The Top 6 Predications of E3 2012 for PS Vita
Throughout the year there are some video games that are announced, and there is some where rumors swirl about. From year to year all the video game developers and companies of the world gather at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (otherwise known as E3) to show case those same games that have been announced, or even games that have been held under radar for surprising the many in attendance and those tuning in online all over the world. This year is interesting because a new handheld from Sony has entered the fray, but NOTHING has been said about its releases or no new news at all. Maybe ONE game has been show cased (Soul Sacrifice to be exact) at a Japanese expo earlier this year but other than that appetizers, many of those who own a Vita are starving. Those who donít even own one yet have a right not to considering there is a lack of games. Many of those in Japan have already voted with their wallets, causing more concern for the system. Have no fear though; Sony will announce more info on the PS Vita. They have to, itís a new system and if they want it to succeed they need to do something about its lack of momentum. Here are my top six predictions for announcements for PS Vita during E3
6) System Price CutÖ???
This prediction is very low on this list because itís the least likely to happen. Though with all the news and articles stating how badly the Vita is doing, it would make logical sense. After all many are paying wonít want to pay $ 250 to almost $ 300, when they can spend $ 160 on the competitionís handheld. With the extra money, one could get a smartphone, it be all set for an entire year; so Sony needs to make an incentive.
5) System Selling GamesÖ.that probably wonít come out till around Christmas or early 2013
Yeah, yeah I know this is a very negative title for this number. Hereís the problem though, what is announced for the PS Vita this year? Call of Duty? Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time? Playstation All-Stars: Battle Royal? Thatís all great and everything and Iím excited butÖplease let this be the pre-holiday line up, and not post. It is obvious that there will be games announced, but predictions can only go so far. If I had to guess though, LittleBigPlanet will get the release date before Christmas. I only say this because this is the ONLY ďnon-portĒ game currently that could be done and shipped in time for release.
4) The Passport/ Ambassador Program
Itís called the Passport Program in Japan, and the Ambassador Program here but no matter what itís called this better be announced. Sony back in late 2011 when the PS Vitaís new name was revealed, and the details of what this new handheld would be capable of; they promised that when any of those who bought the PS Vita, would be able to transfer any, and all UMDs into digital form so that the consumer could play them on the new handheld at the cost of the consumer. Itís been a few months now since the Vita has been out, and nothing like this has been implemented. This is what is hurting Sony currently is the ability to be backwards compatible with anything they make. Iíd still like to know how theyíd be able to figure out if I bought a UMD version of Persona, and convert it to a digital download for my VitaÖmaybe they can answer that at E3.
3) More Apps, Specifically Those for Video StreamingÖ
No YouTube, No Vudu, No Hulu Plus and No Amazon Video. Just NetflixÖwhoís idea was this? In my last article I mentioned how Sony doesnít know who the Vita marketed toward, and this is further proof. Sure have Skype, Foursqure and Facebook but donít include the other apps that one can download for your PS3. What a sham; Iíd like to watch a movie on Vudu or Amazon Video that Netflix doesnít have, and if I have a subscription to Hulu Plus or a specific person on YouTube Iíd like to see those. I donít want to have to go to a link, book mark it, and then download the video to my PSVís memory card. My space on that memory card is precious.
2) PSP and PS One Compatibility Please!!
You go to the PSN on your PSV right now, and count how many PSP games you can download digitally. Now do the same for your PSP, see the difference? Thereís a lot missing, and sure you can download it to your PS3 and then transfer it onto your PSV but Iíve heard rumors that they were slowly deleting that option. The reason for this, or so Iíve heard, is because if you download certain PSP games you can hack into the PSV and modify it. Well, sounds like something plausible and terrible, so we need to fix this. This holds especially when the PSP is beating the Vita in sales over in Japan.
1) Itís All About the Memory Baby
You can go to any video game forum; site and YouTube channel that talk about the PS Vita read all the comments, and this is the prediction many of those people have. Sony will cut the price of the memory cards, and make it so they are bundled in with systems to react to their poor sales. Iíll go one step further, and boldly state one or two things will happen. A) Sony will announce a new PS Vitas that has built in 4GB or 8GB memory into them or B) They will bundle either 4GB or 8GB with the newer systems and announce a 64 GB memory card. Regardless of what they decide to do with the memory problem it is certain, that Sony will cut the price of the ones currently on the market and announce a 64GB along with the 4GB, 8GB, and 16 GB memory cards. This is fact due to part of the reason why the PSV is so expensive other than the system itself, is the God awful asking price for those required memory cards. read