It might make the Vita relevant to support for developers sure. But no way in hell will Sony ever beat Nintendo in the Handheld war.
Topic starter didn't ask which handheld was selling better, he's questioning PSVitTV helping PSVita to get a wider 3rd party support library of games. Besides that, the better selling device in the end, isn't always the winner overall.
PS3 sales didn't beat the Wii sales, yet that is. While the Wii stopped selling since some time already pretty much and is stuck at 100 mln units sold, the PS3 remains selling like hot cakes. And we've seen how long Playstations can sell/be produced as the PS2 production just stopped. Once that PS3 is going to hit a price close or on 100 bucks it'll be a different story compared to Wii's sales at 100 bucks. Nintendo's hardware just isn't lasting that long for the sales window, where Sony's hardware has the punch to sell for a longer time. Who knows when 3DS will be discontinued, heck officially it almost did already with the 2DS downgrade. Yet, even while Wii's hardware sales are ahead the PS3 got the more better and a longer list of more higher rated games and not the shatload of shovelware the Wii got.
I guess it is just about PSVita reaching the hardware sales which makes profitable business for a developer. Aside from the fact that the PSVita has the highest attach rate of games in like ever for a gaming device. Even with less users, it can sell a lot of software.
Notice how the topic starter wasn't even mentioning the 3DS, but was focusing on software and if PSVitaTV would help.
Yes, the DS4 is going to be supported in Japan when PS4 releases. And yes, that touchpad on the DS4 could be remapped to PSVitas front/back touch. So indeed, games like Killzone Mercenary could work with touch actions like it does now on PSVita, Tearaway etc should be possible, although some games might still run in trouble as front and back touch are used. Then again, some remapping for certain actions might not be that hard in the end.
Jesus fellas, I answered the god damn question "It might make the Vita relevant to support for developers sure" Don't be so damn butthurt because I brought in the 3DS in regards to this, because, yes, it is relevant to the topic as well. Gives you a frame of reference. You know, something you draw comparisons from to get a grasp of a situation?
If you wanna talk about irrelevance, look at your second paragraph. That had NOTHING to even do with the Vita at all. I don't see the DS4 remapping happening either. Just seems like too much unnecessary trouble for a very gimmicky feature that barely anyone likes.
Also, heads up, yes Nintendo did win the PS3/360/Wii war. You may think 'oh sony/microsoft had a better library and better support' and you're right, they did. But Nintendo DEFINITELY made a lot more money than both of them given that every Wii was income for them. But again, that has nothing to do with the topic.
I'll say my point again. Yeah the VITA TV will help, and garner more 3rd party support. But not nearly as much as you're thinking/hoping. If anything I'd argue it'll hurt the Vita and handheld sales even more. Why spend $200+ on a Vita when someone can spend less than half of that on VITA TV?
First off: the PSVita will become more relevant to developers when PSVita and PSVitaTV combined reach 10 mln first, then 20 mln etc. The fact that 3DS sold many more, doesn't make a difference if a developer sees another business chance with good earnings. This is also seen with PS+, where a developer sees a chance to earn a good amount of money for 'giving away their game' on PS+ and make a deal with Sony about the cash given for it.
The 2nd paragraph was to show you, that hardware sales don't make the difference, as long as the installed base of the console is strong enough to invest in. Certainly if the attach rate is higher than the other platform (aka, attach rate on PS3 is higher than on Wii, attach rate on PSVita is higher than on 3DS). Get it, got it???
DS4 remapping ain't that hard, as its a touchpad, just like PSVitas backtouch. Gimmick, maybe. Less gimmick than the added dept called 3D on 3DS, second, Tearaway is gonna prove when its used well its great.
Nintendo sold 100 mln Wii's. Did you play their sales or do you play games? Second, selling the PS3/360 ain't over yet. They're just in their 7th year, at least another 3 years of sales down the road. Heck, the PS2 went on for a good 12 year in sales. That Wii just stopped selling basically. Nintendo isn't doing that well with WiiU eh? All their hard earned money whop down the drain again.
"I'll say my point again. Yeah the VITA TV will help, and garner more 3rd party support. But not nearly as much as you're thinking/hoping."
Based on... The fact that in Japan it was sold out in hours? Eh let me see. Based on the high interest in the West too? Based on the fact that its just 99 USD which an Ouya or AppleTV cost too? What you think/hope is that it isn't selling like hot cakes, the market proves you wrong at this very moment already.
"If anything I'd argue it'll hurt the Vita and handheld sales even more. Why spend $200+ on a Vita when someone can spend less than half of that on VITA TV?"
Not really, as they're two different beasts. Someone that wants a handheld, wants it for it... Being a handheld and not a TV system. One that never wanted a handheld, but yet wants to play its games, buys the PSVitaTV.
There are people that want to use their PSVita on the road, but play them on the TV when they come home. They'll buy both. There are people that buy a PS4 and want to play the PS4 games on another TV, they'll buy the PSVitaTV. There are others that want to remote play the PS4 on the couch on the PSVita, while others use the TV.
Two different beasts most often don't have cannibalism problems, as different people got different needs.