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Gadget of the Year: PS Vita

Ps Vita Progress Report

A smorgasbord of gadgets came into my life this year, iPhone 5, Retina iPad, Wii U, etc. So picking favorites should have been hard, but it wasn’t. Sales wise, the PS Vita had a rough year, and according to some gamers it has ‘no games’, but I couldn’t have asked for a better PSP successor.

The PS Vita is a beautifully crafted piece of hardware. It’s jammed packed with features, from the dual thumbsticks to the rear touchpad. For inputs it’s easily the most interactive handheld ever. It feels like a true next generation device, unlike the 3DS, which just feels like a DS with better graphics, 3D, and one circlepad (I still love my 3DS by the way).

But the next generation feel goes beyond the hardware. The PS Vita was the first gaming handheld/console to make all of its games available digitally from day one. This changed how I consumed games, I always said I’d never go digital. And while I haven’t converted 100%, the PS Vita is slowly pushing me in that direction.

But wait, the PS Vita doesn’t have any games, right? That couldn’t be further from the truth, the line-up may not appeal to everyone’s taste, but saying it has no games is downright disingenuous. Gravity Rush, Uncharted Golden Abyss, Sound Shapes, Persona 4 Golden, LittleBigPlanet PS Vita, Assassins Creed III Liberation, Luminies Electronic Symphony, etc. All of these are great games, but most of them went unnoticed by the gaming public and it’s back to “PS Vita has no games!”

Gravity Daze PS Vita 2

Now I’ve criticized the PS Vita’s library on more than one occasion. It needs more original games like Gravity Rush, but Sony is turning it into a PS3 dumping ground. This is why most PS Vita games get lower scores than they deserve; reviewers feel the need to compare them to their PS3 counterparts. If you do that disappointment is the only thing that awaits you. But if you look at them for what they are, handheld games, you’ll soon realize that they’re some of the best ever created.

I imported my PS Vita from Japan around this time last year, it set me back $500. Now you can get one for $179, and it comes with a game and a memory card – I could have saved a ton of money if I had exercised some patience. But I don’t regret my decision to import; I’m still in awe every time I turn the system on. It’s my dream handheld, and it brought me some of my favorite games of 2012.

Moving forward Sony needs to slash the PS Vita’s price. The $179 bundles really boosted sales – make this permanent. More original titles are also a must, and give Japan a Monster Hunter game. The PS Vita may be my favorite gadget of 2012 — but I’m far from delusional. Making a great product is never enough, Sony needs to aggressively market this thing and pay for a few quality third-party exclusives, if they don’t it may not still be around in two years.

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  • TLOU

    Hoooray…a non-popular pro-$ony gaming site named vita gadget of the year! Everybody’s shocked and awed! HAILLLLL $ONY!! HATE MICROSOFT !! /s

    Great journalism of the year!!! POSITIVE! *coughs

    • http://www.geekrevolt.com/ DeShaun Zollicoffer

      Pro Sony? There’s no PlayStation references in this websites’ name, I just like video games. I praise and criticize Sony, Nintendo, and Microsoft equally.

    • http://www.facebook.com/Mounce2 Jason Mounce

      Are you one of those kids who get a hard-on for all the irrational, pompous and traffic-whoring articles that are all about Vita and DOOOOOOOOM….GLOOM!!!! DOOM GLOOM!! DEAD DEAAAADDD! DEAD IN THE WATTTERR!

      Oh noo~ one person praises it and voices his opinion on its potential. Fuck that, let’s invalidate the whole thing because of your pathetic, emotionally-spiteful attitude problem towards Sony and/or Sony products.

      Bravo. No one should praise Vita, lest they be paid off or something, right?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001081180639 James Plus Rachel

    Yeah Vita is never ever getting monster hunter. If you think about it, the only reason the DS didn’t get Monster hunter was because it couldn’t run it. 3DS can. Capcom always puts mh on the most successful device (ps2, wii, 3ds).

    Vita is a beautiful handheld. But without Nintendos library, handhelds will always be considered, the “other one.”

    • http://www.geekrevolt.com/ DeShaun Zollicoffer

      Didn’t MH come out for the PSP ad just recently the Wii U? :)

      But I do agree with one thing, Nintendo’s handheld will always sell the most units. Still, there’s room for the PS Vita. We wouldn’t want Nintendo to have the market all to themselves now would we?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001081180639 James Plus Rachel

        Psp was because “The only reason the DS didn’t get monster hunter was because it couldn’t run it. 3DS can”

        And wiiu version is just a port of the 3ds one, like mhp3rdhd on ps3 bein g a port of mhp3rd on psp. Besides, we don’t know that the wiiu won’t be the most successful next gen console, it’s certainly winning at the moment!

    • HassanJamal

      Umm, the PSP wasnt the most successful device but it still had Monster Hunter, explain that?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001081180639 James Plus Rachel

        I did just explain that. “The only reason the DS didn’t get monster hunter was because it couldn’t run it. 3DS can”

  • Yo! It’s Jimmy Lenoir

    Sales are still fairly sluggish, but I always remember how the PSP struggled not only with sales but also against an overtly aggressive and negative gaming media. It’s almost round two with the PSVita. We’re also fed doom and gloom about the tiny console, but hopefully much like with the PSP, it will prove the critics wrong.

    I would like SONY to take the little device a little more seriously. In other words, we demand software. Give us GAMES!

  • Axe99

    Well said – the Vita is easily my gadget of the year for last year as well, and an incredibly good gaming device (and by far and away the best, and best value-for-money for what it delivers, handheld gaming device yet released). I flat-out don’t understand the dislike for it – too many fanboy kids in gaming journalism these days?

    • http://www.geekrevolt.com/ DeShaun Zollicoffer

      I have no clue, it’s a great handheld with great games.

      • Axe99

        Aye, it’s got me completely stumped why it’s not more popular. I don’t like to put market trends down to simple emotional factors (although it can happen), but I can’t think of anything else at the moment.