bobafruit wrote:Turns out the back touch was a bad idea too... I guess a "kitchen sink" approach wasn't the best. I thought it was a kinda awesome idea.
Well, I don't personally think it was a real worthwhile investment for Sony. It means you have to hold the system by just a couple tiny grips on the sides (which isn't very comfortable), it's a bit awkward to use and not conducive to precision control (the "pinch" gestures some games use are especially awkward to perform), and the system being designed around 2 overlapping touch surfaces means we're not likely to get any folding or sliding Vita revisions, which could be much more pocketable. I guess on the bright side, though, having a touch surface to tap on the back can function as makeshift L2 and R2 buttons, which comes in handy for Remote Play with PS3 games.
bobafruit wrote:I think it's repeating similar patterns to the PSP. Sony seems to be focusing on hardcore western console franchises, they did that with GTA, Fight Night, Twisted Metal and others on the PSP. That strategy is of course failing the Vita in Japan.
That makes sense, though it's having a harder time than PSP did, so there must be more factors at work, or at least the same factors functioning to a greater extent.
bobafruit wrote:I think they should cut the price and bundle a memory card.
I don't really think they need to lower the price much. I think $250 wouldn't be a bad price if a memory card and game are included. It does seem pretty pathetic in this day and age to charge a good chunk extra just for a few gigabytes of memory. Shoot, they should just build a couple gigabytes in, it would hardly cost anything and work for basic game saves. If people want more they'll buy a card, but don't make it a mandatory expense to use the thing.
bobafruit wrote:I bought a PSP last year, but was so disappointed at not having a memory card that I took it back.
Wow. Sure you weren't overacting there a bit? I bought one last year as well, and got a 1GB memory card for a few bucks online. I did end up reselling the system about 6 months later, but that was because I came up with a list of over a dozen games I thought I'd like, and after playing them ended up only finding a couple I was interested in keeping. I still think PSP is an impressive piece of hardware, but I haven't found much exclusive software I'm interested in so far, and I don't care much for inferior PS2 ports with no second analog stick.