I got a Vita recently for the first time, and I have enjoyed it quite a bit. But the memory storage situation is the worst thing about it. The PS Vita 1000 comes with no internal memory. The Vita 2000 (aka Slim) only has 1 GB included. Proprietary memory cards only go up to 64 GB, and that amount was exclusive to Japan.
I know there were other issues with the Vita, like the decline in demand for dedicated handheld platforms. But I think the memory card situation hurt sales of the hardware itself and thus support from Sony and third-parties.
The PlayStation Vita sales stand at 16.21 million units. But let's imagine this situation.
The Vita models launch at the same price. But there are no proprietary memory cards required. Standard SD cards are supported instead. The 1000 contains 2 GB of internal memory. The 2000 and PS TV contain 8 GB of internal memory.
I genuinely think this would do enough to make the Vita more affordable and more appealing. Do you think this would increase Vita sales, and maybe even syphon some 3DS sales?
I think the Vita could've sold around 32 million or so, matching or slightly passing the N64.
Lifetime Sales Predictions
Switch: 125 million (was 73, then 96, then 113 million)
PS5: 105 million Xbox Series S/X: 60 million
PS4: 122 mil (was 100 then 130 million) Xbox One: 50 mil (was 50 then 55 mil)
3DS: 75.5 mil (was 73, then 77 million)
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