With the PS Vita approaching its tenth anniversary, author Sandeep Rai has launched a Kickstarter for a 400-page book documenting the entire history of the now-discontinued device. Vita Means Life – which was targeting a goal of £6,000 but has already surpassed £15,000 at the time of writing – promises to “take a look back at the events that shaped the fortunes of the format, from its well-received announcement to its rocky launch” and everything afterwards.
The novel, which is a hardback compilation of three books Rai has written before, has been expanded with “new material” detailing more recent events. The final product will be split into four sections, spanning the history of the hardware, interviews, retrospectives, and a comprehensive library listing every PS Vita game ever released in Western territories.
If you’d like to back it, then you can pay £27 for a physical and digital copy, with a release date pegged for April next year. There are some stretch goals, including an enhanced e-book and a collector’s handbook, the latter of which will be delivered alongside all purchases should the project cross £30,000. You can find out more information through here, but with the Kickstarter already over £15,000 with 29 days to go, we can probably already chalk this one up as a rousing success.
I had no idea this was a thing, take my money Sandeep Rai!
This is a day one purchase for me. Godspeed Sandeep Rai!
Now that's interesting!
How is it a novel?
@Jango-Forest Fair point, I've edited that!
PSV... incredible tech marred by horrible support after two years. I bought one at launch with Uncharted. Absolutely the worst Playstation to release.
I've backed this. I backed the original paper back versions over the last couple of years and can definitely confirm they are worth the money. Well researched, and very enjoyable to read. Recommended to anyone with a passing interest in the Vita
The 3rd book contains fascinating interviews with the likes of Shahid Ahmad, who basically kickstarted the whole indie revolution on Playstation.
The books are not shy at highlighting where Sony went wrong, but also showcasing why the systems are so beloved amongst its small, but die-hard fanbase.
Sandeep is also a genuinely nice guy and runs the excellent 2old4gaming channel on YouTube, which has proven an invaluable resource for all things Vita over the years.
Wonder if it's got a forward from Playstation's management of the time explaining why they ****ed it up so much?
Cmon, the vita isn't dead yet, why are they making a book about it's history. It's not dead yet, right guys?....Guys?
@lolwhatno as an active user of TWO Vitas to this day, I can confirm it isn't. But we get [auto]biographies of people whose life is thankfully far from over, so why not chronicle an amazing but blatantly stepchilded and consequently often underrated console? Especially since the official end of new Vita releases has the upside of a finite game database to enclose, and this book promises as much.
I think I’m the only current Vita user that
A - loves the vita.
B - isn’t part of the “vita community” and hasn’t done anything swashbuckling to my vita.
Long live the vita….
Some Vitas should die; that’s just unconscious knowledge.
@Stocksy Nah, I haven't either. I was playing Fez and Football Game on it recently (just got the Switch OLED though, so Golf Game has been taking up my indie handheld time lately!).
I'm trying to pledge, but it's saying $37, and then when I click, it's like $75. I'm willing to drop $40, but not $75.
@CreatiScope maybe outside to the UK it costs more due to shipping?
@Stocksy Mine's not been Jolly Roger-ed either - been playing Shovel Knight for the first time on it only a day ago as I (finally!) spent the £10.99 to get the Treasure Trove edition in the Black Friday sale.
Yeah I'd def pay for this
nice . i don't read though , im a gamer.
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