The Vita's Problem Is Not Its Price

GXC: "The PlayStation Vita is approaching its one year anniversary here in the West and the system has received its fair share of praise and criticism all throughout. Most people who own, or have used a Vita are more than happy with the system itself. Still, the handheld has struggled to sell itself within that time period – selling just over 4 million. In comparison to the sales of its predecessor (PSP) and current competitor (3DS) within the same period of time, the Vita looks as if it could be facing quite a bit of trouble. Some attribute these failings to a number of things including the memory cards and games. One of the most common criticism the system receives is that the price is just too high. This following post will just go through some fleeting thoughts of mine, the reasons why I believe that price is not the reason the Vita is not selling well."

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ThatMiamiGuy1901d ago

Eh. If you really look at the price for what you get, it's fine. But considering the economy, competition, and all that other stuff, it still would be nice for a price cut sooner rather than later.

Outside_ofthe_Box1901d ago

Sony is mostly likely going to announce a price drop and Vita redesign on the 20th anyway, but I agree that the price isn't the problem.

TheGrimOfDeath1901d ago

Redesign? Ha, when did Sony become Apple? XD

CaptainPunch1901d ago

You are aware that Sony has redesigned the PS1, PS2, PS3, and PSP?

TheGrimOfDeath1901d ago

^ You are aware that the redesigns didn't happen in a year correct?

AznGaara1901d ago


Playstation released in 1994 redisgned in 2000

Ps2 released in 2000 redesigned in 2004

Ps3 in 2006 redesigned in 2009 and again in 2012

Psp released in 2005 redesigned in 2007

There hasn't been one redesign a year after a console has be released.

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Xof1901d ago

The problem isn't pricing. Nor is it advertising.

The problem is a lack of a steady stream of games. Sony should have at least 4 retail releases per month; they should not be going consecutive months without retail releases.

Sure, better advertising would help. Sure, a better price point would help. But even so simple a thing as Sony encouraging localization of Japanese Vita games, or encouraging third parties to put up their digital PSP and PS1 games would do a lot more.

Right now in North America, for example, the Vita has only 6 games set to release before May. That's total games--only 4 qualify as significant; only 1 is not a port. The 3DS, conversely, has 12 total releases before may. Again, total games. The 3DS isn't perfect, either: of those releases, only 6 qualify as significant; but only 1 is a port).

That's not cutting it.

Yes, I know the Vita has great games for it already. I'm not talking about quality here, I'm talking about quantity and constancy. The latter is, perhaps, more important.

Think about the casual gamer. The gamer who goes into Walmart or Gamestop every week or so. What's he gonna buy? The console that he always sees new games for... or the console he always sees the same games for?


And what's really sad is that this is really only a problem in North America and Europe. In Japan, the Vita has a much larger library, with many more titles, and a much more constant release rate.

To go back to the facts... Right now in Japan, the Vita has 25 games set to release before May.


Another fact: In Japan, the Vita has never gone more than 2 weeks without a retail release. In North America, the Vita has never gone more than five months without a retail release.

Sanquine901901d ago

Funny thing is: Europeans are a far better supporter of de vita than America and Japan however , we are getting less games than everybody else... Europe always fucked!

sdozzo1901d ago

You did lose that war. You know... That war.

WeAreLegion1901d ago

Wait... The Vita doesn't go very long without a retail release in ANY region. We've had many in the past two months. I don't understand the problem...

knifefight1901d ago

Your points are good, but you speak as if the Vita is selling well in Japan. It isn't. The PSP outsells it routinely, and the 3DS outsells it by a margin of about 10-to-1 in many weeks.

It sells less than 10,000 units in a week, which is less than what the Dreamcast was doing when it failed at retail. Everyone was talking about the 3DS's low sales when that machine was still selling more than the Vita is now.

Here in Japan, Vita is relegated to a small corner of any given game shop, and there's rarely any promotion of the product. There was at first, until stores caught on that no one was buying it. It's sad but true. Sometimes I feel like the only guy in Japan who has a Vita.

Canary1901d ago

Dragon Quest and Pokemon sell systems. Ports of games available on cheaper systems do not.

Donnieboi1901d ago (Edited 1901d ago )

But the steady stream of games won't come if the system doesn't sell. So a lot more systems need to be sold so that games can be sold for play on them. So a price drop is needed first. And the expensive memory card thingy needs to stop. My Vita plus 32G card, screen protector, wrist strap, and 1 game (persona 4 golden for me) cost enough for me to buy both a Ps3 and 360. THAT IS TOO MUCH MONEY! I had to buy all those things just to protect my vita and make it worth while (must have a 32gig card and at least 1 game). Plus insurance (another $30) in case I ever drop my vita on the floor. There's not a single thing I could have avoided buying, without risking damaging my Vita or not having anything to play on it. I kinda regret buying it. I'm being 100% honest >_<.

Btw, I have 67 games for my Vita from the old ps plus games I got (ps1, mini, and new monthly Vita games). I've even bought great psp games like Monster Hunter, Valkyria Chronicles 2, etc and been getting the free PS Mobile games that came out each week for the last 6 weeks.

A total of 67 games that makes (but most are old ps1 games I already had installed and play in my ps3 already). Yet I still feel like the price was kinda steep. We're not all rich. Many of us are feeling the harshness of this economy. The system needs a price drop. It's too late for me, but at least a price drop means more systems sold, which = more new 3rd party games, which in turn means new games for an early adopter like me to play.

I only bought it because I believe in Sony and the fact they defend the hardcore. Plus I just plain wanted Persona 4 Golden. But still, that kinda money is NO JOKE for someone like me.

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Megaton1901d ago

The price is one of many problems.

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