The PlayStation Vita isn't selling as well as expected and speculation is widespread: Why is Sony's new portable struggling at retail?

Well, it depends on your definition of "struggling," first of all. Sony has said they're not too far behind internal expectations for the time being, and the handheld did enjoy a solid Black Friday showing . But no matter how you slice it, the system could definitely be faring better.

For the most part, there are three common explanations: 1. Price, 2. Lack of compelling AAA software, and 3. The rapid expansion and proliferation of mobile gaming. The latter is a complex topic and extends beyond the realm of hardcore gamers, so we're going to stick with the first two possible explanations. Remember, this is a unit specifically designed for the avid gamer. So which is the culprit? Do you see the price as being formidable for too many consumers? Is the product simply not worth what it costs? Or is it the software? Some will say the system had a great launch in terms of solid titles, and that's a legitimate argument.

But since then, not much has arrived to help prove to gamers that the Vita is something they need to have. For instance, the two titles this holiday season that were supposed to boost hardware sales were Assassin's Creed III: Liberation and Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified . One was abysmal and the other was good, but not great. Still, didn't they help Vita sales…? They did to some extent, right? So maybe it has more to do with secret explanation number three: The lack of promotion and heavy marketing. But wait…wasn't I constantly seeing ads for the Black Ops Declassified Vita bundle during November? I think I was.

What's your take on the issue?

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cve312
cve312
8 years ago

Well for me at this current time, its just a matter of low funds, i see alot of games that id most definitely play on the Vita, i just dont have the funs to buy the Vita, but i did, oh yeah, id buy one asap.

godsman
godsman
8 years ago

Watching Youtube on the Vita's screen was a blast. You will not disappoint. Only issue I see is the memory card prices.

firesoul453
firesoul453
8 years ago

Yes I agree. I know parents who won't buy them for their kids because its linked to one account. And on top of that the memory is still very expensive.

I have a 4 gig chip it came with and bought an 8 gig chip, with no music or movies they are both full. 8 gigs isn't much and is very expensive.

Its definitely not a cheap device either. A tablet costs less, often has more memory and can overall do way more. Ofcourse it won't have the AAA titles the vita has but most people don't see it that way.

eatatjoes
eatatjoes
8 years ago

well it can't do WAY more, because the vita has a pretty solid set of features, tilt just like a tablet, except it is 6 axis and not 4, touch pad in the back touch screen thumbsticks wifi 3g etc, it is on par if not better than tablets at that price range. i will agree though the memory is entirely to much. i bought the 8gb and filled it in an hour with games. i mean playstation plus alone offers you ~8gb of games and that is without you buying a single one of them.

sawao_yamanaka
sawao_yamanaka
8 years ago

If you mean other tablets besides apple, yes they are less. Apple products sell more than other tablets put together. It is a sheep mentality. They complain that these things costs a lot and yet they go out every year to buy their iPad.

firesoul453
firesoul453
8 years ago

Yes I understand the value of the vita, but its hard to get people to understand when they are compairimg it to a $200 nexus 7 that comes with 16 gigs built in and has somewhere like 10,000 -50,100 apps to the vitas maybe you 200 a viable pieces of software

JoebooSauce
JoebooSauce
8 years ago

The memory prices really irk me and have kept me from buying the Vita. I want to have many games on the card as well as my media. (Sony is marketing this as a multimedia device.)

I think it really shows how out of touch Sony is when they charge $60 for 16GB. I saw USB that size for $7. I paid $85 for a 2TB external a year ago on BF. I don't care if it REALLY even did cost that much to make. Who cares if people won't buy it. It's very ill conceived.

TheHighlander
TheHighlander
8 years ago

lack of software and the usual hate campaign. If you remember when the price originally announced, Sony was lauded for making it an affordable system, and yet by the time of the launch, somehow that perception had changed to a clarion call for price reduction – prior to launch even. People were decrying it as a failure before launch, it's almost a case of wish fulfillment for a certain group of people.

Phoenix
Phoenix
8 years ago

The Vita itself is priced right around where it should be, and I think most dont have too much issue with this, the memory cards on the other hand are way overpriced for the size you are getting, and this is where I, and many others, take issue with the Vita.

