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Submitted by playswitch 1445d ago | opinion piece

Sony PS Vita: Game Changer or Game Over?

Sony's new portable gaming machine packs a punch, but is the PS Vita the victim of being the right hardware at the wrong time?

Popzara looks at the next-generation portable's potential in a mobile world dominated by smartphones, iDevices, and Nintendo. (3DS, Android, Apple, Industry, iPad, iPhone, Nintendo, PS Vita, PS3, PSP, Sony, Xbox 360)

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Titanz  +   1445d ago
Still too early
Let's just chill out for a second.
darthv72  +   1445d ago
it's a game changer...
from the perspective of those it is geared towards. No doubt the core audience that has been following along (myself included) are taking in every bit of sexiness this unit has to offer.

It would only be a game over if the casual consumer didnt find the same appeal as the core audience. That is the big hurdle to get over right now. Creating the mass market appeal to get consumers to bite.

To them, it doesnt offer anything new. Meaning it isnt a complete convenience package. This society is spoiled on tablet/phone convenience that a dedicated platform might not offer. True that sales of the ds/3ds have been great from a "gaming" pov. From an overall pov they are small. You have to figure the target audience for the ds are kids (and older but mostly kids) and parents buy them to shut the kids up.

So would that same sentiment translate to the vita? It certainly offers the better gaming experience (technically) but parents may see that price and think twice. It certainly is worth every penny but it isnt disposable. I for one wouldnt let my kids play with a vita considering i know how they treat their ds's. If theirs breaks I buy them another one. That seems to be the edge nintendo has in the "gaming" portable market.

Vita, I would say, is the more adult portable gaming market but for those that really know what its all about. You have already caught our attention sony. Now what to do about the millions of others who arent paying attention?
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S_C  +   1445d ago
agreed definate game changer
SilentNegotiator  +   1445d ago
With the twin sticks and all that power? It's a definite game changer so long as the good games keep coming. I've dreamt of having 6th/7th gen style games in portable form for a long time.
ABizzel1  +   1445d ago
Less than 1 week in and I can say from a hardware perspective the Vita is the best handheld ever made by a large margin.

Now Sony and the devs. have to prove the Vita is worth the asking price with more games and more features.

If the Vita fails then gamers have failed themselves. Regardless if you're a hardcore fanboy of another system the Vita is the best of handheld gaming and being on this website proves that most of your are hardcore gamers so you should have a Vita.
Death  +   1444d ago
"If the Vita fails then gamers have failed themselves. Regardless if you're a hardcore fanboy of another system the Vita is the best of handheld gaming and being on this website proves that most of your are hardcore gamers so you should have a Vita."

Of course this only applies if you are interested in a dedicated portable.

Elimin8  +   1444d ago
I say game over... And it aint for sony.. My wallet's already hurting on the PS3 so imagine how raped my Bank account will feel in the next couple weeks having to buy both PS3 and Vita games..
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StraightPath  +   1445d ago
still too early but price drop will be good :D
DragonKnight  +   1445d ago
Oh for the love of... ENOUGH OF THIS B.S.!

Look, absolutely NO ONE can say ANYTHING about the Vita's success or failure. The damn thing just came out and we have already been plagued with 923489123491242347134891723489 1273987 "articles" about it's success or failure (mostly failure). I'm not even going to bother reading this damn article because A) Who the hell is popzara? And B) There have been too many articles about this.

Hell, any Vita article doesn't even have to be read. All you have to know about pretty much every Vita article is that they all contain at least 1 of the following.

-$250 is too expensive. (Even though we loved that price at E3, if Nintendo can't sell the 3DS for that price, no one can sell anything at that price.)

-Japanese launch was a flop (even though it wasn't)

-Memory cards are too expensive (in addition to the $250 price being too expensive)

-X Feature isn't included at launch (disregarding things like licensing and copyright issues)

-Smartphones are teh pwnz and will take over all gaming. (Even though core gamers don't want that at all and no smartphone can match the prowess of a dedicated gaming handheld for games)

Am I missing anything?
Ser  +   1445d ago
"-$250 is too expensive. (Even though we loved that price at E3, if Nintendo can't sell the 3DS for that price, no one can sell anything at that price.)"

