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Sony: Dedicated Fans Keeping Vita from Getting Shelved

Gameranx: "If it wasn't for the loud group of consumers preaching about the Vita, the handheld might not even be around."

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Xof1035d ago

Wow, I knew things were bad, but not that bad.

They really, desperately need to follow Nintendo's example and make certain they've got at least 1 high-quality release in every region, per month. And they really, desperately needed to have started doing that last year.

iamnsuperman1035d ago (Edited 1035d ago )

I think they should completely avoid what Nintendo are doing with their handheld. I feel Sony need to push the Vita into their Xperia Tablet division. Nintendo is going down a road that is starting to close and Sony shouldn't follow them down that road (expensive for them to do that). Sony need to make a mini tablet that can play games (either via Gaikai/online services or retail based) with offering a cheap controller peripheral with it for £10 (a token price).

edit: Back when the DS and PSP launched the market could accommodate 2 devices. Now it can barely accommodate one device. They both need to start offering more with the next handhelds (tablets) or making them super cheap (£100 launch)

Joe9131035d ago (Edited 1035d ago )

They need to put a lil money up pay for a few good titles if they paid Konami for a Metal Gear boom they will sell like crazy. There first party studios need to put more games on vita as well that is main thing with all the really good first party studios and all the AAA franchises Sony has there is no reason the vita should be doing this bad well other than the fact everyone was working on ps4. Gamers need to get there acts right as well I read a lot of comments where ppl say the vita just get ports like the uncharted game which is not true the uncharted vita game is a stand alone uncharted game it is as much a port as uncharted 2 and 3 was a port to uncharted 1.

KonsoruMasuta1035d ago

Nintendo is pushing out 3DSs like nobody's business and you think what they are doing is bad?

mcstorm1035d ago

I have to disagree that the road that Nintendo is going down is going to a close its far from it. The road sony picked is a dead end imo.
I rememeber when Sony showed off thr PSV and I could not wait to get my hands on one but ive never been blown away by any games. UCGA was a fun game but felt to controlled because you could not fall down when holding on to rocks ect. LBP was fun but for me LBP needs a change imo as it has been the same since the 1st one.

MNR was a let down for me as it did not have multi player. Resistance was a ok gem but I felt it was to short and I also felt let down by PSASBR.

For me Sony needs to look at the none core market as well as the core. They need to get some games out like Nintendogs and also try being some new IP's to the console that are not on the main console like Nintendo do.

Games like NFS, Fifa are not going to see the PSV to the masses as they are on console and games like KZ and Resistance are not big system sellers too.

I know this sounds like im bashing the PSV but im not I love the hardware I just feel Sony have not been pushing it the right way like Nintendo has been doing with the WiiU. I hope Sony can pull it around though.

ChazzH691035d ago

That would be a terrible move for Sony, and Gaikai is coming to PS4, PSVita, PSVita TV, Mobile and Tablet devices.

Not to mention Remote Play which will drive many more people to the Sony Platform.

Conzul1035d ago

The recent and upcoming Xperia products are phenomenal. I just wish they'd share some of that tech and quality into a Vita.

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3-4-51035d ago

"we're nowhere near that now"... meaning that they were thinking about it, but things have turned around enough to keep the train moving forward.

I hope it keeps on chuggin

iceman061035d ago

The issue with this is that developer support has slowed down. It's a catch 22. They need more people to buy the Vita in order for devs to take notice. They need more devs to release "high quality" games. At this point, I think the Vita TV is their best option to attract developer attention. With that, they can capitalize on the strength of sales and capture some of those developers. Plus they need to advertise because, unlike Nintendo, they actually need to keep the message fresh in the minds of the mass market. I expect that, after the rush of PS4 advertising, there will be a renewed focus on the Vita. It worked well for the PSP after it's price drop and initial woes. It should work well for the Vita...especially if they decide to bring the Vita TV to the West.

Sanquine901035d ago

Here am I! 50 Games bought for my vita ( Vita titles, Indie titles and psp titles). I think about 20 of them are vita titles maybe more.

0ut1awed1035d ago

Damn, I salute you sir.

jujubee881035d ago

I salute your salute! :D

gaelic_laoch1035d ago (Edited 1035d ago )

SONY need to send you a bunch of flowers and a thank you card! ;)

Sanquine901035d ago

Haha, No i just support these guys because i always wanted a handheld with dual analog sticks. If we not support sony why should they support us with exclusive games. They need a Positive return on investment! That means a lot of software sales! Im doing my fair share.

Wakkamole1035d ago (Edited 1035d ago )

YOU ARE THE CONSUMER! You'll support a quality product, not a product that you want to see grow into quality! And don't get me wrong, the psvita has a lot of quality as a console, but i think the game library isn't as good as it could be. There is just so many AAA franchises they could exploit, like God of War, Resident Evil (only console that didn't get revelations), Devil May Cry, GTA. PSP was so much better with the game library than Vita.

ChazzH691035d ago

Make that the new 64GB memory card for Vita!

FunAndGun1035d ago

Damn, I bought my Vita because they added the PS+ service to it. That was last Black Friday, to this day I have only purchased one Vita game (Pixel Junk Monsters HD).