You've gotta figure, a lot of people would want a 32GB card, for movies, games, music, and that stuff takes up a lot of room, so 32GB is really the only way to go if you plan to use your Vita for more then just 1 or 2 games, and I really cant blame them for not wanting to commit another $100 just for a 32GB card. Ofcourse, this is only part of the problem that's holding the Vita back, lack of software is another problem, no true BC is another, heck you could even blame some of it on competition with the 3DS/tablets/smartphones.

Sony needs to do something to make the Vita attractive to consumers, and I think with the current software we have for it right now, a price drop is really the only route they have to take.

godsman
godsman
8 years ago

@TheHighlander

I completely agree that it's a software issue. There are too many games even in the PSP era, where the portable versions are half the qualities of the PS3 counterpart. Uncharted was an exception, but still can't compare with the PS3 version. I preordered my Vita and i have yet to find another game to play on it.

@Phoenix,

Most frustrating thing about the memory cards is that there 32gb microSD are a third of that price. I can't justify to purchase this at all. I felt like a sucker just buying the 16gb.

You make a good point with BC. One reason i think Nintendo's handhelds are always successful is because of BC. There is a limited hardcore/casual gamers out there. To sell them the new gen system, you will have to expect them to upgrade and abandon their old system. Why would anyone buy your Vita if you lack games. I certainly wouldn't want to repurchase the PSP library.

Sony gave you all the options to play PSP games as DL. but when you do the math, you will have to buy the game again and then buy another memory card for the premium price. It's not worth playing the old games anymore.

(Thumbs up for the PS+ game collections though.)

cLoudou
cLoudou
8 years ago

Combination of both but there are a lot of good games, just few that appeal to the casual crowd. Price is also a hurdle, plus the price of the memory cards on top of that.

bebestorm
bebestorm
8 years ago

Ive always said Vita lacks the games that appeal to me… Gravity Rush and Liberation look great but not worth spending 400 for two games. Vita needs original jrpgs and I'll get it in a heartbeat.


Last edited by bebestorm on 12/5/2012 10:54:06 PM

Phoenix
Phoenix
8 years ago

Indeed, more JRPGs, and a Monster Hunter game or 2 and I'd snatch it up pretty quick, despite the overpriced memory.

godsman
godsman
8 years ago

One problem is that developers won't make the jump for large titles until there is enough systems out there. No one wants to be the trojan horse and push the system. The system won't sell without good games. Which makes us stuck in a loop.

Phoenix
Phoenix
8 years ago

This is true, a vicious cycle, but it's on Sony to get the Vita flying off the shelves, and they seem unwilling to do what needs to be done.

sawao_yamanaka
sawao_yamanaka
8 years ago

Well I see your point. My brother recently bought his from amazon. The 170 bundle. Came with both liberation and all stars. He's actually getting mileage out of his small card. It just depends on your commitment. The music I listen to comes from music unlimited instead of filling up my card full of my own music. It wouldn't be enough because I have over 70gbs full of music on my laptop. I say take the plunge and get a bundle and if you have yet to play persona 4, yes I know a port, you should definitely get it!

Cheers 🙂

cLoudou
cLoudou
8 years ago

*cough* P4G *cough*

Not original but still great, nonetheless. Currently the highest rated Vita game

bebestorm
bebestorm
8 years ago

Yeah it will take awhile for the system to grow with 3rd parties so I'll probably own a Vita in 3yrs unless Dissidia 3 or BBS comes before then. I still own P4(ps2).

Norrin Radd
Norrin Radd
8 years ago

Games sell systems. End of story.

BikerSaint
BikerSaint
8 years ago

FYI,
If you're looking for a 16GB Vita memory card for almost $15 cheaper than the regular price, I just posted a better deal on it, for only $45.

Just go into the forum, click on the "Gaming Discussion" link, then click on the last page of the "Good deals for gamers" thread.
It's posted at the bottom of the page.

sawao_yamanaka
sawao_yamanaka
8 years ago

Nice bikersaint. I've been needing an excuse to get a new card. Now to convince my girlfriend :p.

pillz81
pillz81
8 years ago

::insert cracking bull-whip sound HERE::

sawao_yamanaka
sawao_yamanaka
8 years ago

Insert here I'm unemployed and we are living in the bare minimum sound here -_-

kraygen
kraygen
8 years ago

I'd say it's a combination of the two, not just price for the vita, but for the games too. While the vita is priced right for what you get it's still a lot to pay at once for a vita and then new games costing $40 a piece.

