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SynGamer  +   1179d ago
Pretty simple logic; lack of good games (until recently) and that $249 price. I am very curious to see how the PS Vita does next week with all of these $199 PS Vita bundles. We also have Persona 4 Golden and PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale releasing next week.

From there on out not much is known, but I'm guessing Sony is banking on PS+ for the PS Vita releasing next week and the amazing list of free games that includes will tide people over until early next year.

Furthermore, Sony Bend must be working on something Vita related and surely there are at least a handful of games Sony is waiting to announce...
Ranma1  +   1179d ago
2 words, Software & Price.

Needs more quality software
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disturbing_flame  +   1178d ago
In fact it has plenty of games that are very pleasant to play. It has a lot of good games.

I think if it lacks something it has more to do with the press/zines covers

This console is too hardcore for mainstream gamers or iPhone or android gamers. And of course it's not always designed for kids, therefore you can forget the excuse : "ok this game is average, we have played it 500 times, but it designed for kids so it's cool" relayed by a lot of reviewers that don't know anything about gaming and are just reproducing what everyone does.

Yes i think zines and media in general don't do their job as they should, they don't play and finished the games before they writes their articles and furthermore they have already in mind what they should write before beginning their reviews. And of course they don't review all the games taht are released on Vita.

This console is one of the best handheld ever, i think people who have one, just know it's a fact.
hkgamer  +   1178d ago
I guess price in uk is pretty decent. But you do have to shop around online and find the best deal that suits you.
The games selection isn't too bad, but I understand that people buying the system will only find one game they actually like.

You could get a 250GB X360 with forza4 and skyrim, but what about people that already own a 360 or PS3.

Sony just needs a better PR team, they need to make people think that everyone has/wants that system. then people would start buying because its popular.
Godmars290  +   1179d ago
Lack of advertising of good games you mean.
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1179d ago
it should be no more than $200. $50 and you can get a wiiU.

It might be hard for them to do it but at $175 it would make a killing.
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SynGamer  +   1179d ago
The Wii U costs $300 minimum. Yes, I agree the Vita needs to be dropped to $199 retail, but you're getting a portable console with the Vita. The Wii U is a slight upgrade to the current-gen consoles.
MikeMyers  +   1179d ago
It could be multiple reasons.

A) Marketing
B) Price
C) Software
D) Competition
E) Desire and need
F) Identity crisis

There's a whole slew of reasons why it may not be selling as well as hoped. My own opinion is Sony has marketed Vita as a partnership with the PS3. So what you have is a smaller market to sell to since many PS3 owners don't really see a need to get a Vita just yet. Promoting PS+ is a start.
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Losyak  +   1179d ago
I saw about 7-8 Vita related ads within 2 hours of Smackdown last night (Black Ops Declassified and AC3L), so they're catching up in that department
ronin4life  +   1179d ago
Lack of numerous often realeased titles. You can't have months where nothing is coming out. Vita had a large launch but software has been few AND far between ever since.

Based off confirmed and rumored upcoming titles, this is unlikely to change anytime soon.

The 3ds has several titles that perform well (different titles throughout different regions) and aid the system that recieve no advertisement.
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Godmars290  +   1179d ago
But that's after the fact of the 3DS's popularity.
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JoGam  +   1179d ago
Cause Black Friday isn't here yet...
darthawesome90  +   1179d ago
It's the lack of games. And also the fact that the games that have scored well aren't what I would call system sellers or are too similar to console games.

There are very few games above a 8 or 9 in most reviews. The games that have a good score happen to be found on other consoles like Metal Gear Solid HD Collection, Little Big Planet, and Plants Vs. Zombies or are very niche.

Above all the Vita needs its own games that set it apart from other consoles and handhelds. PS3 has Uncharted, Xbox has Halo, Wii has Zelda and Mario, and the DS has Pokemon. When I look at the Vita all I see are remasters, niche games, and portable versions of console games (Most Wanted, Call of Duty).
ATi_Elite  +   1179d ago
Why is the PS Vita Still Selling so Poorly?
It doesn't have a Proper Phone app!

Give it Cell Phone Service and watch the sales take off!

