It has been little over a year since the PlayStation Vita was released in Japan. In that one year period, A total of only 65 games have been released via retail and digital. The Vita does not even come close to competing with other major handheld systems, such as Nintendo’s DS and various smart phones. Maybe the Vita had a bad start? Future titles officially announced for release in the USA in 2013 include Ratchet & Clank QForce, Soul Sacrifice, Dead or Alive 5 Plus, Killzone: Mercenary, Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus 2, Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time, and Tearaway. How can anyone admit that the PS Vita is still alive and kicking with only 7 titles officially on the horizon, a currently unappealing library, and constantly bad show up from the Vita at every major video game event?
The Vita is not just in trouble regarding its game library. The Vita is constantly nosediving in every market around the world. The lack of sales for the Vita could make the Vita even more undesirable to 3rd party developers. Recent launches of Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified and Assassin’s Creed Liberation, show just how much developers care about the Vita. The launch of Call of Duty was supposed to be the start of the Vita’s multiplayer component, with Call of Duty being able to played anywhere you go. The exact opposite happened. The game is an embarrassment to everyone involved making it and releasing it. The launch of Assassin’s Creed on the Vita was supposed to be the start of triple-A titles coming to the Vita and making it something worth buying. What we got was a mediocre attempt at milking some cash from hardcore Assassin’s Creed fans.
If Sony doesn’t step it up and start releasing some quality titles on the Vita, the Vita will go down the same painful path the PSP went down. I hope with all my heart that it doesn’t go down down this path. I have always preferred the PSP over the Nintendo DS models. The Vita still has a ton of promise, but is suffering heavily from a lack of innovation and effort. What the Vita truly needs is for developers to step it up and make something worthwhile to purchase. If the Vita developers can do this, I hope for a long and prosperous future for the Vita and Sony.