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It’s still too early to tell if the PS Vita will be successful

by Bill Hess on June 17, 2012


The PlayStation Vita got off to a rocky start in Japan and worldwide.  One of the big factors in-play was, and is, the price of the handheld.  According to Ubisoft, it might be too early to count the PS Vita as out for the count.  Having been available for only a few short months outside of Japan, the Vita’s better days may be ahead of the handheld.

In a recent interview with IGN, Ubisoft’s Tony Key explained why Ubisoft is extremely interested in developing for the platform.  “We’ve always liked it… it’s a beautiful piece of hardware,” said Key.  “It’s got cool features that you can’t get anywhere else… It’s definitely too early to say that Vita’s not going to be a success.”

This could have something to do with one of Ubisoft’s key franchises coming to the Vita later this year.  “Assassin’s Creed, we believe, is the right type of game for that system.  Assassin’s Creed III isn’t the only big Vita game coming this holiday, and I think that’s a good thing.  We’re actually very happy that there’s another big Vita game coming for Christmas from a competitor because we think that will raise all boats.  It’s going to generate a lot of interest in the Vita this holiday season.”

One major gripe of PS Vita players following the hardware launch was the lack of great titles to play on the system.  Sure, the Vita came out of the gates strong with titles like Uncharted 3, but mass market titles like Call of Duty and Assassin’s Creed could do for the console in the U.S. and Europe, what a Monster Hunter title could do for the handheld in Japan.

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  • Arikasowab0

    Uncharted 3?! No way… that’s a PS3 exclusive title. Uncharted: Golden Abyss is the one that’s on Vita.

  • von flue choke

    Uncharted 3 is out on vita? Nice… ill buy it for the multiplayer alone.

  • Damien Basey

    Can you explain why developers aren’t flocking to the system like everyone anticipated. I’m a hardcore sports fanatic and I’m EXTREMELY disappointed that NBA 2k13 will not be produces on the vita. This title is considered the best basketball game ever made and seemed like a no brainer but there has been no mention of it along with a slew of other games people were hoping to play on their vita. I don’t understand and feel like I have been tricked into buying this machine again. I did the first PSP when it launched and was disappointed in the lack of urgency around making quality games out of the gate. I feel like its the same thing all over again and Sony still doesn’t understand the American market.

  • superdynamite

    Deja Vu all over again. Sounds like the same garbage we were listening to when the PS3 launched in 2006/2007.

    Vita is amazing! Great price!

    • Ignorance LVL: Allen

      Great price

      Great joke

  • asdf

    buying my ACIII and Liberation day 1, it’s good to be a Playstation gamer!

  • njb

    Exclusives say it all. And i was surprised so many Devs like Ubi have high hopes and praise.for the vita. And the AAA titles r not ports their optimised and use the unique controls and they have more content.

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