To be fair, Sony's handheld system's looming demise is not the most surprising thing in the world.
The system was too good to be true. Killzone and Gravity Rush *drool* I am unworthy.
*SNAP* another one for the cringe collection
Haha well the switch is better than the vita now anyway.
It was a great idea & I really did like mine. I just felt the controls let it down. The rear touchpad was a touch of genius. All the front buttons just felt a bit meh most importantly the thumb stick was just utter crap - I suppose that’s not the consoles fault just a side effect have having such a small/thin device. I just wish it had just a little bit of extra power too. When I got bored of it I got the tools to hack it so I could try messing with it but just never got around to it. It’s all still sitting on my film cabinet now that it’s officially dead might get around to it.
not having the same trigger system really hurt the system. I primarily use mine for Remote Play and it sucks having to use the front touch screen as replacements for the second triggers.
There was vita hand grip that had triggers on it. Worked really well too.
@NapalmSanctuary - yeah, but that was an optional attachment that came from a 3rd party. It should have been in the design to begin with. I have a grip, although it still only has the single triggers.
The only problem I had with the controls is that the placement of the analog stick caused my carpel tunnel to flare up. I brought some extenders and it helped a lot. The d-pad could cause blisters because it was a bit stiff and had hard peaks which rubbed into your skin, but I didn't play many games that used it that often. The rear touch pad was mostly unused in game, and its functionality is spotty in remote play.
Port all that shit over to ps4.
The PSTV with a dual shock is a great little system. Pretty cheap to buy too.
8 years a good run with plenty of controversy
December 2011 it was released so not quite 7 years.
If they are officially discontinuing it in 2019 and it released in 2011 that’s 8 years. Either way it’s a good run for something people claimed was dead a year after it’s release.
Er... Wouldn't call it a good run.
As soon as Sony started reporting Vita sales with PSP sales back in 2012 you knew it was going nowhere. Shame, I loved the PSP but was so hoping the Vita would have supported micro SD even if only for mp3 and mkv, etc.
Love this console. Still a few more games to get before I officially wrap up my collection. I will be playing it for years to come.
Hell yeah. I'm supporting a decent backlog myself. Limited run games has helped contribute over the last couple of years. Game on!
Use my vita weekly. Playing persona 4 and xcom mainly. Downloaded ys viii not too long ago.
I was a huge supporter of the PSP and even owned the PSP Go which I loved. However, I never picked up the Vita because of the whole memory card fiasco. I'm sure it's what kept many punters away.
The memory card fiasco? What's that? edit: I just googled it, and the only thing I found is that 32GB memory cards sell for 60$ or something. They're not sold with the system and are needed to play the thing or what?
It's lasted 6 years, I would say the vita ending it's life cycle is not that shocking. Those damn memory cards ruined it tho.
Damn right it did. Would have cost me $100+ to import a 64 gb card from japan and those things apparently have a high failure rate. I filled up my 32 gb card (@$2+ per gb btw) before I even bought any vita games.
Yep, I had to buy 2 64gb cards because they die, if/when this one goes out. Im done with vita.
Best hand-held console I ever owned. Playing the likes of Uncharted and God Of War, Resident Evil, Killzone, Assassin's Creed and plenty of the amazing PSP and indie titles. Just a shame Sony didn't make more first party titles for it. Might have to buy one back at some point but I did have to tell mine when the youtube support was dropped.
It is unfortunate, I wish Sony didn't drop the system and released some lower budget quirky games like Nintendo does with DS / 3DS. Stuff like BoxBoy, or WarioWare. Alas, history has written off the Vita in the same way Wii U has been written off. I own 4 Vitas and 1 Vita TV so I'll never have to worry about the future if one or two Vitas break on me.
Wii U has a successor, of course it's been written off. What kind of comparison is that?
I think they could have revampd it and salvaged the product. I guess you only get one shot at initial market impact
They tried by releasing the LCD edition a couple of years after launch.
It was so close to being perfect, thumb sticks not great and lack of back triggers. As for the memory card gate, it was like sony wanted it to fail.
I think the main problem with the Vita is perspective and wrong timing. If that came out now, people would love it, but when it launched, some people complained about having a console on the go.
I remember the articles and comments saying that people dont want a full console experience on the go. I am utterly dumbfounded at the hypocritical turnaround in the last 5 years with the switch. Now everyone wants a full console experience on the go. Lol.
When this came out it was at the height of casual gaming on mobile phones. This device was aimed at the hardcore and that's a big reason it failed. It didn't help that Nintendo dropped the price of their own handlheld to compete against the Vita (if i remember correctly) and then also catered more directly to the casual market with Nintendogs and other similar software. Sony did support the Vita with some cool looking first party IPs but then quickly left it up to third party developers until eventually the more niche, otaku, loli type games were the only things left for it. Excellent system, it should be commended for lasting this long.
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