Analyst Says PS Vita Needs a Price and Mo' Better Games to Succeed

Billy Pidgeon also cites expensive memory cards as hindrance

It's no secret that Sony's PS Vita isn't doing quite as well as the company, or even fans of the portable, would like. According to Inside Network analyst Billy Pidgeon, Sony needs to follow Nintendo's lead and cut the price if they want it to succeed, but that's not the only thing holding the otherwise impressive platform back. 

 

Speaking to NowGamer on the need for a price cut:

 

"Although the hardware is high quality, Sony may need to follow Nintendo's lead and cut price drastically next year if the installed base remains below five million or the platform will not be viable for publishers."

 

Pidgeon also says the proprietary memory cards are prohibitively expensive, and that, while the Vita has a decent lineup—he cites recent quality games like Assassin's Creed III: Liberation and Persona 4 Golden—it would benefit from the addition of even more, better games, including high quality downloadable titles. 

 

"There should be more downloadable software, including inexpensive or free games, and these must be higher quality than popular iOS and Android games. It would in fact be helpful if the best and most popular smartphone and tablet games were also available for download to PS Vita."

 

It's tough to argue against the need for a price cut, but do you think money is all that stands in the way of success for Sony's portable? There are some great titles on Vita, but I wonder what your average person on the street would say if you asked them about it? It's tough to gauge where general awareness of Vita's existence stands, but whatever the root of the issue, let's hope Sony can turn things around in the near future. 

 

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Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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