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Why the Vita Failed - PlayStation's Lost Gamble - Extra Credits

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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. Subscribe for new episodes every Wednesday! http://bit.ly/SubToEC (---More below) _______ Get your Extra Credits gear at the store! http://bit.ly/ExtraStore Play games with us on Extra Play! http://bit.ly/WatchEXP Watch more episodes from this season of Extra Credits! http://bit.ly/2ssxjla Contribute community subtitles to Extra Credits: http://www.youtube.com/timedtext_cs_panel?c=UCCODtTcd5M1JavPCOr_Uydg&tab=2 Talk to us on Twitter (@ExtraCreditz): http://bit.ly/ECTweet Follow us on Facebook: http://bit.ly/ECFBPage Get our list of recommended games on Steam: http://bit.ly/ECCurator _________ Would you like James to speak at your school or organization? For info, contact us at: contact@extra-credits.net _________ ♪ Intro Music: "Penguin Cap" by CarboHydroM http://bit.ly/1eIHTDS ♪ Outro Music: "The Strongest!" by That Andy Guy http://bit.ly/1loJ5Dk
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Hd_drake4 Rice (23 hours ago)
I love ps vita
Chris Pacheco (2 days ago)
I just got one with uncharted...but miss my psp
G.A.M.E (7 days ago)
i hate how most of the psvita games are just anime games....
Achy ka (10 days ago)
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.
Captain Dallas (11 days ago)
Memory cards, that's it. It was so expensive to get a usable system that by forcing users to buy proprietary memory cards Sony blundered.
james batayola (12 days ago)
i like ps vita forever
Renji Kizaki (13 days ago)
even the psp did well sony beeing greedy with memory cards
Nism00 00 (14 days ago)
I own a vita .0.
Asha Adele (14 days ago)
It sad it flopped over here in japan it still doing good and there still making lot of games for it just not over here :-:
saikrishna jampuram (14 days ago)
vita has failed after 5 years ? vita has not failed as a console, there are no proper publicity and ads for its games. For switch what is the need of even existing games at $60 bill is a hit ?
AlexanderHamilton636 (20 days ago)
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
iPhone 7 (22 days ago)
They sold over 80 mil psvita’s how is that a flop?
PVSM1 6731 (3 days ago)
It actually sold a little more than 16 million. You confused it with the PSP.
GamerFromJump (25 days ago)
Whoever included proprietary memory in the specs should be fired. That did plenty to kill the Vita.
Haha I love the mario pouring money into the machine at 3:54
shemail goondall (28 days ago)
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.
Val Foin (29 days ago)
You guys are so smart and objectively interesting! Watching this as language practice is just delightful. Keep it on!
erik rodrigues (1 month ago)
neo geo,vita and steam machine in the same role.
Shaun Clark (1 month ago)
My current favourite system. As a parent I need handheld games ability to drop and go, and games are still being loaded to the PlayStation store I played when I was young
Gwynn Jason Arevalo (1 month ago)
1 word Henkaku
drzefkovitsh (1 month ago)
I have just bought PS Vita yesterday cuz it's probably the best handheld emulator beast right now :)
Albinus Clark (1 month ago)
nice video
SwordsmanMercenary (1 month ago)
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?
Rhett Shanley (1 month ago)
The Wii U failed the Nintendo switch sold more copies in its first year than the Wii U’s whole life span.
D Chap (1 month ago)
So, commenting 4 years later to say the PS Vita is still over $200 on Amazon! I'd love to grab one on the cheap, but damn, its still way pricier than I expected.
AlexanderHamilton636 (20 days ago)
Just buy one used... I found a one for about 130$ used so...
Fox Kid (1 month ago)
At least LBPVita was made for it.
number 11 (1 month ago)
It was too far reaching
pokemonmanic3595 (1 month ago)
And now the Switch has come along and did what Sony couldn't: make a handheld with actually good graphics and a ton of games And yes I only bought the Vita to play Persona. No regrets.
avishai jahanian (1 month ago)
Bdcause sony didnt relase games
Joana Mota (1 month ago)
3:29. "the players want games, not graphics" ham ham, i know
Yuan Bae (1 month ago)
Stupid psvita is great handy i have until now it’s been 4yrs playing here in psvita
The Game Capsule (1 month ago)
Almost 2019... still play the Vita.
Marcos Gonzalez Cortez (1 month ago)
I saw a ps vita cry cuz’ it was dying so I hugged it and said “ everything will be fine “
ojeezy316 (1 month ago)
vita is my fav console ever. homebrew is sweet right now
Juvin Lemosnero (1 month ago)
I've had a PS Vita. Got it lost because of a typhoon
Pam Gramster (1 month ago)
I LOVE the vita and used have one
William Brinkley (1 month ago)
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.
Micheal Rodriguez (1 month ago)
You are so annoying when you make a animation of your self talking you idiot
DREI CORE (1 month ago)
When I was 6 I was playing PSP the games I played is spider man and assassin creed and I'm 11 my brother taken it and now it's gone
Cristian Martinez (1 month ago)
Sony did not understand what made the PSP a worthy opponent for the DS.
