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Sony Just Needs to Let the PS Vita Die Already

The PlayStation Vita was supposed to change the way we played portable games, and for a while it did. As a day one adopter I can say, without a doubt, that I had never played anything as close to console quality as what I did on the PlayStation Vita. It wasn’t the packed in Little Deviants that changed my mind in the way that I played, yet games like Wipeout 2048 and even more so when I got my hands on Uncharted: Golden Abyss. I thought to myself, ‘hey self, you’re awfully good lookin…’ oops no that was another situation. Sorry, back to the Vita, I thought to myself ‘why will I need a home console in the future if this is what is available at launch’? I mean I knew eventually that there would be the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles and those would be ones that set themselves far beyond what the Vita could handle.

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Axonometri1534d ago

No. Get a PS Vita and PS Plus. Great value and been loads of games.

Fizzler1534d ago

Whatever helps you sleep at night bro!

IGiveHugs2NakedWomen1534d ago

Remote play has insured that the Vita will be around for a few more years.

VIVA LA PlayStacion Vita!!!

Snookies121534d ago

Had a Vita since day one, and I still use it quite frequently. So, I'm good.

Blank1534d ago

Cant sleep while playing my vita and its many games in my 32GB card, as for what I suggest you do is spend less time trolling on articles that dont pertain to you.

kreate1534d ago

"Whatever helps you sleep at night bro!"

Same to u bro..

Blastoise1534d ago (Edited 1534d ago )

Vita's had the best games this year, tons of good stuff. Been playing Freedom Wars a lot lately too.

Foehammer1534d ago (Edited 1533d ago )

Remote Play is now on tablet and phone

Vita just lost it's life-line

EDIT

No reason to buy a device that only plays games when your phone or tablet can do it

Loktai1534d ago

@Foehammer

Now TRY remote play on something without an external controller, vita works much better in most cases especially when it has its own games. It wasnt the success the PSP was which I think was its name honestly confusing people as to what it was... like with Wii U (So many people still buying Wii U games trying to play them on Wii because they didnt even know what a Wii U was).

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danny8181534d ago

tried to support the vita but I ghave up after. The games didn't feel right. Mod nation racers felt soulless. Killzone Mercenarie felt like a chore to play online because of the lack of community, and the memory cards were too expensive. The games aren't there. And it looks like Sony has given up. What games are they pumping out. I was so hyped when it came out with friends and got one. No one plays theirs. For years now. I stopped earlier this year with tearaway. I do miss LBP, and Wipeout 2048 tho. And tear away too. It did have its gems. I cant lie. But if you get psplus best get a big expensive memory card to chug along with it

breakpad1534d ago

once a monster hunter will be released for the console then all the haters will shut up

Anon19741534d ago

I still play my Vita regularly. Rather hooked on Spelunky right now when I'm not remote playing Minecraft. I agree with Axonometri. PS+ and a Vita is a perfect match. There's a tonne of great content on the Vita that's great for those times when you just have a few minutes to play and titles where you've got an hour or more.

Really, I can't find myself caring much about the public perception of the Vita, or articles like this. I play my Vita all the time and enjoy the hell out of it and there's far more games for it that I want to play but simply don't have time for. Sony could declare the Vita dead tomorrow and that would have zero impact on how much I'm enjoying being a Vita owner.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1534d ago (Edited 1534d ago )

PS+ Great value if you're interested in playing a lot of indies that is.

If not just save up for some PSP and Vita games instead.

assdan1534d ago

I don't get articles like this. It's not making a ton of money, but if you have a dedicated fanbase, keep supporting them.

gamer78041534d ago

glad to see for once the disagrees and agrees , accurately show that the vita has a lot of promise still. I'm enjoying all the rpgs on mine.

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Hipp01534d ago

I actually waited to buy a Vita, I've had mine just under a year now and actually I'm fairly happy with it.

It doesn't match up to how much time I put into my 3DS but with a PS+ subscription there are games I enjoy pretty much every month. Not to mention some of the free titles kept me occupied for a while, Destiny of Spirits was a little bit of an addiction for a few weeks.

I don't think they should kill it off, I think they just need to release more retail games.

theXtReMe11534d ago

Terrible article. The Vita is an awesome machine that Sony just needs to push more. With some great first party titles and more third party support, it would be a hit. The price needs to drop to $99 to get undeniable market penetration, to attract more developers and therefore, more gamers.

At $99-$129, it is in impulse buy range. Remote Play and PS Now is icing on the cake, allowing gamers to take the best of Sonys 4 consoles, plus handhelds, with them... anywhere they go.

OtakuDJK1NG-Rory1534d ago

it is awesome machine but to say Sony need to push it more is too late. Japan is fine but the west it too late.

