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Submitted by pinwheelherman 779d ago | opinion piece

Is the PlayStation Vita Dead in the Water?

MasonicGamer.com - It’s only been a few months since the Western World got their hands on Sony’s shiny new portable system, and already, people are preparing for its funeral. In fact, worries began appearing shortly after its launch in Japan, with weekly sales quickly entering a downward spiral that still hasn’t reversed. By the end of February, soon after the system appeared in the US, Europe, and Australia, Worldwide sales stood at 1.2 million; by the end of March, only 600,000 more had made their way into the hands of gamers.

Many are calling the Vita “dead”, and lamenting Sony for not pushing harder on studios to get major titles out. But is it too early to start pointing fingers and placing blame? (PS Vita, Sony)

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jacksonmichael  +   779d ago
My serious answer is no. My less serious answer is, hopefully not, Innocence R isn't out here yet.
black911  +   778d ago
Here's Whats the Vita needs to do sell.

Free or Cheap 3G!

Imagine if I only had to pay about $50 a year for mobile online handheld gaming anywhere. You'd be able to play call of duty anywhere. And it also allows you to browse the web,watch netflix,facebook,youtube even face chat. Sony needs to come up with a something quick.
JhawkFootball06  +   778d ago
Sony needs to advertise it more
THESONYPS3  +   778d ago
I feel people lack a basic quality now a days. PATIENCE. If you decide to be an early adopter realize YOU will have to wait for a substantial library to be built and supported by the community. To write a system off 3 months after its US debut is absurd.
FriedGoat  +   778d ago
And what's funny is, The Vita lineup has been the best in YEARS. I'm still loving my Vita. Unlike my 3DS which didn't have ANY software for ages. It even lacked a basic webbrowser and store :/
PSN alone has more vita titles on it than the 3DS has on its store, and its been out for a YEAR.
Pillville  +   778d ago
@FriedGoat although the 3DS had the ENTIRE collection of original DS games available at launch. So when someone bought a 3DS, they had 100s of games that they could buy for it.
da_2pacalypse  +   778d ago
@pillville You make so much sense!!!! Hey guys, I have a perfectly fine ds, but I'm going ot purchase a 3DS so i can replay the exact same games on my new shiny $250 system!!!! WOOOOOOO

/sarcasm
Pillville  +   778d ago
1) Do you really think everyone who buys a 3DS already has a DS?

2) Having 100% Backward compatibility is a HUGE selling point for new systems. Existing DS owners can upgrade and still be able to play all their DS games.
topekomsi  +   778d ago
@pillvill The vita also has psp compatibility (even if somewhat limited) that still makes the # of games a vita owner has to choose from pretty good.
dangert12  +   779d ago
have not spotted any in the water yet...ill let you know
MasonicGamer  +   779d ago
lol
Tainted Gene  +   779d ago
lol, stupid seagulls.

(since they're the ones taking the "dead" vitas from the ocean)
Moentjers  +   778d ago
"Mine Mine Mine"
MasonicGamer  +   779d ago
Hand on heart I want it to be a great but there are just no games, I have played my vita 2 or 3 times since I bought it and at the moment it is sat back in its box.

Lets see what E3 brings and hopefully we will see some great games that this system deserves
user5467007  +   779d ago
No...just no

Don't play the "Theres no games" speech, there are games, some great ones in fact....hell theres more then what the 3DS offered when that came out.
MasonicGamer  +   779d ago
Name 10 games that have pushed Vita or in fact are fresh and new?

There is 1 that I can think of that is fresh and that is Escape Plan...

There are no games and the few games that are available do not warrant the high price tag for a digital download but that is a different argument.

As i said I so want the vita to do well but we know sales are low, marketing is bad and without those killer AAA titles the future is bleak...
one2thr  +   779d ago
@Masion
Army Corps of Hell
Escape plan
F1 2011
Hot Shots Golf
Little Deviants
Mortal Kombat
Modnation Racer
MLB 12 the Show
Lumines
Lego Harry potter
Hustle king
Fifa soccer
Micheal Jackson the experience
Pinball Arcade
Plants vs Zombies
Playstatioj fire works
Playstation table soccer
Reality Fighters
Ridge Racer
Sumioni
Super Star dust
Mma unrestricted
Tales from space
Touch my katamari
ultimate MvsC
Unit 13
Virtue tennis
Wipeout 2048
And the 3DS is full of games that came out on previous consoles, and yet it didnt get bombarded in the way that Vita is. It seems as though people like you have some sort of secret grudge against the Vita. Did it by any chance come into your house and kick your dog or better yet 3DS? Like dude wheres the beef, coming from?
Lay off guy, its going to be the same thing that happened with the PS3 and 360. "Oh the PS3 is wack cause it has no games" now look where its at, it over shines its competition with higher quality games that are available for them as of now... Geez dude, you need a hug lmao
firefoxprime  +   779d ago
All I can say is there's always room for improvement.
kikizoo  +   779d ago
Oh look, one2thr is teaching what a guy with a blog should start to know before spreading stupid things...

