nakamura wrote:The problem with making a machine that is a portable PS3 is that well everyone has a PS3 and has done for years!
The Vita is certainly not a poor machine, not even close but the price and software make it utterly worthless for me. It has no identity of its own.
The problem a lot of handhelds have had - from the Game Gear to the original PSP - is their lack of a defining identity because they're basically just a home console crammed into something you can hold in your hand. Machines like the Game Boy, DS, Wonderswan and Neo Geo Pocket actually benefitted from being technically inferior to the current crop of home consoles since it meant that any games needed to be created from the ground up to take advantage of the hardware rather than just being home console games squashed into your pocket. The Lynx also benefitted because at the time Atari didn't really have a home console, so it tended to get mostly original titles.
I fervently believe that people expect a different gaming experience from their handheld than they do from their home console, and that's where the Vita seems to be lacking. Virtually all the machine's killer-apps are PS3 games. Do people who already have a PS3 want to fork out another couple of hundred quid to be able to play the same games on the bog? On the evidence so far, probably not. The PSP's saving grace was Japan where the Monster Hunter games meant it sold in very decent quantities. But there's still no announcement of Monster Hunter on Vita, and the franchises that are being announced all seem to be ones with a strong Western feel.
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