The Playstation Vita is still relevant

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  1. Seong Aleque says:

    FHURST.

    Also, mostly true. But you forgot some good games.

  2. The Kick says:

    I agree through and through. Worst yet, it’s feeling like the Vita has missed its window at this point.

  3. wartaf says:

    too bad, Sony isnt pleasable.. even they know it, their unpleasable strategy will go first.

  4. fromakidsperspective says:

    When the Vita will finally be hacked, the console would have a use again.

  5. oO Flowzilla Oo says:

    How strong is the Vita when compared to the OUYA?

    • TStrauss says:

      The Ouya uses a Tegra 3 SoC, so the two are comparable. The Vita uses a lower res screen, though, which means it can pull off more performance with similar tech.

  6. zix says:

    Its a pity sony are so greedy, the price really is the defining factor of the consoles failure and the reason i wont be purchasing one.

  7. romulo says:

    y love psvita

  8. fdffabe fxd gghve says:

    AAA Gravity Rush, Soul Sacrifice, and more you forgot

    • Sylen7Nato says:

      wow, some of you need to read a little closer…he clearly apologized for missing some of the other good titles…what do you want him to do?…take up half a page to list every game, just to please everyone on their favorite game being recognized?…thats not the focus of the article, nor the selling point…just because the titles are not listed, does not mean he doesnt consider them “AAA” or good for that matter.

  9. Jiacheng Weng says:

    Nowadays, mobile devices develop very fast. As far as I know, iPad 4’s gpu is already stronger than PSVita. Evida’s game console also shows its strength of operating android games. I am afraid that psvita’s capability will not be strong any more. As for games, there seems to be a wonderful demonstration in coming E3. I hope that GT6 will launch on PSVita, or some air battle games. I am also lokking forward to killzone. Haha!

  10. Josuemental says:

    For me, the price of the system itself wouldn’t be such a big deal if the memory cards weren’t so criminally expensive and if the Vita weren’t missing some should-have-had features like force feedback, scratch resistant screen, & clickable sticks, for me it feels lacking and outdated because of it missing this features, so I don’t get how everyone praises it as if it had everything and is not missing anything hardware-wise. And I’m still waiting for a third-party UMD drive add-on attachment (because I know Sony’s never making one)

    • Josuemental says:

      Just for the record so everyone doesn’t think those features I mentioned are the only ones that I think the Vita should have had but it’s missing, those were just examples, others are: HDMI-out, local internal storage memory, among others

  11. ZeroSkys says:

    This was amazing and all true. I really think the need more advertising. Honestly last year i saw a few commercials and then it just stopped. With the PS4 news now would be a great time to start.

  12. Shinobi says:

    Finaly admitted that for now honestly the vita sucks i have it and im writing this mesage with it.Ok my opinion wrong time realese to early,they could wait a bit more and they would had a perfect and strong vita.But i think its too late,i think right now we are going to have a verry strong xbox hand heald so sony for r in trobule 2more day until the anausment

    • Death of Chaos says:

      Nah, Microsoft couldn’t create a portable system, their games would fudge up as soon as the consumer puts the disc in, they have no idea how to prevent disc damage when a device is in movement. Yeah, they could make a handheld that’s download only, but if they did that, either the system would be stuck with an internal memory, swapping memory would be 10x more expensive than PSVita memory cards, or some kind of combination of the two.

  13. franz says:

    watching the games catalog psvita is poor but has for some factors such psp games, psx, minis would be good ps2 games, good for psvita games are expensive hope they improve the catalog.

  14. solidsnake says:

    Just pre-ordered the shield today, let you now how it turns out in a month. But im betting that it will turn out great.

  15. HaunterZeroX says:

    They failed out on getting a release of monster hunter 3 ultimate or at least monster hunter 4 for it.

  16. Hey Sony says:

    Hey SONY guys lurking this board, let me give you an advise: do you want the Vita to become popular? Allows us to run some hombrew at least through the PSP emulator. That way more people will get the VITA, you have until the new team that is hacking 3DS achieves their goal. If we can get apps and additional non-sony stuff to run in our portable consoles, then the VITA will become relevant to all of us and lots of newcomers, instead of gathering dust like the 2 Vitas i own (and also my 3DS is gathering dust right now).

