Vita Could Be in for a Rough Spring in Japan

"As a happy Vita owner, it saddens me that Sony needed to drop the price of the device before good sales became a regularity. To me, $250 was fair, even if the memory cards are a bit on the high end. (I don’t really do digital, but that stings people who do.) Reality isn’t always what we want it to be, and the machine spent the first 14 months of its Japanese life selling poorly.

"With a price cut and highly anticipated game launches at the end of February, followed by several key software launches, it’s no surprise that the Vita had a great March. The rest of the Spring, however, might be the real test for Sony’s second handheld. It was those[times with no game releases] when things would dip down to embarrassingly low levels. April and May present such situations." -Hindman of PSLS

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dbjj120881303d ago

I love the Vita. It is an amazing piece of hardware, but the games needed to come fast.

knifefight1303d ago

And the thing is, a lot of people on game websites (such as this one) will say "It already has a ton of great games!" and it does! ...For us.

For Johnny Massmarket Consumer, the view might be a little different. He's the man you gotta convince if you wanna make money. And if they don't make money...they don't make games either. :/

I'm hoping the good numbers Vita churned out recently can stay high. That would be ideal.

smikey11231303d ago

I disagree. The Vita has some good games, but very few that are truly great. Most of the big name games were average or a disappointment and many of the downloadable games that were good were available on the PS3 as well. They haven't come out with an absolute must have for the Vita. That is probably what is hurting sales. That and the poor AAA games, and numerous ports.

CommonSenseGamer1303d ago

Question is, how do you give the Vita wider appeal?

Games alone won't achieve that.

TheGrimOfDeath1302d ago (Edited 1302d ago )

@smikey1123: Apparently you have not tried any of the amazing Vita games.

NastyLeftHook01303d ago

sony should put in a blu-ray disk in every ps4 describing the vita and how it can be with ps4.

Good_Guy_Jamal1303d ago

Or. . . just put the video on the 1TB hard drive the ps4 is rumored to come with. No need for a blu ray disk.
A simple introductory video when you switch on your ps4 for the first time will do. No need to waste money on a disc.

boybato1303d ago

Kinda like when you first boot the Vita?

Hicken1302d ago

Why take up the space on the HD- small as it may be- when you could have it on a disc instead?

ftwrthtx1303d ago

If there were more cross -buy games, where the Vita version of a PS3 game came on the disc, Sony would sell considerably more handhelds.

admiralvic1303d ago

Unlikely, since it would end up one of two ways.

1) I'll get a Vita when I'm cheaper, since I have a lot of games.
2) I would get a Vita since I have a lot of games, but those memory prices are too high.

While I am sure a LOT of people will disagree with me here (don't get me wrong, I think we should see more Cross-Buy games), there are a fair number of Cross-Buy titles and that didn't help either the game or the system sell. Also even with the various Cross-Buy titles we have and Plus offering people even more games to subscribe, you can start to see that more free games isn't the answer.

Good_Guy_Jamal1303d ago

Sony would lose alot of money that way because actual Vita game sales would be very low since people can just get free vita games when they buy ps3 games.

NYC_Gamer1303d ago

The handheld doesn't have enough developer support

TheGrimOfDeath1302d ago

I disagree with that, there has been an article that gathered the opinion on developers on who want to develop for the PS Vita. A lot of developers chose the Vita over the 3DS and now we have indie support.

NYC_Gamer1302d ago (Edited 1302d ago )

Where is the software though?PSV is a nice piece of hardware but lacks support from major studios compared to 3DS right now...Nintendo has the advantage in the handheld market brand appeal wise..PSV needs more exclusive software that could only be found on that handheld.

Tei7771303d ago (Edited 1303d ago )

Every console has few void months every year. The Vita summer line makes up for a weak april. I can't think of anything releasing on PS3/360 this april..

Summer will consist o f Toukiden, Dragon Crow, Legen of Heroes, Gundam Breaker, God Eater 2, Valhala Knights 3 and possibly FFX/FFX-2 HD.

tubers1302d ago (Edited 1302d ago )

Toukiden = also on PSP
God Eater 2 = also on PSP

Dragon's Crown = also on PS3
Gundam Breaker = also on PS3
FFX/2 = also on PS3
Legend of Heroes = also on PS3

Valhalla Knights 3 = will have a hard time proving itself against its mediocre roots.

The VITA really needs more pure and concentrated exclusives for it and very well done (not feel like a castrate) to sell at an amazing rate.

Here's to more devs that try to make exclusive experiences! (Creators of Soul Sacrifice and Shinovi Versus, Ys Celceta, etc.)

[or at least port the full, latest upcoming CoD/BF on it that can play with the consoles with 8v8 MP]

Tei7771302d ago

OF course exclusives are ideal, but that doesn't mean that multiplats can't generate sales either, especially where pS3 games are concerned because we all know japan prefer gaming on handhelds. Expect Final Fantasy XHD. Gundam Break and Toukiden to all perform wonders for the system, Toukiden will be an interesting one to watch because its being developed by the dynsasty warrior guys and that franchise is uber successful, its also being bundled with a very shiny Vita.

Ultimately the proof is in the pudding, Vita saw its sales increase to 40k when One Piece was released. If the franchse is right (FF/gundam), the power of multiplats can be still be successful and keep the system afloat (not necessarily 3DS numbers). Had one piece been bundle with Vita's I expect that number would have been a lot a higher.

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