The PlayStation Vita tried to create a high end mobile gaming solution, but failed to achieve even a fraction of the sales of low end systems like the Nintendo 3DS or even the iPhone.
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it's a shame because vita really is amazing. The size of both the console and the screen, the weight, the placement of the buttons, it all makes it sit in your hand so comfortably. It always took me time to get used to other consoles, both psp and nitendo stuff, but vita feels just like a PS controller. I honestly don't know how the next console will be able to top it. It honesty brakes my heart to see it fail.
Almost 2019... Still playing on a PSP 3000 with my sims 2, crash bandicoot and no wifi cuz it won't connect... Sadly I didn't know when I brought it used it would be PINK. somewhat glittery PINK. Got it at a decent price earlier this year
My god this pos, is such wii u knockoff. Ps vita is equivalent to homeless man's shit soiled/stained wrinkled up toilet paper, always found in bathroom floors in subway stations, and McDonald's in ghetto as neighborhoods.
I remember when friends were trying to get me to buy a vita while was rocking the 3DS, they kept telling me how much better there Vitas were. Now.... I'm still rocking the 3DS... How's those Vitas boys?
I honestly think what killed this system wasn’t the price of the games, but rather that it was too ahead of its time. Anything prior to 2015 would have been too soon to introduce “download only games”. SD cards weren’t cheap at the time, and many players game libraries would be limited to the devices storage. Using physical disks or cartridges gave a console legitimacy at the time, and consumer confidence required tangibility. The fact that the vitas games were download only , made many gamers uneasy. The same concerns would have and partially did, cause concerns with the switch. However Nintendo avoided most of the shade thrown on the Vita, by including a cartridge port.
I got the 1st edition edition Vita bundle (Launched a week early) back in 2012. Was a decent handheld looking back, but after a while i kind of sensed it was flopping and sold it. I think the main problem was that at the time smartphone gaming was really becoming a thing and the PSVita was put in a strange area, it was the first "gaming handheld" where you could buy into a cellular plan...but honestly, who wants to pay for that?, we already have a cell phone bill, also Sony never really established any dedicated exclusive PSP games that would have enticed people to buy into the Vita, most of the PSP games were watered down versions of PS2 titles. The 3DS was less of a media handheld and more of a dedicated gaming device, so the 3DS found it's own place and it's own success. I honesty don't think the market will ever be in a place where it would make sense for Sony to make another handheld.
Also you forgot unlike the 3DS you have to buy a over priced memory unit and the Vita not only launched more expensive than the 3DS but it NEVER got a major price cut like the 3DS. Also it had AWFUL marketing. Sad because I love Killzone Mercenary
thing is , game was loved in japan more than DS but most of those japanese game never made it into the west and so the meme of "vita has no games" was born.
The other issue was the memory cards being to expensive , even when you can pirate the games now ,people still don't want to have anything to do with the vita.
Still most of the japanese games are Visual novels , JRPG , online games similar to ragnarok 2 o your tipical mobile game , most of them have PS2 graphics. Some of them where ported to PS3 later on like for example:
-umineko no naku koro ni VN
-some fighting games, i don't remember the names
I gave up on my vita because they didn't release triple A games often... I wanted games like GTA,2k,Tomb raider, hitman,you name it. Instead they gave me persona and a whole bunch of japanese indies...sigh
My personal problem with the vita was the proprietary memory cards. They were super expensive, only available in certain sizes at most stores, so the bigger ones were hard to come by and even then they were stupidly expensive.
And also does the 3ds have a feature that can connect to the console. No it’s does not so I would prefer to get the psvita and also psvita has better controls then the 3ds but this is just my opinion ok no hate.
The PS Vita stoped production and I bought amazon’s last one. There are only a few good games. I remote played fallout 4 with it and it ran super smooth. Wish they got more games on it.
Sad it failed. Hope play station tries again
The Vita failed mostly because all we got at the beggining were tired Western styled games that not that many people liked to be honest, they felt like watered down versions of the home console ones. Decent graphics but poor controls and gameplay.
Now, years after the console was released we are getting game after game of nothing but japanese JRPGS, Visual Novels and Action games, that are super popular.
Man, playing Bullet Girls Phantasia is giving me a lot more fun that Resistance Burning Skies ever gave me.
If we got all those games years ago, the Vita might have been as much as a sucess as the PSP was.
Omg finally! My friends and i (mainly me) agree the same! Do you guys remember the 'psp go' a psp about the size of a phone and it was download only. Yea ahead of its time aswell. Or the sony xperia go a phone/psp system?? Loved mine, still do!
The PS Vita failed for a number of reasons. Sony wasn't even trying when it came to exclusives for the vita. Heck I would argue they got lucky when it came to 3rd parties, because had Nintendo given up on the Wii U, I promise it wouldn't have been kept alive with 3rd party and we wouldn't see a switch. The memory cards were specially made for the vita and severely overpriced, I suppose it was to counter hacking but look what happened. The vita didn't get very much marketing, like Sony expected people to buy it without knowing it existed. It is a shame we may never get another Sony portable, since they make some interesting games, but if we do get a vita successor, I hope Sony learns from everything they did wrong.
even though they are still making vita games sony recently ceased production of physical copies of vita games. i guess the vita is knocking on death's door (well so is the ps4 cause sony announced that the ps4 is near the end)
Basically, portable systems, due to usually having somewhat lower power, are cheaper to make games for than consoles. The Vita, aiming to be as high-quality as consoles like the PS2/3, costed developers an arm and a leg, meaning fewer companies were willing to invest in games for it. What sells a console is the games, not the specs, and Sony was overambitious.
An exploit that I noticed (from hindsight) is branding. If you make a portable console with really good hardware, having it be able to connect with a tv and have the screen there makes it a hybrid console. From that, you can brand it as one, and have console prices, and from that, companies have a big enough return. From that, motivation to make games on the console is made. A good example of this is the Nintendo Switch, Which is basically a portable console with a few modifications to be able to be played on a tv. Plus, these modifications are relatively inexpensive.
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