Sony is determined to corner the video game market by any means necessary. On January 7, 2014 at the CES 2014 trade show, Sony introduced their game streaming service PlayStation Now. The on-demand service is due to see general availability this coming summer in the US. The streaming service will allow for the PlayStation library to stream in its entirety through different platform devices.
One such system that will truly reap the benefits of this streaming service will be PlayStation Vita. The capabilities of PlayStation Now, will give the ailing handheld console the power to wheel PlayStation 4 titles. This is contrary to the general lack of confidence the video game industry has on the PlayStation Vita.
“The sales are horrible. My model says the Vita sold 4.2 million last year. It’s a pretty small number and I don’t think they are going to build a business selling 4 million a year — and that number could go down. Vita is a little bit too elegant and a little too expensive,” he told Game Informer. “Sony will spend the money with their internal studios, but you’re just going to see [Vita] die a slow, painful death.”-Michael Pachter, Wedbush Securities Analyst
However, these relatively low sales numbers may not be the end of the road for the PlayStation Vita. Given the recent economic times, most consumer don’t have the kind of disposable cash to plunk down on a new shiny PlayStation 4; which retails for $400 without a game. The PlayStation Vita offers mobility, great games and eventual parity with the PlayStation 4 via PlayStation Now. When comparing the price per feature ratio, the Vita offers a compelling package that easily trumps its big brother.
If the PlayStation Vita does not sound enticing enough, the handheld console redesign. The PlayStation Vita Slim PCH-2000, which now comes in a variety of different colors, along with some minor tech specification. The improvements come in the form of a 20% lighter body frame, longer battery life, built-in internal memory and a power saving 5 inch LCD screen.
The PlayStation Vita Slim was released in the Japanese and Asian markets this past November. Sony has sent out invitations with the possible announcement and release of the PS Vita Slim for the US and European markets. "Following the biggest launch in PlayStation history, join us for an introduction to the slimmest," the invite reads, setting the date at January 30.