It’s pretty well-known that the Vita isn’t doing so hot. Though it launched with a bit of excitement, the lack of real heavy-hitter games combined with the increasing popularity of mobile gaming via iDevices and Android devices is hurting Sony’s handheld pretty badly. Director/producer of Final Fantasy XIV, Naoki Yoshida, seems to feel that porting his MMORPG to the Vita at this point would be a wasted effort. At Gamescom Yoshida said:
“Technically it’ll probably work – you could scale it down and get it running. The problem is that in an MMO one of the most important things is the network and so, you know, if you’re in a party with a lot of different people in a raid and someone’s on the Vita and they have a very… you know, it’s not a stable network connection then you’re going to be a nuisance to your party members. So global internet networks need to be better. And then also, just more people need to buy the Vita.”
The Vita has potential, but it’s likely to go the route of the PSP if something major isn’t done with it soon. If FFXIV turned out to be a popular game then it could be just the shot of adrenaline the system needs, but right now it’s looking like PSP 2.0 will remain on life support.