That Vita referral incentive program isn't a bad idea, Sony. It really isn't.
Unfortunately, it's just really difficult to convince people to purchase your new portable system right now. However, before I start the lecture (which I believe is entirely necessary), let me be clear-
I like the Vita. I think it has tremendous capabilities. When I first got it, I was really impressed with the quality and potential of the unit, and I remember really loving a few of the launch titles (which I wrote about here ). In all honesty, I truly believe the sky's the limit for the Vita, provided things start going in the right direction. But it has to start happening soon.
But while I'd love to snag a $20 PSN credit and 1,000 Sony Rewards Points, I can't in good conscience recommend the unit to a gamer who doesn't already own one. The hardcore have one because they're convinced – as I am, to some extent – that they'll eventually receive a robust, diverse library that will make them proud to be a Vita owner. But right now, that's about all we've got to go on and if you haven't bought it yet…well, only new games will convince you, right? The price is still somewhat prohibitive but I actually don't think that's as big of a stumbling block as some believe.
Really, just bring us the games. No, not games that are also on the PS3. Vita-specific titles that prove that a purchase is a darn good idea. Things started off really well with a good 25 games on store shelves when the Vita launched; since then, we haven't seen much. LittleBigPlanet Vita and Gravity Rush aren't enough, especially not after almost a year of being on the market. This unit was designed specifically with the avid gamer in mind, right? Hence, you need to give us the games , Sony. Rapidly.