Sony has a history of shaky launches and strange marketing, but the Vita is really beginning to baffle myself and many others.
what's with the console X gonna diez, everything is dying 2 those ppl
Anything to get people visiting their website. Back in 06-08 PS3 dying articles were 50-60 submissions a day. If people aren't visiting a website that website isn't making the owners money.
... Or perhaps the author just had an observation about the state of the console and decided to write about it?
Or maybe the author doesn't own the console and is a complete nincompoop. Vita is my favourite handheld since the original DS. The first 4 months have been brilliant for vita games (much better than the first 4 for the 3DS I might add) and i'm very happy. Lots of PSN games to download of which I currently have loads. aswell as 10+ retail games. The only problem with the Vita I see, Is choosing which game to play!
There is NO DOUBT in my mind that Vita is doing less than impressive in the market and the sales are not what we all expected but I hope, wish and actually I am sure of it that when they drop the price on VITA and more importantly release some awesome new original Vita titles, it will see a boost in sales. The handheld console is AWESOME in quality and it's a shame to see not do as well as 3DS which mind you started meeting Nintendo expectations only when they dropped the price and started releasing 3DS games.
I don't see the Vita as 'Dieing". I think that it'll be like the PSP just a slow steady growth. It'll be fine as long as it gets suppor from third party developers and love from Sony.
@FriedGoat, agreed for the use of 'nincompoop'.
"Or perhaps the author just had an observation about the state of the console and decided to write about it?" yea Sony is so doing this: "but ignoring your customers won’t last for much longer. It’s a gorgeous system, and I’m dying for something to do on it." ignoring your customers? really Sony is ignoring their customer's? with all the software support for a freaking system that just launched? less than 6 months Total on the market and yet has over 40 + Games already made for the system, not including the backcatalog. not including the non gaming functionality that frankly people was harking on ..and on about for [email protected] near since the system was even released, hell even before and still are harking on and on about..youtube, why don't my PSVita's Web browser support HTML5 where is the support. God give them some freaking time people! they have only so many people they can have working on such products at a time. IS it like they are not working on the problem right? I would ask the people on the forums How the hell would you know their not working on it? this has been the same [email protected] thing over and over, this is mainly about the price..and for that i say at least Sony was not charging $250.00 for their system that had only 6 MB of VRram for their new hand held game system. but yet Sony put's out a game console handheld with 128 MB of dedicated VRram for they system and yet you get these kinda negative talking point's: "These all add up to a minimum of about $300 before games. Even before the price drop, you could grab a 3DS, a game, and a cheap case for the same price." the Nintendo 3DS is a great system, no doubt about it being a fantastic game hand held system. but for the love of god people the PSVita is not a [email protected] Nintendo hand held. They are not the same type of gaming Handheld. when people get that through their thick skull they would be better off. you would not think: lincoln town car dealer is going to drop the [email protected] price of the system. to that of a compact or subcompact, but yet all you hear about over and over is "Sony need's to drop the Price" the Memory cards, are priced the way they are because the [email protected] hacker's killed the software support for the first PSP. but..but..Nintendo's System software Games get pirated all the time, and it does not effect Nintendo that much.. Well here is a big Hint Sony is not Nintendo! Sony's software may not sell in the multiple millions on every freaking 1st party game they make . but it would be nice for Sony and 3rd party to make something on the software that they do make. many still may say than Sony's software sucks, that maybe true to some people but you do not have to be #1 in selling software to be a success. Sony giving out free software, updating the systems for extra functionality after you purchase the system, and keep support for the system even if their not number one on the market. = ignoring their customers? right?
Consoles can't techinically die so idk what they mean lol. PS Vita just needs more of a great lineup like maybe an Infamous or Killzone game. Would be cool if Last of Us came on Vita.
Or make more new IPs. Only so much franchise milking and mediocre spinoffs a person can stomach.
@SegaKnuckles, New IPs and some spin offs i wouldn't mind at all.
