A Google search on the PS Vita yields hundreds of stories about Sony's dual-stick, powerhouse handheld's "disappointing sales." It's too expensive, lacks a decent library of games and worst of all, it's irrelevant since millions of consumers play games for free on mobile phones and tablets. Truth be told, I was thisclose to selling my PS Vita for the same reasons. But now it appears Sony is ready to lay a serious smack down on competitors (and whiny gamers) thanks to three brilliant moves pulled off this week.
Price drop. High price might be the biggest bone of contention for many who have considered buying the PS Vita but have been holding off, waiting for an "inevitable" price drop. Between the device, proprietary memory card, games and accessories, the PS Vita ain't cheap, that's for sure. But now that attractive bundles are available (Call of Duty: Black Ops and Assassins Creed: Liberation for $199 on Black Friday!) it's time to pull the trigger.
PlayStation Plus. The recent Firmware 2.0 update now means the generous PlayStation Plus program of the PS3 extends to the PS Vita. After the firmware update, I received my "Instant Game Collection" I was too cheap to buy the first time around: Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Gravity Rush, wipEout 2048 and Jet Set Radio. Nice.
Games. A handheld is only as good as the games it plays and the PS Vita is now firing on all cylinders. In addition to the aforementioned, there's Persona 4 Golden, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Jetpack Joyride, Ragnarok Odyssey, a new Ratchet and Clank in January and Killzone: Mercenary to look forward to. Let's not forget about PlayStation One classics, hundreds of "Minis" and independent games like Retro City Rampage.
Clearly, the PS Vita loves you. Now it's time to love it back.