PS Vita: The staff of meet again to choose the ten most outstanding titles of the successor of PSP, PS Vita. In early 2021, Sony announced its intention to permanently close the PS Vita PS Store, a decision that the gaming community did not like. Complaints on social media soon revealed that they wanted to continue to have the option of purchasing games in digital format for their laptop. Faced with this situation, the head of PlayStation himself, Jim Ryan, published a correction on the platform’s blog. He said then that he had sensed “the passion” that users felt for “buying classic games on PS3 and PS Vita”, so they decided to back down.
When the PS Vita was officially announced, Sony had savored success in the portable field thanks to the PSP, a system that competed against the Nintendo DS and that was able to open a niche in the market. Its successor, on the other hand, was not so lucky, and that in terms of power it far surpassed the Nintendo 3DS. One of its great attractions was undoubtedly its OLED screen, which despite not reaching HD resolution (960 x 540p), stood out for its impressive vivid colors. Later, the Japanese marketed a Lite model with an LCD screen.
Portable games often share certain characteristics that are adapted to the type of situations in which users use these consoles. It is often said that a title of this class usually works when it allows access to quick games, but that definition has perhaps become somewhat outdated, not because these video games are not ideal for the portable proposal, but because there is room for much more. What they did with the PSP and PS Vita was to test games closer to the concept of the desktop, with very popular PlayStation sagas.
Unfortunately, the failure of the console cut the progression of the PS Vita in the blink of an eye. Not even Sony, the company that built it, nurtured the machine with enough games. Anyway, titles such as Uncharted: The Golden Abyss, Killzone Mercenary or Tearaway made it clear that the internal studies of the company had the tools to exploit the system properly.