You can thank me later......Sony!
porkChop  +   1179d ago
We have smartphones for a reason... why the hell would someone buy a Vita to use as a phone, instead of for the awesome games? Doesn't make sense, so I don't think Sony will ever be needing to thank you.
hardcorehippiez  +   1179d ago
as much as i dont agree with some of your posts i think your spot on here. yes it has skype but if it had cell phone capabilities it would fly off the shelves. i already have 3 games consoles this gen so splashing out for a games machine only is a steep call. im in need for a new phone , if vita could give me that function id buy it now. as it stands i have to wait to it gets cheaper.and i am a sony fan not fanboy.
ginsunuva  +   1178d ago
One word: Battery life.
DarkBlood  +   1179d ago
im still waiting on the red vita i know i saw some images while back and i liked it so yeah
Godchild1020  +   1179d ago
Unless you live in Japan, that is the only region they are releasing the blue and red system in. Unless we get a God Of War or an infamous on the Vita next year, here in the States or anywhere outside of Japan.
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DarkBlood  +   1179d ago
true well i do have a god of war red psp, but yeah i think they should release more colours i have no problem waiting longer if i must it can only be a good thing for me
porkChop  +   1179d ago
Could always just get 1 of the many skins available online. Lots of nice red ones.
Zodiac  +   1179d ago
"First, I’d like to get one thing straight: Before I’m accused of flaming or trolling, you should know that I’ve owned every Sony system and purchased my PS2, PSP, and Vita all on launch day"

I don't like that people have to say this stuff to avoid being bashed just for talking about sales or analyzing any problems that the hardware faces.
pinwheelherman  +   1179d ago
Yeah, me too, but I've posted slightly negative sales articles before and been hounded by commenters who accuse me of trying to start a flame war.

At least this way it's clear that this isn't a Microsoft fanboy who's glad the Vita is doing poorly, but a genuinely concerned gamer who just can't help but admit the truth.
shammgod  +   1179d ago
It's a love fest between you and zodiac
joeorc  +   1178d ago
its pretty clear where the PSVita is going
" but a genuinely concerned gamer who just can't help but admit the truth."

the truth is: the system may be struggling, but as for being worried about its viability in the market is pretty moot. the reasons are very freaking simple.

Sony's not going to pull the PSVita!

the reason is once again very simple:

WiiU is a connteted tablet controller to a game console Hub.

Microsoft surface is a tablet controller connected to a game Hub.

Apple Iphone,Ipad,Ipod touch can be a controller connected to Apple TV as a game Hub.

Android Smartphones and Tablets connected to a smart TV as a game hub.

notice a freaking theme here people?

Sony has had the PSP with remoter access to the PS3 , the PSVita has cross platform play and remote access. now PS+ will work both on the PS3 and PSVita at the same time only one account needed for both. do you think for one sec.

That The PSVita is not going to be put into the box shipped with the PS3 as one package in the future for one low price?

"Take Your Game on the Go"

cross play
cross buy
playstation Mobile

are people just not getting it?

worrying about the PSVita's ability to stay into the market as a viable game handheld is pretty freaking Moot, one the price for production goes down a PS3+PSV SYSTEM BUNDLE WILL GET RELEASED IT IS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME ITS NOT IF IT WILL ITS ONLY A MATTER OF WHEN IT WILL, WHY BECAUSE THAT IS THE TREND'S OF THE Gaming MARKET GOING FORWARD! many say Nintendo sets the trends right?

if Sony tablet controller connected to a gaming hub is a new trend right? Nintendo starts trends everyone else copy's right?


You do not think Sony will pass up another chance to copy Nintendo right just like they did with the Wiimote, right?

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knifefight  +   1179d ago
Sadly, the nature of the internet means you have to cater to the lowest common denominator. You can't post "Hey, the system sales are low" without someone calling you a hater and a troll, just like you can't give a game a 7/10 without people erupting in rage at your "bias" and "ignorance".

On topic: I hope the system sales pick up, and that some more high-quality games come out for it.
frjoethesecond  +   1179d ago
As a VITA owner I have to say that the price of games is a real hard pill for me to swallow. The market is different now thanks to phone games and I think Sony and Nintendo need to price games accordingly.
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boybato  +   1179d ago
So how much should a Vita game sell for, in your opinion?
Farsendor1  +   1179d ago
all vita games should be priced at 29.99$ i also have a vita
boybato  +   1179d ago

Of course. $35 for AAA titles.
frjoethesecond  +   1179d ago
The likes of Black Ops and Assassin's Creed are at least €/$10 too expensive.

Ideally (from a business standpoint) the price of the downloadable versions of retail games should be low enough to remove (or at least reduce) the temptation to buy a used copy.