I kinda feel guilty for not buying more games, but I get so many with Plus, that I just don't need to. I still haven't even played Gravity Rush yet.

The Vita is an incredibly awesome device and I love it, but I already have a backlog.

Sanquine901035d ago

Buy Persona 4 golden, Killzone mercenary, YS seven ( PSP game but one of the best ever) and dragon's crown:D

Thehyph1035d ago

Oh man, there's some gems that you're missing. I can't say I've bought 50 games, but there's been a good few.

I can't check because the other half is playing Rayman Origins (free on plus, Tuesday passed) at her work.

There are lots of great games on Vita. If you just had the free plus games as well as buying games that go on sale for $5, then you'd have a pretty extensive library already.
I think I bought Mortal Kombat, Silent Hill, and Lego Batman 2 all at $5. Probably some other games at good discounts, too.

WeAreLegion1035d ago

I'm buying, on average, at least one game a week for my Vita. Why doesn't every gamer have a Vita at this point?!?

Sanquine901035d ago

Because some gamers stay 1 one platform. I have all consoles. Thanks to having a girlfriend who also loves gaming. We got a Wii U , ps3 , xbox 360 , vita , 3ds and pre ordered the Ps4 ( Waiting for xbox one without kinect bundle)...

WeAreLegion1035d ago

You could be waiting awhile, but that's awesome! I wish my girlfriend enjoyed gaming. :/

Thehyph1035d ago

@WeAreLegion You gotta work at it, man. Mine didn't for the longest time. She started enjoying watching some games that I would play, and then we started playing some easy co-op stuff.

We played the poop out of the Phineas and Ferb game on PS3, and we'll play the poop out the Adventure Time game when it comes out.

Also great: get Sleeping Dogs, GTA or Saints Row and then just take turns going wild until you're busted or dead. You wouldn't believe how much fun it can be.

Lately our evenings consist of her playing NFS:Most Wanted on my Vita and me playing Diablo 3 on ps3.

Misaka_x_Touma1035d ago

no cause Vita doesn't really have that BIG must have killer app that will make people buy one regardless.

I will get one next year in summer.

0ut1awed1035d ago (Edited 1035d ago )

I've been strictly a pc gamer for a few years now (ps4 on preorder though).

I've had my Vita for around a month and I choose daily to play my Vita instead of PC games. It's quite a powerful device for it's size and the OLED screen really showcases colors.

WeAreLegion1035d ago (Edited 1035d ago )

Totally understandable why you'd go only PC for a long time. I game on my PC all the time. I think it would be crazy not to, with how cheap you can get PC games for. Lol. I game on PS3, Vita, PC, and every once in awhile on my Wii U.

EDIT: @IcicleTrepan - I own a car. Every Vita owner I know owns a car. We all play the Vita either at home or just out and about with friends.

IcicleTrepan1035d ago

Some gamers have cars. When you drive your car you eliminate a lot of the time you could use playing a handheld system.

For example, in Japan or some major cities in north america, a lot of people use the subway/transit systems instead of buying a car. Great time to use a handheld.

If you own a car, your handheld will most likely gather dust.

rulparra1035d ago

@IcicleTrepan, how stupic you are! descubriste que el agua moja!

HakatoX1035d ago

music unimited andmaps are my main driving tools I use on the Vita.

0ut1awed1035d ago (Edited 1035d ago )

No reason to hate on him because he brings up a valid point. That is probably one of the larger contributors to the sales difference between regions.

Even if you drive your own car as your only mode of transportation (I do), you still have downtime in places foreign from where your gaming console is. It could be 10 feet or 1000 miles. Either way the console isn't in front of you.

That's what portable gaming is for and the Vita does a damn good job of it. If remote play for PS4 actually works then that Vita should become a necessary addition for any semi-hardcore gamer.

iceman061035d ago

I agree that the transit system does have a lot of handheld gamers. However, you discount other types of gamers. The first handheld that I purchased was at the end of high school. Why? I was going to college. What better break in a study session than a quick game of...whatever. Then, there are those that game at work. I know, it sounds crazy, but there are some people that don't have the job that requires their attention the entire time. I know an IT guy that basically just "monitors" systems and waits for problems. Instead of surfing the net, he plays DS and Vita. Then, there are those that just enjoy playing games...no matter what device.

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Drekken1035d ago

I think Vita is great... I just don't have any time to play a handheld. Only time I would ever use it is on the toilet and I really would rather not take longer bathroom breaks to play games! The remote play with PS4 looks really cool though.

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gaelic_laoch1035d ago

I thought I would regret picking up a vita, I have not!

Remote playing PS4 games is my biggest draw followed closely by indie gaming. I am not interested in big games releases for the vita but I hate playing Indie Games on big LCD's so its perfect for me!

I see the Vita as an Indie Gaming Machine/Argument Stopper (wife wants TV, I want use Big TV for PS4)

kizzle321035d ago

I love my Vita...I wish there were more games that I wanted to play for it, but I own 15 games and I love them all. They have some great exclusive titles on it, I just don't think they do a great job of marketing it. I rarely ever see a Vita commercial or even an internet Ad.

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