poor troll, today everyone is making dumb game's blogs.
Dojan123  +   779d ago
Needs a great on the go multiplayer FPS and people will buy. Better yet it needs to be able to play against PS3 players.

A true COD will sell systems for kids who can get enough of COD when at grama'a house for chirstmas.
darx  +   779d ago
one2, that list sucks.
TekoIie  +   779d ago
Mike i own 2 games (Uncharted and MK) for my Vita and then its a case of everything else looks mediocre or not my sort of game.

It desperately needs support on the level of the 3DS.
god_o_war  +   778d ago
@pekolie
LOL what support is the 3ds geting?
bought a 3ds last year with OOT,
after completing OOT there was literally NOTHING new on the 3ds til what december 2011?
Kid Icarus delayed till a few months ago has anyone got their hands on munster hunter for 3ds? hows dream drop distance?
my point is 3ds has had terrible support but because its cheap and competing with SONY people ignore its flaws...
tiffac008  +   778d ago
@Pekolie

Don't forget at the same time period after its release the 3DS was also criticized for the lack of games/support outside of its 1st party. No surprise the Vita is in the same situation in that regards.
MariaHelFutura  +   779d ago
"Between the head and hands there must be the heart"
Bell Boy  +   779d ago
lol...you seriously expect us to believe you bought the supposed overpriced Vita with no research on what software it launched with and upcoming release dates...and have only played it 2 to 3 times

Seriously it can't be your money to be dropping that amount with no idea what your buying..lol...you deserve to have made a purchasing error (not your 1st I wager)
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Hicken  +   779d ago
one2thr has a massive list of games down there. They may not all appeal to you; they may not all be AAA quality. But how you can look at a less than six month-old system and say that number is the same as "no games" is a scientific mystery.

If your Vita is sitting in its box, that is purely your fault. Between the library of Vita-only games, whatever you can play from your PS3, and all the PSP titles available, there's SOMETHING to catch your interest. And if there's NOTHING in all that gaming that DOES interest you, then perhaps gaming isn't for you, after all...
Ben_Grimm  +   778d ago
I love the way you get all upset and call people out by name like you did me. You have no idea or the definition of Troll.

All those AAA titles you keep yelling about and yet the Vita is no where near selling the way the it should be.

It's obvious there is something wrong with the system. Just because the system is not someone's choice and they feel to voice their opinion on it doesn't automatically make them a troll.

Grow the hell up.
badz149  +   779d ago
seriously
what is this "it has no games" thing? what are these things that I've been playing on my Vita?

so far I have played Uncharted GA, UMvC3, Rayman Origins, Motorstorm RC, Escape Plan, Little Deviants, and Unit13 in little than 6 months after I got mine! many more I haven't got time(money too) to get them as I'm gaming on PS3 too but no games? that's BS!
Bowzabub  +   779d ago
Name 10 must have games the 3DS had in it's first 3 months. Take your time..
Aggesan  +   778d ago
...even better, name 10 must have games ANY platform had in its first three months.
MasterCornholio  +   778d ago
Ooooo wait I know the answer to that.

Pilot Wings and Nintendo Dogs and Nintendo Cats. Yup those games were much better than any of the Vitas launch titles, I guess we know what kind of taste Nintendo fans have in games because of this.

Lol I didn't mean to offend the fans but the Vita was out on the market for a very short amount of time and it already has a better library than the 3DS shortly after its launch. Anyways the logical thing to do is wait until E3 and see what Sony announces for the Vita. Maybe they will announce system sellers for the holidays that will cause the Vita to fly off shelves or maybe they will stop producing the Vita due to low sales and the competition being so strong. We won't know the answers till E3.

XperiaRay
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Virtual_Reality  +   778d ago
one2thr
one2thr added the list of games, and MasonicGamer didn't even replied, this guy got owned.
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Ser  +   778d ago
Wow, really? I've been playing MK9 on my Vita like...almost nonstop since it released. It's a blast.
LordMe  +   779d ago
Well, in truth most gaming systems go through a rough spot at launch... Anyone remember the first year on the PS3? Not allot for it, but now look at it.