If the downloadable games were half price then used game retailers would have a much harder time making a profit on used game sales and the volume of digital game sales would significantly increase.

When you consider that downloadable games turn a much better profit than retail games, because there are less costs involved and you can't trade them, it's madness that this business model hasn't been adopted.

The fact that I, an unemployed 23 year old with no real qualifications can see this says a lot about the people who are fixing the prices right now. They're a bunch of greedy fossils living in the past.
hkgamer  +   1178d ago
Games over the £29.99 point are putting me off at the moment, I just don't feel like splashing that much on a handheld device.

I also think the PSN games are too expensive. Especially after spending £50+ on a 32GB card

heres a couple of examples comparing PSN to amazon...

COD... £44.99; £34.99
SFxT... £39.99; £29.99
AC... £39.99; £34.99
Fifa13... £39.99; £34.99
Modnation... £5.99; £15.66
Ben10.. £13.99; £19.95
f1... £15.99; £21.32
RR... £7.99; £7.00

Ok the last four games were discounted 50% off on the PSN and most of them are cheaper than amazon which is quite a feature. Sony should do these great deals every so often.
Embeepee  +   1179d ago
There's simply no room for the Vita in today's market imo. The boundary between the Smartphone market and the handheld gaming market becomes more occluded by the day, so the PS Vitas fortunes aren't going to turn around anytime soon I don't think.

Also, I don't think people want to play in-depth console-style games like Uncharted on the go. Portable gaming is for Mario and Pokemon type games and simple smartphone apps. Besides, judging from the reviews of some of the games (like CoD Vita) it doesn't seem like the Vita is actually a great console for gaming in general. :/

Anyway, I don't think the Vita has a place in today's market and I think it will sell under 20m units. It may even be discontinued In the next year as Sony cannot afford to bleed money on funding a console consumers don't want. I hope for Sonys sake I'm wrong though...
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boybato  +   1179d ago
Hopefully, I am still waiting for IPs such as Metal Gear to be released for the system.
porkChop  +   1179d ago
Black Ops Declassified is just a horrible game. It has nothing to do with the Vita as there are plenty of fantastic games for the system.
Nexy  +   1179d ago
Just give me Lumines 1 and 2 on Vita and you have me sold, Sony.
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CalvinKlein  +   1179d ago
well they already have a lumines game on the thing and its a rip off at 40$.

I really shake my head at some of the pricing on the vita games. Its almost as if sony wants people to thnik its a horrible value compared to phone games or even ps3-psn, xBLA or steam when they look at some of those game's prices on the VITA store. Sony needs to keep up with their own MSRP better on the digital games and police third parties to make sure they are not overcharging for crap that should be $10/15 max.
Kamikaze135  +   1179d ago
Too expensive and requires memory card since the Vita doesn't come with one and lacks internal memory. So it's going to cost you more than the initial $249.99.
rpd123  +   1179d ago
Buy a bundle.
Kamikaze135  +   1179d ago
Oh I'm not interested in the Vita. Also, Vita bundles weren't always available. I'm just posting the reason I think it may be doing bad in sales.
Sephiroushin  +   1179d ago
What are you talking about ?
PSV bundles that include a memory card has been out since release date ...
Sephiroushin  +   1179d ago
Seems some ppl are just dumb or something like that , also that probably do not even have a psv!
It was called "PSV First Edition Bundle" ( notice the word "bundle" in its name?!) it included a memory card so try harder!
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BigCojones  +   1179d ago
The graph is kinda bad... What is the timeline?? Debut week of Vita?? Also it seems that console sales as a whole has gone down and vita's been about 10% since it was released.
TacoTaru  +   1179d ago
When I see some strategy RPGs like Tactics Ogre and some big beautiful turn based RPGs I'll buy a second Vita. Don't like to jump around or shoot things and I want a good story. Persona 4 will hold me for a while but I don't know of anything coming after that.
profgerbik  +   1179d ago
Because it's been not even a fucking year since the thing has been out.

How about we all focus on the fact the entire gaming industry is struggling and losing money right now, not just the Vita sure it's getting the shittier end of the stick but everyone is in the same boat.

Even Nintendo now believe it or not they are losing tons of money and I bet this year won't prove to be much more promising even with Wii U sales.

You can blame people for being so uneducated and being so obsessed with smart phone games and tablet games, cheap pathetic games people love so dearly.

Why do you think everyone has be focusing on competing with the smart phone and tablet market cause it's killing everyone in electronics right now, it really is.

