Pachter sounds the Vita’s death knell

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Sony’s PlayStation Vita has been out for nearly two years already, and in that time it’s managed to gain close to zero momentum – and it doesn’t look that’s about to change anytime soon. The industry industry analyst everybody loves to hate Michael Pachter has now proclaimed it dead.

In the latest episode of Gametrailers’ Pach-Attack, Pachter – responding to the question of whether remote-play with the Ps4 might save the ailing handheld – isn’t particularly bullish about the handheld’s future.

I think if they made the PS Vita in different colors it wouldn’t sell more. The only thing that’s going to sell more Vitas is compelling software. God, I shudder to tell you how many units of Vita were sold this month, but the answer is ‘not very many’.

The Vita is dead, it’s over. It’s a really great device that nobody thinks they need so no one’s buying it – it is really slick, if you get one you will like it.

Is he right? Is the Vita dead, or will that promised remote-play and the prospect of a bundle save the thing? He is right about one thing; the Vita is indeed a slick device and you’d probably love it if you got one..until you ran out of games to play.

Last Updated: August 12, 2013

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I'm old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time - they were capable of being masterpieces. I'm here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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