Plus on vita helps, but in reality there aren't that many of any particular genre available for the system. The truth is most people have a preference and if there's only a couple of games in their favorite genre they won't see a need to buy the system.

Snaaaake
Snaaaake
8 years ago

Hmmm, could be because of no b/c for PSP?
I'm just saying could be though, I still see people carrying a PSP everywhere instead of a VITA, I can see 10 PSP a day yet only 1 VITA every 3 days.

Fane1024
Fane1024
8 years ago

The PSP has been available roughly 10x as long as the Vita.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

Also, there is b/c for PSP on the Vita. It's not 100% but they have a good number of PSP games available now.

pillz81
pillz81
8 years ago

That's as downloads that you have to purchase again. It's a sore point with many PSP gamers.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

Oh, yes, the UMDs, good point. Yeah, that is not fair for anyone that owns the UMDs. They should have an exchange program in place with Gamestop and other retailers.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

You can't just dismiss your third alternative, "The rapid expansion and proliferation of mobile gaming", Ben, cause that is dismissing the entire core of the problem here.

The problem is *not* the price. People are used to pay a lot for small gadgets today – more so than before.
The problem is that people don't want to pay that much for *this* gadget. And why is that? Because they don't want it enough. That's the problem! When people first want something, it's crazy what they are willing to pay in order to get it. So it's not the price.

It would of course help with a lot more titles, it always would, but it's not that easy. If people believed in the product, if they felt they needed it, they would have bought it. But they don't. And that takes us to your point number three, quoted above.

Back in the days of the PSP, I went and got me one. Of course I did – it was such a cool little thing – you could even surf the web with it! At cafes with free wi-fi I could read my mail and check my employers message board! I could play music and watch videos on it! And I could play games on it. Not Snakes or Tetris on a stamp sized mobile screen, but real 3D computer games in full colour and animation. And the prices of those games were fair too – after all, all I had to compare them with were console and PC games.

It was always with me on travels. There was no real alternatives for me since that Nintendo thing looked way too childish, so there you go: It was the PSP or nothing. *Nothing*.

Today it's a *completely* different reality. And it is this reality that bites Vita in the arse. Vita is the wrong product at the wrong time. Not even Sony can create a market that is no longer there.


Last edited by Beamboom on 12/6/2012 2:57:53 AM

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
8 years ago

Gotta agree with you there Beamboom, you can't ignore the fact that people are spending money on alternative gadgets, like tablets. If CoD BO Declassified was even a 7/10 vita game, I could see so much more pressure being put on parents to get this for their kids for Xmas or birthdays or whatever. (Dad can I have a … for Xmas?)
Unfortunately, today every kid wants an ipad / iphone because it's "cool".

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

Wow Beamboom you are so wrong. I am surprised at how wrong you are. Actually, I am not since I have not read one positive typed word from you in regards to the Vita since it's release. So, not sure why I am replying to your post, it's waste of my time. Anyways, go to vgchartz com and look at the 3DS sales. I know right! 23.1 Million! It's unbelievable how many 3DS have sold. 23.1 million sold with all these mobile phones and Ipads cutting into sales. #3 has nothing to do with console handheld sales.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Crusader, if you choose to buy my arguments or not is entirely up to you of course. And I know we can disagree without any of us taking it personal.

But the way I see it is that the 3DS has a quite different target audience, and that makes all the difference. The 3DS reach out to a younger market than the Vita. The part of the market who don't own a smart-phone or want a tablet for Christmas, or are into "iOs", "Android" or what's hot'n'not right now.

Let me ask you this; If you had a small kid you wanted to buy a handheld gaming device to, and you put all brand preferences aside, what would you buy: A 3DS or a Vita?

But one thing I'd like to state at the end here: This is not a question about being "pro" or "con" the Vita. This is an ever returning problem with discussing anything Sony on this site: It becomes a question of being "with or against Sony". Having a "second agenda" or be a "hater" or "troll". This is not about that at all.

You seem to want me to write positive things about the Vita. Well, sure, I can do that, but it would be irrelevant!

