Pachter: "The Vita Is Dead, It's Over"
Well, no beating around the bush for this guy.
We know sales for the PlayStation Vita haven't been brisk; in fact, they've been deplorable. A significant lack of AAA software seems to be the main culprit, although many consumers still point to the high price, which is prohibitive.
Sony will continue to push the Vita with upcoming PlayStation 4 connectivity, but analyst Michael Pachter says Remote Play can't save the slick new handheld unit. In his latest Pach-Attack show, the Wedbush Morgan Securities analyst elaborated on the dire situation:
"The only thing that’s going to sell more Vitas or compelling software. God, I shudder to tell you how many units of Vita were sold this month, but the answer is ‘not very many’. The Vita is dead, it’s over. It’s a really great device that nobody thinks they need so no one’s buying it."
He did add that it's "really slick" and that if you buy one, "you will like it." Unfortunately, his testimony - and the praise of many journalists and gamers worldwide - really isn't enough. Killzone: Mercenary is due out in September and we really love the look of Tearaway. But the Vita needs a lot more, and it has to go beyond digital titles that are also playable on the PS3. We're just not seeing it.
8/11/2013 9:46:24 PM Ben Dutka