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Submitted by Anon1974 1169d ago | opinion piece

3 Reasons Sony's PS Vita Will Crush Handheld Competitors

A Google search on the PS Vita yields hundreds of stories about Sony’s dual-stick, powerhouse handheld’s “disappointing sales.” It’s too expensive, lacks a decent library of games and worst of all, it’s irrelevant since millions of consumers play games for free on mobile phones and tablets. Truth be told, this author was close to selling his PS Vita for the same reasons. But now it appears Sony is ready to lay a serious smack down on competitors (and whiny gamers) thanks to three brilliant moves pulled off this week. (PS Vita, Sony)

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FriedGoat  +   1169d ago
waahay! Positivity!
MariaHelFutura  +   1169d ago
I don't know if the Vita will crush the 3DS (sales wise). But, the Vita is a great device that people should lay off on all the hating on it an allow it to grow and see where things go.
Griffin4871  +   1169d ago
It shouldn't have to grow. It's a monster of a handheld device that should have been very successful from the start, but it wasn't. It isn't hate toward the device, it's hate toward Sony for yet again making poor marketing decisions.
LOGICWINS  +   1169d ago
I wonder how many people saw the COD Vita commercial, thought about getting it, but saw the poor reviews on Metacritic and decided against the console altogether. Of all the games Sony chose to market Vita with, Declassified was one of the worst choices.

Sometimes I feel that Sony fans have better marketing ideas than Sony themselves.
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pamelameyerso1  +   1169d ago
til I looked at the paycheck which had said $7984, I didnt believe that my friend was actualey erning money part time on there computar.. there aunts neighbour has been doing this 4 only 10 months and recently cleard the morgage on there mini mansion and got a gorgeous GMC. this is where I went,..
Kingthrash360  +   1169d ago
Griffin.... Please tell me, what system WAS successful when it was first brought out?????? I don't recall any system being successful until its first price cut and that happens after a year. Not one single system has been killing in numbers right out the gates. Xbox nope, ps3 nope, wii nope, 3ds nope, ect. Developers are putting out monster games for the system already and it under a year old. A year from today it will produce games better than what it is now. The vitas potential is scary. Once that price drop comes it will sell better.
DivineHand125  +   1169d ago
If memory serves, the wii did well at launch and also years following. Am I the only one that remembers how people were having a hard time finding a wii cause the supply couldn't meet the demand. Also the price for that console didn't drop until near the end of 2009.
Kingthrash360  +   1169d ago
@ divine
I never stated the wii or ANY console didn't sell well at launch. I stated that they weren't considered successful until the price drop. And what i meant by "killing out the gates" means it wasnt a like say,apple does. the reason the wii was sold out is the same reason every home console is sold out at launch, including the wiiu they make them slow just for the sold out headlines, making people believe they are missing out on something so they try to buy too. How many times have u heard of a system sellin on eBay for ridiculous prices because of the sell out? It happens to every home console. The wii btw came out costing lower than its other competitors at the time ( something the wiiU should have done again in my opinion) and there for sold good at launch.... So did n64 and look how ps1 crushed it. In America at least it all about the deal, lower cost better sales. Simple really, the company's know this so they launch a console at high price to get the hardcore gamers $ ( people who will buy it because they like to be " first" to own it) after a year or so depending on how sales are ( the wii sold well so Nintendo didn't have to drop as fast btw) company drop prices to continue sales then, and only then will a console or handheld be considered successful . It's far to soon for fail or success story's for the vita or wiiU because they are still in the infant stage in their life span.

@ logic.... Cod declassified is a very fun game in my opinion. I'm pretty sure u haven't played the game with that comment . Yes sp was wakk. But mp is super fun. thos reviews that u let make choices for you have taken u away from that fun. I'm not judging you or nuthin but play it first then make your opinion.
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kneon  +   1169d ago
It seems to be popular near me. I'm sitting in a McDonalds right now and the near app shows 18 people within 1 mile of here.
Mounce  +   1169d ago
To me, I look at the Nintendo DS game library and I barely see anything that would count as top-quality games, beyond a few simple First-party games like Zelda/Mario and Nintendos' neverending brand name mascots, but it just didn't have what PSP had of a large diversity in strong 2nd party and 3rd party games that stood out beyond what Sony themselves made.

