Submitted by batbatz 752d ago | opinion piece

Sony Vita DEAD or Alive?

The PlayStation Vita otherwise known as the PSP2 was launched just over 1 year ago on December 17, 2011 in Japan and February 2012 in the rest of the world, since then it has seen a dramatic decline in sales, Sony has had to slash its sales forecasts in half.... (PS Vita, Sony)

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DivineAssault  +   753d ago
The price cut & all them sweet games coming will give it a phoenix down.. & Then when the price cut is nation wide, its going to surge in sales having a great selection of titles & a great companion for the PS4
Ult iMate  +   752d ago
Assassins Creed Liberation sold on Vita as well as Resident Evil Revelations sold on 3DS. Retro City Rampage had the biggest sales on Vita than on any other platform. There are whole bunch of good and great games and small ones via PSM. Even Sony said that digital sales on Vita is doing great, sometimes better than of PS3. The platform may have not so big install base, but it has high attachment rate. Vita also slowly becoming a platform for indie developers.
So it's all OK with the Vita. And even if you still cannot afford one, it's still doing well games- and saleswise.
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Xof  +   752d ago
True enough.

But the Vita is very much flailing when it comes to retail games... which is important, because retail games drive console purchases, and if the install base doesn't increase a lot, soon, developers will abandon the Vita and the platform will descend into a self-destructive spiral.
shoddy  +   751d ago
When ps4 come out, the vita us one of the must have companion.
DarkHeroZX  +   752d ago
I love the PS Vita soo much that I just ordered a soul sacrifice special edition vita and I'm going to give my current vita to my friend because I want more people to experience the epicness of this handheld.
Kanzes  +   753d ago
It's DEAD for now, the best game in Vita's is a PS2 game.. but I'm sure after a worldwide price cut and PS4 release, Vita will be success
FriedGoat  +   752d ago
and that ps2 port is only the highest rated handheld game ever....
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Tiqila  +   752d ago
what game is it?
OhReginald  +   752d ago
my guess is the metal gear solid HD ports. MGS2+ MGS3
CaptainSheep  +   752d ago
@Tiqila and Reginald:
It's Persona 4 Golden! One of the best JRPGs EVER.
bullymangLer  +   753d ago
Vita is in hibernation .. .
The_Infected  +   752d ago
It's plastic so I doubt it's alive but as for what it is its doing ok:)
ps3vita4life  +   752d ago
Yeah, I hear that game is coming to the Vita this month :)
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Prodigy-X  +   752d ago
Bowzabub  +   752d ago
RyuCloudStrife  +   752d ago
Ritsujun  +   752d ago
DOA5 coming to Region-2 and Region-4 PS+ for FREE in a few days time. :D
gokuking  +   752d ago
This article's not very good. It comes to no conclusions, and calls Vita, "PSP Vita".
JoGam  +   752d ago
mrbojingles  +   752d ago
Unless Sony cuts the price, does something really good about the memory card situation (at least give a 4GB with each unit) and some great, system selling first party exclusives that NEVER appear on PS3/PS4 then it won't be easy to say it isn't dead.

If the Vita repeats its 2011 sales that means it could likely have a 45 million (3DS) to 7 million (Vita) gap by the time 2013 ends. Damn!
Amazingmrbrock  +   752d ago
Every one I've seen in a store recently comes packaged with a 4gb memory card. Also the cheapest model at the local walmart comes with a year of playstation plus as well. Which gives you a number of free games right out the gate and more throughout the year.

to do the math thats 249 psv -19.99 for memory card -49.99 psplus

seems like a pretty good deal. I'd buy one now if I weren't waiting for the second model.
Mr_Writer85  +   752d ago
Stop telling people that there are Vita deals out there.

The press and fanboys say its overpriced, so it's overpriced. ;)
mrbojingles  +   752d ago
No matter how right you may be, 99% of consumers just see the $250-$300 price and walk away. Doesn't matter what content is packed in, especially if none of it is system selling.
GamingWorldPeace  +   752d ago
It is dead, I just need to charge it back up after a full dayz worth of playing it. Then it will be alive again.
MadMen  +   752d ago
dead but

PS4 may revive it
ninjahunter  +   752d ago
Eh... I honestly cant see any new system doing well in the current economy (at least in the US, but i hear bad things about europe and such). I think thats why the Vitas not doing well, It costs $250, then a decent memory card will jog you another $50, then a game to go with it is another $40. Seriously? Thats a lot of money that not a lot of people have. Then the PS4 is gonna roll out and probably cost more? Ugh, it might sell better because The sony console market has a bigger fan base, and more people are in general more interested in a console rather than a Handheld. But cmon, Right now, how many people do you know can Drop $400 or even $500 on a game system, and thats not even counting games!
MadMen  +   752d ago
Vita is a fine machines, so was dreamcast, it doesnt matter the quality, with a sluggish economy and a high price tag people just go to their smart phones.
Silly gameAr  +   752d ago
Well, we'll just have to see how the Vita evolves, and what Sony has in mind with the Vita.
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talocaca  +   752d ago
Horny?...I mean...it's been teasing everyone for a while....once the price drops world wide many gamers will hopefully make a move.
VitaOwner  +   752d ago
I'm on this site on my Vita now so I'd say it's pretty alive
LastXeno  +   752d ago
Dead or Alive 5
Ninja Gaiden 2