LOL - It's funny because this is how people actually act.

Spot on post, all of your points rang true.
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PinkFunk  +   1445d ago
Hahaha. You said it brother.
TotalHitman  +   1445d ago
American's are spoilt for shit, $250 is £157 here in the UK. People would run to the shops for a Vita at that price. But because we get fucked all the time, the RRP for the Wi-Fi version is $349 (£220). And you don't even want to know how much the 3G version costs but here is a little hint. It's over $400.
Death  +   1444d ago
It's funny how people from other regions complain about SRPs. You need to consider cost of living and wage scale when comparing prices. SRP should be relatively close when factoring these in.

dragunrising  +   1445d ago
Game changer. Dual analog sticks and digital downloads available same day as retail made me a believer, not to mention the gorgeous games.
arika  +   1445d ago
definitely a game changer! if you are a real gamer and tech savy person you have to own this. there is nothing like this out in the market right now. i believe when people realizes how amazing this machine is, it will be sold out and people will have a hard time finding it.
sikbeta  +   1445d ago
Game Over, dedicated handheld gaming is on the way out, IOS, Android and Wphones will fix your gaming needs in the future :)
arika  +   1445d ago
@ sikbeta game over for you probably. but unlike you a lot of gamers still prefer to have analog sticks and real buttons on their gaming machine just like me and w/ ps vita you have the best of both and then some. touch screen front and back dual analog sticks, 6 buttons, cameras, six axis or tilt control and quad core. tell me a phone that have all of this features? none? right? maybe after 2 years there will be one but as of right now vita beats every phone or handheld device out there.
mantisimo  +   1445d ago
You just stick with angry birds Sik I'll be playing Uncharted with 2 analogues.
xtremeimport  +   1445d ago
the biggest problem with it right now and i guess always with portable gaming these days is that its directed at a niche market. only the most dedicated gamers are going to be looking for a portable console. all the others are just gonna be on iphones or tablets.
i shouldnt say "all" the others..but a big number of them. I'll get a vita, just not the right time for me.
LX-General-Kaos  +   1445d ago
The Vita has not had a chance to put up a fight yet. It is far too early to make any predictions. It is fair to wait and see how things are in a year from now.
FrigidDARKNESS  +   1445d ago
I totally agree it's far to early and the developers barely scratch the surface of what it can do. I'm picking up my Vita this weekend or sometimes next week.
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JoGam  +   1445d ago
My opinion, its a game changer. This is coming from a guy who had every PSP and who currently owns two PS3's. So far, this is by far the best handheld experience I every had. I got the 3G model from Amazon.
Pixel_Enemy  +   1445d ago
I just realized that I have also owned all the PSP models (except the go) have two PS3s and a new vita.

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Soldierone  +   1445d ago
If you are not an Apple lover, it's a game changer. Anyone with eyes can see what its made for and how well it does it.

The media will do this and that to try and compare it to Apple Icrap and say its failing because it didn't have a bunch of brainless drones sitting in line everywhere when it launched, but who cares. This isn't for them. If they get a few of them to tag along that is great, but Sony is targeting the gamers and people that want actual casual games.
brettyd  +   1445d ago
I'm a fan of Apple products, not a fan of IPad gaming though. Just got my vita this morning and in my opinion it's definitely a game changer. With the apps, console like game experiences and PSN connectivity it does everything. I was surprised how well the browser worked. I've only spent about an hour total with it and am loving the hell out of it.
Soldierone  +   1445d ago
I don't classify you as an Apple drone. nothing wrong with liking their products, but its the people that think Apple are gods of everything that I can't stand and are the ones that are "drones"
dredgewalker  +   1445d ago
True, you can buy any Apple product as long as you don't buy into it's fanaticism. Even PSP games are far superior to what Apple's game library.
BigBoss1964  +   1445d ago
Bloody hell it just released :/
Flatbattery  +   1445d ago
Jeez, it was launched in the west two days ago, hasn't even seen it's first weekend yet.