Yeah it's quite a shame articles like these get the spotlight. What makes you more angry is if you actually own the device and you know it's capabilities. I mean the PSVita is a beast, simply as that. It's just a matter of time until we see some unreal games like AC: Liberation and that's when everything changes. People will realize that this console isn't here to float, but to fly.
Sony didn't put it on the market so they could brag about it's power. They wanted it to sell well. It hasn't. So that is a problem.
It sure is a sinking ship. Just like its predecessor, the PSP. Sure after several redesigns or "improvements" it seemed like it would be promising, but no. EVERYONE sell your VITAs now while you still can!!
While it's totally uncceptable that this month (july) is completely void of new releases for the Vita, I'm sure it'll pick up as soon as AC liberation and call of duty launch..
When the Vita picks up in sales these articles will move onto '3DS still outselling Vita' and even if the Vita starts outselling the 3DS, they'll move onto 'Vita will never catch the 3DS'. It will go on and on just like it did with the PSP, which now sits at 75 million (a failure based purely on the fact that it didn't outsell the DS) We had the same with the PS3. 8 million behind (it won't catch up), 5 million behind (it won't catch up) 3 million behind (it won't catch up) 2 million behind (well most people have a 360, it was bound to stop selling) When it eventually overtakes (We have a new generation now, who cares about the last)
You speak words of wisdom. Shame most people are more concerned about that which really doesn't matter or isn't even relevant.
@GribbleGrunger The PSP was considered a failure in terms of its software sales and piracy, not hardware sales.
That may be the convenient interpretation at this present time, but it wasn't what the articles were saying back then. It's always easy to make sense of something in retrospect because you have many many more articles and opinions to draw from, but when you're in the thick of it, the truth is seldom obscured. That's not to say that software wasn't an issue though... and by that I mean how easy it was to pirate it. In fact, the software came regularly until the 2 year lull in 2009 - 2010. Sony themselves admitted it was drying up and actively pursued support, and largely succeeded. I often wonder what Sony told them because piracy was STILL an issue. I think the Vita is our answer and (to me at least) it is a certainty that Sony told them that when the Vita releases those games would get a second chance, and of course when PS Suite releases, other devices would also get access to their libraries That hasn't happened yet but we know that it will. I also think that's why the PSP is still getting hefty support
According to Sony's last fiscal report, Sony is behind 3.3 million. It's been pretty much around the 3 million mark for awhile now. So if you look at all the facts on what happen this gen, all those early articles about the ps3 failing were absolutely correct. The gen is almost over and the ps3 is in the last place. Huge loss of market share = Fail. Just like those articles stated.
LOL!!!! I refer you to my initial comment. Priceless!!!
Like I said, the gap is pretty much stagnant now. Actually the 360 grew it's lead from 2.9 to 3.3 million according to Sony's reports. I can't believe you kids still believe it's going to catch up. And how stupid is your final comment. Microsoft and Nintendo are scoring points in the next season, while your team is still stuck last season? You telling me the mighty ps3 is only going to catch up because everybody else is full steam on a new console? And for fun, let's just say it did... do you really think that would be a success for Sony? After all the financial troubles and loss of market share, you really think the ps3 is a success? LOL at the mind of a sony fanboy. Such a confused bunch. All those early articles about the doom of the ps3 was correct. Just deal with it.
@Streets of rage You ask how stupid some ones comment was and not notice how stupid yours is? "Scoring in the next season" Sony has always been known to sell their previous generation console while in next, is this not true? So that comment is pointless, I'm sure everyone will be scoring in the next gen, even if PS3 did over take the 360 next gen it'd only show Sony's ability to push multiple consoles successfully. Financial issues...so only Sony had that? The RROD fiasco didn't cost MS a penny and didn't make the 360 failure? Market share really? you're stretching it there and showing how biased you really are. PS2 was a miracle console, right time, great marketing, best software library, right features, after selling more than 150 million units worldwide(i doubt we see that again anytime soon)...did anyone expect them to do that again. Based on what you think about market share the Nintendo DS failed as well lol!
