One look at the PlayStation Vita convinces us that this is the future of handheld consoles. Sony’s powerful Vita handheld console is a powerful force in the handheld market, but since its release it has not been able to sell well at all.
The handheld console may be the most powerful console on earth when it comes to handhelds, but the real reason for its declining popularity is not its power and the cool stuff you can do with it. The only reason I see the console not getting its deserved attention is due to lack of AAA titles on it.
Since its launch I have been thinking about getting the console, I have even planned it to get it in the near future, but when I look at the portfolio of available games on the console, I change my mind. It seems that Sony is trying hard to make it attractive to gamers, but where are the games?
PlayStation Vita is a very cool device, but at its current state it is a disaster. Not only it has a very little list of good titles to play, but the memory and the console itself are both very expensive. The PlayStation Vita is currently retailer for $200, in which you can buy a PlayStation 3 and play hundreds of great titles.
Now Sony is trying to attract gamers by bringing PS One classics to the platform. But really, if I wanted to buy the handheld, I’d want to grab my hands on a title that is specifically developed for the Vita. Titles that use the new control schemes, the power of the console and its other features is really what will attract gamers, not gimmicks like cross play and support for classic titles.
If Sony really wants to start seeing those numbers rise, it needs to bring console exclusive titles which are not extended titles of popular ones on the PlayStation 3. We need new franchises developed specifically for the Vita.
PlayStation Vita in my opinion is a very cool handheld console. It gives you plenty of controls to change the way you play games. You can use touchscreen, analog, reverse touchpad, front facing camera and the usual directional pad. But unfortunately, if you check out the games, only about 3 – 4 titles really take advantage of the new control schemes.
I can only hope that Sony stops messing with its excellent console and starts giving it some limelight by giving us some really good games to play. Oh and it will be great to see third party Triple A exclusive titles on the console too.