The future finally looks bright for the PS Vita

After a pretty lackluster first 17 months for the PS Vita in America and Europe, Joe Thomas takes a look at whether the future of the console looks any brighter.

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bothebo3500d ago

Yeah we have three really nice pieces of software coming to the Vita. However, look beyond October, what is there after that? Practically nothing. Sony said at E3 they would have 80 something games coming out before the end of the year. WHERE ARE THEY and what are they? Show us something! Show us games that will have us excited about 2014! They better rock it at Gamescom.

P.S. Really fucking excited for Tearaway

joe_thomas253500d ago

Gamescom is going to be a real test for Sony, both for the Vita and the PS4. I'm just hoping they'll really pull it out of the bag.

bothebo3500d ago

I'm not so worried about the PS4. They've effectively already won the console war in Japan with an exclusive FF and KH3 which is only coming out for Xbox 1 and PS4 not the Wii U. Even with hard hitting software in Japan Nintendo still hasn't done well there other than the 3DS. Japan is Sony's.

America will be a struggle. Sony already won a lot of people over at E3. Largely the hardcore who got pissed at MS and decided they wanted a system for gamers and not a media hub. However, I find it hard to believe that Sony will win America because it is MS home turf.

Europe should be interesting. Europe is generally pretty divided but as of late the PS3 has been dominating. I'm also enthusiastic for Sony in Europe because SCEE is by far the best and most competent region with some of Sony's best 1st party developers.

Anyway, I really think they should focus on the Vita. Since the PS4 is so easy to develop for why should they continue to focus company assets on making games for it? Hopefully 3rd party support will be enough to allow them to invest more resources in the Vita.

Divine3500d ago

im hoping they do so too im very excited

flankhim3500d ago

A real fps shooter would be nice.

IMightBeRetarded3500d ago

I've never played a first person shooter shooter (or possibly a frames per second shooter), but a good first person shooter would be killzone mercenary.

Snookies123500d ago

@bullymangLer - The Vita feels great in the hands. I'm sure some people's hands won't quite mesh with it, but that's true for any handheld... Loved the DS, hated the feeling of the DS Lite for example.

BattleAxe3500d ago

I've been wanting to get a Vita, but the only games that I am really interested in are Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Killzone: Mercenary. They're going to have to show more support for AAA portable games before I take the plunge.

mcstorm3499d ago

I have been really unimpressed with the psv. I got mine on day one but there has been a reel lack of games I want for the psv and also some of the games I was really interested in were a let down like mnr with no mp.

Due to life changes I've no longer got time to play games like I have done in the past and I've had to pick between the psv and 3ds and decided to keep my 3ds as looking at what a coming out over the next few months the 3ds has a better line up. It is a real shame the psv is not getting the love it should by Sony as the hardware is amazing but at this moment in time it is really lacking in software. I hope Sony can get there act together with the psv as it could go down as one of the classic gaming Systems.

NumOnePS3FanBoy3499d ago

@BattleAxe If you haven't played Gravity Rush "Daze" TRY IT. It is a PSVita gem. And there's plenty of other great games outhere.

Saigon3499d ago

I think the part that was missed in this article was remote play and the functions that Sony is planning to apply such as mandatory that devs develop PS4 and Vita in tandem.What Sony is trying to apply is if you purchase a game on Vita you can play it on both consoles and vice-a-versa. This in my opinion will take vita a little further, because of this I am thinking of purchasing a vita.

malokevi3499d ago

Of course it is. VITA is the only companion device for the PS4. They are essentially cramming it down your throat if you want the full experience.

Some people don't like to admit it, but having that companion touch/remote screen is practically an essential feature. Already I use Smartglass about as much as I use my controller.

People give MS crap for a lack of options, but Smartglass has struck the perfect balance. I wonder if Sony will come up with an app for android/iOS devices? I don't see why not (except to spur Vita sales... which is perfectly understandable, considering it has struggled to sell)

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bicfitness3500d ago

In case you haven't noticed, the turnaround for Vita titles from inception to release is about one year max; and that's for the AAA stuff. Middle tier games take about 6-8 months from announcement to localization and release. The smaller stuff gets released at times without warning. I wouldn't be worried about Vita software. I'm a JRPG nut, so the release slate looks excellent as far as I'm concerned.

bothebo3500d ago (Edited 3500d ago )

One year max for a AAA Vita title? You can't be serious. I can tell you for a fact that Soul Sacrifice took around two years to develop.

bjmartynhak3500d ago

Which means, that whatever AAA title is revealed at Gamescom will probably be released for the next holiday...

I would really want have some for the first quarter of 2014. There is just nothing relevant after KZ Mercenary.

xxPillsxx3500d ago

"Sony said at E3 they would have 80 something games coming out before the end of the year."
Well it's 5 months to go so chill the hell down and wait for Gamescom, TGS and daily news man, more will come, it's not like they have to show us immedially after they annouce the games.