From a serious gamers perspective it's got everything you need in a handheld at a decent price compared to iDevices. No contest in my opinion.
Redcrimson101  +   1445d ago
It's a game changer. All the vita needs to do is drop it's price and talk to developers to bring some awesome games to the system. Gta, street fighter,castlevania, metal gear. When those games come an them some they'll be fine
Yangus  +   1445d ago
Sorry,not offical.....
New MGS not coming Vita,and Castlevania 3DS 100%.

Future MGS game multi!
Say Kojima!


Vita:"Its a psp with better graphics"Not revolutionary.

Say Vita owners!
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Waddy101  +   1445d ago
Yangus. You comment on every single Vita article with negative comments and it's quite clear to see that you're a 3DS fanboy.

And yes Metal Gear is coming to the Vita, they are releasing the Metal Gear Solid HD collection on the Vita:

Also, it's not a 'psp with better graphics'.
That's over-simplifying it, Sony listened to what gamers wanted from the PSP and put that all into a new handheld. Touch-screen, Dual Analogs etc. were all requested by gamers so they listened and included them.
Just because one person who claims to own a Vita says that doesn't mean that is the opinion of everyone who owns one. The people who i know have a Vita and have spoken to about it say that they much prefer it to the 3DS.
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Soldierone  +   1445d ago
"PSP with better graphics" Really? Then what do you call the better/bigger screen, two analog sticks, rear touchpad, touchscreen controls, motion senseing, and all its other features? Are those just "better graphics?"

From what I'm hearing the Vita is everything gamers want combined with some of the best stuff other devices offer. Your not even giving it a chance. Its okay to like the 3DS, its not okay to want the Vita to fail.
Jihaad_cpt  +   1445d ago
one bubble and then I decided to vote against that bubble
klecser  +   1445d ago
"psp with better graphics" is like calling the 3DS a "DS with 3D". Just ridiculously inaccurate. You're making gracious 3DS fans who also want the Vita to succeed look bad. You have one bubble for a reason. Take the hint, shape up or leave the internet.
MaximusPrime  +   1445d ago
Come back in a year time...
Ascalon94  +   1445d ago
exactly, it just launched, how can they judge it so quickly?
Janitor  +   1445d ago
I love my vita but how is it a game changer? Its a psp with better graphics. It is what was expected. Not revolutionary.
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Megaman_nerd  +   1445d ago
PsP didn't have touch-screen, touch-pad nor dual analog sticks. On top of all this, a robust online service.

If that's not a game changer then nothing else is.
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one2thr  +   1445d ago
Capable of show casing better visuals than current handheld devices...
Only handheld device that currently has a total of 8 cores (Cpu/Gpu)...
Only handheld device that currently has two ACTUAL ANALOG STICKS...
Only handheld device that currently has a "Jazzy" tone made specifically for its user interface,that I know of...
Only handheld device that currently has a front and back touch sensitive panel...
Only handheld device that currently has every means of motion sensing (Sixaxis & 3 point eletronic compass...
Only handheld device that currently ha the most easiest way of actually ending a program/application...
Only handheld device that has a SHIT LOAD of tech, and yet doesn't cost an arm and a leg to afford, WITHOUT A CONTRACT...
It not being a "Game changer" is a bunch of malarkey... That is all sir
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Rageanitus  +   1445d ago
IT is nothing revolutionary but one thing for sure its a very welcome device to the gamers out there
JBSleek  +   1445d ago
It will be outpaced and out preformed by phones soon. It needs a price drop or it wont be no contest.

A $300 Vita 3G


A $300 Dual A15/Quad A9 with 4G

It won't catch mainstream.
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PirateThom  +   1445d ago
And the phone STILL won't have a game like Uncharted.

