Pachter: “Vita’s Too Expensive For Most”

[drop2]Michael Pachter, analyst for Wedbush, has said that the PS Vita is “too expensive for most” and that the 3DS XL is “not all that compelling for the consumer”.

Speaking to VG247, Pachter said that the latest Nintendo hardware update, which we thought was pretty great, won’t have much of an effect on the weak sales of portables.


“The larger format is not all that compelling for the consumer,” he said of the XL.

“And although I think the XL will help sales, I don’t think that the impact will revive weak sales of handhelds overall.”

And speaking of weak sales, he doesn’t think the Vita will do much either.

“Vita’s too expensive for most, priced pretty much the same as the PS3 everywhere,” he said. “While I think the Vita is a good value and a great device, when compared to the PS3 it’s pretty expensive.”

“Also, there is not much of a library of Vita games,” he added, suggesting that the software levels are still too low, “so sales will probably be slow until we see more content.”




  1. Most people, myself included, don’t want to spend alot of money for portable gaming. If I’m playing a AAA game I want to be at home- on a real big screen with 6.1 dolby. After all, that’s why I spent several thousand dollars for a kick-ass home system. When I’m gaming on the go I’m just killing time, it’s when I’m comfortable at home that I want an experience. Sony screwed up big with the vita, so much that even CoD can’t save it. Is portable gaming dead? No. But $500 handhelds are. Plus people forget in 3 years the vita is going to be incredibly dated because new smart phones come out almost every month. Smart phones are constantly improving but the vita specs will never change… unless they’re going to launch a new model every year, but that”ll just piss people off even more. The vita’s dead, no amount of brand loyalty can save it. There’s only 1 thing that can save the vita and Sony will never allow it- HOMEBREW! – it’s what made the i-phone the monster it is today.

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