PlayStation Vita: More A New Console Than A New Portable?
You know, I've been thinking: how we view a product is immensely important. It defines its existence on store shelves.
Now, the pessimists simply see the new PlayStation Vita as just another handheld. A fancy, highly advanced handheld, but a handheld nonetheless.
Therefore, it's immediately put into competition with other mobile devices, like smartphones and tablets that can also play video games. Furthermore, price is even more of an issue, as the consumer would normally expect to pay less for a portable device; at least, "less" in comparison to a full console. Correct?
But what if we're more optimistic and view this unit in a different light? In many ways, one could say this is a portable PlayStation 3. It not only has the power, it also has the features and functions; it has the dual analog sticks and all the buttons found on the Dual Shock controller. Plus, it has recognizable franchises from the PS3 console, not to mention connectivity with Sony's flagship machine. In other words, maybe it's a bad idea to focus on what it is: a portable gaming device. The "portable" part seems to be getting in the way.
I can almost guarantee that the everyday gamer off the street would be more interested in a "portable PS3" (if I called it that) than simply a new portable unit (i.e., the PSP2). The Vita is vastly more capable than any other handheld device on the market and the emphasis is squarely on games, as evidenced by the large launch lineup and the amount of technology involved. A portable PS3? Hell yeah, even I'm more psyched to hear that then "the PSP's successor." The Vita feels a lot like a console in one's hands; the "hand" part might actually be secondary.
By the way, PSXE is primed and ready to deliver full Vita coverage. So keep it here throughout February.
2/10/2012 8:57:27 PM Ben Dutka