Should The Vita Be More Like The PSP?
Bear with me for a moment.
I firmly believe the PlayStation Vita proved something at Gamescom. Or rather, that Sony proved something about their intentions with the Vita, as it's clear they will be lending it plenty of support. And they'll be the first to tell you they are giving it far more support than the PSP received early in its life span, due to their almost immediate shift in focus to the PS3.
However, although I remain duly impressed, I just remembered why I played games on my PSP. I'm not big into handheld entertainment and really never have been since the days of the original GameBoy. But I played certain titles on the PSP (Final Fantasy IV: Complete Collection, Final Fantasy Tactics: War of the Lions, etc.) because I quite simply couldn't find them on the PS3. JRPGs and other "old-fashioned" styles of gaming were rapidly falling by the wayside but if I still wanted them, I could turn to the PSP. Old-school RPG fans know very well how valuable the PSP has been.
But with the Vita, we've got the technology to bring the heavy hitters to the portable realm, so that's what Sony is doing. Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, Killzone, LittleBigPlanet, etc. That's great. But isn't that basically what we already have on consoles, only in on-the-go form? These aren't really different experiences, are they? I suppose they're different thanks to some nifty handheld tech, like the front and rear touchscreens, tilt functionality, and camera, but the gameplay is pretty familiar. We might never see stuff like Tactics Ogre or Persona, will we? Well, they might still exist on the PSN, which the Vita can access, of course.
I'm just wondering if it's the best idea to turn the Vita into a portable PS3, which appears to be Sony's goal. I repeat, it is impressive and I think it's a fabulous piece of hardware and I do play it. That being said, I still believe Sony should focus on bringing unique experiences to the Vita that aren't just slightly smaller versions of the big boys in the console realm. And if that includes some old-school stuff in a fresher package, why not?
8/16/2012 9:28:31 PM Ben Dutka