PS Vita Games

The PS Vita is arguably one of the best-designed handheld gaming devices out in the market. It also has quite a set of features that can make some of the most amazing smartphones out there envious. So why then isn’t the PS Vita a runaway hit? It’s because not too many developers are interested in making games, according to Sony.

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No matter how good your gaming device is, there’s no way it will survive if it doesn’t have an awesome collection of games to support it. That’s what Sony is finding out with the PS Vita, a truly top-tier portable gaming device that somehow just didn’t light the gaming world on fire the way Sony expected it to. Sony Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida admits his disappointment and surprise at the lack of support from third-party developers:

“One thing that was surprising and disappointing to us was the [lower] number of third parties to come out [in support] after launch.

“…In retrospect, there are so many options for publishers now that we cannot take it for granted that our new platform would be supported by third parties, like [it would’ve been] many years ago.”

Unsurprisingly, Yoshida believes that developers are missing out. He’s on a mission to convince them that the PS Vita is the perfect platform to develop games for:

“We’ve been working harder with our third party relations department to secure more content for PS Vita, We are confident that we have the right hardware platform that we have with PS Vita.”

So what’s in store for the PS Vita? Well, aside from wooing more third-party developers to create games for the device, Sony intends to use their internal resources, such as Naughty Dog and Sony Santa Monica, to create impressive new content that would show to the world what the PS Vita is capable of and why third parties should scramble to make games for it:

“As we can expand our install base and articulate what works really well on the platform as compared to others, it will get easier for us to be able get support from third parties. We create our content, and that can be used to evangelize some functionalities of the platforms for third party purposes.”

While it may all sound like a lot of chest-beating and promises, I think it’s still good to know that Sony is trying to get more attention to the PS Vita. Some people think that smartphones are slowly taking over handheld gaming but I don’t  think that dedicated portable gaming devices like the PS Vita can be completely replaced just yet. There’s still nothing on Google Play or Apple store that can match games like Uncharted or God of War, titles that true gamers appreciate and are constantly on the look out for. I think Sony is on the right track of trying to get more of those on the PS Vita. They just need do it a little faster.

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Do you think more games are all the the PS Vita needs to succeed? What else does Sony need to do to keep their handheld gaming device in the spotlight? Opinions are welcome in the comments below!


[via Gamasutra]

  1. I use my vita daily. Open up your eyes and stop smack talking. There is plenty of content. It doesn’t have to always be angry birds

  2. I’ve used my Vita every single day since launch, there literally hasn’t been a single day since February 22nd that I haven’t played on my Vita. It’s certainly getting better software support than the 3DS, and its holiday lineup is just stunning. I know news is slow and all, but the Vita’s a spectacular device. Remember: Sony guys are only disappointed with the Vita’s third-party support by their own standards. This “just” means that it’s still better than Nintendo’s support.

    As a lifelong Nintendo fan, I acknowledge that the only way Nintendo’s gonna improve is if they fail and have to try harder. They’ve been half-assing their hardware since the Wii saw some retail success, it was their first console since the NES to really be popular with the public. They got lucky with the motion controller, they’re not gonna repeat that success with the Wii U. It’s just not gonna happen, they should’ve focused on offering a good consumer experience and pushing forward technology instead of cutting every corner possible and doing a crappy job. Screw Nintendo, I hope they go back to not sucking after the Wii U. :<

  3. I always carry my Vita with me, to work, in the car on trips and to friends’.
    I play it at home a lot too.
    Yes, I would LOVE to have more games, the Vita is my favorite handheld ever!

  4. I believe Sony has a lack of vision & are way too greedy when it came to launching consoles since the launch of the PS3 much less the PS Vita. When the PS3 was launched even though it represented great backward capability, a bluray player, blue tooth, x4 usb ports, memory card slots etc the price point was so ridiculous that customers flat out refused to buy the console which of course pushed a lot a die hard PS fans to purchase Xbox 360’s to get into online gaming plus to get there online fixes. This hurt Sony’s profit margin’s enough to sell PS3’s at a loss to ensure brand loyalty (according to them) & to shift units gathering dust on shelf’s in stores throughout various country’s worldwide. Now if you look at Apples iTouch which has built in memory and has a way better feature set than the Vita. So if you have common sense it’s a no brainer to figure out the way to go. The App Store, iBooks, iTunes, News Stand, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & now 4G. I mean Sony missed that boat by handicapping the Vita knowing 4G was coming, knowing there games were & still are overpriced, knowing that the memory should have remained as it was on the PSP or been built in with the option to upgrade & that they way overpriced it. And not allowing full Android integration to give the customer an extensive choice between the PS Store & the Android Store also in regard to non-gaming apps which with the PS Vita’s abilities such as rear touch could have taken it into an entirely different direction. So in my mind they need a major price drop & re-design with a new way of thinking in a hurry to ensure the PS Vita’s future but will they do that? I doubt sincerely it.

  5. The only reasons I am skeptical to purchase it is because the price, the touch pad controls, and the lack of publicity.
    I guess I’m starting to get old because I prefer the simple layout of a D pad and A&B button over learning new controls again or leaving finger marks on touch screens.

    I haven’t heard anything about the Vita without looking it up myself and none of my friends have one because we’re still fine with our PSP’s.
    I actually broke out the Sega Game Gear yesterday for the heck of it (After finding 6 AA Batteries) and had a blast on it. I don’t know if it’s the childhood memories attached to it but I still love the simplistic style of that device.

