Lack of AAA Games on Vita is Tough, But Sony Has a Plan

Sony looks to improve PS Vita with its new streaming service

PlayStation Vita sales were nothing impressive upon its release, selling fewer units than its PlayStation Portable predecessor the first Christmas week on the market, but Sony has plans in mind to still make the Vita more of a success.

Director of product planning and platform software innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment America, Don Mesa, addressed a fan's comment on a PlayStation blog regarding better development of AAA games for Vita. Mesa said that the "economics simply don't work" with the current model.

"We have to do something different to get AAA games on Vita. We accomplished it to a certain degree by making PS4 games work on Vita via remote play," Mesa said. "PS Now will be another way, streaming PS3 games on Vita. I can’t wait until PS Now is out on Vita – I hope you’ll try out the experience and let me know what you think."

PlayStation Now was revealed earlier this year and is intended to launch this summer. The service will allow PS4 and PS Vita users the ability to stream PS3 games on their consoles.

Time will tell whether this new service will increase PS Vita's popularity amongst gamers looking for handheld consoles, but achieving success in the market is more difficult than ever. Sony's PlayStation UK managing director, Fergal Gara, told Play that sales of the Vita weren't what was expected.

“The PSP and Vita landed into considerably different worlds,” he said. “As far as the Vita is concerned, the advent of handheld gaming on phone and tablets complicated the marketplace. While we believe that the Vita is a specialist device that does the job better than other alternatives, people can only carry so many devices – and the people that want the very specialist experience is not as large as the pool of people that just want any gaming experience available to them on the go."

Gara said that while the Vita is not expected to reach the same level of sales success as the PSP, its "new role with the PS4 has only just begun."

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Published May. 13th 2014
  • Yogell
    Featured Contributor
    As a Vita owner this is somewhat encouraging. For months my Vita has literally been sitting collecting dust because all the good games, indie titles included, I've already been through! It's such a great device with loads of potential. So sad to see it sitting there. Hopefully there will be something good on it here soon.
  • zarbor_6462
    Its the main reason I refuse to buy a Vita so far. No AAA how many years?
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    *Glances at Killzone: Mercenary, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Conception II, Persona 4, MGS HD Collection, and more"

    Yeah... no AAA titles at all.

    Plus who wants to play those filthy indie games, like Hotline Miami, Thomas Was Alone, Stealth Inc., Pixel Junk Monsters HD, Flower, flOw, Spelunky, GunSlugs... oh wait, all those games are AWESOME!
  • zarbor_6462
    Killzone on my PS3, Uncharted on my PS3, Metal Gear on my PS3, etc. Some of us don't want to pay twice for the same game.

    Not paying $250 for a handheld as powerful as a PS3 to consider idie games AAA titiles. LOL. Not to mention, I have more idie game selection on my tablet.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    That's three games out of many, and the Vita entries are all different from their console entries in interesting ways.

    You aren't paying twice for the same game. That's like saying you bought Halo twice because you bought Halo and Halo 2. They are distinct entries. If you want standalone AAA titles, we've got plenty like Gravity Rush, CastleStorm, CounterSpy, Demon Gaze, DiveKick, Doki-Doki Universe, Minecraft is coming later this year, Dragon's Crown, Earth Defense Force 2017 portable, etc.

    It's actually usually on sale for cheaper. I was able to snag one for $172 with a game from a department store. No one is saying treating indies as AAA titles although some are rated higher than AAA games to begin with.

    Also not to mention the majority of indie games on your tablet are drowing in a pool of shovelware whereas the Vita focuses on hit indie titles. Fez, Limbo, Guacameele Dustforce, and more (including the titles I've already referenced) all work great on the Vita and the system itself is pretty rock solid.

    Not to mention that a large variety of PSP titles are either officially or unofficially working on the Vita, some like Star Wars: Battlefront Elie Squadron even have multiplayer functionality on Vita. A large number of PS1 titles work fine as well.

    If you have trouble telling console entries from handheld entries apart, let me simplify it for you:

    Killzone Mercenary --

    Killzone Shadow Fall --

    Can you see the difference now or shall I prescribe ye glasses? :)
  • Juicy Jane
    those are no AAA games mate... a remake of an old game is an AAA game come on mate!
  • Juicy Jane
    and again you might wanne do a little google search to find out what AAA means.... coz DiveKick a AAA game ? CastleStorm really some thing that i play spmetimes for free on mu nexus ?
  • zarbor_6462
    Looks like I'm not the only one you need to prescribe glasses. At that rate you may want to open a vision store. Or just keep it simple and get yourself a pair to see what most of have already seen.

    None of those games are AAA....You may have much different understanding what that means but there are tons of articles claiming that the Vita's biggest problem is no AAA titles.
  • Mr. Everywhere
    You've got 2 seriously over-hyped games, 1 remake (Remakes don't count), a "eh" game, and 1 I've never even heard of, amid a myriad of indie titles, most of which, if not all, are available on PS3 (not to mention most listed are garbage), then continue on to list more horrible games in a later post - You should gracefully concede defeat before it gets ugly.

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