A look into the main problems that probably lead Sony’s handheld system into a death ahead of time.
huh ?, is actually alive and kicking and still receiving games all year long. Google it if you don't believe me ;)
Yh it's been dead a good 4 years in the west, it was as if Sony gave up straight awau. A few indie games doesn't merit "alive and kicking". It's been alive all along in Japan tho I suppose.
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It has been alive for any gamer who enjoys Japanese games, regardless of where it is. It flopped like the WiiU sure, but for me personally it was very much alive. Tons of new retail Japanese games and Remote Play for my PS4 games was well worth the investment. Admittedly however, if you do not like Japanese games, you will find the library lacking. I however, love them.
Why write about something that's been dead for 4 years?
it's been alive with the help of breathing machines at best. I ADORE the Vita, even more than the 3DS, but it's hard to keep the damn thing alive and well if its maker has little faith in it. It's a Dreamcast-level machine in terms of being misunderstood.
If by games, you mean obscure indie games and Japanese visual novels, then yes I suppose you're right.
Tons of quality JRPGs on the console. In fact, for a while the VITA was the best place to find them.
Ur a meme
Lasted longer then Wii U still supported into 2019 and people still paint a early death campaign. Dreamcast died ahead of its time. Saturn died ahead of its time, vita may not have sold well. But died ahead of its time is not true at all
I mean, Sony stop published physical games for it in NA after just like 2 and a half years, and they stopped publishing games for it altogether after just 3 and a half years. At least the Wii U still got first party support up until 4 and a half years after release.
Maybe you haven’t got the news that Sony stop making the Vita.
Let's not fool ourselves. The system is not alive when this is your upcoming lineup: https://m.uk.ign.com/upcomi...
Heartbreak at its finest, am absolutely amazing little machine that wasn't appreciated and given a chance.
How was it not given a chance?
Well it was delt a shitty hand. Proprietary memory cards that were over priced, lack of price cuts, and Sony pulling out too early with their 1st party content did the VITA in. Luckily however, Japanese 3rd party devs kept it alive for as long as it has been. VITA is a dream come true for JRPG fans. Switch and PS4 are now filling that role, but for a while the VITA was the best place to find them honestly.
It died because of lack of dualshock 4 support? Uh....LOL. Is that a joke?
Yeah, wat? XD
Yawn, this again. Mine is still alive and kicking. However, what are they citing, the proprietary memory cards, lack of AAA games, lack of true LR2+3 buttons/triggers, initial price?! Yes heard it all before. It is true, but nobody can deny that for a niche system it has definitely held it's own.
Dunno if just allowing your system to exist without releasing a steady stream of games for it is "alive and kicking". The reality is the Vita never received a single game that sold extremely well. I think a few hit a mil and I'd expect Minecraft did well but it never received a single must buy game. The main difference with the Wii U is that Nintendo fought a losing battle but the 1st party games still sold very well. Surprisingly well considering the install base. Sony just gave up after each game they made failed to push the system. It's a shame because the tech is great but was never utilised. I'd say both Sony and Nintendo learnt some important lessons from these consoles that played a role in their current successes.
Sony didn't support it
This is all the article needed to say really.
The Vita is almost 7 years old. Y’all expect it to last forever? And those memory card are expensive and not sold everywhere.
GameStop was selling the 64gb memory card over $100 which is more than buying straight from Japan. I would have bought the 64gb, if it was $60 the max. Sadly, I am trying to see if PlayStation drop the memory card price in Japan so I can buy it cheaper.
I still play my Vita . Chasm is a fun Metroidvania and lots of Jrpgs but no major AAA support for some time (hardly at all) . It is great as remote play if you have the L2/R2 triggers (they are 20$ or so)
After 3 years on the market Sony decided to stop supporting the Vita with first party games. After playing Killzone a year later I got rid of it,though I love Sony's gaming consoles I'll never buy or trust Sony when it comes to handhelds again.
@Elda I wouldnt say don't trust Sony with handhelds, but if they do make another they should offer a clear roadmap of what is to come and explain what would make it different from the Vita.
Maybe for you but I'm done with supporting Sony handhelds.
The PSP was a really awesome handheld, though they get many things wrong with the Vita. I personally would rather see them support a new handheld than hanging on to the PS VR.
7 years is a good amount of time and more than most consoles so it did not really die ahead of time.. The Wii U on the other hand died after a year.. talk about dying ahead of time!
Sony abandoned it after 2 years, nintendo at least waited for the 4th and final year to jump ship lol
I don't think the list really gets to the bottom of the issue which is a difficult thing to figure out. Most things listed were part of it except the PSP dual stick thing, the games weren't made for another stick but you can map the stick to whatever controlled the camera so honestly it's nearly as good, tho still 8 directional. Memory was probably the biggest problem on the list as it was a huge point of contention, they were proprietary and expensive. The cheaper 2000 model was I think kinda a good move Vita were expensive and cheaper screen and materials might have brought it down enough for some. They also reduced the size of the back touch. Which was a big problem the the article doesn't list. It was rarely used and when it was used well was even less common, it just made the console more expensive. Vita is a good machine but I think one of the biggest flaws was it didn't completely commit to the home console on the go. If it did fully commit it would have dual triggers, clickable sticks and not have the touch pad. The Vita could have beat the switch to being a port house with literally any ps2 games working well on it. Final Fantasy X felt at home there, where I chose to play it, Persona 4 Golden another top seller was also a PS2 game. Being able to just think of the VIta as a console where it was cheaper to develop for but acting the same as a traditional console is monstrously appealing, and is somewhat why it's still around. Not just ports but new games coming out regularly with a stream of PS2 classics in between would have kept people on the machine. Only going half way to being a home console by adding a second stick and tacking on a gimmick touch pad was where the Vita failed. It could have predated to the N10do Switch for the port craze and with the added triggers and clicky sticks actually been really good for remote play with the PS4. I should tighten up my writing and get a job with a game journalism site instead of putting all my effort in a comment nearly nobody will read.
We were sold the promise of big budget AAA games for it, and SONY hit the abandon button almost immediately.... tragic, because Killzone Mercenary was a great game and showed the huge potential of the little handheld....A proper God of War portable (like Ghost or Chains) , a well done Call of Duty (not the 1/2 baked garbage they sold) , A motorstorm or a drive club, and maybe a high end Ratchet and Clank with some proper 3rd party support and we'd be singing a different tune here.....
Vita is / was amazing. Unfortunately it didn't appeal to the average American gamer. Love my vita and laugh at the anti sony fanboys and the people that only ride fads, crying it is dead or wanting it to hurry up and die xD Vita is a fabulous system. Just doesn't have the library the average American wants. Not that I care. I'll just import from Japan if need be~
Absolutely love this system. The games on it are great, and had a great run with the third party and indies. This is truly a collector's system, and a gem to have in your gaming collection. My physical game collection is almost complete with well over 100 games. I will be playing this system for years to come.
Discontinuing the OLED version fairly early. Bad battery life. Lack of HDMI/TV out. Overpriced, proprietary memory cards. #1 reason: Lack of first party support.
Those goddamn overpriced memory cards.
That's weird I'm still buying and playing games on mine also using remote play
Sony should make a PlayStation Portable 3
Lack of AAA support
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