Gaming Consoles 10’s- PlayStation Vita: (2011)

When it comes down to high profile game systems of the 2010’s decade we got to witness the release of consoles such as the PlayStation, 4, Nintendo 3DS, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. Almost every console from the 2010’s decade was one that has managed to stand the test of time following their respective releases in terms of quality and overall fun factor. However, you also had game systems like the Wii-U and the PlayStation Vita which both impressive game systems but fell below desired expectations after their releases. In relation to commercial success the PlayStation Vita ended up becoming a flop similar to that of Wii-U mainly because of was lacking in high profile video games in comparison to that of the PS3 and the PS4. The PlayStation Vita handheld game system was the successor to the PSP console from 2004 and was stronger and faster while having more horsepower. Sony provided consumers with memory cards for the PlayStation Vita that came in five different sizes ranging from 4 GB all the way 64 GB. Some of the top games to have released for the PlayStation Vita included Persona 4: Golden, Gravity Rush and the Metal Gear Solid HD Collection. The PlayStation Vita had included features such as touchscreen, Sixaxis motion sensing and three-axis electronic compass along with two analog sticks.

It was obvious that Sony went above and beyond to make the PlayStation Vita a more superior product than the PSP; but truth was the Sony did not produce any first party video games that drew in a ton revenue for the PlayStation Vita. In fact, more people were interested in Sony’s PS4 console from 2013 despite the fact that it lacked backwards compatibility. Also, the lack of support for third party games was something that also worked against the PlayStation Vita as it pertained to appealing to the casual audience of gamers. During the 2010’s the first and third-person shooter genres were very popular on the Vita system and saw the absence of high profile titles such as Black Ops I & II, Battlefield 3, Grand Theft Auto V, Fallout 4, BioShock: Infinite, etc. The PlayStation Vita was arguably better than the Nintendo Switch console in terms of over quality despite not nearly as popular or successful. In relation to sales the PlayStation Vita ending selling less than 15 million before it was ultimately discontinued worldwide back in 2019. Ever since, the PlayStation Vita was discontinued around the world Sony has seemingly made no plans to create another handheld console knowing that their home consoles appeal more to consumers overall.

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