Nearly a year ago, Sony announced the type of integration that would be coming to the PlayStation Vita via the PS4. Fast forward 11 months and thousands of people have seen just what type of experience the two devices provide consumers, but is it undoubtedly connecting with consumers?
Recently, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter talked about his thoughts when it comes down to the PS4 raising the overall sales of the PS Vita.
"I don't quite get it. First they were selling it as a controller, which was lame. I would rather just spend $50 on a controller.
"They were selling it as a controller because...I have to turn off the game on my TV because American Idol is on and I have to continue my session on my Vita? That's what a DVR is for, you can watch American Idol later.
"I think most people who have competing concerns about use of the console versus watching TV have their console on a different TV from where their wife is. I agree those are cool features, but it's limited," Pachter said.
The PS Vita has seen a boost from the PS4 integration, but it remains to be seen if the recent success will be sustained over the next few years. The integration is nice, but it's not a mandatory purchase when getting a PS4.
Perhaps if there was a killer app that compellingly integrated both the PS4 and PS Vita, then we may start to see more rapid growth in the handheld's install base. For now, it remains a piece of hardware that consumers do not need.