I'm fed up. The reason? We'll I love my PS Vita but everywhere I look there is yet another person telling me it's a failure. Looking at the games I have on my system I can't really understand this argument, after all I can name at least 40 titles which have been released for the Vita since March, as well as all the unique features that you can't find anywhere else, yet despite this people are still not happy. So I guess my question has to be why?
The main source of my frustration is a mixture of journalists and the general public, the latter of which kickstarted my thoughts on this very subject thanks to the creation of this thread on NeoGaf. Quoting the thread creator on NeoGaf, he states that he "doesn't understand" what's happening with the handheld, stating that he feels Sony should be offering new colours, a small price cut and bundles, while also offering us his thoughts on the lack of games shown at this year's tradeshows. Perhaps the most interesting part of his thoughts on the system though is the fact that he doesn't even own one.
Now I'm really only using this person as an example, but it seems like those who do not own the system seem to be its biggest critics. I can't really say that I've met anyone who does own a Vita that is not happy with it. Sure it could do with a few more games, but quality titles take a long time to develop, so unless you want mediocre games which release every few months, then patience is a virtue.
I also have to take issue with a few other parts of this persons thoughts, for instance he states that there are no bundles/deals. Well looking at our very own website seems to suggest that this is far from the truth. ShopTo has plenty of memory card / game bundles for PS Vita which seem to offer great value. Sure the system may be a little bit on the expensive side, but this is a very advanced handheld, technically on a par with many of it's mobile based rivals but half the price. It's certainly much more advanced than the 3DS, yet only slightly more expensive.
As for the games? LittleBigPlanet; Uncharted; Need for Speed: Most Wanted: Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, Silent Hill, Sound Shapes, When Vikings Attack, FIFA, Gravity Rush, Wipeout 2048, PlayStation Mobile, the upcoming Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified and of course the arrival of PlayStation Plus. The immediate future looks quite bright too, with Media Molecule's Tearaway, Killzone, Soul Sacrifice and a portable version of Bioshock all on the way. You'd also be a fool to think that Sony doesn't have a load more in development that we don't even know about, while I'd imagine a few third party developers do too.
As far as I'm concerned it won't take that much for people to realise what a great machine the Vita is. Imagine Rockstar announced a new GTA for Vita tomorrow, or Capcom announced a Vita version of Monster Hunter. If this happened then all of a sudden people would be climbing over themselves to say what a great machine it is.
I don't believe for a second that Vita is finished, I firmly believe that it's still to find it's feet and learn to walk and once it does it'll leave every other portable gaming device in it's wake. The Vita, like the PSP is a fantastic machine, and the sooner everyone realizes this, the better. Maybe I can be fed up about.