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Sales Projections Indicate Sony is Giving Up on the Vita

VG Republic Writes: After Sony released their sales projections for the current year, it looks as though they have succumb to the same realization most owners of the Vita have already reached; it looks like it's time to give up on the Vita. As reported by CVG, Sony released that their sales projects for the rest of the fiscal year that runs through March of 2014, and their portable sales projections between the PSP and Vita are coming in right around 5 million units world wide. It's a sad truth, but if Sony isn't projecting solid figures, then they obviously know something we don't. Gamers have been curious if this would be the case with the Vita, as the lack of games produced for the system have been either ports or HD remastered titles, providing new experiences that can't be had else where few and far between. It looks like the writing has been on the wall and Sony is taking notice.

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NYC_Gamer1144d ago

PSV might be the last handheld released from Sony

Knight_Crawler1144d ago (Edited 1144d ago )

You might be right.

I know allot of people on here down play smart phone and tablet gaming but you are blind if you dont see how much smart phone and tablets games have cut into the hand held market.

I said this before Sony announced the VITA and I will say it again - Sony needed to make the the VITA a hand held / smartphone device...we are living in an era where people want an all in one machine.

The PS4 and 720 will also rely heavily on providing more features than just gaming... laugh at MS all you want about them being a cable box/ media hub but MS knows what the majority of consumers want and they want a gaming device that offers tons of social media and entertainment features.

JoGam1144d ago

At E3 Sony should give a clear indication if they are giving up or not.

If they have a bunch of Vita news at E3 I doubt they will be giving up.

BattleAxe1144d ago

With Sony releasing their flagship smart phone the Xperia Z/ZL, I could see them doing more with their phones than the PS Vita. I like what Samsung has done by producing what looks to be a high quality controller for their Galaxy phones, and I think this is the direction that Sony will move in also.

zeal0us1144d ago (Edited 1144d ago )

It really shouldn't be that hard for to make the vita's successor a hand held/ smartphone device. Since Sony already made the Xperia Play.

They could a build a modified version of android for the device base off the software was use in the Xperia Play.

Dedicated games could be stored on game cards.

Far as memory goes Sony should stick to mircosd and not those expensive vita memory cards. At then 128gb would be limit instead of 32gb.

SoC,graphics, ram, camera and display should be whatever is standard at the time. Top of the line hardware would be great but at the same time could make the overall device more expensive.

nix1144d ago

Before Vita was going to be released i was saying "please make it a phone + vita" but noh.. instead they shelled out Xperia PLAY (which i bought).

i'm loving my Vita but i still wish if i could make calls with it.

SilentNegotiator1144d ago (Edited 1144d ago )

3DS is selling like wildfires burn dry forests.

It's not about the phone/tablet market, it's about price. 3DS cut its price by 33% from $250 (what Vita is at now) and it has sold like flapjacks ever since.

badz1491144d ago

It will suck a lot if only Nintendo is left in the handheld market. Sony is pushing boundaries since the PSP while Nintendo keep it low and play it safe as always thus we get a device a couple of gen behind in terms of power.

The PSP was way ahead of its time and the Vita now too. I believe that there is still life in the Vita and hopefully with more games coming, sale will pick up too

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yeahokchief1144d ago (Edited 1144d ago )

I'm not worried. Love this thing. Really solid device. I'd complain about wanting more games, but I kinda have like over a dozen to play on my Ps3...

I was one of those who didn't really want one because straight up i don't travel anywhere, but its amazing for playing in bed. It's taking my laziness to new levels. Cuz sometimes I feel like gaming, but sitting in my recliner becomes too strenuous after 10-12 hours of gaming. The screen is so amazing and bright that you can play perfectly in the dark without needing any light whatsoever. I plan on trying to watch some movies on it later too once I get through all of the free stuff you can download onto it.

Already got over 100 hours sunk into Soul Sacrifice and still playing it beyond the Platinum trophy. The cross game/party chat works PERFECTLY. Used it in 4 player Soul Sacrifice and everything runs smooth as hell.