Yellow Scythe (1 month ago)
Vita didn't fail, it was murdered
DarxPhil (1 month ago)
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.
Cappy 22 (1 month ago)
Bought Vita day one... never buy another Sony product again (fuck them)
Leo Vuitton (2 months ago)
They shouldve just called it the psp-2. Ppl just didnt know what it was I think.
5hane9ro (2 months ago)
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
Darby Martinez (2 months ago)
How about develop games that aren't graphic intensive and that beginning until confidence in the platform is good enough?
Saudo Dossriy games (2 months ago)
Wrong Wrong Wrong! Bad need help !
Jorun Holm (2 months ago)
Yur loking like a mongki
Jorun Holm (2 months ago)
Jade Rabbit (2 months ago)
I love my Vita to this day
Sir Hype 69 (2 months ago)
In my opinion I don’t think it’s dead because they are still making games for the vita
GatoEpico (2 months ago)
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: -ragnarok oddisey -neptunia games -umineko no naku koro ni VN -some fighting games, i don't remember the names -atelier games
Nikita Muntean (2 months ago)
Camcane1TV (2 months ago)
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
ninjascottgames (2 months ago)
I got the ps vita just for the PS4 link so I can play at school
Nathan McNuggets (2 months ago)
Tearaway on PSVITA anyone?
ojideagu (2 months ago)
The 3DS and the Gamecube are close in power, the 3DS is not between the N64 and Gamecube
miles bootlegchicklegs (2 months ago)
They need to make new ones
1st ateverything (2 months ago)
Well, the reason I bought a ps vita was only to play gravity rush and persona 4 golden...
Busy Bee (2 months ago)
Soooo what amazing games did the 3ds at launch?
Dets Gaming (2 months ago)
It was way ahead of its time 😫
Mr.agent 47 (2 months ago)
2:37 dude is rolling dice on a roulette wheel for some reason. Haven't you guys ever played roulette?
VoorheesTV (2 months ago)
3:30 I, however, believe in QUALITY not QUANTITY.
Chris (2 months ago)
Don't forget the absurdly expensive and proprietary memory card, No internal memory for saves, No multi user profiles and Proprietary charge cable.
Zack Perkins (2 months ago)
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.
Congalala (2 months ago)
Sony please, give us 64gb sd at 20$ please.
Аюр Раднаев (2 months ago)
PS Vita is good...if you live in Japan.
Super Films 012 (2 months ago)
4:08 who else heard the voice crack!?
StarM20 Da Gamer (2 months ago)
Now if you excuse me I’m gonna play my vita right now!
StarM20 Da Gamer (2 months ago)
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.
StarM20 Da Gamer (2 months ago)
Ps vita is not a failure there is still games coming out this year
Puzzle inc. Media (2 months ago)
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
Zero Kurapika (2 months ago)
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.
Abdennour El Maddahi (2 months ago)
I like PSP
1973Washu (3 months ago)
The Vita is good for running emulators
HarryBallsOnYa (3 months ago)
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!
i love also ps vita! i think is great! project! !! but sony not :( :( :(
Goblinlight104 (3 months ago)
It isn’t dead, it’s not a fail. People loved vita.
and now it can hack
Pokemon Trainer Blue (3 months ago)
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)
RamY (3 months ago)
Zanzoltan (3 months ago)
Well, I could have gone with your point of view. Until you put the Iphone... I think, not even one real gamer, gives two fucks about Iphone gaming...
Brawlhalla God (3 months ago)
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Azurite (3 months ago)
I own 2 vitas
Assim_a _n (3 months ago)
Well now that the vita is hackible,the nintendo switch has Alllloooooottt of competiton 😂
Ben Haile (3 months ago)
I buy my games from the ps store
Mrpatines (3 months ago)
Vita failed because it was too awesome!
Mobile gaming sucks though
I Control My Fate (3 months ago)
Ill tell you why it failed, and why I didnt buy it: Lack of reverse compatibility.
CABi 22OO3 (3 months ago)
I Love The Drawings!
Superstar Bomb-omb YTP (3 months ago)
i had the psvita now today if you didn’t know
K1naku5ana3R1ka (3 months ago)
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.
Milton (3 months ago)
Failed? Best emulator out there imo.
Boogey Gamer (3 months ago)
I have a psvita but its good
Mr.Savage (3 months ago)
Its just because of that motherfuckin memory card!!
Corgi47 (3 months ago)
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.
CRUASSAN-FAN (3 months ago)
anyway, vita is much better than 3ds, also you can play psp and ps1 games on it, so it's the best portable game console out there, switch with it's giant price doesn't even count.
al ubaldini (3 months ago)
i own 3ds and psvita i really enjoy my vita
steelnation (3 months ago)
What was worse the PS VITA or PS TV
haitamxharraki (3 months ago)
dude why why did sony just killed the vita the vita is avery cool consol i wish sony make it live again soon
SUPERSTARGAMER X (3 months ago)
acrording to sony vita means life no vita no life
harvey rinonos (3 months ago)

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