Killzone Liberations and MGS Peacewalker, FF7 Crisis Core alone made me buy a PSP, although a refurbished one as I sought PSP-2000 as I heard of the screen issues for 3000 due to hardware limitations messing it up. Peacewalker and Crisis Core had SO many god damn hours of gameplay that would alone trump the replayability and life of most other handheld titles on the market to this day. I think I have around 200 hours on Peacewalker, 70 hours on CC. Only thing on Nintendos' handheld that could compete time-wise would be Pokemon.
Ju  +   1169d ago
Why Declassified got those bad reviews is beyond my understanding. I think it is a great game on the go. It plays like CoD and it has quite some game modes.

If you expected a full length game like on consoles you might be disappointed, but it has great visuals, "THE" CoD controls, and the typical game modis. Those reviews are idiots, seriously. The game was obviously targeted at a quick in and out mobile market and not the hour long online play a console covers. Everything else is top notch with that game.
XB1_PS4  +   1169d ago
The problem is exposure. A buddy of mine has a PS3, and PsP. I was talking to him, and he mentioned that if a new version of the PsP came out he would get it. He had no idea the Vita even exsisted. He was surprised when I told him it's been out for almost a year...
I don't see enough of it for it to be a household name. It needs a good advertising run. A catchy commercial that when you see it you say, "Holy shit, I want that".
XB1_PS4  +   1169d ago
I just caved. It's on it's way. :)
Knight_Crawler  +   1169d ago
shouldn't the headline read crush handheld competitor?

Since you know its only Sony and Nintendo.
Zhipp  +   1169d ago
He has a point...
360ICE  +   1169d ago
Here's some negativity:
One reason it won't:

fatstarr  +   1168d ago
*throws up powder*
Delusion... Delusion everywhere

lmao I wish I can find those articles and quote some n4g peeps
on some of the things they said about the vita

I remember words like
kill Nintendo
lol ahahah

its like wiiu is off to a better start than the vita and it gets tons of hate,
vita is failing for almost a year now and people just pat it on the back and tell it to try harder and then n4g users attack the ds and the 3DS lmao. comedy all over man.

comedy and delusion = this thread.
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FriedGoat  +   1168d ago
I own a 3DS, had it since launch. The Vita might not be selling well but it blows the 3DS out of the water. and we're only 8 months in.
Here's a pic of my 3DS, pretty dusty.
younghavok  +   1168d ago
Its cool to hate Nintendo, its cool to like Sony. Vita is selling like crap but if you say something about it you get attacked. WiiU seems to be selling good, but if you say anything good about it you get attacked. The internet is a weird place.
FriedGoat  +   1167d ago
I don't neglect my 3DS because its cool to neglect it, I neglect it because I have nothing to play besides 5 hour long games with no content, when I have my Vita with 20+ hr games with loads to do. I will however be picking up prof. Layton soon so I'll have to get the pledge.
NastyLeftHook0  +   1169d ago
well this is news for gamers so as a gamer who likes games i want a awesome game device that playes great games and gaming is what i like to do alot so if my games can be in hd and my games are high quality a gamer like me can be happy with playing games on this gaming device.
Cosmit  +   1169d ago
No sales = Less/No games.
Gaming_Guru  +   1169d ago
There has to be a game before the sale, if there is no game sales cannot exist.

The chicken or the egg ordeal, lol, so there will always be games, but there can be only less games.
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Hx3KinG  +   1169d ago
lol how many times do you wanna use the words gamer, games and gaming in a sentence, lmao
shutUpAndTakeMyMoney  +   1169d ago
Who approved this positive vita news? must be a mistake?
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Neckbear  +   1169d ago
Yet a journalistic report on the fact the Vita didn't hit top 100 on Amazon even with the black friday price drop got deleted without much word, lol
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DarkHeroZX  +   1169d ago
actually The vita was on gamestop's best sellers top 5 and the 3ds was nowhere in site. Who actually uses amazon to buy video games?
j4re  +   1169d ago
I primarily use Amazon for all my gaming related needs. They have the best prices, free shipping, and no tax in my state. It's a triple win in my book.
Norrison  +   1169d ago
A lot of people use amazon for video games, they match steam sales and sometimes even surpass them, you're missing out on a lot of sales. Also the vita bundle did sell, it got sold out..
Gamestop is shitty btw.
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CalvinKlein  +   1169d ago
PROBABLY BECAUSE THAT IS FALSE BRO. I ALWAYS look at the amazon top 100 selling videogames as my default amazon page to see what new game may be on sale and see whats selling hot.