  6. anyone who ever claims that apple devices are comparable to ANY dedicated gaming device (even older ones), completely invalidates their entire point for displaying such idiocy. anyone whod choose to play something like angry birds over the likes of wipeout, blazblue or any other great vita game must probably be high. have fun with your 59p touch screen games, apple fanboy.

  7. It’s so easy to have an uniformed opinion without a asking any questions before writing something so ridiculous. I own a PS1, PS2, PS3 all first gen. Also a PS Vita, Xbox, Xbox 360, iPhone 4S, iPad 2, GBA SP, Wii, DS Lite, 3DS XL, an Alienware Laptop, plus I’ve Pre-ordered a WiiU. The last thing I am is a fanboy, a lover of games for sure but defininately not a fan boy. Neither is my original post or this reply in any way invalidated. A gaming device is a gaming device period. It doesn’t matter if is has other functions not in this day & age. Which means you’ve basically invalidated you own post because the Vita isn’t a dedicated gaming device either or haven’t you noticed that? Lol.

  8. To this day, I still cannot believe I have an actual console in my hands. The PSVita is a portable gaming console beast. This is my first handheld ever, and wow on February 15TH 2012, I was and still am to this day amazed at this piece of hardware.

    To people who don’t think the PSV is worth $250, it’s too bad, because once you have it in your hands you’ll understand.

  9. SCh

    You cannot compare a GAMEBOY, to a TELEPHONE. Like you can’t compare the PSVita, to any cellphone. The PSV is a dedicated gaming handheld, that is it’s main purpose. Sure it has other features and multimedia capabilities, but gaming was first in mind with the development. How do you know that? Well take a look under the hood of this beast. Quad core CPU, quad core GPU, 512MB of RAM WITH 128MB of video RAM. Gaming.

    The only thing you can compare the PSVita with, is other gaming handhelds, like the 3DS. But still, this comparison is flawed as well.

  10. I’m really tempted to buy a vita, but want bigger titles to come out first like the gta series, grand truismo, cod, and even a fallout or elder scrolls vita title which would be awesome!

  11. Dude the iTouch isn’t a Cellphone. The iTouch was designed with gaming very much in mind with it’s various specs, on screen controls, such as the CPU ARM Cortex-A9 Apple A5 dual-core 1 GHz, Memory at 256 MB DRAM, Input Multi-touch touchscreen display – ambient light sensors – volume buttons
    microphone – built in speaker –
    voice control – 3-axis accelerometer & gyroscope. But quoting specs means nothing because I own many many systems with many many different specs but they all kick ass including my PS Vita. The idea for the iTouch was obviously stolen from various sources but none more so than the DS if you think about it especially a hacked ds lite rocking an R4 or Acekard. And you can play games on the DS just using the touch screen. Not only that you can also play games on the PSV just using the touch screen. So ok I see that to make your point you’ve exaggerated the the use of thumb sticks, cartridges etc & specs as the only way to determine what the true definition of a dedicated gaming handheld is. But what your missing is that it’s been redefined for a long long time now. If you want to talk about a true dedicated handheld with nothing else in mind try the original Nintendo LCD Game & Watch handhelds, the Game Boy, Game Boy Pocket, Game Boy Colour, Game Boy Micro, Atari Lynx, Atari Lynx II, Sega Game Gear, Sega Nomad, Bandai Wonderswan, Gizmondo, MB Microvision, NEC PC Engine GT, Neo Geo Pocket Colour, Tiger A Electronics & the Watara Quckshot Super Vision. All true dedicated gaming handhelds. So from this era onwards it’s been multi media with mp3/mp4 players, net browsers etc hence multi media. I’ve been around since it literally started and I’ve played them all. Even owned most of them at one time or other so I know what I’m talking about period. I didn’t just come into the game I’ve been here since it started. Your opinion is your opinion but as a vet that’s my perspective. (How can you guys take me way back to the days on the playground when fools would argue over which system was the best the Commodore, Spectrum or Amstrad lol and on weekend too smdh. Fan boys just never die do they? lmao).

  12. I absolutely love my Vita, and had high hopes for it, but the rest of the world has disappointed me by not receiving it well. LittleBigPlanet was my tipping point to finally buy this Vita, and the console and game are both epic. I hope Ac3, the crappy-looking cod game, and the currently under-populated All-Stars game can boost the Vita because it deserves to be around for a while.

  13. As much as I respect with your opinion I do not agree with it, the 3ds has much better software (2 Super Mario games, Mario Kart, Kingdom hearts, Art academy, Final Fantasy and Paper Mario releasing in November with the promise of Luigi’s Mansion in early 2013 as well as some amazing e-shop titles; Pushmo, Mutant muds) but the vita is a powerful system and has not been out for as long but by this time next year it be much easier to tell which system is the best

  14. I do believe that Sony needs to drop first party support for the PS3 in favor of the Vita, and drop the memory card prices to a reasonable level, like get rid of the 4 and the 8 gig, pack in the 16-gig, and price the cards as follows: the 16 gig should cost 20 dollars, the 32-gig should cost 35, and the 64-gig cost 60 dollars. At this point, with Sony cutting the cord to software development for this device, and the memory cards still costing an arm and a leg, the Vita is to me, a paperweight at the moment. It just makes no sense when you release an expensive device, and then screw it up. Customers now, like me, are a victim of spending $300 on this device, and then playing it for a few weeks, and then since then, other then playing it for a few more times, it’s just done nothing but sitting on the shelf collecting dust.

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