TwilightSparkle3500d ago

your right I just hope 70 of those 80 games arent indies, tgs is for japanese games cause last they announce a bunch of vita games but they were japan only so far so dont get your hopes up

dcj05243500d ago

God eater 2, ps4 remote play, Phantasy Star online 2, Freedom Wars and the rpg in tge article.

demonsoul3500d ago (Edited 3500d ago )

Will post these again for the 3rd time.

"Current" (These Games I mentioned Were all Decent games, All are pretty much Great games). If You Don't Agree, I Don't Care.

Persona 4: Golden

Gravity Rush

Assassins Creed 3 : Liberation

Uncharted : Golden Abyss

Zero Escape : Virtues Last Reward

Mortal Kombat

Soul Sacrifice

Disgaea 3

Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus

Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3

Street Fighter X Tekken

Little Big Planet

Dead Or Alive 5 +

Oboro Muramasa

Unit 13

Need For Speed

Metal Gear Solid Hd Collection

Ragnarok Odyssey

And So on etc.
If You would sum up all the games of Vita, There is an average of 2 to 3 games per month for its Library which is not bad as people would want it to be. Developing Games for Vita is Much harder and longer than the 3ds.

"Upcoming Confirmed"

Killzone: Mercenary - September 9 2013/West

Tear Away - October 22,2013/West

Final Fantasy 10/10-2 HD - 4th Quarter/West

Dragons Crown - August 6, 2013/ West

Toukiden - 4th quarter 2013/ West

God Eater 2

The Walking Dead Season 1 and 2/400 days

YS: Memories of Celceta

Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland

Valhalla Knights 3

Awhile ago at the Anime Expo 3 games are announced for the Vita.2 coming from NIS.

And So on etc.

+ Indies, PS1, PSP Library of Games.
+ Not Yet Localized Games from Japan.

WTF! These People are talking about that Vita Has no games? LOL! No game Your Asses. You just need to Work to earn Money for you to purchase these games.

As What Sony Have said,
"We will talk about Vita later these Year"

"Gamescon is all about Vita"

Satisfied Haters and Trolls?? if Not,. Just LOL!

chestnut11223500d ago (Edited 3500d ago )

@kingliam3 I think he meant Gamescom ;) just a normal type error. Nobody is perfect :)

admiralvic3500d ago

How in the WORLD could you forget Freedom Wars? That is looking to be one of the most exciting upcoming titles. Same with PSO2...

RockmanII73500d ago (Edited 3500d ago )

Persona 4: Golden
Mortal Kombat
Disgaea 3
Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
Ultimate Marvel Vs Capcom 3
Street Fighter X Tekken
Little Big Planet
Dead Or Alive 5 +
Oboro Muramasa
Need For Speed: MW
Metal Gear Solid Hd Collection

Dang look at all dem ports and remakes, too bad the only original games worth playing are Uncharted, Gravity Rush, and Soul Sacrifice.

demonsoul3500d ago (Edited 3500d ago )

@admiralvic : Sorry It is just that I forgot it because there is so many games to tackle. Yeah Freedom Wars surely would be Amazing

@RockmanII7 : Yeah Right. I Pity You for having a bad taste. As if I care with Your Opinion.

Phil323500d ago (Edited 3500d ago )

Talk about needing to reassure yourself of your purchase. That is freaking pathetic. Why don't you go outside and reevalutate your life if you have to defend a *insert expletive here* electronic device like it was your mother?

SonyPS43500d ago

You can list games and they are good games, but none of these games have mass appeal and the Vita lacks heavy sellers. There is a reason the Vita isn't selling and that is not the consumer's fault.

LOGICWINS3500d ago

@demonsoul-Obviously u care about Rockman's opinion. You cared enough to respond to his comment lol. You seem very insecure about your purchase.

tubers3499d ago (Edited 3499d ago )


(likely "System Sellers/Proven")



Unit 13
RO:O Ace = PS3 multi-plat (updated RO:O) coming soon

(Pop to Niche)

Sorcery Saga


PS360 = DragonBallZ:BoZ
PS3 = ProjectVersusJ
PS3 = DragonsCrown
PS3/PS2 = GoW 1&2
PSP + Ex = DanganRonpa 1&2
xDevices PORT/MP = TWD/400

--- --- --- ---
PS2 PORT + Extra Content = P4G
3DS MultiPlat = VLR
PS360 P/MP = SFxT
PS360 P/MP + Extra = DoA5+
Portception w/ Sidegrade Feat. = NGS+
Portception = MGSHD
PS360 PORT + Ex = MKV
PS3 PORT + Ex = Atelier:T+
PS3 PORT + Ex = Atelier:M+
PS3 port + Ex = D3
PSP MP = Toukiden
Wii PORT = Muramasa
--- --- --- ---

Guess they didn't name it PlaystationPORTable 2 for the negative stigma.

Hanso3499d ago

mmmmmm cant wait for Ys Celceta o__o

andibandit3499d ago (Edited 3499d ago )

Alot of those games are great but the problem with your list is that alot of those games, or variations there of,
are also available on/has been played to death, on the Vita's big brother PS3.

