Gaming analyst Michael Pachter has predicted a hopeful future for the Nintendo 3DS however he claims that the PS Vita's life cycle is over:
“The sales are horrible. My model says the Vita sold 4.2 million last year. It’s a pretty small number and I don’t think they are going to build a business selling 4 million a year — and that number could go down. Vita is a little bit too elegant and a little too expensive. I always feel like I’m going to break it. But then it has relatively few games because they are complicated to make and the market is so small. Very few publishers are spending money to make them. You had Assassin’s Creed: Liberation, that cost Ubisoft a lot. It’s a whole new adventure. Sony will spend the money with their internal studios, but you’re just going to see [Vita] die a slow, painful death,”
He then went on to say that Sony's marketing strategy which involves selling the PS Vita as a second screen for the PS4 will not help sales:
“I don’t quite get it. First they were selling it as a controller, which was lame. I would rather just spend $50 on a controller. They were selling it as a controller because…I have to turn off the game on my TV because American Idol is on and I have to continue my session on my Vita? That’s what a DVR is for, you can watch American Idol later. I think most people who have competing concerns about use of the console versus watching TV have their console on a different TV from where their wife is. I agree those are cool features, but it’s limited.”
Articles regarding PS Vita sales after the PS4 launch seem to prove Pachter wrong.
Pachter also claimed that Nintendo has too much of a grasp on the handheld market and that Sony can't break through again with the PS Vita.
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