Soul Sacrifice

Killzone Mercenary

Valhalla Knights 3
Ys Celceta


Hanso  +   752d ago
cant wait for Ys ^_^
also Guacameele, Murasama Rebirth and Dragons Crown
I hope we also get Disgaea 4 for Vita
Soldierone  +   752d ago
I just took a break from playing my Vita to read N4G and came across this. Nah, its still 80 percent charged lol
LastXeno  +   752d ago
Castlevania Mirror of Fate
Monster Hunter 3U
Luigi's Mansion Dark Moon
Pokemon Mystery Dungeon GtI

Devil Summoner Soul Hackers
Lego City Undercover the Chase Begins
Dillon's Rolling Western the Last Ranger

Bravely Default Flying Fairy
Animal Crossing New Leaf
Mario & Donkey Kong Minis on the Move
Mutant Mudds 2
Shantae and the Pirate's Curse

Mario & Luigi Dream Team
Rune Factory 4
Project X Zone
Mario Golf World Tour

Pokemon X and Y

18 out of 19 of these are exclusive, some games on the Vita side are not.
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RogueStatus28  +   752d ago
Bravely Default is pretty much getting localized, the developers keep hinting and hinting, maybe at the next Direct? Anyways it looks like an amazing JRPG.
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TongkatAli  +   752d ago
That is a nice list, still no Soul Sacrifice. Soul Sacrifice > then all the games you listed. See what one game can do : D
r21  +   752d ago
Kersploosh? Never heard of that
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   752d ago

Those are 3DS games not Vita games, I think you're confused lol.
Flagged for off topic.

Edit: you're below me doing it again, this is an article about the Vita I'm not sure why you keep posting comments about the 3DS that has nothing to do with anything.
Flagged for off topic. again.
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boybato  +   752d ago
sure the 3ds has a lot of games and thats because it is at the apex of its sucess... rewind back when the 3ds was 1 year old as well.
LastXeno  +   752d ago
"3DS is taking over the world but look at the Wii U!"

Look at 3DS early to mid 2011, sales started increasing once 3D Mario and Mario Kart dropped, same will happen with Wii U.
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kB0  +   752d ago
You might be right, similar will happen with the release of Soul Sacrifice and when the Vita will get it's own iconic games:)

The PS4 around the corner is a surge waiting to happen:) if games won't sell the vita, features will.

One PS4 is established, the vita will not only have the quickly increasing indie world, with it's own games but also those that can be played through remote play through the PS4:)

Where there is potential, there is investment:)

Back to Ninja gaiden and persona 4 :)
ninjagoat  +   752d ago
I haven't got one atm but ill be getting one for with my ps4.
DiRtY  +   752d ago
Dead. Sony will concentrate on the PS4 now, so lackluster 3rd Party support will be combined with tiny first party support.

Samsung Galaxy S4 announcement in March with way more powerful specs than the Vita will seal the deal.
Ravenor  +   752d ago
Yeah, because I can play Persona 4, MGS, Ninja Gaiden and stuff that requires buttons on my phone.

After the PSP who honestly thought that the market hadn't shrunk for handhelds? It clearly has, but to say that everyone is content and happy with phone games is just deluding themselves.

Sit on the subway and play Ninja Gaiden? Or sit on the subway and play Middle Manager of Justice? Pretty easy decision.
DiRtY  +   752d ago
So the selling point of the PS Vita is now "buttons"?

No surprise that the device flopped then!
joeorc  +   752d ago
The PSVita is an Undead, if you have not figured it out yet, its going to be a freaking Zombie, and Vampire , Lich. That will just like the PS3 have Necromancy keep bringing it back, and Back and Back Again over and over Again from the freaking Dead. No matter how much you and Many seem to Be wanting to call this Handheld Dead, it will not be. Because you are going to be in for a shock when this Handheld is no freaking PSPGo! if it was it would have been pulled from the shelf Already.
Ravenor  +   752d ago
The selling point is better, robust games with an emphasis on more than just SIMPLE gameplay. You took one small part of what I said and ran with it, trying to be a smart ass.