As a personal example I Do not have an appetite for the following game series right now, on any platform:

Assassins Creed
Mortal Kombat
Ninja Gaiden
Ultimate Marvel Vs _____
Street Fighter OR Tekken
Dead Or Alive
Need For Speed
Metal Gear Solid Hd Collection

All those titles by themselves are good games, im just in the mood for something else.

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Phil323500d ago (Edited 3500d ago )


XINTSUAI3500d ago (Edited 3500d ago )

Well, we also don't know what will be released to 3DS in the 2014.

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bisejazuhu3499d ago

just before I saw the draft which was of $8646, I didnt believe friends brother woz like they say actually erning money part-time from there pretty old laptop.. there moms best frend started doing this 4 only 8 months and recently took care of the loans on there appartment and bourt a top of the range Maserati. I went here......

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SpideySpeakz3500d ago

I could careless about the Vita. Handhelds for a much maturer audience have proven to be a failure time and time again. And it's not only that, the cost of Vita and memory cards are ridiculous, and little to no support for games.
Sony should devote their focus on the PS4, and slowly end this Vita stuff.
The more they focus on the Vita-failure, the less focus the PS4 will be getting.

tigertron3500d ago

You could care less? so that means you care quite a bit then?

Heisenburger3500d ago

Lol nah he said 'careless', as in he was very careless when proofreading his comment.


Divine3500d ago

i have to admit that the memory sticks for the vita are insane. but to say they should stop the vita stuff? your not a gamer

Phil323500d ago (Edited 3500d ago )

I hope you say "your not a gamer" to people who troll other systems, but I'm betting you don't.

I would say you were a typical N4G user then.

yeahokchief3499d ago (Edited 3499d ago )

Vita owner here. I'm going to be playing mine all day today over my ps3 games.

i had your opinion until I started playing the games.

soul sacrifice, wipeout 2048, uncharted, lumines, escape plan, hotline miami, and ps1/ps2/psp classics on a hanheld. its a fantastic device that complements the ps4 since you have crossplay for a ton of games.

i highly highly recommend picking up the hori screen protector and then the 5$ grip off new egg. Pretty key accessories. Also either a 16gb or 32 gb memory card.

r213500d ago

'the Killzone and Call of Duty games were a bit rubbish really'
CoD I get that, but KZ? Its not even out yet :L

Anyways, I agree, the future for vita is getting brighter. Tons of games i cant wait to get my hands, from indies games like Lone Survivor and Terraria to AAA games like Dragons Crown and Tearaway :D

xxPillsxx3500d ago

I think he meant Resistance or I'll kill him :V
GTA comes out andddd we all win.

r213499d ago

Hopefully someone updates him, dont bunch a great studio's game with one who wasnt all that good.

admiralvic3499d ago

I believe xxPillsxx is right, though it's not like it makes a difference. Two awful games, from one lackluster developer. Maybe if someone good screwed it up, but that is not the case here.

r213499d ago

Yup, Nihilistic made 2 awful games that they changed their name to nStigate to hide their past :L

DEATHxTHExKIDx3500d ago

This article pretty much says Vita is getting ports of well known games. Hopefully gamescom is where Vita gets its time to shine cause Im not impressed with this list.

Baylex3500d ago

Well, i gues you're right but most of these ports are really nice, and I don't consider The Walking Dead a port, because it's very recent, its just coming out late for the vita..

SonyPS43500d ago

It needs games of its own, ports are great when they play well, but Jak Collection is a poor example of a port worth buying. Games designed for the Vita from the ground up is what this system needs.

Baylex3499d ago

It's a poor example to you, you see, there will always be people that end up buying this games, like me. Allright, it may not be enough to push the system sales up, but at least it keeps me distracted with my vita. At least that's something.

And of course that I agree with you on the ground up games!! Killzone it's gonna be a hell of a title on the vita!! And I hope more companies can see the good oportunity to create new games, just like taking the momentum of this game to announce new ones.

xxPillsxx3499d ago (Edited 3499d ago )

Who doesn't like good ports like GTA? Even if Vita only gets good or bad exclusives I will still be sad if there's no GTA, GOOD resistance, GOOD COD, GOOD Battlefield, clearly the Vita can take open world as Need for Speed Most Wanted is a good example and Gravity Rush and more so GTA and the rest shouldn't be hard and I'm fine with a bit downgraded graphics too. So in the end we need half exclusives and half GOOD ports, and we're all happy!

dcj05243500d ago

God eater 2, freedom wars, killzone, tear away, dragon's crown, that rpg that was in the article ( just heard about it), and phantasy star online 2. Oh....... but vita has no games. My bad.

Phil323500d ago (Edited 3500d ago )

Reassurance post from a Vita fan #455000.

Snookies123500d ago

Quit trolling please. Don't like the Vita, that's fine. You don't have to go around posting things like this though.

demonsoul3499d ago

Then hide with your Mommy Ninty's skirt.Vita Fans ain't benefit from the likes of You.If You live in Ninty's World I Beg You,Don't step into the Holy land of Sony. >_<