Will the Vita’s ability to stream PS4 games really save it or just push you to buy Sony’s latest console?
Sony doesn’t want the Vita to go to waste but instead of putting more effort into making games, changing the model or making it cheaper they’ve decided to make it a controller on the side.
‘Remote Play’ lets the Vita display the PS4 game you were playing by streaming over wifi which means you don’t have to stop during toilet breaks. Sony’s attempt to use another console to boost the weak Vita sounds familiar. It already has a cross-play feature with some PS3 games, such as Playstation All-Stars, which comes with a free Vita version. Both devices can then connect with each other for online play.
These are all nice add-ons that push Sony ahead of the competition using a feature similar to what the Wii U controller prides itself on. Sadly, the Vita got off to a rough start in sales and while Sony hopes to sell five million PSPs and Vitas this coming year (combined) the 3DS expects to sell 18 million alone.
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Holding hands with the PS3 and PS4 will hopefully boost its sales. Even without cross-play between its fellow consoles the Vita seems to be the best portable console for hardcore gamers. Regrettably, mommy Sony pays less attention to the forgettable middle child than to its elder and younger console siblings.
In terms of tech the Vita overshadows the 3DS, but the price inevitably puts some players off, not only for the device itself but also the disturbingly expensive memory cards. The main reason it struggles to keep up with Nintendo’s portable is the diversity of games. Vita’s sluggish rate of releasing games is poor, to say the least. There have also been several games promised only to be sheepishly cancelled. Rather than releasing unique games for the Vita, Sony seems to be treating it as a portable controller for the PS4 instead of as a portable console in its own right.
While the streaming capabilities may boost sales for the Vita, there is a strong possibility that Sony will become even lazier with unique Vita games since PS4 games would be doing the work for them. It would be a shame as some unique Vita games are fantastic, but no gamer can be expected to play the same game for as long as some fans have had to while waiting for the next shooter or RPG release. Vita lovers will probably feel obligated to buy a PS4 if they want to make the best of their portable ‘controller’. The news that GameStop has had to cancel preorders of its ‘unlimited’ supply of PS4s does not, ironically, bode well for the Vita.
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