The AC VITA bundle made it up to around number 40 when it first came out and was the highest the vita has been in a while.

LOOKS LIKE THE AC VITA BUNDLE IS NOW #2, yes #2, on the top selling videogames on AMAZON and is now sold out to buy from amazon. so I guess your info was incorrect.

This might be this highest a vita has ever been in the amazon top 100 selling videogame items.

EDIt--- HAHAHAHAH I just have to laugh again that you call it a "FACT" and I checked and it was at NUMBER 2 bestsellers, easily the highest the VITA has EVER been on amazon, even when it first came out. I look at taht top 100 page almost every day so I would know.

Edit 2-- I got mine in faburary and have barley played my PS3, 360, or PC since; only for the occasional must play game. I like the vita so much because you can just pause whenever and then pick right back up where you left off. I hope everyone enjoys their new vita as much as Ive enjoyed mine.
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BigStef71  +   1169d ago
#1 now and the deals been over for hours lmao. This is a great thing to see that vita is selling really well over the holidays
Jazz4108  +   1169d ago
I just left the black friday sale at walmart and they still had tons of vitas in stock and 2 expensive ps3s and no 360s and most of its games were gone. Looking from what I see from the usa biggest store the vita is not doing well even with the bundles as they had ple ty and i left the store 24 hours after the lines and madness began.
GamingGuru  +   1169d ago

I want to live in a world where Faburary is a real thing.
chickenneck  +   1169d ago
35 days in the top 100
kikizoo  +   1169d ago
@xteampro, like every dumb haters : "psp is dying" "bluray is dying" "ps3 is dying" "vita is dying"

Reality is always telling you that you are wrong..

They can't be gamers with that kind of stupid hate for sony (most important brand in the game industry) ..probably shareholders, employees, or worst, americans who hates japaneses.
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DarkHeroZX  +   1169d ago
well all I know was the ps vita and ps3 500 gig models sold out in almost every major retailer in m area and they both are in the top 5 best sellers on gamestop's website. Guess that $199 price tag is the sweet spot for consumers.
BigStef71  +   1169d ago
This is what I like to hear!!! Sony went full out advertising this device this holiday season with ads and commercials. It looks like the price drop on Black Friday will turn out to be very successful for them especially that amazon one which I was able to get and from the looks of it that has already sold out. Also the free vita games from ps+ are very nice addition. I'm excited to see what developers are making for this system
MultiConsoleGamer  +   1169d ago
These Forbes contributor article are always terrible.


The Vita is the finest piece of gaming hardware ever produced by Sony.
miDnIghtEr20C_SfF  +   1169d ago
LOL at this.
Shazz  +   1169d ago
i simply cannot put my vita down for long nowadays between playstation all stars and virtua tennis online for me and browser i just love it .
Rezka  +   1169d ago
Cant wait to get my Vita :)
strigoi814  +   1169d ago
seriously im playing my vita more than my ps3 nowadays. I like portable for now
Godchild1020  +   1169d ago
I have been doing that as well. I still have a decent amount of PS3 and 360 games still sealed. The Wii U pulled me a way for a day but my Vita has become my trusted sidekick when I need to satisfy my gaming needs.
megamanX2  +   1169d ago
"3 Reasons Sony's PS Vita Will Crush Handheld Competitors"

ohhhh that's why noone wants it?

"LOL at this."

i loled too this guy must not read the news.
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fabod86  +   1169d ago
maybe you should read the article and not only the headline. -.-
tndtloveu  +   1169d ago
PS Vita is a great device, with growing library of games. The apps are pretty cool with added email app. The graphic is little less than console, but still looks super great. I love my Vita and with the new PS Plus for vita, you can expect a lot more!!!!
JonnyBigBoss  +   1169d ago
I found this funny.