Stop bringing up phones like they're relevent to the Vita, they're not.
Game3s  +   1445d ago
The uncharted on the Vita clearly shows with it's touchscreen enabled that it is possible on the phones, I don't like it but it is what it is.
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Rainstorm81  +   1445d ago

It isnt possible to play U:GA with the touchscreen alone you still need things like the analog and buttons.

U:GA is a far cry from something like Infinity Blade
Games4M - Rob  +   1445d ago
Thats like saying that Killzone 3 is possible on the Wii because they both have motion controls.
PirateThom  +   1445d ago
The touch controls of Uncharted on Vita actually show why it's NOT possible on the phones. The fact it's used for, basically, context sensitive stuff like the charcoal rubbings or using the machete on plants are pretty much the standard stuff you'd see as full mobile games and, yes, I conceed you could probably move around ledges and ropes using the "path" on the touch screen... but, it doesn't use touch controls for free movement and shooting and that's the key difference. It doesn't try to force analogue controls on to a touchscreen which is where phones will continue to fall down for proper games.
AusRogo  +   1445d ago
Iphone is like 400 bucks more than the vita (in Australia here) id much rather not spend so much on a phone, all it needs it to ring and text. Outperformed by phones? No shit, fucking kids are getting phones these days, thats just obvious.
Edit: so many fucking 3ds fanboys, incredible.
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coolasj  +   1445d ago
Phones are on contracts. Everyone needs to remember this. Try to buy a non contract phone and enjoy paying $500-$600.
BubloZX  +   1445d ago
Let me know when UMvC3 is out on the phones or when games like uncharted become available.
Transporter47  +   1445d ago
wrong place for my comment**
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Gamerita  +   1445d ago
vita is good machine but in the hands of Sony it wont succeed that much if any,but put it in the hands of Nintendo & it will do wonders.
BubloZX  +   1445d ago
LMAO. If Nintendo touches it it'll sell well but it wont have 3rd party support.
Gamerita  +   1445d ago
it will,machine of this power will certainly have 3rd party support aka ports.

reason why Nintendo will do much better with the Vita is because their games type are far more suitable for hand held gaming,sony games are like home consoles squeezed onto a tiny 5 inch screen & priced the same too.
Game3s  +   1445d ago
Nintendo's handhelds have the most third party support of any gaming based platform go look it up o.o
Megaman_nerd  +   1445d ago
Nintendo's consoles don't have good 3rd party support but when it comes to handhelds that's an entirely different story.
BubloZX  +   1445d ago
@gamerita the 3ds has decent specs, powerful enough for most applications though yet the 3ds doesn't have anything other then Netflix which the wii hassle. And almost all of their noteworthy games are first party. Outside of a crappyversion of COD and shovelware Nintendo's 3rd party sucks.
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Braid  +   1445d ago
Meh, I already got mine and I didn't need to wait nor I hasitated for a second, as I'm one hundred percent sure that it will be flooded with AAA quality games in the future and most of you here moaning about how it's already outdated and how it is set to be doomed will be buying Vita and playing God of War as you spawl in a trance.
coolasj  +   1445d ago
I usually don't mind these articles, I use them as practice for making counter points for gaming when to my apple fanboy friends. But this one, is just so expansive. He took every other doom article and combined it into this one. I'll just make one point then.

Screw Moore's Law. Even if technology keeps progressing at this pace, optimization is king. Why do you think the PS3 still looks fantastic? And the PSP is capable of wonderful graphics with a 333Mhz processor? Those quad core CPU and GPU are going to carry the Vita forward for a very long time.
josephayal  +   1445d ago
Is the future for $250.00
ylwzx3  +   1445d ago
Who cares?? Game on...
IWentBrokeForGaming  +   1445d ago
I will most likely get one but Im waiting for a revised Vita with better battery etc.. and a price drop would help as I just can't do it yet!

