From all accounts the PlayStation Vita version of MLB 12: The Show is shaping up to be excellent – not only as a standalone product on par with the PS3 version but by offering the ability to save on one and continue on the other for those who buy a copy on each. The downside to this is the same development team was tasked with working on the two versions of the game.
That means time and resources that would have went into the PS3 instead were siphoned off in favor of working on the Vita and the cost of doing so was the loss of significant potential features. A rep for SCEA in a posting over at Operation Sports had the following to say:
The PS3 version of the game has more features this year than last year. Vita development only stopped us from doing another major lighting update, a major franchise overhaul, and new grass patterns for the most part.
Most consumers aren’t going to miss what isn’t there but still SCEA risks the perception that not enough was done from MLB 11 to MLB 12 and that has been a concern facing the series the last few years. That more would, or at least could, have been done otherwise for the PS3 version will make the decision to spend time on the Vita side (where indications don’t have the handheld coming out of the gates strong sales wise) at the very least a questionable one.