Analyst: Vita Success Relies On Strong Third-Party Support
The PlayStation Vita was a primary focus of Sony's presentation at last week's Tokyo Game Show, and the advanced portable is starting to garner plenty of attention.
But we wanted to know the analyst take on the Vita's future, so we asked EEDAR's Jesse Divnich about current expectations. Basically, any new piece of hardware requires software to succeed, which is why Sony has 26 titles planned for the Vita's launch, with over 100 on shelves before March (in Japan, at least). But Divnich says first-party support won't be enough; the third-party support needs to kick in big time.
"We still feel positive on the PlayStation Vita, but believe that the long-term success of the platform (or any platform) will come down to strong third-party support. With the Western launch 5 to 6 months away, we anxiously await additional announcements of support from the major third-party publishers and developers.
The first party software we've seen is phenomenal and the Vita will be one of the best, if not first, true HD mobile platform."
Divnich added that he expects the new unit to arrive in North America in February or March, which falls in line with other predictions. For our part, we have high hopes for the Vita; we just hope it can separate itself from the onslaught of mobile gaming via cell phones. Hey, phones can't do stuff like Uncharted: Golden Abyss.
9/19/2011 8:48:42 PM Ben Dutka