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PSVita Released In the USA and Europe 225

YokimaSun writes "Sony has today released the PSVita in the U.S. and Europe. The console comes with features such as dual touch pads at the front and rear, dual cameras at the front and rear, dual analog sticks, a 5-inch OLED screen, GPS, six-axis motion sensors and a three-axis electronic compass. The PSVita is Sony's attempt at stealing the thunder away from the 3DS but also bringing back the gamers lost to the likes of Android and iOS Devices. The PSVita in Japan sold massively on its first release week but since has struggled and sold less than the PSP. With this in mind sites like Amazon have been offering many different deals to entice people to buy the console. Can Sony stop homebrewers from taking over this console?"
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PSVita Released In the USA and Europe

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  • Re:Released Today? (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @02:59PM (#39128157)

    And all for a product nobody wants.

    Seriously, the same problems with the PSP now plague the Vita. It doesn't do what it needs to do. It has absolutely SHIT for battery life. The web browsing experience is a cruel joke.

    And the one thing that drove gamers to buy them, homebrew that FIXED most of this crap, is what Sony spent their time trying to kill and threaten people about, much in the same way Sony threatened people for trying to put OtherOS back on the PS3 after it was removed.

    Sony can go fuck themselves.

  • by fyngyrz ( 762201 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @03:27PM (#39128521) Homepage Journal

    Maybe it can't even play original PSP games because of the different processor architecture

    Well, that would be an additional mistake by Sony; because, as I said, since their choices obsolete my investment, my choice is to wander off elsewhere.

    If you want to play your old PSP games, use your PSP

    Oh, I do. Bought and paid for. But when it croaks, as it inevitably will, it won't be replaced by a Sony device, you see.

    there are some considerations for making a device backwards compatible more complex then ensuring the same media type is used in both platforms

    I don't care. What I care about is that I have all these games that won't run. Sony chose incompatibility; they chose poorly: I choose to abandon Sony.

    Also, this will probably cut down on piracy big time

    I highly doubt it, but again, it has become irrelevant to me: Sony intentionally did me a large financial injury, and I decline to do further business with them.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @03:40PM (#39128691)

    "Oh, I do. Bought and paid for. But when it croaks, as it inevitably will, it won't be replaced by a Sony device, you see."

    So by not replacing you are scrapping your investment yourself when you could replace the broken PSP with a working model (secondhand). Since you are not going to replace Sony has made the right decision

  • by MobileTatsu-NJG ( 946591 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @03:43PM (#39128747)

    You might think Sony would have been warned to provide an amazing experience after the failure of the 3DS.

    Small nitpick: The 3DS has not failed, it's actually doing quite well. The launch was screwed up.

  • by unrtst ( 777550 ) on Wednesday February 22, 2012 @06:00PM (#39130347)

    Excellent analogy. So, are other companies allowed to create replacement parts as they are for cars? Also, I'm not sure car companies are allowed to simply stop making replacement parts after only a few years, but I'm pretty sure none of them do/did simply stop after only a few years.

    Besides, the thing that really kicks me in the pants is that they'd even attempt to stop homebrew. They should be encouraging it. I would honestly buy one in a heartbeat if I knew I could get some free apps for it that would make it more useful to me, and/or develop them myself. Ditto on the PS3 - I'd really wanted it to be a decent media server, but it simply isn't. If it were free to program for it, I'm 100% confident that there'd be some good music jukeboxes for it, for example, and most video codecs would be well supported, and it'd have samba and/or cifs support and maybe nfs too.

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