Is the PS Vita one of the biggest technological disasters of 2012? Well, according to website 24/7 Wall Street it is anyway. The site has the console listed in it’s top 8 of the Worst Product Flops of 2012 and while writer Samuel Weigley highlighted the initial low sales of the system he stated that “Frequent complaints about the Vita were that the $300 price tag was too expensive and that its game lineup was both weak and small, especially given the availability of cheaper gaming through smartphones and tablets.”
Considering the technology inside the console and the standard trend across the industry for manufacturers to sell consoles at a loss, the early price point is something that should be looked at in tandem with the specifications (does anyone remember the same comments made regarding the original price point for the first PlayStation) and for the performance it offers, a higher price than the 3DS is expected. As for the comments about the software line-up… the PS Vita currently has access to a library of almost 700 titles at retail and through the PSN Store, but this is simply a fact that has not been marketed.
For a console still in its early days (and being released during a time of global economic slowdown) hardware sales figures don’t immediately mean that the PS Vita is a flop. Certainly, comparisons with the 3DS are unfair to judge because the systems are aimed at different audiences and many 3DS owners are likely to have upgraded from the original DS console.
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