    • fate6 says:

      * non-sony stuff *

      why? I mean it would be cool if we were given control of the ePSP but think about it in a business point of view

      its just not possible

      • stOneskull says:

        they’ve handed over PSM.. if your homebrew is worth a dollar people will download it.

      • Hey Sony says:

        Yeah i realize that, its not possible for they to announce that or allow that directly, but from a business point of view, they could make a “mistake” that could allow us to put a ecfw on the VITA to run psp homebrews like regular stuff, that way we will have our PSP scene instantly there, and it will be worthy to get and buy(without relying on waiting for some game to have a exploit). From a investors point of view, if i was an investor for the VITA, i would allow that indirectly, as they are suffering from the worse loses ever in that handheld. And its a good handheld, but limited because its OS and lack of good stuff.

  17. E says:

    Sadly, I fear Sony will not get it right until the next version of the Vita. They really need to pick it up if they want to increase sales and visibility of this product that they spent 7 years working on

  18. jon says:

    No good games, more like console port fever.

    The thing that is really killing it is the Minecraft Exclusive Licensing with Microsoft.

    A whole lot of people would buy Minecraft just to play on a crisp OLED handheld.

    Sad thing is that there only about 1 of each kind of game on the Vita, like 1 racing game, 1 fighting game, 1 rythm game.

    Then the rest are just indie games trying to make a living at 5$ base price.

    And yes the memory card prices are ridiculous not to mention you can’t play one of these on a tv for a 2012 device.

    • MarSprite says:

      “not to mention you can’t play one of these on a tv for a 2012 device.” Not to mention that its Ancestor the PSP 2000 had that capacity. Technological devoloution in action.

  19. Germain says:

    but quite a bit more powerful than the 3DS?i dint get that part , as i know the 3ds is like a wii and the wii is like a PSP (speaking about how games look like) , how the vita can be just a bit more powerful than a 3ds? i mean , some games like wipeout on vita look like a ps3 game

    vita is more powerfull 10 time than a 3ds for me

    • TStrauss says:

      This is unquantifiable I’m afraid. I don’t know which permutation of the ARM11 is in the 3DS, I don’t know what the Pica 200 in the 3DS is clocked at, I could not find floating ops/ sec for it to do an apples to apples comparison, heck, I dont even know how much RAM is in it (there are X-ray scans that suggest 128 MB system and 6 MB vRAM, but I don’t know if this is right). There are also unknowns on the Sony side; no one knows what the + at the end of the GPU means exactly.

      The Vita is exactly “quite a bit more powerful” than the 3DS. Metric, not English. :D

  20. hien says:

    I bought it 6 months ago and it’s collecting dust. Still don’t have games i like such as pes 2013, tekken 6, dragon ball. Ps vita sucks, namco sucks.

  21. Raizuke says:

    for me, i just love to have all the monster hunter series to be on the vita, thats all sony!

  22. sf says:

    It sold 15,000 in April. 1/4th the Nintendo DS.
    The outlook is good though.

  23. Ash says:

    Currently, the processor inside the Vita is not the most powerful. The Snapdragon S4 Pro 600 and 800 are both more powerful than this. Current flagship smartphones would wipe the floor with the Vita :( Sony should’ve manufactured their own chipset, CPU and GPU for the Vita… That way it could have a better GPU because with the current GPU, it lags a bit on some games and it can’t handle much… Personally, I think they should focus on making the Vita a portable PS3 rather than a different console because I think that would appeal to more people and they should make more direct ports of PS3 games on the Vita because if they made Cod or Fifa where you can play with PS3 players then I would definitely buy it.

    • TStrauss says:

      This is accurate, but unclear.

      The Snapdragon line are SoC (CPU and GPU are combined on one chip). We’ll talk about the Snapdragon 600, since the 800 is not in any commercial devices that I know of.