PLaying Grand Theft Auto on my phone was just about the worst experience I could have chose. Buying a Blutooth controller renders the devices portability moot, and the gameplay found in the average iPhone game is pretty boilerplate. Exceptions like Year Walk and Sword and Sworcery aren't the norm.
sherimae2413  +   752d ago
how about the wii u is it dead or alive?

what now fanboys will say "its only been out in 3 months give it time"
or "its just like the 3ds it will recover in time"

then why dont you guys just do the same with the vita or any other system that you are not fan of
ok watch and see this coming wednesday when media create sales has been shown im sure not in n4g but as well in any other forums
wii u will take a lot of beating against sony fans and haters alike
dont even tell me that japan doesnt matter as we all know that is where nintendo is strong.

i even remember here an article last month and the title is
" Sony is gift wrapping japan to nintendo "
we will see.....
godzookie  +   752d ago
its not looking good good for the Vita, what they need is a monster hunter game, or to put all the PS1 games onto it for 49 cent each on the app store
Kennytaur  +   752d ago
Yes, Dead or Alive is coming out this year for the Vita.
profgerbik  +   752d ago
Man people gripe about that $50 like it is really making or breaking anyone. The Vita is worth it's current price tag and yes the memory cards are expensive no one is denying that but you also don't need the biggest cards available.

You can very easily buy a Vita or even find one that comes with a memory card or hell even both with a free game. Yet people still complain like it is so hard to pick one up.

I get it we haven't gotten our price cut yet but I know it will only go down to about $200 dollars.. So if the $50 dollars now is killing you.. I don't see why $50 off makes that big of a difference to everyone. When there are plenty of PS Vita deals to get that off already anyway.

Vita is far from dead, DOA 5+ and Soul Sacrifice come out soon, MLB 13 and Tearaway. Toikiden by Tecmo Koei and Awesome freaking deals on some games right now, like Sound Shapes for $8 and PS All Stars Battle Royale for $17.

Got free games to play with PS+ and no telling what E3 has in store. Regardless I think it has been a great year for the Vita, it saw NFS: Most Wanted, got it's own CoD (although some hate it, some love it) and it's own Assassins Creed. This isn't including other games, World Rally Championship 3 is coming and there are honestly a lot of games I still need to get for the Vita.

Again though I think what is literally holding the system back is not the price, not the software in a sense but the actual cartridge space. If they could increase the space past 4GB on all cartridges the types of games that we could have on the Vita would be games that have never before been seen on a handheld and just unmatched in quality.. I mean there are some good games now just imagine if they had more space to work with..
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Felonycarclub8  +   752d ago
Oh no vita is dead, time to throw it away. Lmfao I don't know what's all the hate but I love my vita I understand people want more games but it takes time and the games are coming and with ps4 on the way ps vita will show what other handhelds can't do. I got mine first day and I don't regret it I love playing classics and new ones and ps plus just makes it alot better, the only thing I wish they drop the price on is the memory card especially the 32gb but i think if they drop the price on the vita like they did on Japan it would help them Alot
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dafegamer  +   752d ago
i would prefer a Vita Tekken game instead :P
Dragos75  +   752d ago
I would say neither. More like one foot in the grave and the other is on a banana peel. They have to get this device into more hands this year or it could get worse.
Hazadess1  +   752d ago
People who write this type of article should be shot. Simple as that.

Do you like your Vita? If yes then thats all that matters.
Do you like your 3ds? If yes then again its all that matters.

Fact is that they both sell well and both have good games. Gravity rush is great and Wipeout is (to me) a big surprise hit. Mario cart 3ds is also excellent. What is the point of writing a release list of games and going on about exclusives? Are you going to buy them all? If no then stfu.

Do you think that Sony, MS or Nintendo give two fucks about your opinions of doom and gloom, really are you that important to them?

Why is it that every second article on this site is about the death of or impending death of something. Nobody has even seen a finished PS4 yet and there are numerous articles about why its not exciting or the games are not next gen enough. Same shit is going to happen in april when MS previews the new xbox.

Sorry about the rant. Love you all.
vigilante_man  +   752d ago
Alive! Alive!

Sony have pulled a master stroke with PS+.

You now get access to both PS3 & PS Vita titles for one subscription and 1GB cloud space each for game saves. (2GB Total).

I only have PS3 but have downloaded following Vita titles in past month:

* Uncharted: Golden Abyss
* Wipeout 2048
* Gravity Rush
* Lumines Electric Symphony
* MGS HD Collection (coming March 13th)

What a great set of games! It has made me put in an order for a new PS Vita arriving this week. The only downside is the price of memory. (Should of used Micro-SD).

Great move to give those games away. It has made me purchase a PS Vita!
stuntman_mike  +   752d ago
i got my vita 2 days ago it's awesome, i'm glad i saved all those PS+ vita games.

I've only played Uncharted and Gravity Rush so far and they are excellent.
Protagonist  +   752d ago
Using my everyday, definitely alive, doing good and will do even better!
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