As we watch the Nintendo Switch rise in sales, after being dropped from 1,000 feet to test its durability, the PS Vita is sadly not faring too well in the western lands. Even though Japanese gamers are still buying the Vita, with an array of colourful skins now available, the rest of the world has been losing interest, according to Sony Interactive Entertainment America boss Shawn Layden when he was interviewed by Time.
To be honest, the Vita just didn't reach critical mass in the US or Western Europe. I don't know if it was that it was more technology people had to carry around or more things to charge, or whether their phone or tablet were taking care of that. But once the content slowed in that pipeline, it became hard to keep the Vita as a going concern.
The one thing we've definitely noticed is the decline of AAA titles being released on the Vita, while we've been submitted to free indie games and small publishers releasing their content on the handheld device. Layden believes the Switch came at the right time for its target audience.
It's definitely what that [Nintendo] fanbase has been waiting for. When you look at our numbers, I think it shows that a lot of gamers are a two-console family. And quite often those two consoles are PlayStation and Nintendo sitting side-by-side.
I personally believe that if AAA publishers invested some more into the Vita like they used to, the Vita would rise again. I don't feel the gaming device is to blame since I still use mine every day. However, proper titles need to be released for the Vita, and I would like to see new Vita games becoming available again at my local gaming store (and not just downloadable).
Farming Simulator 18 was released today for the Vita, so maybe not all hope is lost. Maybe this message from Sony will wake the other developers up and we can get some great content for the device again.