Tretton: PlayStation Vita's Got a Dedicated Fanbase, It's Just Not Big Enough

Push Square: "While it’s now host to a pretty strong selection of games, the PlayStation Vita is still struggling to garner the commercial success that it probably deserves. Hardware numbers are catastrophically low, and it’s failing to secure big third-party brands as a result. Despite this, SCEA president Jack Tretton believes that there’s still a big market for the device – irrespective of the growing dominance of smartphones and tablets."

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dedicatedtogamers1991d ago

At least Sony is aware of the problem instead of sugar-coating it.

And no, Remote play with the PS4 isn't going to make sales skyrocket. Sony needs to invest some time, talent, and money into the Vita if they want to keep it alive.

darthv721991d ago

more cross buy promotions. I like how some ps3 games can contain the vita version as part of the deal.

Sony will likely make a ps4/vita bundle to help promote both platforms in one nice convenient package.

RiPPn1991d ago

They need to get more RPGs on the system, it's the reason I picked up a 3DS and I'm sure many others as well.

Putting console sized games on a handheld like Uncharted, Killzone, Resistance, seems like the wrong direction IMO.

Protagonist1991d ago


Good you wrote "IMO" cause many PS Vita gamers seems to go for "console sized games on a handheld" and the hype for Killzone/PS Vita prooves PS Vita gamers want more of that type of games.
Me personally, I would love the JP devs to localize their RPG´s, but as they say: It does not sell in the west.

Uncharted: Golden Abyss: 940.000
Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified: 740.000
Assassin's Creed III: Liberation: 690.000

clearelite1990d ago

Yeah the 3DS is selling extremely well(like the Vita should be also) so I think in saying"growing dominance of phones" they used improper wording. Considering it may end up being one of the best selling hendhelds ever. I hope Vita manages to catch up a bit.

user55757081990d ago (Edited 1990d ago )

theres just not enough software to justify a purchase especially at $250. they do need more RPG's like the PSP had but they also need titles like grand theft auto and gran turismo to help move sales. and they really could have used a call of duty game that wasn't completely awful like black ops declassified

and for others like me that prefer the niche RPG's from japan we need the people that love the mainstream games because if they don't make console purchases then we don't get the games we want due to low install base

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GiggMan1991d ago

Honestly remote play is not enough for most people. I'd only consider it if it came in a bundle. I'm just not in to mobile gaming and when there is time normally your cell phone will suffice. My son got a Vita last christmas and he loves it. I will definitely try it out just to see how it works.

WhiskyWhiskers1990d ago (Edited 1990d ago )


Well said. I truly believe the Vita will actually pick up later on and sell just as much as the 3DS eventually, when I can't say it may be long ways off but I know it can.

I mean if it has already sold 5 million units with this little interest and The 3DS is what over 30 million units now in about 3 years. To think the Vita can't at least get that in 10 years just doesn't add up.

Will it surpass the 3DS I can't say but to seriously say it never will I think is being very close minded. 3DS had a horrible start, it was over priced, had no games really and look at it now. Why can't the Vita have the same success?

Unless you can predict the future you can't say it will or will not but it seems much more likely it will become successful if it has already sold 5 million units with this little interest in the device and it still has another 8 and 1/2 years of Vita games to come out. Knowing Sony since they are still pushing out PSP games, the Vita lifespan will be longer than just 10 years in total.

Sony is not one to give up on a system no matter how poorly it does. So for those of you expecting them to just discontinue the Vita you must be off your rocker. They know damn well it is actually the best handheld gaming device in the world currently. So why would they just toss that in the bin?

PS3 did just as horrible if not far worse than both the 3DS and PS Vita and it has become the number one selling console around. I mean do people think about this stuff? Cause I do. Not only that but it is has some of the highest rated games in the industry to boot.

Just please give the PS Vita some damn time before you be so judgmental.

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remanutd551991d ago

Price cut, Memory price cut, introduction of a 64GB memory card, steady release of AAA titles of all genres, new Apps, ps4 remote play, more online multiplayer games.

bothebo1990d ago

Thank you for not mentioning indies because they honestly will do the system no good other than offering a little content.

himdeel1990d ago

Memory cards must get a major price cut at least 65%.

Salooh1990d ago

I think they should start with the games and apps. Let people have fun with it. Make the apps useful and put variety of them. Then fix the other stuff. If there is no gaming hype then what's the use of the memory price cut ?. or even the system it self. People won't go and buying something that doesn't offer what they like..

LOGICWINS1991d ago (Edited 1991d ago )

At $250, the Vita's potential market will overlap with a $399 PS4's market. Most gamers aren't rich and they will have to choose. $250 towards a Vita(which is really over $300 when you factor in accessories like a screen protector, case, and a big ass memory card for your PS Plus titles) is $250 not going towards a PS4. Sony needs to drop the Vita to $199 to distance it away from the PS4.

And for those of you who say Sony doesn't need to drop the price, then why is the Vita struggling to find an audience at such a glorious price point?

Grap1991d ago

because there's no software worth to get PS vita. i am more willing to pay 300$ for vita if there's games that worth getting it. P4G and soul sacrifice are great games but none of them are system seller the first is a port and the second i can play similar games (i.e dark souls) on my PS3.

LOGICWINS1991d ago

Thats your opinion. P4: The Golden is a system seller IMO. The question is where peoples priorities are. Should they save up for a PS4 and get a Vita later or vice versa?

Mustang300C20121991d ago

It isn't just price or software. It simply doesn't have the clout that Nintendo's 3DS has. This was an issue with the PSP before and after the PSP Go was released. People just don't care about the system. The fact that consumers are choosing more expensive and less epensive options is telling you something no matter what part of the world it is being sold it is not selling period.

Salooh1990d ago

Exactly, I'm not saying that it's not kool to have a price drop but it won't do it good because the games people want are not available . Main problem --> AAA games.

clearelite1990d ago

Price (even though it's a good deal IMO) and past substandard marketing investment.

jXales1991d ago

ps4 bundle with vita. jalla! get it done!

GameCents1991d ago

I like Kaz. Jack always seems so smug to me. Either way, I hope they strike the right chord with the VITA soon, it's kinda said to see it struggling like it is.

monkey481991d ago

Kaz is busy doing his swag in the corporate office as Sony Corp. President. I think Jack Tretton is a soft spoken nice guy who says it how it is unlike that ex-microsoft Xbox CEO guy who went too that online game company.

Mustang300C20121990d ago

Oh please stop. There is plenty of gouges on the Internet from Sony and Tretton in particular that is just as bad about denials especially when it comes to Vita and the PS3 that people hear for years denied nothing was wrong with the PS3. Now everyone hear praises was Carny said about the PS3 that a lot of people were saying for years about. Same people hear masked with developers are lazy to whatever deranged comments come spewing out.

TongkatAli1990d ago (Edited 1990d ago )

@Mustang oh please stfu. Noone "cared" about the PSP cause it would get the same things that are being said about the Vita. "no games no games no games"

Still sold over 70 million, hah.

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