That is all idiots care about is smart phones and tablets.. Oh IPAD 4 OMG!! What just released 7 months after the last one! Who gives a shit take my money Apple..!!

That is todays society, they could careless about what is actually the best as to why the Vita hurts so badly they only care about what is trendy and what everyone else has which are tablets and smart phones.
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JonnyBigBoss  +   1179d ago
RickHiggity  +   1179d ago
Lack of games. Knowing Sony though, that should change.
XabiDaChosenOne  +   1179d ago
It's competition is 80 dollars cheaper than it's entry model. That simple.
Rohered  +   1179d ago
Why the Bad Selling?

Look at the line-up...

Where is the Japaneses Killer-aps?

The 3DS Winn the Japan Market With Capcom/Namco/Square

Monster Hunter exclusive, "Tales of" Best-of PS2-based in World release (the PS Vita as medium DS-based tales of
in Japan only release), Dragon Quest exclusive, Kingdom Heart exclusive, Bravely Defaut...All million-sellers.

Wheres is the Square Enix Games on Vita?

Where is EU/US Namco-RPG?

Where is monster Hunter?


Sony espect sell the PS-Vita in Japan with Crapy Activision-shooters?

Or peraps whith only RPG (good but no populars) made by NiS/Ghust?

Or Online based Games for use the PS-Vita only beside a modem? (3G is not usefull for online gaming).

Vita can Win With populares Japanese AAA, not with poor copy of PS/360 Online-Shooters.
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DiRtY  +   1179d ago
Sony has no games for a portable system. It is that easy.

Uncharted, Resistance, Assassin's Creed, CoD are their big titles for the system and they were not able to sell hardware. Those are console games you play at home and not on the go.

Look, I am a hardcore Halo fan, but even I would not like the idea of having Halo on my portable device. On my portable devices I play games like Angry Birds, Ninja Chicken or Diversion. When I am home, I will play Halo 4, Gears of War or Skyrim. So even I as a hardcore gamer don't want a hardcore experience on the go.

Nintendo has Pokemon, Mario, Mario Kart, Nintendogs and a couple of other games you can jump in, play and turn them off 5 minutes later.

Combine that with the rise of smartphones, the rise of tablets and the price tag and you get an idea, why the PS Vita is selling shitty. It is a huge failure and probably dead in the next 12 months or Sony needs to accept major losses with it.
will_c_75  +   1179d ago
I would like to know why Gameloft isn't all over the Vita. Their Modern Combat series could utilize the analog sticks. Even though they are knockoff masters, some of their titles are pretty to look at, and could use real controls.
tubers  +   1179d ago
I'm an advocate for that.

MC3FN looks better than COD and IMO has better campaign.. not to mention MP for 12! for 5 DOLLARS!

Even if they charge 20 bucks on the VITA I bet it would still sell well.

Have you seen Modern Combat 4?!

It's not like the hardware's completely different too.. Isn't the VITA an ARM device with similar specs to the ipad 2-3 (albeit slower clockspeed from the rumors)?
Smashbro29  +   1179d ago
I blame memory card prices. They really need to get that shit together.
izumo_lee  +   1179d ago
Hmmm could it be possible that all these negative 'doom & gloom' articles are actually being a detriment to consumers. We have the regular casual consumer looking at websites for knowledge of what the Vita is & can do. However when they see all these articles they think the system is bad & not worth it.

We know that hardcore gamers like many of us are really do not need any extra info but casuals will need that extra 'homework' by going to websites to justify a viable purchase.

I have not seen many sites really informing consumers what the system can do & the many games it already has. Where are all the articles about the PS suite games available currently?, there are a lot of high quality games (yes not as popular as Nintendo's 1st party games) but there are very good games available.

Look is it really what everyone wants is to have Nintendo the ONLY option in the handheld market? Does it not everyone say that competition is good for the market & industry when talking about consoles but when it comes to the handheld market it doesn't matter?
TronEOL  +   1179d ago
Give the Vita on-board memory with 16GB, 32GB & 64GB models and keep the ability to buy external memory with lower memory card prices. That alone would make more gamers buy into it since they know they don't have to spend over $250 just to buy a Vita.

As for most other casual gamers, they'd see it as a plus since they have the choice of the 3DS, multipurpose Tablets and cell phones which most come with memory built in.