Just give it some time.
one2thr  +   779d ago
Sad thing is, most people still don't understand this phase... But kudos to you
CommonSenseGamer  +   778d ago
Most of those games you listed above were shovelware. The Vita lacks some AAA exclusives, not ports but exclusives. The Vita needs some AAA games and a price cut to attract more consumers. Games alone wont do it.
AnotherProGamer  +   779d ago
another website looking for hits.
fazor3d  +   779d ago
Yeah, how dare a website post articles that are designed to get people to read them.

. . . ?
suicidalblues  +   779d ago
"Yeah, how dare a website post articles that look like they were written by middle-schoolers and come just shy of blatant bs just to get people to read them."

Fixed for you.
NastyLeftHook0  +   779d ago
Is the PlayStation Vita Dead in the Water?

Any device would be dead if you put it in water.
Resistance_lord  +   779d ago
Except my nokia :P
KiLLeRCLaM  +   779d ago
That's not completly true..If you put it in a jar or bag full of rice it will work again..Trust me I have done it to the vita already..Left it outside and forgot about it :/ next morning didnt work, I left it in a jar of rice and after two days it worked again :) true stroy bro
Fylus  +   779d ago
I actually did that with my phone recently. Rice are f**king magicians, every little one of them.
NastyLeftHook0  +   779d ago
you know what...my next door neighbor dropped his touch screen phone in the sink and he did something simular with rice.
jjdoyle  +   779d ago
Don't forget the rice trick. It could help.

Vita? Looks like a good designed system, but price need to be adjusted a little perhaps? Not sure mobile gamign is what it used to be really.
Wolfbiker  +   779d ago
what if I told you the PSP launched at the same price and it turned out just fine?
Knushwood Butt  +   778d ago
Actually, I found out my Vita is surprisingly resilient to water, as it got pretty soaked last weekend (leaking flask in my bag) and I was pretty convinced I had killed it, but I let it dry out for about 30 hours and it worked fine!

Thank you Sony for not only an awesome handheld but one that is also pretty water proof!
an0nym0us  +   779d ago
Don't worry everyone, sales will pick up once Heavenly Sword, and Lair are released... Also Known As, there's no games to justify the price point.
NYC_Gamer  +   779d ago
It's not dead just needs more quality software
Nes_Daze  +   779d ago
Kinda like another console I know.
BeAGamer  +   779d ago
Wii U?
Shikoro  +   778d ago
Kinda like every console in the beginning of its lifecycle.
showtimefolks  +   779d ago
I have yet to get it so who knows, All i know for a fact is sony had 20 plus games at launch than not much. Maybe they should have had 10 at launch and other 10 2 every month or something.

I think just like last E3 this E3 for sony most of their conference will be about Vita and rightfully so.

Patcher said sony has a huge game for Vita at E3 GTA5?

I think what would be smart is a bundle with Vita, a memory card and Uncharted or some good game for a base price.

I am not expecting a price drop since sony has lost so much money, i am expecting a great bundle
murkster-dubez  +   779d ago
If i didnt know any better i'd believe the gaming media actually loves 99p android and ios games with the amount they bash the Vita.
riseer23  +   779d ago
Oh boy the Vita has only been out half a year.E3 will tell us if Vita will end up being like Psp.The 3DS had a long period w/o any real games.Now look at it case and point.Sony will drop the price and announce new games for it.
GuruStarr78  +   779d ago
what is this garbage?

Vita has barely been out 3 months now in the US.... give it some time.
Patriots_Pride  +   779d ago
I did buy the Vita very early, I think too early. I've been waiting for JRPG's (made for that system) and nothing yet.

Again, just like the PSP a great handheld with nice graphics....etc

I'm forced to look at PSP games to download or ports. I mean I bought this for Vita games that takes advantage of the specs. I bought it too early, probably will sell, and pick up much later

Hand on heart I want it to be a great but there are just no games, I have played my vita 2 or 3 times since I bought it and at the moment it is sat back in its box. Lets see what E3 brings and hopefully we will see some great games that this system deserves. Oh boy the Vita has only been out half a year.E3 will tell us if Vita will end up being like Psp.The 3DS had a long period w/o any real games.Now look at it case and point.Sony will drop the price and announce new games for it.

I have yet to get it so who knows, All i know for a fact is sony had 20 plus games at launch than not much. Maybe they should have had 10 at launch and other 10 2 every month or something.

