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Do We Need To Save The Vita That Much?

Posted on Thursday, January 23 @ 17:21:55 Eastern by

Type in a Google search with the words "Vita" and "save" and you'll get as many articles about how Sony needs to save the PlayStation Vita as there are articles about how to save games on the Vita. There are features about how Sony's plan to rescue the Vita from poor sales, with analysts like Michael Pachter saying that "there is no future" for Vita. It's doom and gloom everywhere you go on the internet, and while it isn't smart to ignore the advice of anyone who truly wants to see the Vita succeed (those memory cards really are expensive, Sony), it can seem like the gaming media and vocal online fans alike is just picking a target to bash.

But is the Vita doing poorly, or it is really just doing average? Is the success of the Nintendo 3DS with its vibrant catalog just casting a long shadow over Sony's handheld? Do we like saying that the Vita sucks or that it's "dying" for the sake of getting a reaction and hits online through hyperbole? Does a product need to be a rousing success for it to exist?

Now in this article, I could just as easily have replaced the subject of "Vita" with the "Wii U," and I wouldn't have changed much of anything. But if I did, what would be the response of most Nintendo fans? Well, even if the Wii U isn't doing that great compared to the Xbox consoles, the Sony consoles, or the PC, Nintendo currently has the 3DS to survive the storm.

So then why not the equivalent argument for Sony? Even if the Vita isn't doing that great compared to the 3DS, Sony still has its PlayStation brand to survive and the company has been using the sales figures of the Vita to bolster the lower hardware and software sales of the PS3. On top of that, Microsoft isn't in the handheld market at all, so shouldn't that company's non-participation be a target as well?

Also, weren't we all enamored with PlayStation Now just a few weeks ago? If Sony can make Gaikai-based streaming work on the Vita for almost every PlayStation One and PlayStation 2 classic out there, then I'll be carrying around my Vita for a long time to come.

Is the Vita truly doomed or is it just something to blame?
Tags:   Wii U, Vita, Nintendo, Sony
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