The topic here is that Vita struggle, and struggle hard. WHY? And that is what I respond to.
It's not cause of the hardware, cause that looks to be absolutely splendid. It's not cause of the capabilities as a gaming machine, cause that is likewise top notch. The design is typical Sony, ergo excellent. It looks darn good. It's not even the price, as I stated. The price is, objectively speaking, right. So there you go, some positive words about the Vita from me.

But what can I say… I am merely responding to the question. And the problems of the Vita is obviously not due to its strengths, ergo taking about those would be irrelevant.


Last edited by Beamboom on 12/6/2012 11:20:05 AM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

I didn't dismiss it. I dismissed it for the sake of the article to focus on one of two possibilities.

We all know the mobile expansion has hurt the Vita. The only point I made is that because it's a unit designed specifically for the hardcore gamer, it would automatically appeal to the hardcore more than any smartphone or tablet. If you give any avid gamer a choice between a Vita and basically any other handheld device that isn't dedicated to gaming, they're not going to take the silly smartphone. Not ever.

The only reason it's a problem is just because people don't want to carry two or three different units around. Because the Vita only does gaming, it's a problem. I didn't say otherwise; I was merely clarifying.

Dukemz_UK
Dukemz_UK
8 years ago

If we take Ben's point '3' out of the equation, then I'm sure a very well publicised and marketed price drop would make a huge difference. I already see online vendors offering 25% off specials, so I don't see how an official price drop could hurt.
Oh, and to clarify: I OWN and LOVE my Vita!


Last edited by Dukemz_UK on 12/6/2012 11:46:30 AM

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

@Duke & Ben: But that's kinda my point, we *can't* take it out of the equation cause it's neither the price nor the lack of AAA software that is the *core* of the problem here (all according to my reasoning of course).

In other words, if they halved the price and doubled the amount of AAA titles, I believe that would have lead to just a highly temporary boost in sales because the audience – including the hardcore gamers – is not on the market for this kind of product at this day and age. That kinda renders the two other alternatives dead, if you catch my drift.

Had it been so easy as to cut the price or boost the triple A's or pump a lot more into marketing, well then this would have merely been a temporary headache for Sony. But I highly doubt it's enough.

Sadly, and tragically for Sony, but I suspect we will get the answer to all these questions as soon as within the next couple of years. I doubt there will be titles of any significance released for the Vita two years from now, and the platform for all practical purposes will be dead soon after.
Such is my sad predictions, and this is *not* something I say out of hate, but pure observations.

Only time will tell if I am right, and you may quote me on this come 2015/16 – I will happily stand corrected. 🙂


Last edited by Beamboom on 12/6/2012 12:49:38 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

You've got it backwards, Beamboom. You're thinking the Vita was made for the mobile market, not the gaming market. That's incorrect. If it released at a lower price and with all sorts of software, the hardcore gamers would've responded almost indefinitely. The PSP started slow, too, and it ended up selling a LOT more than people would've ever anticipated, because the price came down and the software started flowing.

The Vita is for gamers, not mobile gamers. And there's a huge distinction. I know it seems odd because the Vita IS portable, but Sony is going after a very different audience. That audience doesn't give two sh*** about what smartphone or mobile gaming does in the next few years, because they're relatively convinced it won't measure up to what the Vita can do. And gamers only care about games (and price). Not what ELSE a device can do.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

BeamBoom,

Fair enough, I will leave it at that.

As far as my son is concerned I would not buy him a 3DS over a Vita. My son is 5 this month and my wife and I have already decided that come Christmas 2013 he will receive a Vita. We'll have a great time playing the LEGO games, PSASBR, Sonic Racing, Rayman Origins and LBP via adhoc COOP. My son has a Leap Pad 2 for any educational games.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

@Ben: No. I'm thinking Vita was made for the *market*. I'm not narrowing it down more than that. And the market (the gamers, obviously) has responded. What I am discussing is why they have responded the way they have.

I am a gamer. More than that, I am a gamer that has owned and loved a portable gaming machine, the PSP.
Now, the million dollar question is: Why am I and other gamers with me not interested in the Vita? Just, why? What's happened?

And to find *that* answer, we must look elsewhere than the price. The price could theoretically have held me back from actually buying it, but not from *wanting* it. That is a significant difference, and *that* is the problem here: Most gamers don't CARE about the Vita.

Why do so many of us not care any more, when we used to care for a similar product years ago? What has changed in this picture?
That's where I am getting at.


