#2) The Games and The Infrastructure to Play Them Are Highway Robbery
Sony is making a big deal out of downloadable games, but after shelling out $250 for a PS Vita, exactly how much do you want to spend on a memory card? If you want 32GB, that’ll be $100. Oh, and it’s a modern game system: you’ll need one of these whether you want it or not.
Meanwhile, you can expect to pay home console prices for portable games, which raises the question of who, exactly, wants to pay that much money for “Recycled Katamari” or “Nathan Drake Is an Idiot and a Jackass Again”.
#1) It Probably Won’t Last Very Long
It’s baffling that Sony, a company that badly mishandled the PS3, is repeating the same mistakes five years later, but here we are.
Only, unlike the PS3, we’re not sure there’s a way to salvage this.
Portable gaming was, for a long time, the safest area financially. Nintendo was fine not ruling home consoles because the DS was printing money. The PSP may have “lost” the fight for portable dominance, but it still sold 70 million units worldwide.
But that was before the iPhone, and Android, and tablets everywhere. GTA III on iOS is really the death knell for the idea of portable gaming as an indepedent area of consumer electronics: Apple and Google have a lock on it now. Consider the most popular portable game since Tetris is…”Angry Birds”.
The PS Vita is a device from an alternate reality where Apple doesn’t exist and cellphones are still clamshells. And it seems unlikely that it’s going to be able to compete.
So, save your money. Heck, with the money you’re saving, buy a few PS3 games. They’re not portable, but at least you know the console that runs them will still be around.
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