Convincing consumers that a digital device is worth buying on tech alone, and not reliant upon the software that accompanies it is not an easy task. That’s a fact that Sony is being forced to realize as the sales numbers for their newest handheld, the PlayStation Vita, are doing anything but gaining momentum. Sony’s press conference at E3 2012 looks to be filled with game announcements for the mobile platform, but no time is being wasted to confirm that a YouTube app for Vita will be arriving by the end of the month.
While some might say that releasing a mobile device as high-powered as the Vita without a dedicated YouTube app is a bit absurd, but we suppose it’s better late than never. The free download will be coming to the PS Vita Store at the end of June, granting users the ability to search, comment, and sign into their personal accounts. A more specific date has not been provided, nor has the ability to upload content directly to the surface been confirmed to be included. Either way, June is shaping up to be a month that increases the optimism of Vita owners tenfold.
So far the game support from Sony has been less than ideal, and while not as bad as the Nintendo 3DS just yet, the game shortage was enough for Nintendo’s Shigeru Miyamoto to doubt the Vita’s strength. That’s apparently nothing new to the developers, as Sony’s CEO Kaz Hirai agreed that releasing great games on the platform is the only way that the Vita will actually reach its potential. Hirai was quick to ask some patience from the early adopters and skeptics, claiming that a steady march of top quality titles was on its way.
So far, E3 2012 looks set to prove that claim. With the brand new Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time announced for the Vita, and a portable version of PlayStation All-Stars all but confirmed, Sony looks to be bringing some of the company’s most beloved characters to the handheld in the coming year. On top of that, leaks have revealed that Ghost Recon and Assassin’s Creed titles are also being built for the Vita, with official announcements possible later this week.
Whether it’s platforming, all-out brawling or merely enjoying some lip-dub marriage proposals, the PlayStation Vita will soon be equipped to meet all those needs and more.
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Source: PlayStation Blog