Last edited by Beamboom on 12/6/2012 2:43:56 PM

Ben Dutka PSXE
Ben Dutka PSXE
8 years ago

If you're a gamer, than it's because there's a lack of software. There just aren't enough titles on the Vita to interest you yet. That's the only explanation.

Beamboom
Beamboom
8 years ago

Oh come on, dude. You've yourself stated that you're not into portable gaming even if there are titles that interest you (turnbased rpgs).

The lack of software can't be the *only* explanation. It's just one theory. And according to that theory all gamers should then own all major gaming platforms, and we know that is not true.


Last edited by Beamboom on 12/7/2012 3:13:17 AM

Pandacastro
Pandacastro
8 years ago

I blame the lack of advertisements. The only time I ever saw an ad was for that CoD game. Also think they should focus more on the vita and less on the ps3 with first party support.

AcHiLLiA
AcHiLLiA
8 years ago

yep, as a whole M$ is taking all action and Sony needs to butt in more.


Last edited by AcHiLLiA on 12/6/2012 12:49:48 PM

___________
___________
8 years ago

many many reasons, but not those two.
the biggest problem with the vita, is exactly the biggest problem with the wiiu.
it feels outdated!
there are so many things phones, the 3DS, tablets can do, hell even the f*cking PSP, that the vita cant!
whole point of a new product is to support old features, and new ones.
not support only new features, and useful cool things old devices had are thrown out the window!
tablets and the PSP for instance could be connected to the TV to play games on that, a feature i used ALLOT with my PSP GO!
another feature i really miss the pause game feature so you could pause the game, go play something else, than return where you left off.

the vita feels really outdated, it cant do allot of stuff the competition can, and it really does not have a LOOK AT ME feature!
the 3DS has its no glasses 3D, and iconic nintendo franchises.
the ipad has its infinite apps and raw power, did you know the ipad 4 actually scores HIGHER benchmarks than the vita?
the ipad 4 is MORE powerful than a dedicated gaming device, how pathetic!
what does the vita have to suck customers in?
dual sticks?
the 3DS has the gamepad PRO for that, and most android phones and tablets have applications and controllers for that.
so no.
rear touch pad?
really, is that going to get you to go splash 300+ bucks on something?
i dont think so!
there really is not a single thing that will make people go out and buy a vita, its heavily relying on its software and that is really lacking ATM so it has nothing!

as ive always said with the ps4, people will pay a premium for a product if they feel its worth it.
so no the price is not the problem, the software is not the problem, the vita would still be selling well despite those handicaps, if it actually had something else, something it could wave in front of the customers face and say no one else offers this!
as ive always said the vita would not be in the position it is if it did not have these pain in the a$$ annoyances.
you cant hook it up to the TV, you cant run multiple games, you cant do 99% of things other competitor devices can.
put it this way, why would you pay 300 dollars on x music player that can decode only MP4, when you could spend same money on x music player which can decode much more?
thats the problem with the vita, it does not offer half the amount of abilities its competitors do.
in this market you either A offer EVERYTHING, or B offer only a few things but do them so well the limitations dont matter.
thats vitas problem, it does neither.
it does not offer everything, and it does not do anything so well its lack of features dont matter.
everything about it is meh.

the high price point and lack of software would not matter if it did something unique, if it had a card to wave around and say no one can offer this.
but it doesent, and that is why its selling so poorly!
same goes for the wiiu, its just like the vita its heavily relying on its software to sell it.
and im not so sure thats enough to carry it and make it a worthwhile system to support for 5+ years.

another problem you have to think of is time.
chances are 99% of the people who would be interested in a vita already own a ps3, and a sort of smartphone.
so that brings 2 problems, 1 why buy a vita when your smartphone does so much more and you already have it!
2 would you have enough time to use the device?
thats another problem allot of people ignore.
chances are 99% of people would only use the vita outdoors, if your at home you would be using your ps3.
are you outdoors long enough that you would use the vita enough to warrant a purchase?
and why spend money on said purchase when your phone already does everything the vita does and more?
if you could connect the vita to your TV, i could see allot more people using it at home but you cant.

