It's had some amazing games in it's first 10 months on the market:
Persona 4, Virtues Last Reward, Little Big Planet, Gravity Rush, Uncharted, and more.
Now with PS+ for Vita you can get 2 of those games (and others) "free" with your sub.
It's easily the most technically advanced handheld to date and most people that actually own one enjoy it. The Vita runs circles around the 3DS technologically.
So have the Vita's sales been disappointing? Absolutely. Is the memory card pricing outrageous? No question. If it doesn't pick up more 3rd party support is the Vita done for? Yep..
Basically what I'm saying is that I completely disagree with the Vita itself being on these disappointment lists. The Vita itself is not a disappointment imo (aside from the 3G which was clearly DOA to everyone but Sony).
It should be Sony's handling of the Vita that's been a disappointment in 2012. Had Sony dropped the price of the system and the memory cards, more people would have bought the damn thing to begin with, and they would have inevitably gotten more support.
It is Sony's stubbornness that is one of the biggest disappointments of 2012 imo. Sony needs to be called out here, not the device that they've made or the games which have so far been released for it.
I don't quite think it's too late just yet though. They will hopefully announce a couple more games sometime in the next few months, drop the price, and maybe add LBP or another bigger game to the PS+ library, and enough people will buy the thing to keep it alive and gain some more support in 2013.
On a side note, Sony's stubbornness with price does not bode well for the PS4. They need to quickly learn from their mistakes or they will die a sad death. Particularly if the next Xbox releases first which is highly likely, and who knows what Valve is coming up with..
Edit: Game Informer does say that "Sony released - in terms of functionality and graphical power - the greatest handheld ever made"...and notes some of the big releases. It just points out that nobody seems to care. I still think they should be specifically calling out Sony's poor handling of the Vita as one of the main reasons nobody cares.
Edited by ShockandAww, 12 December 2012 - 09:15 AM.