@Streetsofrage Ouch, and it's so true! PS3 is not a success, whatsoever.
Slowly sinking? I think that's a discredit to how fast it has been managing to drown itself! I kid, I kid. It should recover with time. Slow start but I just can't see it failing like everyone thinks though I can't see it being as successful as PSP either.
Well, even the PS3 had a crappy launch and it's managed to become the best console this gen (imo). Give it some time, it'll find it's way to success.
Wii is the best selling console this gen but PS3 has sold faster than Xbox 360 though.
best console =/= best selling console best selling software =/= best software
Just like every new console But somehow sinking consoles comes to the top eventually. Maybe Hall of Fame is under the water?
That's deep <pun intended>
Like the PS3 was? Geeze, you think the media would learn.... I guess 15 year olds with domains don't learn though.
I am sure gaming is not some peoples hobbies with shit articles like this all the time. Over half of gamers these days are dicks who should find a new hobby imo.
Are Gaming Journalist getting dumber????????
Fanboys make articles like this one.
I don't think it is a sinking shop just yet but it really needs some exclusive games that really stand out like the 3DS has. I think once this Christmas is over we will know if the PSV is going to be a success or not. I hope sales for the PSV pick up as the device is amazing but just like any Games console it needs Games for it and I think Sony need to get some exclusive games for it that take advantage of the PSV. But As for the sinking ship it is not going down just yet but I do think sony have a little work to do to boost sales. For a start they need to start Advising it here in the UK I have not seen a PSV add for 3 months or so where ive seen lots of 3DS adds.
yeah but to be fair the 3ds had less games than the vita did at this age. so it just takes time. i honestly wouldnt have gotten a vita yet if it wasnt for my fiance buying me one lol
***"I think once this Christmas is over we will know if the PSV is going to be a success or not."*** Exactly. The Vita hasn't even been out for the holidays in the west and yet people are still predicting doom/saying the system is already dead. After the holidays the status of the Vita will be more or less clear. If only these hit seeking "journalists" can wait until then.
I agree with you both. The PSV has some very good games UCGA, Resistance and Gravity Rush but it also had some games that let it down like MNR that should of had MP added to it as this would of put it up there with Mario Kart 7. But im sure the PSV sales will pickup and I don't expect the PSV to outsell the 3DS but I expect its to out sell the PSP in its lifetime sales and if Sony can manage to do this I think they will be happy.
"Contributor-Justin fought valiantly in the consoles wars of the 90's,and came out the other side with a battle scarred Game Boy and stacks of Nintendo Power.These days he likes to spend his evenings with a nice glass of wine and his 3DS." Well that says a lot...
No it's not a slowly sinking ship! It's a slowly surfacing submarine! I can't wait to see what the next short-coming article will be once the Vita does take off. As far as games go, I'm not having any problems.
the vita has more than enough games to keep you busy this summer 40+ vita games ps1games, psp games, minis... so stop whining and start gaming
I guess a better question could be asked! "Is journalism a slowly sinking ship"?
You guys do realize that the Vita has only sold 1.8 million units worldwide, right? If I were a developer, I wouldn't exactly be racing to that system right now. That's a pretty sobering figure.
I HEard it sold 800k did you add million to that score?
Reliable sales information for video games and consoles is tough to find, but Gamespot claims 1.8 million so that's the figure I went with. Either way, it's not impressive.
800k was japan i believe.
Well those figures were given by Sony on the 31st of March. Which is why i seriously doubt that they didnt sell any Vitas since then. http://www.eurogamer.net/ar... ""About Vita," said Sony CEO Kaz Hirai (via translator), "the last year, [we sold] 1.8 million units for US, Japan, Asia and Europe. And as a starting phase, I think it was a good start." " BTW Ramas unless you provide a good source your obviously trolling. Anyways VGchats (i know its unreliable) states that to this date Sony has sold 2.5 million Playstation Vitas. Hopefully by March they will meet their goals and sell more than 10 million vitas. http://www.vgchartz.com/ana...
yup, i am glad i never bought vita, not regret it at all, there is zero games that i would want to play on vita. And 3ds has atleast resident evil, but only for one game not buying it too. And second reason i do not like to play on small screen i prefer big TV.