I think just like last E3 this E3 for sony most of their conference will be about Vita and rightfully so.

Patcher said sony has a huge game for Vita at E3 GTA5?

I think what would be smart is a bundle with Vita, a memory card and Uncharted or some good game for a base price.

I am not expecting a price drop since sony has lost so much money, i am expecting a great bundle. Same time frame for both of these...

3DS doom article: OH ITZ DEAD JUST WAVE THE WHITE FLAG NOW!

Vita doom article: OH IT JUST CAME OUT THIS SITE IS LOOKING FOR HITZ!

Jesus Christmas people! What is with some of you?!? The Vita will start to take a turn into the green in a couple of months after E3, and they both can start to sell great at the top of the charts.

Just one more thing... CALM THE F*** DOWN! Stop assuming the most outrageous and most absurd rumors, and how one bad sales week will mean the end of a company or product. Common sense people!

Its like saying "Your new born son doesn't have an athletic bone in his body"... But once about, lets say 20 yrs go by "Oh I love him because he's bring in the big bucks as a most valued quarter back with 4 super bowl rings"...
My point is, that the Vita didn't even get a chance to show its worth in the world before everyone and their brain dead followers decided to hound it with doom and gloom articles or secret grudges... Damn, what can a handheld gaming console possibly do to people that'll make them this mad?Well, in truth most gaming systems go through a rough spot at launch... Anyone remember the first year on the PS3? Not allot for it, but now look at it.

Just give it some time
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Sgt_Slaughter  +   779d ago
Did you really just take my entire comment and put it into yours??
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meganick  +   778d ago
You can sue him for plagiarism.
Sgt_Slaughter  +   779d ago
Same time frame for both of these...

3DS doom article: OH ITZ DEAD JUST WAVE THE WHITE FLAG NOW!

Vita doom article: OH IT JUST CAME OUT THIS SITE IS LOOKING FOR HITZ!

Jesus Christmas people! What is with some of you?!? The Vita will start to take a turn into the green in a couple of months after E3, and they both can start to sell great at the top of the charts.

Just one more thing... CALM THE F*** DOWN! Stop assuming the most outrageous and most absurd rumors, and how one bad sales week will mean the end of a company or product. Common sense people!
Game3s  +   778d ago
I agree these same people commenting that the Vita just came out and needs time to pick up sales are the same one's saying the 3DS is dead in the same time frame when it was doing bad.
kewlkat007  +   779d ago
I did buy the Vita very early, I think too early. I've been waiting for JRPG's (made for that system) and nothing yet.

Again, just like the PSP a great handheld with nice graphics....etc

I'm forced to look at PSP games to download or ports. I mean I bought this for Vita games that takes advantage of the specs. I bought it too early, probably will sell, and pick up much later.

The stakes for Sony to succeed are much higher this time around. Comparing Nintendo's handheld franchise/history to Sonys are two different beasts. You can look at Sony like investors do or as gamers...most of the time two different perspectives.
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SilentNegotiator  +   779d ago
Like the 3DS a few months ago, right?
one2thr  +   779d ago
Its like saying "Your new born son doesn't have an athletic bone in his body"... But once about, lets say 20 yrs go by "Oh I love him because he bring in the big bucks as a most valued quarter back with 4 super bowl rings"...
My point is, that the Vita didn't even get a chance to show its worth in the world before everyone and their brain dead followers decided to hound it with doom and gloom articles or secret grudges... Damn, what can a handheld gaming console possibly do to people that'll make them this mad?
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Enigma_2099  +   779d ago
*facepalm*

This is NOT the PSP Go vers.2...

You were wrong about the PS3, you were wrong about the 3DS, and guess what... you're wrong now.
smashcrashbash  +   779d ago
'PS3 has no games. It's dead and buried. Sony should scrap it and start working on the PS4. No way the PS3 could survive. It will dead and gone by next year. PlayStation fanboys are stupid to support this system'. Mine is here gathering dust' Now we have a system with more games then we can even play.

VITA comes out. 'VITA has no games. It's dead and buried PlayStation fanboys are stupid to support it. Sony should scrap it because it already failed. It will be dead and gone by next year. Mine is gathering dust'.

When PS4/Orbis comes out. 'Orbis has no games. It's dead and buried etc.

PS5........
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ddurand1  +   779d ago
the console just came out. give it a chance will you?

