The PlayStation Vita; destined to be the most underrated console ever?

Digitally Downloaded writes: "The only way to really understand the quality of games available on the Vita is to either own a Vita and head into the download portal, or alternatively do some research in the first place. This leaves the console in the unfortunate position of having poor market visibility, and as such I do think it's going to wind up being, at best, another PSP - a console that only really found a home in Japan, but at least there its audience was sustainably large enough that local developers and publishers saw value in creating some of the finest games of the generation for it."

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Protagonist2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

The system is so underrated, it is beyond crazy... plus I believe this is the last dedicated handheld gaming gadget we will see from Sony Playstation.

The future of gaming handheld, will be on phones, which might not be a bad thing though, with the right peripherals and cheap games.

"The only way to really understand the quality of games available on the Vita is to either own a Vita and head into the download portal"

miyamoto2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

Call me crazy but I was really expecting a portble PS3 or PS4 from Sony before the NGP announcement.because of rumors of Sony using ARM technology.

Sony could have just made a very slim version with its own screen.
Seriously PS3 or PS4 needs a portble version like the PSOne with its own LCD screen.

So PS3 or PS4 needs a laptop like form factor but still can be hooked up to an HDTV. Laptops, tablwts and smartphones are doing this even wirelessly.

I believe Nintendo is streamlining and combining home console and its.handheld line.

This is the future of console.gaming.

Protagonist2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

My opinion is, that the Vita already is close to being a portable PS3, the games on it look better than PS2 games and close to early PS3 games... I mean look at games as Uncharted and Killzone for the Vita... they play excellent and look damn good.

Now compare games as LBP or Dragon's Crown with virtually no difference between the Vita and the PS3 + the fact that the Vita streams PS4 games without any issues... it just makes the system complete and utterly amazing.

mikeslemonade2102d ago

Yea the hardware is real nice from the dual sticks, to back and front touch, to power, to the buttons etc. Suprisingly the systems fit well on my hands. I rather play the vita version over a ps3 version because the controls are actually better on the vita, oddly.

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UltraNova2102d ago (Edited 2102d ago )

The Vita is great even the PSP was great, their games lineup are some of the best, the controls and feel are top notch and best of all they offer affordable gaming and now with the ps4 increased connectivity. Then why is it underselling?

IMO people are moving away from dedicated handhelds as the next thing is obviously smartphones with their all in one capabilities. Who wants to carry with them a portable gaming unit and a phone when they can have just one who does both?

Its not Sony's fault, although one can say they saw the writing on the wall even if the DS is clearly defying trends, nor is the lack of support for their handhelds.

Sony should terminate their handheld program with the Vita's life cycle end and make all their games exclusive to their Xperia phones.

Today 5+ inch smartphones are the norm and broadly accepted. This way they can continue to offer the best portable gaming experiences with the added bonus of a super sleek smartphone as icing on the cake. Yes the touch screen controls will make things trickier but with everything new a learning curve is unavoidable. It makes perfect sense business wise.

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Bundi2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

It was over-hyped and the games under-delivered and now it is stewing in it.
Everybody was running around doing the aeroplane and high fiving each other thinking it would be the ultimate portable gaming machine!

Well welcome to what everybody already knows, great hardware isn't worth a velvet painting of a dolphin and a whale getting it on if it doesn't have games equally as great!

People now fall over themselves for last gen scraps in the form of HD collections and ports of games that can be played on just about anything with a screen.
Not so Next Generation Portable if the games are last gen.

levian2103d ago

That's the truth of the matter. Honestly, and I know 99% of the people here will disagree me into oblivion, but the Vita feels like it's suffering from a case of the Wii U. It looks kinda neat, the idea is awesome, but there's just no games (that I like).

I like literally 1 or 2 of the games out for Vita. I don't enjoy fighters, those anime art styled games, and I have three other platforms that can play all the indies the Vita can, and I don't really have a need for the portability, so that's not a must have feature for me either.

SilentNegotiator2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

Come on, Vita isn't underrated. People aren't buying because even Sony isn't giving it much support anymore.

The lineup is weak, it's more expensive than its competition (never good for a handheld's sales), and it's not very portable, so sales are weak.

They screwed up the launch HARD, too. So many rushed versions of big game series. No quality control at all.

randomass1712102d ago

I get what you're saying (and that sounds a lot like the Wii U when I think about it) but I don't think that all makes the hardware bad. It has a small number of exclusives, it's compatible with some PSOne Classics (and someday soon we can buy ALL of them), indie games, even full new console games, and it has a lot of cool features like its HD screen and remote play. I think it will sell a decent amount over time as more games come out, same as Wii U.

3-4-52102d ago

I love my Vita even though I don't have many games for it yet.

The main issue really is that a large majority of the games available for the Vita are VERY Niche games.

They only appeal to certain gamers and when they don't appeal to you they REALLY don't appeal to you/me/us/we.

* Same thing though. If you happen to really like a certain type of game, then this system could be your favorite ever possibly.

