It’s has been just over a year since the Vita was released, so how is it doing compared to the PSP after one year? Not well. The PSP already had a slew of titles ready to be released by 2005, but the Vita has less than a dozen games that have been announced for 2013. The system had a great launch with some excellent games. Uncharted: Golden Abyss showed the Vita’s graphical power and near PS3 quality gameplay. However, it felt like a generic Uncharted experience and played everything too safe. WipEout 2048 was another graphical powerhouse with the typical, and excellent, Wipeout gameplay, but didn’t really do anything new. Rayman Origins was a great port and showed just how vibrant and colorful the OLED screen on the Vita looks. There were a few duds, but the overall launch was pretty good.
People were excited because games like Gravity Rush, Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, Persona 4: Golden, and a few other games were ready to be released throughout the year. In fact, the summer had quite a few games being pushed out. The holidays came and went, so where are the games? Being kept inside developers pockets. Due to the poor choices of the PSP there is some sort of stigma against Sony handhelds, and this includes the Xperia Play phone, the UMD design choice, only one analog nub, and pirating issues really turned developers off of Sony’s handhelds. While the Vita has yet to be properly hacked, publishers are still scared. The PSP was hacked and downgraded on day one, but hackers seem to be struggling with Sony’s new proprietary memory card issue. This is good news for developers, but why aren’t they catching on? The Vita’s sales haven’t made a huge splash, and they are just slowly trickling off shelves every month. Should we continue waiting or give up?
Keep waiting and be patient. There are a few AAA titles slated for 2013 starting with Soul Sacrifice and Killzone Mercenary which has proven to be the first good FPS title on Vita, maybe this is the killer app we are waiting for. Previews have shown that the game looks as good as Killzone 3 and feels really solid. While most of 2013 consists of ports, let’s hope by E3 many developers are going to announce some great Vita titles.
For people who are on the fence keep waiting. I can’t really justify spending $250 on the system plus $50+ on a memory card, and $40 per game. Don’t forget a case, and the data plan from AT&T if you get the 3G Vita. $450+ just isn’t worth it. Wait for a price drop, or wait for more games to come out. People who already own a Vita just hold on a bit longer. Right now, my Vita is collecting dust but if you do have one, get a PS Plus account. Sony is releasing free games every month for PS3 and Vita owners.