After Sony released their sales projections for the current year, it looks as though they have succumb to the same realization most owners of the Vita have already reached; it looks like it’s time to give up on the Vita. As reported by CVG, Sony released that their sales projects for the rest of the fiscal year that runs through March of 2014, and their portable sales projections between the PSP and Vita are coming in right around 5 million units world wide. It’s a sad truth, but if Sony isn’t projecting solid figures, then they obviously know something we don’t. Gamers have been curious if this would be the case with the Vita, as the lack of games produced for the system have been either ports or HD remastered titles, providing new experiences that can’t be had else where few and far between. It looks like the writing has been on the wall and Sony is taking notice.
It’s really unfortunate, as the Vita is the portable system that everyone wanted, providing gamers with everything that they have in a home console, minus an extra set of triggers. However, since its release the system has struggled to garner interest as the library of titles has been slow progressing and limited in the array. Times don’t seem to be getting any better either, there have been a limited number of titles that have been announced this year and don’t seem to be increasing either with the projections that have been set forth. Had they seen heavy blockbuster titles on the horizon there would be a strong likelihood that Sony would have foreseen better totals in their future.
Not only the games, but the rumored cross functionality between the PlayStation 4 and the Vita being strong may not be as prevalent as one had been led to believe. There are a ton of things that Sony could do between the two systems, much like what was rumored for the PSP and the PlayStation 3 upon the home consoles arrival on the market. Instead, Sony squandered a perfect opportunity to create another dimension to gaming and it doesn’t look like they plan to take advantage of it now with the Vita and PS4 either.
Sony has to realize that this is their baby, the Vita is their system. They must show the kind of support and effort that they have put forth on the PlayStation 3 of late. That is what brought it up to top, selling more system during this generation in terms of total number of consoles sold across the world, than any other. It wasn’t as much the third party support, but the first party titles that separated it from the competition. It will take the same for the Vita, until other publishers and developers notice that the Vita is here to stay. With the latest numbers coming down from the top though, it looks like Sony doesn’t have any plans for supporting the portable that could have been. They are doing nothing, and if that doesn’t portray that they are giving up on the system, than I don’t know what does.