The Vita is definitely my favorite handheld gaming device, but I can see very clearly why it isn't doing very well.
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tubers  +   1179d ago
I'd jizz my pants with internal memory for (16 GB for 200 bucks).. but how will that work with Sony's DRM (locking accounts with storage)?
TronEOL  +   1178d ago
Well the fantastic part would be that they could allow for multiple accounts on the Vita with this, like the PS3.

And they could give you the option to lock account information to external storage for security, or to free up space on the main internal storage.

I think the next iteration of the Vita needs to have this. Which I'm sure we'll see in the next year or two (just like the PSP or PS3).
Nickthedrummer  +   1179d ago
Many people just don't feel like having one is necessary.
WeskerChildReborned  +   1179d ago
Simple, their's barely any great games for it.
jjb1981  +   1179d ago
It needs a full-scale final fantasy game!!!!
Ricdog  +   1179d ago
Don't want to cost hate, but could it just possibly be crazy to say that the Vita doesn't sell because hardcore gamers don't like it?

I hate portables, all the hardcore friends I know do to, and pretty much I never see hardcore "looking" gamers walk around with a psp/vita. The DS is the only portable I sometimes see, and its mostly used by casuals from what I see.

Portables seem rather "weak" when i think about them. Whenever i'm on the move and need video games, theres my Iphone and laptop. And of course my laptop beats the living crap outta every game the vita has.
Kratoscar2008  +   1179d ago
Maybe lack of UMD port? This is the reason i dont get a Vita because i dont feel like spending extra money for games i already own. The natural step would be upgrade to Vita but the lack of this port makes people reluctant to get one.

My two cents aniways.
izumo_lee  +   1179d ago
It could be the case but i read that a program to transfer UMD games is impossible due to the many loop-holes & licensing problems that said system will have. If you have seen in Japan when Sony had this program to transfer games the list of games available were pretty poor cause of 3rd party not willing to commit to transfer their games in digital form from UMD.

Sony can do it for their first party games but eventually people will complain that 3rd party games are not available. Still since the piracy killed the support on the PSP there weren't a lot of 1st party games on the system. Even Sony admitted for not supporting the PSP as well as they should have.

Also the use of UMDs were a poor choice in the first place by Sony, but i understand the reason they tried that format. The possibility of a higher storage medium for larger games & a cheaper format was at the time the right choice. If the PSP were to use solid state format like SD cards than this wouldn't be an issue.

I still stand by my argument is that the Vita is being unfairly treated by the gaming media.
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dorron  +   1179d ago
The only two things I dislike of Vita is those expensive memory cards and how nasty it is to copy content with CMA, changing cards, account locks, etc. It's just a pain in the ass...

Apart from that Vita is an amazing device.
tiffac008  +   1179d ago
Not having a free memory card (even the smallest capacity one) can put a possible customer off. The memory card is an important piece of the device needing to put out extra cash just to have one can be seen as a hidden cost. I think a lot of people can forgive the price of the Vita right now since everyone knows that in the console industry the price goes down eventually but buying a memory card instead of an extra. That can be a turn off.

Also the sales of the Vita in Japan seems to be worse than in the west this is because Sony is still supporting the PSP in the Land of the Rising Sun. So the 3rd party developers does not have any incentives to move their games to the newer device. The Vita does not even have any multiplatform games that is popular in Japan but the PSP still has them. Sony should just really come out and stop supporting the PSP because its clearly hurting the Vita.

As long as Sony cannot sell the Vita in the number 1 market for mobile gaming devices then its going to struggle. The ball is in Sony's court the gamers are just waiting for them to make the right move.
Indo  +   1179d ago
Its simple. ..we slash the prices
tubers  +   1178d ago
I don't mean to sound like a fanboy and I never owned any N systems other than the family computer and GBA.. but here's another answer to the article's question:

Because 3DS has better value.. in the eyes of majority of the consumers.
NeoTribe  +   1178d ago
Anwser is quite simple. There's hardly any demand for it.
PirateThom  +   1178d ago
It never ceases to amaze me how, pre-launch, the price tag was being lauded as amazing due to being the same price as the 3DS and then, once Nintendo dropped the price of the 3DS, the Vita suddenly became overpriced.... I mean, what sense does that make?
tubers  +   1178d ago
I think that people see both having almost the same entertainment value, so they go with the significantly cheaper platform.

(Imagine something similar; the Nexus 7 undercutting almost anything near it of similar Android devices)

I'm afraid that even if they drop the price to 179.99 for the core system itself, people'd still be complaining about the cards.

It's an uphill battle for Sony right now.
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