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Sony cuts PS Vita and PSP sales forecast, Introducing attractive software lineup

Sony Computer Entertainment released their Q3 earnings report on Thursday morning, giving people an updated look at the sales of PlayStation Vita and PlayStation Portable.

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LOGICWINS1268d ago

"Originally, Sony hoped to sell 16 million PSP and PS Vita during the fiscal year, this figure has now been reduced to 7 million -- it was previously 10 million last quarter.

Sony recognizes the slow penetration of PlayStation Vita and is looking to address this problem by offering an attractive lineup of software."

Good. Thats what your supposed to do. Realize you have a problem and attempt to find a solution.

Abash1268d ago

Sony is doing a great job with the first party Vita games, but the problem is third party support. And this is an issue with western developers on both 3DS and Vita, they are far too invested with mobile gaming and slowly shunning handhelds all together

bicfitness1268d ago

3rd party support is fine, actually, if you keep an eye on Eastern releases and sites like Siliconera. The problem is that Sony is doing next to nothing to entice these developers to release their games in the West. Vita has plenty of software, including recognizable IP such as two Tales games, but getting those games overseas is another matter entirely. They should focus on supporting secondary publishers or at least enticing them; not just their 1st party stuff.

I still firmly believe that a Vita XL (or whatever you want to call it) with built in storage and a larger screen - think a larger, better version of the Razor tablet - and a broader access to Google Play would be and should be where Sony is headed with the brand. Their tablets aren't selling well enough to justify their existence, and neither is the Vita really. Just merge the two product lines and save some $. And of course, keep the standard Vita as an "entry" level product.

I've been slammed before for proposing the above, but I think it will become a reality if Sony really wants to salvage/ sustain their mobile brand.

FriedGoat1268d ago

indeed, I'm still pretty happy with the first year software lineup for the vita, much better than what I had for my 3DS in the same time period.
Persona 4 soon! Comeone Europe!!!!

Kennytaur1268d ago

@ bicfitness, I think a cheaper model is more likely. But no matter, storage should have been built in from the start.

rainslacker1267d ago (Edited 1267d ago )

Vita's Japanese line up is really good IMO. While we've gotten a few great games from that, with more possible if NIS and Atlus pick up some more of them, I can see the Vita being like the PSP with it's JRPG support in the long run. I think the lack of announced titles in the West is somewhat lackluster, with only a few big names in the mix throughout the year, and that is something they definitely need to work on.

There have been plenty of games so far though to really make it worth while to pick up. It's just these long periods with nothing being released that are making the system look like it has no games, even though the library of available games is pretty impressive for a handheld.

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GraveLord1267d ago

Glad they're finally being realistic. But where is this attractive software line-up for Vita?

Killzone Mercenaries and Tearaway? Is this supposed to be it?

insomnium21268d ago (Edited 1268d ago )

Vita has all the games that any gamer might need but what Vita needs is a high profile game. They really should've put more effort into COD.

There isn't really a great high profile game on the platform that would make people make the jump.

I'm talking about games as big as MGS, GT or Final Fantasy. COD would've been good but they effed it up apparently. The reviews have GOT to be there too.

Blank1268d ago

A reason I personally disagreed with your comment is that persona 4 golden is a high profile game look at the international love.

smashman981268d ago

No its not quite as popular as any of those games even if it is better

Blank1268d ago

@smashman

To me a high profile release is a popular game in its genre releasing like a new GTA console release you cant deny GTA as a high profile game now as for persona 4 it is high profile for JRPG fans whether they bought it day one or are planning to buy a vita to experience or reexperience persona 4 maybe my fanboyism for persona is showing but you cant deny the work this remake has going on, its not a capcom hd release

Oh_Yeah1267d ago (Edited 1267d ago )

It's obvious it needs some good rpgs like monster hunter. Also needs a few platformers/ hack and slash games like god of war. Once it saturates those genres with good titles it'll take off,especially in Japan where the handheld market is biggest.

maniacmayhem1267d ago

I'm sorry but as high of profile you believe the Vita needs still won't convince people to buy it. Especially when those same games you mentioned are available for home consoles.

Sony has already recognized that most people are just not interested in a high end gaming device only. Which is why we saw all those articles in the past about Vita competing with iPhone/Smartphones which mostly everyone here on N4G dismissed and laughed at and yet here we are.

And the Vita has a great number of high profile games already. It's really time to stop making excuses for the system, we all know what it needs to do become a factor in the handheld business. It has nothing to do with more advertising and it has nothing to do with more high profile games.

Nintendo already did it and there 3DS is taking off.

xXtremeHDGamerXx1268d ago

The PS Vita needs Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Stories.

noobfromindia1268d ago

The Vita is a really good piece of hardware, now all it needs is a price cut and some exclusives. But i admire SONY, they realized their mistake with the ps3 and now with Vita, atleast there is someone who cares about the consumers.

IWentBrokeForGaming1268d ago

There's no joke that if you've got yourself a Vita... you sure are dying for something new to play!

Jopple1268d ago

I am not have had it since release and oddly I still haven't even finished playing all the free PS+ games.

Knushwood Butt1267d ago (Edited 1267d ago )

Yeah, I've got a fair sized backlog of stuff to play already, and use the Vita every day..

IWentBrokeForGaming1268d ago

My bad, I totally forgot you could play PS+ stuff on it... I was mainly speaking of Vita Exclusive titles though!

I only own a PS3 no Vita here...

smashman981268d ago

Games I own for vita
Uncharted
Gravity rush
Resistance
Persona 4
Ragnarok odyssey
Strangers wrath
Need for speed
Little big planet
Assassins creed
mortal kombat
Marvel vs capcom
Ninja gaiden
Unit 13
Ps all stars

Of these 7 are vita exlusive

rainslacker1267d ago (Edited 1267d ago )

I have a pretty decent backlog of games to play on the Vita, so I'm not sure what your talking about. There are also 6 games personally that I plan to buy for it through September, with a slight drought between July and August, so yeah, the games are there.

As far as exclusives we have

Soul Sacrifice
Muramasa Rebirth
Valhalla Knights 3
Ys: Memories of Celceta
Killzone:Mercenary

all coming out this year. Not sure about Tearaways release date, but it's also coming among others I may not know or care about personally.

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