PlayStation Vita's Here: Now What?
Sony must make the right moves to keep consumers interested.
Yesterday, Sony launched PlayStation Vita in the U.S. and Europe.
Now comes the tough part.
Faced with intense competition from Nintendo's 3DS, Sony needs to make an aggressive push to keep Vita in the public eye, and as you can probably guess, having lots of games is of the utmost importance.
On that note, here are some things the publisher must do to make Vita successful.
Games, games and more games
You can release 25 games at a system's launch, and consumers will still look for new titles a month later. That said, there's no room for a software drought. Continue to bring games to the system within the launch window (Unit 13, for instance), then bleed them out at a steady drip throughout the year.
We also want to see key Sony franchises, like God of War, Jak and Daxter, Infamous and others front and center on the Vita's screen.
More PSP titles, please
Yes, we could fire up the old PlayStation 3, download purchased PSP games and then transfer them to Vita, but that takes time. We'd much rather download them straight to the system. With this in mind, Sony needs to make more PSP hits available.
There's an App for that
We awoke this morning to scores of people posting to Facebook via the new app for PlayStation Vita. While that doesn't interest us, there's room for Sony to bring new and more exciting apps to the system, ones that utilize the hardware in unique ways, ala iPhone and iPad. This will also help separate Vita from 3DS, depending on the types of apps.
Third party lovin'
Final Fantasy, where are you? What's shaking, Resident Evil? Aloha, Call of Duty. Bottom line, Vita needs a ton of third party support with the industry's biggest franchises. Give us something to look forward to, AKA games we cannot find anywhere else.
Keep PSN online
PlayStation Network...Sony Entertainment Network...whatever it is, it needs to run as smoothly as possible, and be available whenever gamers need it, aside from routine maintenance. We don't want to see it go down for a month. That doesn't happen with the App Store or even the 3DS eShop, and it shouldn't occur here, either.