$100 on Vita pulling out of the market within 2 years.
fabod86  +   1169d ago
i found your comment not as funny.
$100 that you will be pulled out from this site way before. ;)
IRetrouk  +   1169d ago
I will bet 500 your wrong, might as well say a million cause we both know the vita will stay around at least as long as the psp has. Its a fantastic handheld with some really good games and the brilliant ps+ has just added even more to an already brilliant handheld.
ceballos77mx  +   1169d ago
Same history with the PSP doom and gloom and look at it now.
Heavenly King  +   1169d ago
75M units sold :D
Games4M - Rob   1169d ago | Personal attack | show
PimpDaddy  +   1169d ago
So many people on N4G are out of touch with reality. The problem with the Vita isn't the price or hardware. It's the lack of DEMAND. Playing console quality games on a handheld gaming console isn't something the masses are interested in anymore.

The reason why is the types of games that people want to play on the go are the types that you find on smart phones, IPod touches, and tablets. The exception being the 3DS just because Nintendo tends to make games that have mass appeal.

I'm not trying to HATE on the Vita. I actually want one. But I'm going to wait and see how much support it gets before I buy one. Sales do matter. The Vita will be lucky to reach 4 million units sold by the end of the year. If the Vita doesn't start selling then 3rd party developers won't support it. There is no way the Vita can stay relevant with just 1st party support from Sony.
JayD-1K  +   1169d ago
Why can't it? I thought, Nintendo was famous for mostly relying on 1st party studios?
PimpDaddy  +   1169d ago
Look at 1st party game sales for the PS3 in comparison to 3rd party game sales. HUGE gap. Both Microsoft and Sony rely on 3rd pary games sales more than 1st party games sales.

Nintendo is the only company that relies on and thrives off 1st party game sales. Even Nintendo is trying hard to get more 3rd party software support with the 3DS and WiiU. Because they know the majority of game sales come from those developers.
linkratos  +   1168d ago
Because Nintendo first party content is better in every objective metric. Nintendo has proven they can carry a console single-handedly, for better and worse. Sony relies more on 3rd party to sell their systems.
CommonSenseGamer  +   1169d ago
My needs have outgrown what the Vita can deliver and tablet gaming has come a long way in the last 2 years. Bards Tale an Baulders Gate are prime examples of how far tablet gaming has come. With the release of the Tegra 4 next year you'll also start to see some of the best mobile visuals yet!

There is simply nothing yet available on the Vita that I can't experience better on other devices, be it a console or tablet. But my needs are also about apps and media playback.

If my needs were only about gaming and the Vita's future was not looking so uncertain then I might have picked one up for Xmas. But as it stands I simply don't have a need for one as yet.

The control argument is also becoming less relevant as I can use a DS3 with my tablet and more and more games are supporting it.
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Hicken  +   1169d ago | Well said
If your needs have outgrown a Vita, why does it even matter to you? Why the hell are you always in a Vita article spreading the doom and gloom?

Play your damn tablet and leave the rest of us alone.

Good luck experiencing anything like Gravity Rush- let alone better- elsewhere.

Oh, and how convenient is it to carry around a DualShock to use with your tablet? And how many of those games- hint: none- are on the same level as what you get on the Vita? For that matter, how many home consoles- hint: none- can you take with you and play on the go?

You're so busy wanting the Vita to be... something... that you don't even recognize what it IS. And you've said it yourself: your needs aren't about gaming. Well, genius, that's what the Vita's primary function is: gaming. Quality gaming on the go, to be specific.

Something neither your home consoles nor your tablets are capable of doing.
IRetrouk  +   1169d ago
I think what hicken means is gtfo
CommonSenseGamer  +   1169d ago
Hicken, why should my comments bother you? you're obviously enjoying your Vita so just pass my comments by. Let me ask you a question however. Did you vocally support the PSP Go like you do the Vita or were you unconvinced it would succeed?
Kingthrash360  +   1169d ago
Since when is a tablet a gaming console? Especially a handheld one? Ya see a handheld can fit in your pocket with comfort.... Can your tablet? A console a controller does your tablet? Handhelds and consoles first priority is games is your tablet? Lastly and the biggest killer does it have buttons? It doesn't count if u use your ps3 controller.... Because its belongs to a ps3 not your rooted tablet. I like tablets but face it, it's only fun gaming wise for micro games (angry birds bejeweled ect.). It's first and best use is for things like bangbus or redtube and the like. If I'm wrong (god help us all if I am) then that is the most expensive console or handheld I've ever had and the sad thing is none of its games are worth comparing to the cheaper console/handheld/pc games. Just play angry birds, games like uncharted and halo and gravity rush and Mario are not worth your time in your micro gaming world.
ceballos77mx  +   1169d ago
The 3ds had the same problem when it launched at a high price and forced Nintendo to drop the price, the psvita did good with the 200$ price and the bundles, expect to see the sales go up after the first price drop.

