A few nights have passed since Sony announced the latest addition to their PlayStation brand; the PS4. That system however is not the main focus of this post, that honor happens belong to Sony’s new portable console the PlayStation vita. Vita meaning life in Latin and boy is that system getting non of from games and strangely enough also its manufacture. Now I am not ignorant to the fact that video game development takes a lot of time, but you have to at least put out some incentive/bait to catch the fish and Sony I’m sorry but the water around that pound seems empty to me. Take the 3DS it started off slow and didn’t have much of what people wanted at the start but now look at it its breaking records and selling like crazy. All because big N started releasing games that most of their hardcore demographic care about. To date the 3DS has a 3D Mario, a 2D Mario, Star fox, Zelda, Fire emblem, etc (notice i only mention first party games). So what does the vita have uncharted golden abyss………….wait what other first party Sony franchises have been put on vita that Gamers actually care about?. That’s right I can’t think of any and neither can most of you reading this. Some might argue but Q? What about resistance and little big planet? Well I’ll gladly answer that. Resistance is one of Sony best franchises but the vita version was not up to par, at least not enough to get people to put money down on it, and LBP vita is not a system seller, if it were we’d all have a vita by now.
The price of the damn thing doesn’t help its case either, with the vita’s $250 – $300 US price tag and that’s not counting the expensive ass propriety memory cards you’re going to have to buy to store your downloadable content and save data, which Sony confirmed they are not cutting the price of either out of Japan at the moment is killing the handhelds momentum.
What Sony needs to do to get the vita in the Hands of us Gamers is show us more games that are exclusive to the vita that are Sony household name like infamous, G.O.W, etc. Having IP’s like these exclusive to platform are positive ways to encourage a system purchase. They also need to show more about the system (what are their pr doing?). The simple announcement of Pokemon on 3DS bolstered sales and raised interest in the system, a good infamous or god of war game announcement can do something similar for the psv.
They also need to take a price cut on it, lose a little money why won’t you. The more systems in Gamers hands the more games you can sell, ergo profit.
I’m personally rooting for the vita because it has some potential to be amazing, it just needs that extra push.
Question what game would get you to buy a vita? leave you comments down below and have a wonderful day.