Nearly two years ago the PlayStation Vita initially went on sale, at the time it was marketed as the most technologically advanced gaming handheld ever made. The system boasted a beautiful five inch OLED screen, thumb sticks and all the inner workings of a high end smartphone. Sony believed it had a hit on its hands, but the system was condemned by a poor library of games, expensive price tag and hidden costs (proprietary memory card).
The Vita is positioned at the high end of a market that never had a lot of high-end users. The appeal is limited to the small percentage of gamers who want a console-like experience at console-like prices in a handheld. said Michael Pachter, a games analyst for Wedbush Securities
What has changed for the PlayStation Vita in 2013? Through all the shortcomings of the portable, Sony has stood behind its mobile gaming platform with unwavering support. Sony started off the year by repositioning the gaming handheld as a lucrative platform for indie developers. High profile titles like Kill Zone: Mercenary, FIFA 14 and Persona Golden 4 filled the void for blockbuster titles on the system. More resources has been placed on marketing by the Japanese firm to better convey the benefits of the PlayStation Vita.
Last month PlayStation Vita saw a redesign in weight and form factor, with added and modified specifications. Engineers at Sony also spawned a second contingent, PlayStation Vita TV. A spin-off platform designed for the living room, which allows for media streaming, internet browsing and playing Vita games.
However, the biggest shift for the PlayStation Vita may happen when the PlayStation 4 releases this Friday November 15, 2013. According to Sony, both platforms are to work as one with the Remote Play feature being the bridge. The second screen option makes the PlayStation Vita virtually into a PlayStation 4, playing all the high end titles of the console without any drop in fidelity. This feature will effectively end the novelty rival console maker Nintendo enjoyed with its Wii U system.
PlayStation Vita has a long road ahead of it in terms of sale figures and overall saturation. Its chief competition, the Nintendo 3DS is nearing 40 million in sales by the end of the holiday season in contrast to PlayStation Vita 6 million life time sales. The outlook is still promising for the PlayStation Vita and given the effort Sony has put in, the struggling handheld is deserving of a comeback.