I want to start by saying that the Vita is an amazing piece of hardware with an amazing library of games. With that being said, I can’t say it is for everyone. I’ve noticed that as an adult with a life that doesn’t revolve around games, I have to pick and choose what I want to play. When I look at my Xbox One, 360, or PS3, they look more appealing to me than my Vita did in the beginning. In my opinion, the more intriguing way to play a game is on my television.
The reason for getting a Vita was to have a mobile gaming system that I could play while outside of my home. I soon noticed that I couldn’t take advantage of that like I wanted. I drive a car so I can’t play while commuting. I have a job where I am constantly in meetings or doing some sort of work so I am not able to play on breaks (if I get any). My plan just didn’t work out like I thought it would.
Now this is not just about the Vita. It’s about all mobile gaming systems. I believe I would be in the same situation if I owned 3Ds. Most mobile phone games are popular because they don’t take much time and you always have your phone on you. There are games that are like this on the Vita and Nintendo 3Ds but that was not the experience I was looking for and I am not constantly carrying those around in my pocket. No one will look at me in a weird way if I pull out a phone at my desk either.
I’m sure there will be some criticism for my decision but I got the most value by getting rid of the system. It is better in the hands of someone that will use the Vita to its full potential. I’m sure this has happened to a number of people. I don’t think mobile gaming will go away but I do see a change in the future.