HOLDERofFOOD1534d ago

If they do a clever rebranding and get more triple a game support it could totally come back to life in the west.

Loktai1534d ago

These "indie" games are actually normally quite robust for a handheld. A game that might seem kind of indie on a full size PC or console hooked up to a TV played on a handheld isnt the same "low end" experience its considered to be normally. A game like dont starve or whatever might be smalltime but on handheld smalltime is all there is... and with bigger games some of the JRPGs it has and though Im sure its not for everyone killzone mercenary there is alot of life in the vita.

My $0.02 from someone whos owned a vita for a while and knows other people who do. And yes Freedom wars is pretty great honestly. TALES OF HEARTS R coming to vita soon enough.

madcowzz1534d ago

You're right about the price range. I bought mine open box at a Best Buy over the summer for $99 as an impulse buy, and I'm so glad I did. With my PS Plus subscription, I've already got a ton of free (good) games to play on it to keep me entertained, of which it has done a great job at. The only problem I have with it is how big the games are, I can only fit a select few on my 8GB memory stick at a time, and with the amount of free games I've accumulated, I can't fit all of them at once, not even if I was to get a 64GB one. Once they release 128GB versions, I'll be a happy camper. But just not with what the price point would be

Protagonist1533d ago

Terrible article indeed.

Anyway here is "Thisgengaming" headline 2 weeks ago.

"5 Reasons Why We’re Excited for Halo: The Master Chief Collection"

Tells a thing or two.

VirtualKatz1534d ago

This is the very problem with the Vita though, it just doesn't get the support, or the games that are needed to keep it alive. Why would you need a Vita if your smartphone does remote play? If you wanted to play the Vita games that came out get a PlayStation TV... they're cheaper in the long run. This makes a lot of sense here.

gangsta_red1534d ago

I didn't know you could do remote play with smartphones and tablets. I thought it was PSNow that was compatible with all portable devices?

PSTV is a great way to play Vita games but I heard it doesn't support all Vita games due to that gimmick feature of the touchpad or something similar.

I do agree that the Vita is just not getting the games that are attractive to consumers. All I see are otaku type games from Japan being released on it and it's actually looking to be a scumbag type of device because of this.

It does look to be a great companion device for the PS4 but I personally have no desire to play next gen games when I'm outside. I usually have other things to do when I'm out, like living life.

Utalkin2me1534d ago

Only mobile device that supports remote play is Xperia Z3. So no smartphones do not support remote play.

IGiveHugs2NakedWomen1534d ago (Edited 1534d ago )

The Xperia Z2 smartphone and tablet now support remote play.

Omran1534d ago

Playstation TV is not handheld gaming system :)

SmokingMonkey1534d ago (Edited 1534d ago )

Killzone Merc

LBP vita

Gravity Rush

say otherwise.

I love my Vita. but the problem with the Vita is that it is a portable made for adults. Most adults don't have time for portable gaming. This is why the 3(DS) does so well, it's made for kids but is also enjoyed by adults.

The Vita is what it is.

KonsoruMasuta1534d ago

There mut be a low population of adults in the world, then. It would explain the sales.

nodim1534d ago

Funny thing is: there are.

Utalkin2me1534d ago

Its just adults are not more into portable gaming such as kids are. That was his point.

KonsoruMasuta1534d ago

@Utalkin2me His point is wrong.

It's poor sales is not because it's not because it's aimed at adults.

It's because of overpriced memory cards, poor first party support, lack of advertising, and lack of games that appeal to people outside of the Japanese market.

Let's not ignore the giant elephant in the room.

NihonjinChick1534d ago

There are a lot more issues than what you're talking about.

SmokingMonkey1534d ago (Edited 1534d ago )

@Nihon & Masuta

You're both right, there are other points/faults/reasons as why Vita sells the way it does.

But my point is still valid, portable gaming is more often enjoyed by kids.

The funniest thing about the overpriced vita memory card issue is that, Sony/PS had to make a proprietary
memory card or the Vita would have suffered Hacks like the PSP did.....which made it more popular for consumers and less popular for developers!

Catch 22

I still loves my Vita, playing Borderlands 2 and will probably pick up Freedom Wars. Oh and I will be Building on LBP3 with remote play while my girl watches TV.

Loktai1534d ago (Edited 1534d ago )

@KonsoruMasuta most people dont look at the memory card pricing before buying. You know you can delete and redownload things and anyone smart enough to look into the memory cards know that too. Its just an excuse people make who already dont want to buy it to hammer on the system, people who actually OWN the machine hardly complain about this and if you buy physical copies you almost dont even use the memory card. A single 16 or 32gb mem card could probably hold a full year's worth of PS PLUS titles. The first party support isnt poor and neither was advertising- the main problem was the name pure and simple. People didnt know what it was based on the name.