Dear Video Games – RIP PS Vita

Dear PS Vita,

This is not going to be easy for me to say, but I don’t think I can go on pretending that everything is great. You deserve better. I know, it’s a cliché, but it really isn’t you; it’s me.

You get a lot of praise for your specs and I’m sure they’re impressive, but that’s not what I’m looking for in a gaming device, at least not exclusively. What’s the point of a powerful machine if it has nothing to serve you? That’s right, Vita, I’ve seen your library. You have games, but not the ones I’m looking for. No matter how much I love Anime and RPG’s, there’s a point where I would like something else on my gaming platform. Something new and fresh. It’s not your fault, of course. Sony refuses to release new exclusives for you, they even terminate your PS Plus monthly free game line-up this year. If you do get a port to a popular new title, chances are I’d rather play it on the big screen anyway. The PS4 controller fits so much better in my oversized man-hands. But you can’t say I didn’t try. I purchased a grip for you from Japan, the only country where you are still somewhat relevant. I thought this would be the tipping point where I would constantly play games now that the fantastically responsive touchscreen on the back could be easily tapped with shoulder buttons. I thought this was the beginning of more time with you and me. But then it came back to the games. They didn’t compel me to play and most definitely did not entice me to go outside to make use of your mobility. I don’t have hour long commutes via train or bus where I’m in desperate need to kill time. Whether I walk or drive, my attention has to be on the road. I never have the urge to sit outside under a tree and play a video game. There are fewer ants and more food, privacy, and bathrooms at home than in the wilderness.

Don’t cry, Vita, you’re not waterproof. I know, there’s no point in equipping a handy controller grip, when none of the games utilize all of the functions that you offer with it. So I figured, maybe I’ll do some remote play instead where I mirror a PS4 game onto the handheld and play games that require more complex control schemes. It would be nice to just roam around the apartment while playing The Witcher 3 for the umpteenth time. However, it didn’t work as smoothly as promised. Was it my Wi-Fi connection? Supposedly I have the fastest internet speed available to me, yet I do experience some issues loading Google on my phone sometimes, so I wouldn’t be surprised if the problem was on my end. Still, another genius function that I can’t put to use. Like I said, it’s not your fault.

That’s what makes this so much worse. I love you, Vita, I still do, and yet I can’t help and turn to the PS4 instead every day, while you lie in the corner collecting dust.

Yet, I can’t get rid of you either. I still have hope that one day something will change. Maybe I’ll get hungry for 8-bit Indie titles. Those would give me seizures on my 55 inch TV and work much better on your smaller but equally beautiful screen. Then again, I tried with games like “Volume” and “Iconoclasts”; great titles that I very much enjoyed, yet couldn’t find myself wanting to play more of. They both sit unfinished inside the external memory card I bought to make sure I had enough space for all the games I hoped to play.

I wanted this to work so desperately. It’s time to admit that I failed and to say goodbye to you while you’re still alive. Sony might pull the plug on supporting your network soon and then there’s nothing left to hope for. We need to face the end, it’s better to do that together and find peace with each other before we part. I’ll try not to cheat on you by using the Nintendo Switch in anything but dock-mode.

Goodbye, PS Vita. I’m sorry I couldn’t be the player you needed me to be.

 

Love,

 

Alex

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