Push Square: "Speaking at a press event directly after the conclusion of last night’s CES press conference, Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has admitted that PlayStation Vita sales are currently tracking towards the bottom of the company’s expectations."
Wow..I just gained a whole new level of respect for Kaz after admitting that. To many companies like to sugarcoat things and/or make excuses.
Exactly! Only a respectful company are direct and don't try to sugarcoat reality. But like he said long term is what counts. Still have faith on the system. Waiting for mercenaries and tearaway and a few psn titles to come out.
I honestly expect Sony to "wow" us when they reveal the PS4 (or whatever it will be called) and show the interactivity with the Vita. I feel like Sony has some tricks up their sleeve that they can't quite pull off with the current PS3, but are ready and waiting for next-gen. Can't wait :D
If he were truly honest, he'd drop the "low-end of expectations" and just plain out say below expectations. I mean they've had to slash their predicted sales by MILLIONS, TWICE! If that isn't BELOW expectations, I don't know what is. So no newfound respect here. @dboy: "Only a respectful company are direct and don't try to sugarcoat reality." Are you for real? Where were you when they were sugar-coating how the PSP Go was doing when they flat out said it was selling according to their expectations? Or the PS Move when they counted the navigator, the wand and the ps eye as individual units to bolster up Move sold units? How how about when they hid Vita sales numbers by lumping them up with Psp sales in their financial report? The one time they semi-admit that the VITA is not selling well and suddenly they are a respectful company that don't sugarcoat things. Gimme a break.
I think you're much better suited to be the Chairman Executive Officer of Sony Corp. .../s
I think the "Professional" way to say it was what he said. The "Non Professional" way to put it is "It SuckS" or the way you put it.
***"So no newfound respect here."*** Yeah, I doubt there is anything he could do to gain any bit of respect from you..
I like this mature look at the Vita sales. All Sony consoles begin slowly and for them to expect otherwise here would be fluke-ish. Still, I love my Vita and ever since I bought it my 3DS collects dust. 12
The PS2 began slowly?
@Chaotic --- PS2 didn't start to really sell until the GTA franchise hit it.---12
Handheld gaming systems are going extinct.... As long as iPad and tablets exist Sony and Nintendo may as well kill off the handheld systems in fact this should be the last gen of handhelds gaming systems. I seen a guy ask his son if he wanted a psvita and the boy said why would I want that when I could get a tablet with a bigger screen and do way more. The only people who buying the Vita is hardcore Sony fans. If I'm on the go then playing a simple game like scramble or a generic shooter on my tablet is more then enough until I get to where I'm going and that's how a lot of causal gamers feel and in this day and age there's more causal gamers then there are hardcore gamers. Also I think Sony should put pshome on the Vita I seen a lot of causal on that.
VITA yes.. sheer power of Nintendo's handheld franchise, no.
Yup. Like M$ Steve Ballmer of course. OT imagine if the Vita has a custom Android OS from the get go and can do all the Android stuff?
Well, he's being honest when talking about the PSV sales.
and thats good, now they know they have to do something about it!
Wow my jaw dropped upon reading that I mean he bluntly stated it, well dont worry kaz im one of those proud vita owners that bought the early release bundle up to this day its been worth it! People really need to stop and look at it and what it offers especially for gaming possibilities that back panel has alot of potential! I seriously always thought "what if this (random device) had a back touch panel?" ill keep supporting the vita till the end!
You've only bought one Vita? Shame on you You are no real fan. Us Vita owners need to buy at least 2-3 to keep this handheld afloat.
That's just creepy.....
For the record...I got a Vita and both my sons have one too.
If there would be some jrpg goodness for the Vita I would buy a couple but they just don't seem to want my $.
But in what ways the back panel was used until today? I can only remember climbing ropes on Uncharted.
Tearaway seems to have a good utilization of that feature...
Punching in stranger's wrath!
Pentavision utilized the back touch panel for DJMAX Technika Tune. One of the best uses of the back touch IMO.
Pickpocketing and opening letters in Assassins Creed Liberation. Double tape it to run in Resistance Burning Skies.
I am wondering what they are going to do. I recently posted here a blog on how these should be implementing remote play with all their PS3 games (especially the Sony made ones as I can understand third party reluctance) but I do wonder what Sony is waiting for. They are not going to lie down and let this happen and Hirai admitting shows they understand the situation. I wonder the relation to the PS3 example is hinting that they have a plan that will be revealed soon (well I hope soon)
Like a lot of Sony stuff, Vita will likely be a slow burner. Im ok with the games available so far but just wished they would pull the price of the memory cards down a bit rather than the console.
I agree the price of memory cards is ridiculous. I have seen some retailers selling the 32GB memory card for £75 (£50 at a push). They need to lower that price especially when the Vita supports PSN+.
Totally agree. The memory card prices are a joke and need to come down. The actual Vita itself is a great price. Also I would like to be able to have more than one account. Apart from these problems the Vita is amazing and I have had some of the best gaming moments of 2012 on my Vita. Loved Gravity Rush, LBP just preordered Persona 4 and I have been playing Ragnarok Odyssey none stop since christmas. People should really give the Vita a chance and pick one up.
I really hope Sony will up its game and more games will be announced come destination playstation. I think it's a good thing that nintendo announced the new pokemon before destination and HOPEFULLY, Sony will have major vita announcements.
Vita will do just fine imo, yes its started slow but it takes time in this market, vita sales will be a different story by the end of 2013 and with a price drop at some point and memory cards becoming cheaper over the next year, things will be just fine
“I would say it’s on the low end of what we expected,” said Mr. Hirai. He noted, however, that it takes 5-10 years before he can say a product has been successful. He said similar questions were asked about the PlayStation 3 early in its cycle, but he now sees that console as a success. “Long term is what is important,” Profit at this point is more important than market share, and i for one do not blame them. waiting until mid to late 2013 for a PSVita price cut may be only in the cards unless the price for their chips can be reduced fast enough. if they cannot expect no price cut until they can,in my opinion. Sony's PSVita is not selling as well as they would like, but on the same token it is selling! the Price point for the device is not like the price point for the Nintendo 3DS. the disparity in Hardware is not something Sony is willing to take a big cut on when Margins are very slim already. An people expecting them to do so really are setting their eye in the sky for such a cut this quick. The 3DS by Nintendo uses a dual core Arm 11 (The initial ARM11 core (ARM1136) was released to licensees in late 2002.) There are however ARMv6-M cores http://www.arm.com/products... vs the PSVita with a Quad core Cortex A9.. http://www.arm.com/products... there is no contest, to think the PSVita's price point need's to be in the same ball park as the Nintendo 3DS this early is not even a viable option because the hardware disparity between the Nintendo 3DS to the PSVita is like Game consoles to the PC. the Gap is that large. Sony designed the PSVita for the market for the long Haul, that does not mean that the market will accept it, but it does mean Sony is taking with their business plan for the PSVita to be a Handheld for the long Haul. With the Hardware that can keep up. the fact that the PSVita has 128 MB of dedicated Video ram, vs' the Nintendo 3DS's 6 MB of dedicated video ram. shows that Sony is looking for the PSVita to be their handheld game system for a while. Long term instead of short term cycle will they make it , who know's all they can do is try they set their business plan in motion we just have to see how it works out.
"Well, he's being honest when talking about the PSV sales. " lol like he can say anything otherwise.
He could not say anything at all or skirt the issue entirely, like a lot of others do.