Looking forward to Dragon's Crown on it next.

It's going to be an interesting 2nd half of the year. A lot of things are still very uncertain with the Wii U, Vita, PS4 and 720.

And to give you a heads up. If you get a Sony Credit card, you can pick one up for $200 with a subscription to PS Plus. And you get an additional $50 the first time you use your card. And if you bought it in April, registered it and signed up for the referral program you could have gotten another $20 psn credit. That's crazy value. There's also a few ways to earn at least another $20 psn card via free sony rewards points if you figure it out.

So basically if you had planned on becoming a member of PS+ later this year you're getting $140 worth of credit for a device you're paying $200 for. I'd say this is the time to pick one up.

One thing is for sure. The worse these things sell, the sweeter the deals get for us who actually own the devices. I have bought 4 quality vita games so far for $10 a piece.

nix1144d ago

tell me about it... i'm so used to VITA and it's advantage of mobility, i want every PS3 games to come out on VITA too.

it's like carrying a PS3 everywhere thanks to it's amazing graphics...

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chrismichaels041144d ago

People said the same about the PSP and PS3. How did those systems turn out? Oh that's right, both of those "dead systems" are currently around the 80 million mark each. People act like Sony is new to the video game business. Bottom line.....Nintendo isn't going to stop making home consoles and Sony isn't going to stop making portable systems. These new systems just need time to breathe. Enough with the doom and gloom nonsense. I swear...some people on here spend more time talking about video games rather than actually playing them.

SonyPS41144d ago (Edited 1144d ago )

Actually with the PSP you need to factor in firmware hacks. A lot of people bought PSPs to play their SNES roms, and they also pirate their PSP games. Because of this, PSP is one of the most pirated gaming platforms of all time.

PSP wasn't successful at all outside Sony's backyard. The handheld market is monopolized by Nintendo.

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dedicatedtogamers1144d ago (Edited 1144d ago )

It's tough to imagine why Sony would do this. I hardly think that they're giving up on the Vita. Sony can't afford to give up on the Vita any more than Nintendo could afford to give up on the launch-flop of the 3DS, and look how Nintendo turned that ship around.

I would wait until E3. I know the PS4 is going to be on display. I know the PS4/Vita cross-functionality is going to be talked about. However, IF and only IF Sony seems to ignore the Vita at their own conference, then we'll know if the system is on its way out.

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moegooner881144d ago

SCEE's Senior manager said something about a big title coming to the Vita, I am guessing it will be announced at E3.

http://n4g.com/news/1251606...

Root1144d ago

Well I'd rather have them focus on the PS4 to be honest....thats just me anyway.

I'd rather them go all out for a separate smaller show for E3 just for the PSV. There's too much PS4 stuff to be revealed, I wouldn't want time at their E3 show being wasted on the PSV.

KrimsonKody1144d ago

Well,
The Vita DOES exist, & it is Sony's product.
I think there's room to showcase both.

Root1144d ago

At the same show.....

Nope....rather have a full show focused on the PS4, Nintendo had a separate 3DS event I don't see why Sony can't do the same with the PSV

hulk_bash19871144d ago (Edited 1144d ago )

@Root

At the PS4 reveal they were really showcasing the connectivity features between the PS4 and PSV. So yeah, it's a good bet they will be highlighting both the PS4 and PSV in their conference.

Also, as a PS Vita owner, I truly hope Sony doesn't just give up on the platform. Because it does have a lot of potential and some great games for it.

MikeMyers1144d ago

Of course there's room for both. Sony would also want to utilize E3 to advertise Vita more. What Sony has also done, that Nintendo doesn't do with the 3DS, is market how Vita is a supportive device with the console. Does the 3DS have remote play? Does the 3DS have cross-platform play between that and the Wii U? Does Nintendo have a service like Playstation Plus that has free games for both the handheld and the PS3 tied to the same price model?

Tultras1144d ago

I'm sorry you're not interested in the vita, but 5 million other people are ( including me ).

But launching a product means that you support it.

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