Me as well, of course this is off topic, but I realized today while reading Gameinformer that when I come across any preview/review of a mobile game I thumb right past it. Tiny screens suck and will always suck.
I wouldn't call the Vita screen tiny.
I prefer a large screen also, but the vita is nice for that hour long bus commute i take to work, and the 5in vita screen looks amazing. What i, and i think alot of gamers are excitied for is the cross and remote play ability ,(if sony ever takes full advantage of it), but i hate buying the same game twice. so unless they give the vita version free or make and affordable bundle, i cant see it working. i
You sure love to troll, you say the same thing about the Vita on every article... If you hate it so much, ignore it and play what u like.
I see it as a slow starting ship for sure, but the thing is, in japan where this thing would normally fly off the shelves, for some reason, its not. I think there are several reasons why. 1. Lack of AAA games 2.Price 3.Features 4.Apps. Lack of games WILL be fixed, probably within a year or so. Price, while i personally didnt mind paying $250, alot of people will not pay that. Features, the biggest problem i have right now, i know it is possible to play ps3/psn games on vita, look all over utube. Need alot more cross play and a new lag free remote play client. That leaves us with apps, now while utube is wonderful and all, it just leaves some things out. I really hope sony shifts its focus a lil more to the vita, and games like assasins creed and call of duty really do give the feel of a console in the palm of my hands.
Well I don't know whats on the horizon for the Vita as far as games go. Right now there isn't much to attract the masses, and the price point is pretty tough to swallow. I know some people who were interested, but they know next generation home consoles are right around the corner and so decided to put their money towards that instead. By the time you buy a Vita, game and memory card, you are looking at close to $400. I was a bit disappointed that Sony didn't really show off the Vita at E3, and I think there are only two games releasing this month? Not sure if that is correct, but if it is, its horrid for a new handheld to have that much time go by and not offer more content.
Another day, and another stupid article.
Enough of these doom and gloom sales articles , we don't care. The Vita is just getting started.
its an electronic device, not a ship.
Summer drought. Whatever... Notta big deal, although I was bummed that Spiderman didn't have a PSV version. The "shoot webs into the sky" thing probably wouldn't bother me as much on a smaller screen.
Let me see if I've got this right. The Vita is sinking and the 3DS is a floater. That about the size of it? What I wouldn't give for some accountability for gaming "journalists" (that's pronounced douche bags by you and me;)).
The Vita's a sinking ship?!? Just like the 3DS, PS3, and Wii were? Riiiight. Jesus Christ how bad has journalism fallen off since 2005? A SHIT TON.
Do not be surprise if the Wii U gets the same treatment. Its becoming a very sad trend this generation.
So is this kind of article going to appear 2-3 times a week...EVERY week? Seriously people shouldn't approve these hit seeking articles
The contributer is a Nintendo fanboy. People need to stop caring sooo much, who cares, you know you own the best handheld with a stunning screen and a variety of solid games in such a short time.
I'm in love with my Vita. We're gonna run away together and get married. @opinion piece
I agree with the article. The vita is dying. They should do a price drop on the system and it's memory cards. Nuff said.
Yeah well it hit the iceberg before it even made it to shore. Way too expensive for what you get. Hmmm vita or ps3, yeah i know what i am getting. Im a little biased though, i really didnt like the PSP so. There are way too many other things that do way more better than the vita and psp, and they are more efficient.
-_- the vita is fine, I just hate handelds especially since I dont want a console experience (that includes price, dlc, and online passes) on the go. Not a fan of either but theyre both doing pretty good.
Assassins Creed and Call of Duty are definately not my favorite games but this is the first i want to buy them both. If Team Ico made an game for beautiful Vita i would be pretty happy. Im still waiting 3DS games KH coming soon!!