      The CPU in the Snapdragon 600 is a quad core Krait, which is comparable to an ARM A15. The Snapdragon 600 is only in a handful of devices. It is true that the Krait in the Snapdragon 600 is faster than the Vita’s ARM A9. But considering the Snapdragon 600 came out after the Vita was released (Q1 2013), I think it still performs admirably.

  24. Edward Carnby says:

    I just bought a PS Vita. Im having 50% regret why i did not go for the 3DS…i mean the games on it are more fun based and cheaper….Well, i guess i just have to wait till end of July and decide…

  25. LOL says:

    O_O Good games R coming……….. in Japan xD too bad for us

  26. Stranno says:

    Pros: Best portable device ever.
    Cons: Sony doesnt mind it anymore.

  27. Vitality777 says:

    The Vita is awesome. The special memory cards are not. In the beginning there was a huge lack of great games indeed, but that’s not an issue anymore. There’s plenty of really great stuff for the Vita. There could be more but there’s nothing to complain about. A price drop could be a good push though. Last week, the 3DS XL was available for €135 in a big dutch toy store. It’s hard to beat that price.

  28. liu says:

    i just want to sell my vita

  29. liu says:

    i dont trust sony anymore,ich will buy next xbox720 instead of ps4!!!

  30. liu says:

    and now i think the games and apps in ipad4 or iphone5 better than ps vita!!!

  31. liu says:

    please give up sony!!this company is already dead!!

  32. naster says:

    this exploit game 2.12 is worms: battle island

  33. svenn says:

    I kinda disagree with you; Its a great piece of hardware, but who cares ? Nobody;

    The price is outrages; 1) there are a gazillion alternatives : tablets, phones, …
    2) you need to buy everything new again, games, storage, console …
    3) useless feats. eg. a touch screen in the back ? These are very limited used in games; like IR on the original fat psp …
    4) to limited use, you do half of the stuff you can with a tablet/phone out-of-the-box.

  34. Vegeta Ali says:

    Well I think your right about most of the things and what I think the major problems for Vita are;

    1. It’s too expensive.
    2. Doesn’t have many good titles that people want.
    3. CMA it self is a problem and crappy software.
    4. No internal memory.
    4. Memory cards are so expensive.
    5. Can’t switch PSN accounts.

  35. Spokes says:

    Well its not relevant to me anymore as I traded it in today. It really was *** though, not comfortable to hold and play at all. Why no R2, R3, L2, L3? Why do all the buttons creak when pressed, PSP wasn’t like this. But in the end lack of decent titles did it for me. Thanks for VHBL n stuff.

  36. CycloneFox says:

    The answer to this problem is quite simple: Localization!

    The device has had enough price cuts. Yeah, it’s still a shame, that mem cards are a bit too small and pricy, but you get quite some alot for you money with this device already.
    The main thing is: Japan gets alot of good games and even a full fledged MMORPG is out with Phantasy Star Online 2, which can be cross played between PC and Vita. There are two Tales of RPGs and alot of pther great stuff, noone ever sees in the west. Here it gets a ton of Sony first party titles, shooters an Assassin’s Creed and a Batman Arkham title, which are all great and stuff, but my reason to buy a console still remains to be Japanese titles such as Gravity Rush for example. I need more of that. Don’t take me wrong there, I love the new western generation of games and play plrenty of those titles on my Vita, but Japanese games bring more color and viriety to a console, which makes it much more attractive. I think a console can only sell, if it offers alot of both western and Japanese games. Vita has both in Japan but only western titles in the west, wich I see as a problem for consumers here, who don’t see a variety of games here.

    Sry, for my bad english. ;)

  37. FoxSevent says:

    PS VITA doesn’t have b/g/n WiFi connectivity only b/g.

  38. anon says:

    After Pokemon X & Y, Monster Hunter 4 and Animal Crossing launches on the 3DS in NA/EU the Vita will be forgotten.

  39. Norml says:

    Don’t you just love $ony? Over a year later and those memory card prices are the same.
    Still stuck with a worthless 4gb.
    boycott

  40. ivo says:

    anybody got some old psp exploits laying around ? wipeout ?
    or media hacks ? fontmods ?

