times and made it more capable, so it could have competed with devices that are in the current market

b-real2492d ago (Edited 2492d ago )

say it was a failure is a bit much, but it certainly lacked support.

BRING on the disagrees!, Regardless what you blind fanboys believe, the PSP had less quality software than ANY other gaming device that I have owned. The amount of times I would go to the shop and not find 1 game that I was interested in purchasing occurred a LOT more than with any other console. Thats not to say it did have good games, the quality games that did release for it for as good as any, but it didn't receive as much support as it should have.

Why else would Sony be making such a song and dance about Vita support if they did not believe that the PSP had a few issues in this area?

tarbis2491d ago

If the PSP was a failure, then what would you call Atari Lynx, Neo Geo Pocket, Gizmondo, N-gage, Wonderswan Color, Game Gear, and many others that you never even heard of.

ConstipatedGorilla2491d ago (Edited 2491d ago )

@ OmegaSaiyanX

What in the hell are you trying to articulate?

By the way, just ordered my 3G Vita on Amazon and cannot wait! For some reason, I don't get it till Friday though. I must have missed the preorder window.... :(

rezzah2491d ago

Owned my PSP for possibly 8 years now, and to me it was never a failure.

This is all a matter of opinion.

stunkilla2491d ago

r u trolling? i thought the psp was great and im not even a hardcore fan just a regular gamer

Pushagree2491d ago (Edited 2491d ago )

As a gaming machine, psp was a complete and utter failure. This is pretty much an undeniable fact. The problem was it was touted as a handheld ps2, but it only had one analog stick, so you never really got the "ps2" experience that psp promised. PS2 ports like the GTA stories games felt like gimped versions of the superior ps2 games due to clunky camera control. The only 3d game series that was any good was God of war because of its fixed camera approach. Maybe if they made games that would have functioned well with the psp (something Sony admitted was a huge mistake not to do.) Instead of putting .5 versions of ps2 games on the psp, it would have been better as a gaming system.

The real achievements of the psp came from it's technical prowess. Handhelds ventured into the multimedia hub for the first time, being able to play videos and music and hold images. Nintendo, focusing on a minimalist standard for it's systems would and still does not see the potential of the handheld. Sony saw that with the psp, but the lack of an analog stick brought it down really hard. I see psp as a prototype. Vita is what psp should have been and I expect it to lead the revolution into handheld 2.0.

tiffac0082491d ago (Edited 2491d ago )

To the gamers that are saying the PSP had a lack of support, that is both somewhat true and false.

It had great support at the beginning of its life cycle but once the perfect jailbreak by Dark Alex was released and couldn't be stopped by any firmware update, the 3rd party devs abandoned the PSP.

Only a few 3rd party devs continued to publish games at the end of its life cycle.

As for the lack of 2nd analog stick, well no one really understood why it wasn't implemented on the PSP at the get go, then again all handhelds that came before it had no 2nd analog stick to be successful either.

Here's to hoping Sony can get all those PSP games available for download on the PSV, so everyone who didn't want to play on the PSP (because of the lack of 2nd analog stick) can enjoy the games on the console with that said feature.

ThanatosDMC2491d ago

I think, he meant it got screwed over by pirates.

kaveti66162491d ago

"As a gaming machine, psp was a complete and utter failure. This is pretty much an undeniable fact."

Did they eliminate the education budget where you live?

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DA_SHREDDER2492d ago (Edited 2492d ago )

yeah underrated games like Artic Edge. BTW, FF on the psp sucked. And to all the people who say the psp had teh gamez. Yall are dweebs.

Colwyn2492d ago

Sony always gives there consoles mass support.

Thatguy-3102492d ago

Well hopefully it doesn't end up like move.

Megaman_nerd2492d ago (Edited 2492d ago )

but there is tons of shovelware coming out for the Move like House of the Dead 4, Buzz Music Quiz, Grand Slam Tennis and other core games like Ninja Gaiden 3, Sorcery, Bioshock Infinite, and Metal Gear Rising that will offer Move support so, your comment does not make any sense.

There is a total of more than 80 games for the Move u know.

Thatguy-3102491d ago

But like you said its shovelwear. When they were nearing the move release they stated how they were going to fully support it but everything thing that is coming out for it just has move support as a second thought. Were are all the titles that make move a must have accessory? IMO they haven't support move for squat.

SilverBullet1292491d ago (Edited 2491d ago )

Tarbis : "If the PSP was a failure, then what would you call Atari Lynx, Neo Geo Pocket, Gizmondo, N-gage, Wonderswan Color, Game Gear, and many others that you never even heard of. "

Man the Game gear was one huge beast for it's time, remember having a huge amount of fun with it way back in the day. The Ngage was nice concept too but just was ahead of it's time.

I also don't remember the PSP having huge support for it at all but you can blame the hackers for that even though they added some pretty useful features to it like Game Categories. I have always hated how the XMB just places everything in one huge list.

With that said, I also can't wait to hopefully get my Vita tomorrow and start playing it very shortly after.

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knifefight2492d ago

That would actually give it a little boost in Japan, too.

dredgewalker2492d ago

Nice one, Patapon was really addictive....the only drawback is when the songs get in your head :)

jujubee882492d ago

I loved playing this game and having my brain compartmentalize the Patapon song and layering that with mashing a certain amount of buttons, (all in time!) was awesome.

Reccomend the Patapon series to someone and just say, "you're welcome."

dredgewalker2491d ago

Yeah it was so fun getting in sync with the game music. This was the only game that no one was permitted to disturb me while playing it. It was also strategic for a music game. It is a great game that deserves to be included in the Vita library.

dredgewalker2492d ago (Edited 2492d ago )

Sorry double posted.

dbjj120882492d ago

I certainly hope they have, but I think everyone would agree that the UMD transfer program should be part of the early plans.

alexcosborn2492d ago

That's great news for Vita owners. There's so much potential for the platform.

thehusbo2492d ago

Good to hear. Buying the vita tomorrow :D can't wait!

Snookies122492d ago

Same here man, same here...