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PlayStation Vita: What’s in Store For the Future?
The world of the PlayStation Vita has grown relatively quiet. The Vita seems like a sea of potential just waiting for Sony to seize it. With dual thumb sticks, a feature players cried out for with the original PSP, as well as both front and rear touch pads, the Vita is in-arguably the most technologically advanced portable gaming system on the market. It also bolsters front and rear cameras for augmented reality gaming, not to mention graphic capabilities that feel much closer to its home console counterpart than its predecessor. So the real question is, why hasn’t this system taken off like it should have?
In the Playstation Vita’s first year, right around one million units were sold in the U.S. In the month of December 2005, the PSP sold 1.12 million units in the U.S. That is a huge difference in performance. What could have caused this? For one, the launch line up for the Vita was less than stellar. With games like Little Big Planet Vita, Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, and Assassins Creed: Liberation soon to come but not available, there was little choice for gamers at the initial launch of the console. Even when these games did finally come out, most of them did not live up to snuff. Declassified was riddled with bugs, Liberation’s frame rate could barely keep up with all the running and jumping the series is known for, and Ratchet and Clank: Full Frontal Assualt’s Vita version still hasn’t made an appearance on the system even though the PS3 counterpart had been released months ago. The Vita really had a slow and anti-climactic start compared to many portable systems in the past.
As it stands, it has gotten somewhat better for PlayStation Vita owners. Now, there are a lot more games available for it than there were initially, allowing more choice and more reason for people to consider it an option. There are even a few Vita exclusives in the works that will surely give reason for some players to pick one up in Tearaway and Killzone: Mercenary. These games look to hold promise in reviving the system, and hopefully they will finally prove to be some must have games for the console. Also, a more complete compatibility with the PlayStation store adds a world of difference for Vita owners. Many PSone classics and PSN games are available for re-download on the system if you already own them. Full PS Plus support comes along with this as well, and that means free PS Vita games for any subscribers. Offering freebies like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout: 2048 is a great way to give back to Vita owners who already subscribe to PS Plus for their PS3. I’m also a huge fan of the “Pay Once, Play Twice” cross-buy feature that Sony is offering for many games that are available on both the PS3 and the Vita. This promotion includes a Vita copy within the PS3 version for players to use free of extra charge. Not only can I play Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time at home, but I can pick up right where I left off while on the go with my Vita. I can even trick out Ratchet in my PS3 copy of PlayStation All-Stars: Battle Royale, and then immediately take the fight online with me by using the free Vita copy.
It didn’t have the most spectacular or star studded launch, but the Vita still gives players reason to pick it up now more than ever. If you are looking into a portable system and already own a PS3, it is a no brainer. Even if you don’t own a PS3, it is still worthwhile taking a look at what the Vita can offer you. Things have become much better for the console since its initial debut. With more games on the horizon, and high hopes that they will provide what the Vita missed out on during its launch, don’t count this system out of the running just yet.