  41. satyrangeluz says:

    another nice feature should be inverse remote play. i want to play pso2 on my 52″ led.

  42. One says:

    The vita doesn’t have many games that’s still a fact…

    • squiggs says:

      you are aware that the 3ds came out with only 1 game. you sir do not know what you are talking about.

      • Ry says:

        When the 3ds came out the titles available were Street Fighter, Rayman, and FIFA, a year later it was Ocarina of Time and Pokemon.

        PsVita released with FIFA and Ridge Racer… a year later the releases are Rayman and FIFA

        • KuroRyuu913 says:

          A year later we got Ragnarok Odyssey, Soul Sacrifice, Dead or alive, Street Figher X Tekken, etc.

          It takes time for each console to get games, 3Ds owners from day one should know how that feels.

    • gunblade says:

      yea sony got mostly psp game n like fifty vita or so games u.s i guessing. sum of the apps r alright. the game that r out r prety short resistence .. assasssins creed was alright. cross play with like marverl vs camcom alright network wise i guess touch screen prety lag.. lil deveient sum mini games alright.. they should have had internal storage in the vita atleast with like sixteen or twenty and have the merory card jus as add on storage realy if the 32 was like a 120 GB i can see wy it be like a hundred dallers but shity if he limit on the vita is jus 32 since the ram like 512 i seen cheap android with like two GB ram multy touch screen but he cpu is good for a mobile cpu but every one have likethe four core thingn its mainly vitural n micro processers i be like put two laptop core slots n like steam box graphics a n like windows 7 starter n like the ita os like pstree n outher os jus they can be more like pc in background n play games.. but they jus made a mobile upgrsde to the psp but they game n piracy..

      • gunblade says:

        i think most mobile now days try to be thin n lite so battery r usual smaller litter but then u use more enerygy saving parts.

      • gunblade says:

        sony should have had better speckers to sum beats audio or atleast a small subwoofer ..wow prety shity but like a 7.1 surrond sound be prety mean in mobile. but then the vita has bluetooth.

  43. One says:

    Nintendo will fall and Sony will learn…one day…

  44. annon says:

    LOl

    sony is too stupid, they WILL NEVER learn anything

    for ex.
    everyone says “you can listen to music while you are playing”

    no it s not true….and it has 512Mb of ram
    I CAN DO IT WITH MY PSP WITH 32mb OF RAM!!

  45. Germain says:

    I am thinking on update my Vita , i have it on 1.81 with the exploit , but this is so boring… cant play online or see what’s new on the store

    • gunblade says:

      if u have 1.81 try using xli.nk dont no if it works but i guess u can play monster hunter but dont no if here much people onlinenow days didnot go on it n a while. think 1.81 has ark so maybe it works.

  46. laval says:

    this is so true there is nearly no advertisement for this awesome handheld, the games are ok but need more price drop yes, less money for the memory card

  47. Germain says:

    No hablas en serio verdad?

  48. mushimushi says:

    i aswell am disappointed… i rarely use the thing to play games. nowadays it’s just a youtube player, because there isn’t much more to do with it.. all the new games to be released are some extremely boring arcade games that you might try for 2 minutes and regret that you wasted your time on those. i noticed that the vita hasn’t got absolutely no legitemate rally games, only some very very cheesy arcade racers (yes, wipeout is not for me and even my buttcrack is more appealing than wrc). from the looks of it i’d say if the vita won’t breath soon enough, it will die. derp.

  49. psvita-freak says:

    The games are way to expensive for me. but i’m sure that if the vita got’s hacked, the vita will be sold more then before… yes, it’s an idea for sony to let it be hacked… if they want the cash… :)

  50. chazychazrox says:

    Choosing between 3G or Wifi was also my problem at first. Luckily, I bought the 3G/wifi system last year on europe.

    • Germain says:

      Lucky? are you serious????

      WIFI is the best deal for anyone , are you thinking to pay the 3g every month?