If it doesn't sale after a price drop then you can say its doomed.
WeAreLegion  +   1169d ago
It already crushes the 3DS's lineup of games, but I don't think it will ever catch it, in terms of sales. :/ It's a shame, too. The Vita is the only handheld I've taken everywhere with me since the Gameboy Color. It's so freakin' addicting!
darkziosj  +   1169d ago
Actually, it doesn't you can look at the critics for each game in the vita and the 3ds, most of them are black ops declassified and all stars quality, the only great game that was released this month it's Persona 4 Golden.
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WeAreLegion  +   1168d ago
I don't care what critics say. I play All-Stars every day. So do my friends, whether it's on their PS3 or Vita.

There are tons of other games to play, too. That, and Plus just came out, so we all got more games this week.

The 3DS has more higher rated games. They aren't very good though. Bejeweled HD was one of the top rated games this year, but...I think I'll take Uncharted, instead. Just sayin'.
ALLWRONG  +   1169d ago
"It already crushes the 3DS's lineup of games" Maybe on planet Zercon.
Lvl_up_gamer  +   1168d ago
My Samsung Galaxy 3 is the only handheld I've taken anywhere with me since the original Gameboy.

I am enjoying the games on that then any other handheld and aside from that, I get a lot of games for free.
younghavok  +   1168d ago
lol crushes the 3ds' lineup? To each his own I guess but the 3ds has the better games imo. Not to take anything away from the Vita, I mean I love my Go cause its a PS1 in my pocket, but as far as unique gaming sessions the 3ds takes it. It compliments the console as opposed to try and replicate it. Plus the 3d effect is great. Sony just needs to figure out what the Vita is really supposed to be and then market it as such. There are way too many all in one devices out now, do we really need another? Run with the games and give it enough to stand on its own two feet. If PSO turns out to be as addictive as PSO Ep. 1 n 2 were on GC then I'm sold.
Williamson  +   1169d ago
I read so many comments/articles about how the vita will share the same fate as the dreamcast, but I just cant see that happening. The second joystick alone makes the vita a hell of a system for me, I remember my hands cramping up just from using the shoulder buttons on the psp to constantly adjust the camera angles in games.
freezola75  +   1169d ago
It's all about that Vita... very refreshing article amongst all of these doom & gloom articles. Of course I love gaming on the home consoles. But knowing that I have this "little buddy" (Gilligan reference) with me, this skipper can go anywhere and just immerse myself in the Vita whilst on the go. Got my music, great screen for Netflix watching (Sons Of Anarchy BOYEEE).

Cheers to all my Vita mates... hope to catch yall on Near one day. Send a Treasure Park sheet, or some other goodies. I just may send yall some Sunflowers out of my garden. Peace
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Gr81  +   1169d ago
When? And what competitors? The 3DS? Smartphones like the iPhone 5 and GS3?

It better get a move on.
MasterCornholio  +   1169d ago
This is probably the last generation of handheld due to smart phones. Which is sad but that's the say technology advances when the casuals want a device that can do everything not just play games.

Motorola RAZR i
tubers  +   1169d ago
I agree specially with the "probably" part.

Or at least I can see Sony forgetting about the handheld market and the 3DS successor still locking the market down on that segment.

I feel like the VITA would sell more after the PS4 release.. I have a feeling Sony has a good plan by then. (<-- pure gut feeling)
Jadedz  +   1169d ago
You're really feisty today :P
Stay clear of the land mines, darling.
tubers  +   1169d ago
Shh.. looking at the big picture is taboo here on the VITA section :P
majiebeast  +   1169d ago | Well said
Soul sacrifice/Tearaway and Killzone mercs are some of my most anticipated games of next year.

