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Vita Taking First Steps Towards Competing With Nintendo

Sony's strong showing at Gamescom answered a lot of questions about the Vita and Cross Play. With the Vita in competition with the 3DS, and Sony's Vita/PS3 Cross Play ideas poised to challenge the Wii U, Sony's finally taking some steps to get out of their slump and pose a threat to the competition. Who has the edge?

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GribbleGrunger1948d ago (Edited 1948d ago )

The Vita will be fine and it's always been the case since launch. The only reason people thought it wasn't is because of the sensationalist press who like nothing more than stirring the pot to garner hits. BUT, if people start believe that 'competing with Nintendo' means that the Vita will catch the 3DS, then I'm afraid you are a little delusional. I'm a Sony fan and always will be, but I'm a realist too. I'm not saying it's not possible, I'm saying it's highly improbable. If the Vita has a much longer lifespan, then of course the story will be different

BrutallyBlunt1948d ago

Yes there is sensationalism within the media but you know what else is the issue, people like you who downplay reality.

http://www.neoseeker.com/ne...

So instead of focusing on how projected sales are below expectations you deflect and talk about 3DS sales and how that's unfair, instead of mentioning Vita sales are not meeting even Sony's expectations.

What i want to ask is why is it taboo for some to actually discuss how Vita can improve instead of acting like any negative talk is unwelcomed? Members on N4G should be able to handle both criticism and praise in a mature manner.

Ask yourself, if someone said game X was awesome but game Y sucks which game would you be most likely attracted to and want to respond to more? What is this need for some regulars here to continually want to defend everything?

Games like Tearaway are a great example of Vita's strength and a game like Little Big Planet on Vita shows its flexibility.

GribbleGrunger1948d ago (Edited 1948d ago )

So I say that Vita will be fine but if people think that Vita will outsell the 3DS and somehow you see me as someone who can't see reality?

There have been some legitimate concerns written about, but in the most part the media have just jumped on the bandwagon and rolled with the negativity. Do you honestly believe that ALL that negativity has been balanced?

I'm all for discussing the problems as well as the strengths, but when the negative is 90% and the positive is 10% it begins to annoy. I'm not suggesting that it should be 50/50 either, that would be impossible, but the imbalance is too big to assume it's ALL legitimate and you have to draw the conclusion that there are people with agendas out there. These are the articles that bother me. You can usually spot them quite easily by their headlines.

This particular headline for instance suggests that to be successful the Vita has to compete with the 3DS. What I'm pointing out to those that simply read headlines is that to compete doesn't necessarily equate to 'out sell'. And I still think that the doom and gloom has been media manipulated to a certain extent.

To be successful, all the Vita has to do is sell enough consoles to get support. At the moment it doesn't look rosy... I have to admit that, but I certainly don't see doom and gloom, I just see teething problems that WILL be rectified over time.

BrutallyBlunt1948d ago

GribbleGrunger:
"So I say that Vita will be fine but if people think that Vita will outsell the 3DS and somehow you see me as someone who can't see reality?"

No, that's NOT what i'm saying at all. I know Vita will do fine. The point is you never even mentioned why there is sensationlism in the first place and how sales are not meeting expectations and part of the reason why there is sensationalism.

"There have been some legitimate concerns written about, but in the most part the media have just jumped on the bandwagon and rolled with the negativity. Do you honestly believe that ALL that negativity has been balanced?"

No i don't and not once did i suggest that. What i am saying is there is some truth to the sensatiolism and you are trying to sweep it all under the carpet. So stop generalizing, thanks.

"I'm all for discussing the problems as well as the strengths, but when the negative is 90% and the positive is 10% it begins to annoy. I'm not suggesting that it should be 50/50 either, that would be impossible, but the imbalance is too big to assume it's ALL legitimate and you have to draw the conclusion that there are people with agendas out there. These are the articles that bother me. You can usually spot them quite easily by their headlines."

Ask yourself, do you spend 90% of your time defending the negativity? We all know there is sensatiolism, we went over that. It's also happening on the Wii U but you being focused mainly on Sony it would appear to you there is an imbalance. Ignore the articles, enjoy your Vita. Problem solved.

"This particular headline for instance suggests that to be successful the Vita has to compete with the 3DS. What I'm pointing out to those that simply read headlines is that to compete doesn't necessarily equate to 'out sell'. And I still think that the doom and gloom has been media manipulated to a certain extent."

Nintendo is their main target though because only those two have dedicated handheld gaming systems. Even Nintendo got lectured from the media early on (3DS). The media can be very cynical, that doesn't mean we have to be. However one must look at how Nintendo is doing in order to maybe correct some of the shortfalls Vita isn't doing right now.

"To be successful, all the Vita has to do is sell enough consoles to get support. At the moment it doesn't look rosy... I have to admit that, but I certainly don't see doom and gloom, I just see teething problems that WILL be rectified over time."

While it is true the more it sells the more chances it gets for better support, it goes beyond that. We all know it's the 3rd party publishers that make up the bulk of the libraries but there is an unwillingness right now for unique games that are best suited for the hardware on maqny platforms. Vita's strengths to me are it's unique features and being part of the Playstation universe. They are taking steps with the Plus service, having games like Sound Shapes that offer both the PS3 and Vita for one price, and unique games like Tearaway that show what's only possible on Vita.

So you are right in the sense it's not all doom and gloom but at the same token there are concerns right now. Valid ones too.

LX-General-Kaos1948d ago

@levelhead

Very well said both times.

ronin4life1947d ago

What's funny is the 3ds bashing has, in the long run, helped Nintendo, but the(comparative) coddling of the Vita from many in gaming is keeping Sony from taking the great steps that would really help it.

Nintendo took it's kick in the pants, and is applying as much from it's fall out as possible to improve. How could Sony do the same when so many are saying that nothing is even wrong in the first place?(yes, I know there is a lot of bad press for Vita, but the reaction is no where near as bad as the 3ds media blowout from last year, and may be because many are afraid of being "wrong" again...^_^;;;;)

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Sanquine901948d ago

Why this article? I hate people who start competing with Nintendo. Im also a sony fan! But i am honest i know the vita can not have higher sales in total then the 3ds. However, i think the vita will sell well when the price drops about 200 euro. I already have a vita but many friends of mine have not a lot of money( students). Therefore, i think it is smart to make it afordable for the general public and better adversiment. People need to know the vita exists.

Xperia_ion1948d ago

I'm going to buy as much software as I can. I'm fricking loving Sound and Shapes, buy it fellow dudes.

himdeel1948d ago

I agree that Sounds Shapes is a really fun game. I also plan on buying more games on the Vita since I can get a console experience on the device for less coin.

Another factor that has spurred more purchases on the Vita for me, particularly downloadable ones, was buying a 32 gig memory card. I've only bought one physical game Uncharted which has only been removed twice to show friends the size of the game. Sony needs to lower the price of the memory cards.

Even while I've probably purchased maybe 2 more PSP games than Vita games right now, I certainly will be buying all of my Vita games from the store. And with PS+ being added to the Vita I'm excited about more discounts to Vita games.

Salamander1948d ago

I hope sony picks up from ere on out, but a risky business move "Cross Buy".

r211948d ago

And so ends the reign of Vita is Doomed articles and the rise of unnecessary Vita trumpz teh 3DS articles.

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