Skyrim released on Nov. 11 2011 for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Since its initial release, three different DLCs have become available for the game (Dawnguard, Hearthfire and Dragonborn). All three are readily available for the Xbox 360 with a limited exclusivity to that system, while two are currently available for the PC and none of the DLC is available for the PS3 (nor is there any real concrete answer as to when it will become available). The lack of DLC is not surprising for the PS3 version because that version has had massive problems since its release with Bethesda basically admitting that they released a broken product at launch. Numerous patches have come out since the game’s release over a year ago that has ameliorated some of the problems with the crashes on the PS3, but there still remains issues as evidenced by the lack of DLC for the game on that system. It is obvious that Bethesda, like other third-party developers, has issues when porting games to Sony’s systems because of the Cell Processing. However, Sony’s PlayStation Vita has hardware that should not present as many problems to developers as the PS3 does.
Despite simply being a handheld system, the PS Vita is powerful and as stated upon its release, it is the most powerful handheld currently (and ever really, at this point). Since its release, the PS Vita has shown the potential and power of the system through the release of games like Gravity Rush and Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation. These two games are beautiful to look at, as well as, show that the Vita can handle larger, expansive worlds that give the player a sense of exploration and scope. Now the open-world that players traverse in Skyrim is not exactly reproducible on the PS Vita, but something close to it is. By smartly using pre-rendered cut scenes to mask loading screens, a developer could create a massive fantasy (or cyberpunk because that would be a million times more interesting) world for Vita users to explore. There is a potential in the PS Vita that developers just need to utilize and tap into to trick out the fledgling system. Will gamers be able to Fus Ro Dah on the go? Possibly. Would gamers want to fight dragons while riding the train? Absolutely.