Sony’s TGS conference aired earlier today covering all their expected games for the Japanese market in the near future. At gamescon there was so little mention of the PSVita that some press outlets were beginning to announce that the system was dead and that Sony was not supporting the system, and to be honest I also shared some of those thoughts. I love my Vita and play it numerous times a week so it was a bit disheartening to not see much of any mention of new titles, or system updates for it so far during the year. Sony however redeemed themselves by making the Vita their opening keynote of this conference, showing off a lot of new games for the portable, UMD Passport, as well as a new system update, 3.30. With the new update we can expect the addition of themes to the Vita. I am hopeful that themes are not the only addition to this new update and that they add even more in the form of new functionality and features.
It is clear that the Vita is not dead in Japan, and as a vita owner I know that it is not dead here in the west either, but Sony needs to relay that message properly to their market so that consumers do not become even more worried about the system. As always I think a good way to build confidence in the system would be to drop the price of the systems memory cards and do more in the way of advertising the system and its games. They can also do more in the way of cross buy to encourage PS3/PS4 owners to play more on their Vita.
Anywho that’s my two cents on this topic. If you wish to learn more about what I think about it listen to tomorrows Buttonsmashers Podcast episode. So what do you think, do you think the Vita is dead?