But played on 1 at Best Buy today and I fell in love... Uncharted... enough said!
DarkBlood  +   1445d ago
i originally planed to wait till boxing day till theres some sort of deal or if they did something during the E3 week but after touching it with uncharted at gamestop the other day i didnt want to let go the feel of it the look of it the screen i wasnt sure if it was in front or behind a glass lol

i have now made the wait more painfull then ever before

*for those who dont know its the black friday of canada basically only after christmas day*
mamotte  +   1445d ago
It's a great device, and I dont see it failing anytime. I dont see it as a game changer, though.
playswitch  +   1445d ago
For the record, this article doesn't answer the question it poses. It's not a 'doomsday' piece or pot-stirring, either, but actually a cautionary look at what 'might' happen in the current environment to the Vita and why that is.

Hopefully, those who actually read it will see this.
dukegodtezza  +   1445d ago
why is vita always in the xbox tab ???
urwifeminder  +   1445d ago
Yeah i agree i click xbox to look at xbox news.
mayberry  +   1445d ago
"Yeah i agree i click xbox to look at xbox news."

There's xbox news?.....

I keed! I keed!/
NoTheMama  +   1445d ago
Man, we really should just ignore these articles guys. They are stupid & just seem to get everyone worked up
Killman  +   1445d ago
This is getting VERY. ANNOYING. DOOOOOOOM. As always. Every console. These type of journalists should shut the hell up. Let us enjoy gaming as it should be, instead of going DOOM about EVERYTHING. Has the Vita done anything right to these pessimistic assholes??? Whatever, me saying it will not change the reality I suppose.
ironmonkey  +   1445d ago
i love it. i put in down for 2 minutes and cant stay away from it like i'm bout to miss something. quad cpu and gpu, find something that small with those specs that cheap. im happy with it and everyone i know are interested and loving it as well.
ziggurcat  +   1445d ago
can we please stop approving these garbage doom articles?
tarbis  +   1445d ago
He's praised about the DS and 3DS having a clamshell that protects the screens then bitch about the PSV having none.
Well, I've got news for you. If the clamshell is so damn great then why don't these smartphones adopt it? It can protect the screen right? Why the almighty iphone don't have it and many others?
ziggurcat  +   1445d ago
i'm pretty sure that the front of the vita is made of the same (virtually) scratch-proof glass that the smart phones use. so really... fail article is pretty fail.
tiffac008  +   1443d ago
Some of these complains are starting to get really silly now.
_LarZen_  +   1445d ago
Best handheld ever...
Horny  +   1445d ago
Game changer to me, I have gained back some interest in video games.
JoeSchmoh  +   1445d ago
Now that the PSP has two analogs now, a lot of games can be made for it now. I don't need to play videogames on my cellphone to drain my battery, nor do I need a Ipad/Tablet to play videogames. Talk about taking steps backwards with limiting the controls to just a touch screen. Now, if you had a button layout on the touch screen mimicking the console controller that'll be cool, like the touch pad controls for SF4 for the Iphone.

The reason the PSvita is an issue is because people are more obsessed with Graphics and Online Multiplayer more than they should be concerned with gameplay controls. Nintendo is about to revolutionize the game industry again with the Wii much will these companies kill themselves to satisfy us gamers? I'm getting a vita when a new model is released, I still have the lastest model of the PSP and I barely play it, but it's cool as fuk cause I got all the RAW ASS psOne classics on there and now that I herd that Rival Schools is being released on the PSN soon. Mysteriously the PSvita is gonna be able to play PS1-3 games downloaded from the PSN...WATCH! Sony said the PS3 slim couldn't play PS2 games, then they started to released PS2 games for d/l on the PSN. If you've been following playstation since the 90s, you know sony is the best, nintendo don't care about graphics and Xbox needs to make a system that don't keep breaking.
Ascalon94  +   1445d ago
this will definitely be a game changer, this is the perfect device for college students who dont have room to bring their consoles with them but still wont a console like experience. Can't wait to get mine in a few months.
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