I think whats killing the psvita in Japan is that there are still so many games being made for the psp. I think sony should just try and sweeten the deal for those guys to make a vita game instead.
EmperorDalek  +   1169d ago
LBP, COD and Uncharted...that was the list Vita supporters were touting over a year ago as the reason things looked so positive for the Vita. Yet none of those titles have done much to inspire sales.

If its not the quality of the software then it must be the price.
Veneno  +   1169d ago
i wouldn't worry about japan so much because sooner or later the psp will go out of fashion and japanese handheld gamers will want to upgrade to vita. It seems like Sony is focusing on the west for now and I think that's a good idea as the West was the psp's weakest market.
XenoUltra  +   1169d ago
LMAO this is a joke!!!
boybato  +   1169d ago
Hard to believe it will destroy the competition however I am just happy that the Vita has been improving on a much faster pace as compared to its console big brother. ('Grats to PS3 from being shit to the best console btw, looking form when it was first released to where it is now)
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tubers  +   1169d ago
Yeah TBH, I won't mind Sony being the loser again against the big N.. but I would very much love if they'd support it like they did with the PSP.

PSP's ripe library has been very sweet!
boybato  +   1168d ago
But i do mind. haha Being an owner of a Vita. Anyway, I feel that my investment is slowly paying itself off given having played games such as Gravity Rush,UC:GA,Zeroes Escape and Persona from it.
Y_5150  +   1169d ago
I got my Vita during Black Friday. All there is to it.

Vita is Life.
Veneno  +   1169d ago
Me too :) Sony is just giving us more and more reasons to get a vita but i was waiting for a good deal like I think many others were.
Y_5150  +   1169d ago
That Amazon deal was the breaking point for most people's patience! XD
Vip3r  +   1169d ago
So much of the vita isn't being used to it's full potential. GTA5 on it would be out of this world. Make it happen R* North / Sony.
tubers  +   1169d ago
Heck yeah! I wouldn't mind GTA V on it even with PSP graphics!
Xer0_SiN  +   1169d ago
wow! it just dawned on me now. after picking up a gold box vita bundle, i realized i can finally play valkyria chronicles 2. yes, it is relevant to this article, because, you can buy psp games on digital download. huge for those that never had the chance to experience that great library of games.
SDF Repellent  +   1169d ago
I got the VITA when during the first week of its launch. The hardware is great but I decided to sell it after a month because what I was really looking forward to is full porst of home console gaming on the go, but other than a few fighting games and MLB 12, I was disappointed that most of the big games like COD, Assassin's Creed are its own product made for the VITA and not full ports of its big brother PS3. I will eventually re-buy a VITA when there are more games like MLB 12 where continuous play are possible on both home and portable. Not hating on the VITA, but I just whish there is a better reason to own it over my Android phone and iPad games on the go A.T.M.
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tiffac008  +   1169d ago
The Vita does not need to crush any competition. Sony just need to turn things around in Japan and it will have healthier sales than what its currently having and we can put all this doom and gloom talk to rest.

The ball is in Sony's court. The gamers are just waiting for their next move.
Haha123  +   1169d ago
Crush the 3DS? lol sure..
Tiqila  +   1169d ago
ps3 started slowly, too.
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vikingland1  +   1169d ago
Forbes has 2 articles on N4G today, one stating the Vita is doomed and this one stating it will crush the competition. Which is it Forbes?
Steadyhndz  +   1169d ago
For as low as the sales are for the Vita...the issues aren't the price, the games, or anything about it really. It's actually a very simplistic answer, more simple than just "the price is too high"...but the answer is more of the thought that people don't want this product to begin with.

Complexed handheld systems aren't "Flashy" anymore to us, the PSP was nice, but soon after launch we were all just kind of in a state of mind that it was just an "okay" product. Yeah it was better than the DS, but at the same time the PSP was more why did we (as society) side with the DS? Because it was a simple product. Which is what the PSVita isn't. It's not simple and that kind of discourages us because most of us experienced the PSP and didn't think too highly of it.
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