I love my Vita. I take it with me wherever I go. I bring it with me to play during my breaks at work, take it during the trips to the mall to play while waiting to meet someone, car rides, etc.. I love this device and already own a bunch of games and some downloaded PSP games for it. I even have over 300 songs for custom soundtrack awesomeness. I don't regret my investment on it. Unfortunately I'm afraid this handy device is on borrowed time.
Though I do comfort myself by reminding myself that... well... Sony is a persistent Mofo. Look at the PSP. When it first came out, it did shit. But they stuck with it and soon that little handheld went through several models and had loads of classic and awesome games. So for the Vita I think history will repeat itself. While Sony is fickle on changing certain things, this is how I believe we can fix up things to clear a path for the Vita's success.
Now i'm gonna say something controversial. I personally think the price for the base system is fair. But I'll get on that more later.
I also believe the price for games is fair... aside from the ones that cost $50. Seriously what the hell is that about?
The main biggie is... Memory Cards. Now while you can fit up to 3 Vita games on the 4gig memory card (not that hard people), most will feel safer buying the bigger size memory cards. It's kind of a psychological deal. When something has memory space and different verions of said something exist, more than likely people will go for whichever one has the most space available.
Let's do some math for a second to drive this point home.
Let's say... Bob wants to buy a Vita. He goes for the 3G/WiFi version and buys a $40 game. So that brings him to $340 in total. But wait... now he needs a memory card. He could get a 4gig but is afraid of memory space so he gets the 32 gig. Now his total is $440. Well... he also needs to get cases, screen protectors, game cas- you see my point here?
Now while I'm a sony fanboy, I feel their needs to be a comparison to the 3DS. It's a fair price and it's more accessible because of it's price. It's memory is decently priced along with the system itself.
Here's how I believe the prices should be.
See? Now that's affordable. So let's go back to Bob... How ya doin' Bob? Okay. Well let's see his total now.
32gb memory $40
His total is $380. And Bob has some to spare for the extra stuff to. Way to go Bob!
Games is of course a big part of any game system... well no shit. But if Sony really wants people interested, let's set some guidelines
1. Stop focusing on so many ports: While I love the idea of console quality gaming on the go, it seems rather cheap to just do ports. Now don't get me wrong most of these are awesome but save ports for the Cross-Buy program.
2. Build new IPs: I know this is tough. But try to build brand new original games for the system. Look at Soul Sacrifice for example. We need more of that. Brand new original IPs built from the ground up for the system. Make damn sure the devs get to explore every possible bit of the Vita's potential.
3. Bring in the old to something new: Now Sony seems to be on the ball with this one. By this I mean create brand new games of existing Sony franchises for the Vita. While a few may be less than great (Looking at you Burning Skies... you damn hellspawn sonuva-) this shouldn't discourage the idea completely. Bring in a new God of War Game. Hell Twisted Metal was sort of a system seller for PSP, bring that back. Let's just hope Killzone Mercenaries is good.
4. 3rd Party support like a mofo: This will be hard, I understand but send out Dev Kits like they were religious pamphlets.... Pssst... *whispers* and some bribe money... for a... you know... handheld Dead Rising
5. Bring in some more PSP downloadable games: Remember when people were pissed they couldn't get Birth by Sleep on their Vita? Here's a chance to fix that. And make all the games available on the PS Vita PSN store.
To me, the Bundle is the PERFECT way to entice new buyers. Think about it. You're getting the system, the memory card AND a game for the price of the system alone. Who wouldn't want something like that?! Well...
1. Make sure the games are worth it: Assassin's Creed was alright and Call of Duty was Dog-Shit. Save this for 1st party games and sure... bring in new colors.
2. Playstation Plus: YES YES AND HELL YES! Not only make Playstation plus available for the bundles but make it available for standalone systems as well. And like I said, it's not hard to fit more than one game on the 4 gig memory card. And it'll work out if the customer has a PS3 as well.
3. Add in more goodies: Nooot necessarily a must be. But why not add in other neato stuff like cool cases and such. Remember those bitching Persona 4 Golden skins you got for pre-ordering the game? Stuff like that.
Like I said earlier, I believe history will repeat itself for the Vita and in a few years we'll have the ultimate handheld gaming system and Dev's will be able to unlock the full potential of the Vita's capabilities. But small changes like the ones I listed will help make that journey easier.
Long Live Play Mofos.