Gadgets & Gizmos

From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

The PlayStation Vita is here, but does anyone care?

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March

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Since we're backfilling a bit here on Gadgets & Gizmos, read my Feb. 20 preview of the PlayStation Vita here. A sampling of my argument against:

... almost every single reviewer, and by extension, most every gamer, sees the Vita as an answer to a question no one asked. As a gamecentric portable media player, its music interface and browser aren't that good, most people say, and its backward compatibility with the PSP is limited to downloads. Sure, it has dual analog sticks, a touchpad and a nifty OLED screen showcasing near-seamless graphics, but in an age of iPhones and tablet computers, where everyone can play Angry Birds without even needing a button to push, there's likely not much desire for the Vita.

First-week sales numbers were meh, with 300,000 units sold stateside and 1.2 million moved globally. The big reveal will come with sales dropoff after the fanboys are out of stores. More to come on that front.

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 6, 2012 6:10pm]

    

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