I have stuck up for Sony's PlayStation Vita many times. I personally think it's the best system ever released for the portable gamer, yet I continue to see articles by so-called mainstream sites, putting the system down without mentioning its best games and biggest selling points. Obviously I'm not saying Vita is perfect (sales don't lie), however it has far much more going for it than most people give it credit for.
There is certainly plenty of be thankful for if you are a Vita gamer, especially when it comes to the games. I'm not in this camp of the system has no games, what a load of tosh. Uncharted Golden Abyss; Gravity Rush; Motorstorm RC; FIFA; Resistance Burning Skies; Unit 13; PlayStation All Stars; Mutant Blobs Attack; LittleBigPlanet; Wipeout 2048; Need for Speed: Most Wanted; Rayman Origins; Velocity; When Vikings Attack; Assassin's Creed: Liberation; Smart As; Lumines; Persona 4: Golden - Just a few of the excellent games which come to mind. In the future we can also look forward to Tearaway; Killzone Liberation; Dragon Fantasy; Soul Sacrifice and a new Bioshock game. Sure some of the above games are on other systems, but show me a another portable system which has games of this quality, playable on such a beautiful screen. Gamers want originality, sure, but they also want quality games on the go and you can't tell me that the above games aren't quality.
So that's the current games and a small glimpse of the future, but what else? Well, the Vita offers dual sticks; a stunning Oled Screen; a fully integrated online system; trophies and basically everything else you need for a fantastic portable gaming experience. Sony has also just launched PlayStation Plus for Vita, giving gamers fantastic value including free games, cloud storage and automatic updates. Looking at other features of the system will see you get free versions of a game if you buy the PS3 version (cross-buy) as well as cross-play; cross-saves and the ability to share goods (DLC) bought between PS3 and PS Vita.
What people need to stop doing is being a miserable bunch of moaning gits. Honestly. Remember the first year of the PSP and even the PS3? Both where considered a failure... "Oh there's no games","The system is a failure","There's not enough features." It took a while for both of these systems to take off, look at them now. PS3 has sold 70 million systems worldwide, PSP has now sold around 75 million units worldwide. Are these systems failures? No. Have they provided some of the most classic games of all time? I think you'll find the answer is yes. Have those people who slagged the systems off came out of their corner and said they were wrong? No, of course not, they've just moved on to the Vita and started ranting about that instead.
The fact is that Sony knows what it's doing. The Vita is not selling as well as Sony would have hoped on a worldwide basis. The price of memory cards is too high and the system is hardly going to appeal without big name exclusives. But what these critics fail to realise is that Sony is in this for the long run. The Vita will get a price drop, there are also games in development which people don't know about - mark my words. Also, imagine for instance that Capcom are working on a Monster Hunter game, while Rockstar work on an exclusive GTA for the Vita - now think what will happen if Sony announce both these games alongside a price drop. All of a sudden sales of the system would rocket, other developers would take notice, original games would appear, etc etc. Look at the 3DS, it hardly took off to begin with, but as soon as Nintendo dropped the price and the games came out the closet its sales started to rocket. It doesn't take much for a system to turn the corner.
PlayStation Vita has been around in the UK since February 22 - around 10 months. The system already has over 40 games and while sales are not at high levels, it's still got a long life ahead of it. Can it already be considered a failure when we look at the facts above? I would say not. Perhaps a slow starter, but like I say, PSP and PS3 could be fall into this category too.
Another beautiful feature of Vita is that it can always be upgraded, so in the future when PS4 arrives and the Vita becomes an essential companion thanks to it's great features and fantastic, unique games, I for one will be happy that I was one of the first people in the world to own one. As for those putting the system down right now? I guess I'll see you online when you decide to jump back on the bandwagon in around a six months to a years time.