  51. Deamon says:

    Please forward this article directly to Sony and hope they improve an otherwise great mobile gaming system.

  52. lim says:

    the most weakness that i found is sony released few vita game cards

  53. prince dess says:

    in all relevance the vita is a great console and like anything its gonna take work to overcome obstacles ive owned mine since launch got loads of psp games on it bought a few game cards and i love it people just dont give it time . look at the ps1 for example it was a “waste” of money at first but sony is wise and knows the.consumer well just wait for holiday season this year .

  54. michael says:

    to annon,doyoueven

  55. michael says:

    to annon, do you even have a vita ? as playing cod just now and playing my music

  56. Anon says:

    PS Vita has around 100 games (US).
    I don’t really think 1 game every ~4.6 days(US) is that bad.

  57. Pirate says:

    the wrong with sony is they released ps vita then after one year, they announce PS4?? so the sale of ps vita would go down, because not anyone is a rich person that can buy the 2 consoles together, some people saving their money for PS4, they forget the ps vita and wait for the ps4…
    that’s not a good plan from them…. -_-

  58. jeebs says:

    I wont be surprised if Vita will sink so badly, that SONY will give people a hint on how to truly hack it. (No PSP emulator ***)

    The follow up will be :

    – popularity increased by 1000% followed by sales
    – new emulators and cool apps will start to show (taking advantaged of Vita powerful hardware)
    – torrents will be flooded by vita games
    – since it will be unlocked, the memory cards will surely be replaced by chinese cheap ones. But still good enough.Actually dont even be surprised if one day you will see an SSD drive hooked up to a fully hacked Vita.
    – and lastly people will still buy great games. Whoever says piracy will totally kill Vita, then answer me, why Gran Turismo sold 3.86million units on that fully hacked device called PSP?!?!?

    PC games dont sell that good ffs. We need CFW!

  59. Aaa says:

    Vita problem….

    First problem, exemple : photos…No folders, the OS is very closed…. In resume…there no one simple past and copy (PC)…as psp1

    …. Second problem

    NO GAMES in deep…
    no, resent evil, gran turismo, snk, and many others …. Get the PS1 or PS2 …there many games…

    Metal gear is great, but is only one port of PS2….

    …. Gran turismo and resident evil, as others ….. Sony need to learn that ” is the more important ” yes sony you are great but…. No games no win…

    Gran turismo 5 is great, but forza 4 is amazing too, and of corse i will buy the new Xbox720 we will have forza 5 ….in a little time….

    New playstation 4 …yes is great, but I don’t think to buy it…
    ….gran turismo 6 or 7…..yeah… In next 3 or 4 years…..

    The problem for Sony is ….games ….

    We can see the Nintendo …
    I have both, the Nintendo and the psvita ….
    Well psvita is very better, hardware, screen …and etc…

    BUT, I have 4x time more games than psvita ;( ….

    Normally I use the psvita only for movies…because the iPhone screen is small….but if I buy one galaxy S4 …. Is preety sure that I will leave the psvita in the box of my desk ……

    The psvita need GAMES and one OPEN system …( as android )

  60. VoDkAvi says:

    Sony can’t stop hacking throughout all devices nore are they monopolizing any market. Therefore I don’t have to buy a PS Vita. If you want to lock it down FINE. Is Sony not aware that people will still hack something else or buy something like an android gaming tablet or those dingoo handhelds to do things you wont allow us to do on a Vita? IThey actually would make more money selling the $250 Vita instead of worrying about the $40 *** games they’re trying to protect. I would count every Dingoo or android gaming tablet as a loss for the Vita. Those are where your losses count, not piracy.

  61. steve says:

    hey sony i spend over 250$ for a vita. lets go make some game!! where is skyrim mass effect gta turismo helloooo anybody work in sony for making games. a lack of all. game are to expensive for a really ***. come on hurry up

  62. ramen says:

    I was seriously considering buying a vita but in all honestly there are no games for a lot of core gamers.
    We have played persona 4 to its death on ps2 and a straight port of fifa 11 console version just meh. What elst teh vita has got? Well let’s see, an uncharted and a barely functional assassin’s creed. Step up the game Sony.