I bought one recently and im glad I did. I had a few extra bucks from my graduation and picked it up. i knew i would someday anyway. im glad i did.

looking forward to teh resistance reviews. im gonna grab that or gravity rush
Bell Boy  +   779d ago
To all the Vita doom merchants is this your console launch...god help you when the new consoles launch...do not buy them is my advice to you because guess what new games will thin on the ground at least for the 1st year...

Me personally loving my Vita, jumped on a deal the other week at Gamestop which had a free game and now about to get Resistance, FIFA, LBP and Uncharted to go with MK, Hustle Kings, Motorstorm...lack of games my a*se...just with ones I am aiming for I have the genres I like totally covered with quality releases
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ddurand1  +   779d ago
not the mention the slew of PSP games available
PersonaCat  +   779d ago
So much impatience nowadays I swear. Didn't the same thing happen to the PS3? I've had a vita since launch, yet I find something to play. This list is only going to get longer in the coming months.
FarCryLover182  +   779d ago
All these people declaring systems are dead is getting quite annoying.
Ben_Grimm  +   779d ago
It's not dead in the water but its gasping for air for sure.

3DS is killing and with only one analog circle...go figure.
Sorrow24  +   779d ago
Hey guys look!, Its another one of those articles! Let's give the website hits and waste our time saying that the vita sucks, because it doesn't have 200,001 games to play during its first 6 months after launch! :D Let's praise the 3DS for having a great lineup, now that its been out for more than a year!

:D

/S

I'm tired of these articles getting posted on N4G...

-_-"
Patriots_Pride  +   779d ago
But yet you click on them so the degrees can go up and they get posted on top of N4G.

Its like you saying that you hate gay strip clubs but you will go inside to tell them that you hate it.
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Hicken  +   779d ago
No, this would be him seeing an advertisement on TV for said strip club and then complaining. And then, at each commercial break, another commercial for a gay strip club comes on.

See, people don't usually go to the website anyway, but if the posting gets enough degrees, other people can come in, see his comment and think, "Yeah, Sorrow24 is right. This crap needs to stop." And then maybe, MAYBE, something might change.

... or people will just misunderstand like you did, or troll like Ben_Grimm AND you, and others.

Also, what sense does it make to sell something you're just gonna buy back later? and there are plenty of non-ports, too; too bad you're ignoring them all for the sake of your "argument."
Sorrow24  +   778d ago
XD

I don't mind gay strip clubs, as long as I'm not in them and their far away from my "Gentleman's Club"
Tagcollector7  +   779d ago
Wont have time to read articles like this when resistance comes out, as I will be online getting my chimera fix.
Sorrow24  +   778d ago
I was really skeptical about the game but I saw some of the newest gameplay on Youtube, Looks so Good Man.
givemeshelter  +   779d ago
This is playing out exactly like the PSP...It will start slow...when the Vita price lowers and more games come out, it will move units at a steady pace.
Give it time.
Will it outsell the 3DS? No. Will the Vita succeed? Yes it will.
Enough of these doom articles already...

@Patriots Pride

The problem with that is Sony makes most of their money from SOFTWARE sales and not hardware sales. It's a catch 22 when this happens. You get the increase in hardware sales because of pirating, however few consumers are then BUYING software which in turn hurts Sony's bottom line in overall PROFITS. Software sales is more lucrative then hardware sales. The margins are higher.
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Patriots_Pride  +   779d ago
Yeah but the PSP really took off when it got hacked and I dont think the VITA will get hacked anytime soon.
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GraveLord  +   779d ago
This is the 3DS all over again.
The Vita will recover once it gets a price and/or games.
belac09  +   779d ago
it will do fine, its all i really play, ive already put many hrs into disgaea 3 and a few psp games.
pinwheelherman  +   779d ago
Okay, this is for everyone complaining about "another person calling the Vita dead because it has no good games".

Did you read the article? The whole point is that it's way too early to start preparing for the funeral of a system that's been out for so short a time. I've been buying consoles on launch day for a long time, fully aware that none of them get any must-buy titles for about a year. It happened with the PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, DS, and pretty much every other recent system.

I own a Vita and play it a lot. Sure, there are some worrying signs that things might not turn out well, but if you actually bother to read the full piece, you'll see that it's more positive than negative. I understand your feedback, though - it's fun to criticise.
Ducky  +   779d ago
Well, the site doesn't load for me so I don't really know what the article is about.

Anyways, the title/summary give off the impression that the article is negative towards the Vita... and at that point, a lot of people won't even bother reading the article because to them, the article is just seeking hits.

The lesson to learn is, using a rhetorical title on N4G is usually a recipe for disaster... unless disaster is what you crave.
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