There aren't enough games yet that appeal to a wider or broader audience, but more games are slowly trickling in.

* A few new IP's announced at E3 would be nice.

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Bennibop2103d ago

Best console out at the moment absolutely love mine! Its a must buy for PS4 owners as remote play is fantastic.

Anon19742103d ago

Yeah, I'm finding the remote play for the PS4 pretty damn handy. Just a great feature added on to what was already a great console.

Mankey2102d ago

Certainly seems to be underrated as of now.

Tons of great games to play on the system and it seems to just be getting more and more support from devs

FoxTC2103d ago

Last Sony handheld I bought was the PSP and that was great, the Vita is smashing it out of the park with it's games, performance and link up with the PS4. I don't own a PS4 yet but WHEN I get one I will also get a Vita. Might even treat myself to a Vita sooner rather than wait.

Protagonist2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

Get it sooner! cause I strongly believe, this type of gaming will be the last we will see, before android/Windows/Ios takes over the whole market...

But, there is no doubt that in the future, the Vita will be seen as the most underrated and Ironically the best handheld gaming gadget ever made.

VforVideogames2103d ago

Dont get one theres got to be a reason why is not selling

DCfan2103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

Xblaze, Dangan Ronpa 2, SS Delta, Tales of Hearts, Oreshika, Demon Gaze (released recently), HDN Rebirth 1 & 2 and PP and Noire's game, Freedom Wars, Gravity Rush 2, Disgaea 4, Akiba's Trip.

Oh, wait, japanese games don't count, we have to get fed up with shitty mainstream titles on almost every platform.

Snookies122103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

Hmmm, why don't you actually look up what games there are for the system. There are a LOT of exclusives... I hate having to list these off to people who don't look them up, but here we go just off the top of my head. Uncharted Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, Tearaway, Killzone Mercenaries, Ys Celceta, Freedom Wars, Oreshika, Demon Gaze, Dangan Ronpa and its sequel, Sword Art Online Hollow Fragment, Persona 4 Golden + Disgaea 4 Return (including these two because they both have all sorts of new stuff that the originals didn't), Soul Sacrifice & Soul Sacrifice Delta, Unit 13, Destiny of Spirits, Tales of Hearts R, etc. (People can't honestly say there's nothing in that list that interests them...)

These are just off the top of my head. Also, if you want, I can go into all the games that are for Vita in Japan that have yet to be announced for the west...

Thehyph2103d ago

Vita has so many games.

You just don't think it has games because it doesn't have some super hyped western made AAA lamefest. (Commonly referred to as a "system seller")

Hicken2102d ago

Over 500 games of various types, genres, and prices, guy. Believe it or not, the Vita had actually caught the 3
DS in quantity by its first year, and there are more than a few quality titles in its library.

Of course, to know these things, it requires you to not be trolling, and, well...

Anyway, before you start ranting about there only being HD remakes or some such crap, why not try actually being knowledgeable about the system's library?

Not that it matters. You won't get marked for trolling, so there's no reason for you to stop doing so.

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TheLastGuardian2103d ago

The Vita is as underrated as it gets. I love the Vita with a passion and everyone else just seems to love bashing it. People claim it lacks games, meanwhile I'm over here drowning in Vita games. Why must people be so negative towards my beloved?

nope1112103d ago (Edited 2103d ago )

Haters gonna hate.

Edit: Wow, somebody's at full force with the disagrees. Haters just love hating.

Thehyph2103d ago

What's the attach rate now? Like 15-20 games or something stupid?

People think that the Vita is an absolute bomb, but the truth is that per single Vita hardware unit sold, more money (averages, of course) will be made from that unit than any single PS3, PS4, WiiU, 3DS, Xbox 360 or Xbox One.

randomass1712102d ago (Edited 2102d ago )

Like SilentNegotiator said above, there ARE some critical factors when it comes to Vita. It doesn't have enough exclusives to really entice people outside of the Sony fanbase. Of course we love it! It plays most, if not all of the games we want. But not everyone cares for that novelty. When you look at 3DS, it's cheap and has a lot of games you won't ever be able to play on Wii U. Vita is more expensive and has a lot of games also playable on its console brethren. I love Vita's hardware as well and I want to get one ASAP, but unfortunately its low sales and criticism are not entirely unwarranted.

cluckey072103d ago

I own a PS3, PS4, and Vita. I play my Vita far more than PS3 and PS4 combined. It's not that those systems don't have great games. They do. It's that I can watch TV, do homework and just about anything else while playing. The games are addicting and I love my Vita so much.

patchzon2103d ago

I do agree,the vita is awesome and i will always love that little piece of hardware no matter what people say about it,for me its the best handled ever made and i also play it far more than my PS3.People have to understand that the vita is unique in its own,comparing it to the DS is like comparing a toyota corolla to a maserati ghibli.In my opinion this beauty is made for hardcore gamers whith special needs so of course the market for it is small.Im buying a PS4 next week,and i just realised that the reason of getting it,is because i own the vita.

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