  63. Kyu says:

    Good thing that I plan to get Jak trilogy and disgaea 3 (I only got 3 on ps2 and I have not rushed to buy Disgaea,foolishly waiting for a sale or sth lol)

  64. tmulaku says:

    i have just bought a vita and to be honest, was a little bit worried when the retailer ler told me that he had no games with him in store. now i have to SEARCH for them myself.

  65. sander says:

    GPU power is 4times , 7.2Gflops. not only 7.2Ggflops alone. GFLOPS(@ 200 MHz,per core): 7.2

  66. Truth says:

    HAHAHA, LOL. Vita is IRRELEVANT and DEAD! Sony as a company is dying fast now as they have been goofing off since the beginning of the decade. Too little too late!

  67. wololo says:

    This is actually spot on. Somehow I never saw it this way but it explains a lot of things.

  68. svenn says:

    You might wane bet on something different; Piracy is not a primary sell point; I doubt people check out if there is a hack for there console available before buying.

  69. fate6 says:

    *Since the Vita isn’t using a spinning disc, they could have easily added rumble*

    really? really?!…. I swear the end user is just….
    NVM I will just keep quiet >__>

  70. stOneskull says:

    before i even bought a vita there was a long time where i wanted one.. but the first problem was ‘do i get the 3g version or the wi-fi version’ – this hurdle probably got others stuck as well, not knowing which one to buy so buying neither.

  71. >_> says:

    Yes, you keep quiet. :P

  72. Minimur12 says:

    *cough*wii U *cough*

  73. TStrauss says:

    Isn’t it awful? This is how Sony advertises! Does anyone remember those god-awful ads for the PS3?

  74. MarSprite says:

    Evidently fate6 recalls the snafu with the sixaxis following the Immersion v. Sony case.

  75. TStrauss says:

    You’re talking about two different things under the same label. Hacking =/ piracy.

    Hacking is enabling unsigned code to run on a device. This enables homebrew (a good thing) and usually enable piracy (a bad thing).

    Piracy does hurt sales. I’ve heard all the facile arguments before, so spare me. If you can get the game for free, most people won’t be troubled to buy it. Piracy figures and trends are troubling, and Sony would be foolish.

    Homebrew, on the other hand, opens a device up to some really cool homemade software. XBMC was originally homebrew for the Xbox. Wololo’s Wagic is homebrew. Cave Story started out as homebrew.

    The problem for Sony is, if they leave the door open for homebrew, piracy always rides its coat tails. So the smart business move for Sony is to kill all hacking. It sucks for homebrew enthusiasts like me, but pirates ruin it for everyone. The PS mobile thing was probably Sony’s attempt to placate homebrew without compromising security. I doubt it will placate anyone in the homebrew scene, but it’s a start.

  76. VoDkAvi says:

    Very true. But regarding piracy, when they take a game off the store because of licensing issues it’s BS that I missed out. I wouldn’t mind paying for it but if you dont give me the option piracy becomes justified which wouldn’t hurt any sales because its not even on the store for me to purchase.

    They say it’s about sales but the PSP did amazing….. they really just want to try to monopolize things. Its like justifying linking games to your account to stop used game sales. I can see why they’re mad that it “hurts sales” but i would love to buy certain games direct from sonys store but they dont offer it….my only option is to pirate..its ridiculous to think im going to buy a PS1 and go through a bunch of trouble and put money in peoples hand through amazon and ebay (not sony) when they couldve made $250 from me buying a vita cuz it just made my life easier

  77. clyde says:

    Relax your testicles Josh! Sony (to their fault) admittedly has not handled marketing the device well but that doesn’t mean the Vita will fail. The PS4 is due to be released soon and the cross functionality between the two devices sounds amazing and I’m staying hopeful for the coming E3 announcements pertaining to the PS4 and Vita.

    There are still many games in development and still so much more potential to be unlocked. Don’t let your own ignorance get the better of you. Good things will come eventually, and things have only just begun. A system isn’t DEAD because you say it is.

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