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

I don't agree with all aspects of your post. The Vita does a lot of things better than other platforms. For one it has dual analog sticks. The Nintendo Circle Pad Pro is ridiculous. It adds a second stick in a awkward area. So right there you can see the Vita offers something other systems don't offer. Twin sticks in the proper place. Also, the Circle Pad Pro doesn't work for all 3DS games.

The OLED screen is amazing and I shouldn't have to say anything about this unbelievable screen.

It has Always-On technology which is fantastic and allows me to play a game and then press the Playstation button to pause the game, turn the screen off and then come back later and start right back up where I left off. This was a god send for me while I was playing P3P, Uncharted and Gravity Rush. You know what, it's been a god send for every Vita, PSP and PS1 game I have played. Right now, actually from last night I am in the middle of fighting a boss in Ragnarok Odyssey which I cannot fight right now so it's paused and waiting for me to continue later on today.

Cross Play and Cross Save which I know Nintendo is now getting into but is still a great feature. I enjoy PSASBR more on my Vita than on my PS3.

PSP and PS1 compatibility! This is huge as it opens gamers up to an already huge library of games! You want Monster Hunter, well you have it, just download Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. Next time I play Final Fantasy VII will be on my Vita. What a great feature this is that no other handheld platform has!

Remote Play when and if it is more widely implemented. God of War II is so much fun on my Vita! When I get to ICO and SotC I will play it on my Vita as well. I wish they would do more with Remote Play so I guess you could say so far Sony has failed with Remote Play.

Graphics on this handheld are great if not the best for a handheld. It's not fair to compare the Vita to the Ipad since Apple releases a new version every year. So of course the Ipad going to be better. For $729.99 the Apple Ipad 32GB is ridiculously over priced so it better have more power under the hood. A Vita 32GB is only $350. Am I missing something here! It's over half the price!!! Also, Sony is selling the Vita at a loss and trying to make up some of those losses with memory card sales.

Playing the Vita on the big screen is a bummer omition. But it is a handheld and is supposed to be played on the small screen on the go. So you really cannot knock Sony for removing that feature. For the tech they offer they had to omit something to lower costs.

This is a dedicated gaming machine similar to the X360, Wii and PS3. This is not an android device. That is another huge system seller for me. I can get the franchises I love and play them on the go.

Sony is just the victim of a lot of hate mongering as well. Sony has done a lot of good and creative things yet those hate mongers never mention any of it. But people like you only focus on the bad and don't always get it right. You might want to try focusing on the positive instead of focusing on the negative.


Last edited by CrusaderForever on 12/6/2012 9:54:47 AM

riptide8
riptide8
8 years ago

Im with crusader on this one. I enjoy all points he covered. I was one of those,"I have a smart phone why VITA?"I can tell you ever since UPS dropped this off,everything else has been turned off.AC3,PS4,Gravity rush and uncharted golden taking up the time. The VITA lacks some features and the 16 gig card was a little tough on the wallet, but im very happy with the purchase. I think we will see it grow.If not my 7 year old will make good use of it.

___________
___________
8 years ago

in the right spot, ah yes a total sound argument to go splash 300+ bucks on a device!
two sticks in the right place, christ dude if you went into a marketing meeting with that crap you would be laughed out the door!
plus mobile phones now have stands out there that let you plug them into your DS3 controller and use that to control your games, so no the vita is not the only portable device with dual sticks in the right spot.

as for the ps1 and PSP emulation, you do realise theres PSX and PSP emulators out there for pretty much every android phone right?
exactly the reason why i ended up selling my go, i was using it exclusively to play ps1 games but my S3 does that just fine so i sold it.

exactly my point, EVERYTHING the vita does other devices do.
and other devices do many things the vita cant.

Ishkur
Ishkur
8 years ago

For me, it's got the same problem every smartphone out there has, and why I won't convert; it's battery life. 🙂

CrusaderForever
CrusaderForever
8 years ago

? Battery life on the Vita is very good. I can play about 5 hours on my Vita before I need to plug it in. Also, the Always-On technology is amazing! I haven't shut my Vita off in about 3 months now. How much battery life do you think a hardcore handheld should have?

ChaseHammer
ChaseHammer
8 years ago

Battery Life is NOT an issue at all. I leave my Vita on for days and still has plenty to go. If i was playing straight hours you are good for 5-6 hours before the low battery message comes up.

Try playing on your phone straight and see how long it lasts.