The PS Vita really was a great handheld; but, it couldn’t live up to the initial promise of making AAA experiences 100% portable. At least not in the eyes of western gamers.
Sony couldn’t satiate their needs with indie offerings and smaller experiences, either, forcing the PS Vita to fade further and further into Obscura as the years crawled on after launch.
It’s done well in the eastern world, though. Sony Interactive Entertainment America President and CEO Shawn Layden told The Verge that it remains his favorite portable, and then he went on to talk about its success abroad and it never being able to clear that hurdle in the west.
“Vita is still a viable platform… chiefly in the Japanese and Asian markets. We still have developers in Japan who are building for that platform. But it just didn’t get over the hump in Europe and America. It’s hard to know exactly why, but it didn’t garner a large enough audience here for us to continue to build for it.”
I love my Vita, too, Mr. Layden.
I also didn’t mind the relative flood of “indie” titles. Some gamers clearly did, and that was evidenced often by the cries of discontent after another smaller game was announced instead of something seen as a major tentpole.
Do you own a PS Vita? Why do you think it never really caught on in the west?