The Vita is finally in extremely high demand throughout the United States.
Good to see. The Vita is a surprisingly good handheld. Don't bash it till you've tried it. Hopefully this will push developers to take it more serious and get some more big titles out.
"Don't bash it till you've tried it" Not the issue. No one is bashing the Vita itself. Its a fantastic piece of hardware. What people are "bashing" is Sony's reluctance to support it with any effective marketing and AAA exclusives. The problem is with Sony...not the Vita itself. Thats the way its been since Day 1.
That and it is more expensive than its competitor, the 3DS which does get a lot of support.
Not to mention most of games will only appeal to people who like very Japanese games. Thankfully that's why I bought the device.
Being that the Vita is the companion device for the PS4, and given the rabid demand for the PS4, this would make total sense.
Lack of effective marketing? 100% However, games have never really been lacking. Notably, it had a super strong launch. These days, though, admittedly it's 'indie' heavy. I don't mind, but some do. Still, even I hope for renewed AAA first party support.
I think they really only had a year to do marketing for vita before they started to ramp up marketing for ps4 I don't think they have the marketing dollars to go full bore on vita and ps4 so they have to choose and they choose ps4
IMO Sony has always been not very good at marketing !!
Lacking even 720P, the Vita is not "fantastic hardware". It's good hardware. Not fantastic. Seeing as how it only pushes 544P, this handheld should be coming out with some amazing visuals, but, as Borderlands 2 proves, it's not very capable.
Every time I see those stupid three capitol letters I become a little more disappointed with the gaming community. A game could sell 20 billion copies and I would be the one person who never bought the game. Why? Because what is popular isn't always the best choice. Since when did gaming become a status symbol that requires you to only play certain games in order to call yourself anything gaming related? James Nintendo Nerd plays shitty games and yet he is somehow respected as a hard core gamer for it.
Actually that's false. It did have AAA support at the start, but no-one was buying it or it didn't sell well. In business sense why would you continue to support something that doesn't sell and the software that's developed in house doesn't sell either? Once sales pick up I would imagine they'll reconsider. Since it's for gaming on the go indies and third party are more than enough when you start to think about what games you'd rather play mobile or away from your PC or PS4 on holiday or something. Does no first party suck? Of course, but I can understand why they don't invest heavily anymore. Killzone Mercenaries was the last huzzah and it's a brilliant game. Edit: What is killing the vita is it's price point and ridiculously priced proprietary memory card storage. I'm actually thinking of asking for the import of the 64GB card for christmas or something as a 'main' present, they're that expensive. OT: I went in for an OLED before they start to go extinct and I have about 20 games for it. 2 physical and most through PS+. It's a great little handheld and I've not really been interested in HH gaming since the gameboy advanced lol.
@HalfMinute In comparison to the 3DS the resolution is better. If you want hardware that runs at 720P, grab a cellphone, which at the time cost $500-700 during the Vita launch. As the market spoke, people weren't buying it in droves at $300, why would they at $500?
Define "high demand", am I right?
I've had more fun with the PS vita than I have with the PS4.
I hear KZ: Mercenary had a better campaign than Shadowfall, which doesn't surprise me since Shadowfall's campaign left a lot to be desired.
Anyone else read "get some big titties out"? No? Just me? I'm leaving
The main problem with the vita is that it's too damn pricey. Not only you have to buy the vita but you'll need a good sized memory card just to save or store any games with it. If sony lowered the price to a reasonable level it would do a lot better.
^This. I agree completely. As is, with the newest model, the Vita is only about 30$ more expensive than the 3DS and cheaper than the XL model, but they gouge us with the prices for the dang memory cards. If they would just advertise it, and decrease the prices of memory cards even more, I think the Vita would be doing a lot better.
It's also cheaper and easier to develop for the 3DS.
I love my Vita, I just wish there were more games that weren't fan service or 1st person dungeon crawlers, or games with demons/spirits. * There needs to be a bit more variety and games that appeal to more people. Not casual games, but more games of various genres & sub-genres. Too many Niche games. There are some great games for it, but not as many as we'd all like yet obviously. * Freedom Wars & Tales of Hearts R both look to be pretty good games. * Maybe those + a few more traditional RPG's could help out a bit. NEW Games I'd love to see on Vita: * Spyro * Dark Cloud * Dragon Quest * Rogue Galaxy * Star Ocean * Suikoden * Tales of * Kingdom Hearts Remix 1.5 & 2.5 * Shining series - Any of them * Tactics ogre * More Level-5 games * Torchlight 2 * Dungeon Defenders 1 & 2 * Some kind of Multiplayer Spy game with gadgets * Any of the Trails in the Sky Vita games
Price, lack of AAA software, poor advertisement - these are main reasons why its struggling (or was).
If only it were true
There you go. Now that your mind is at ease go and have a happy rest tonight little baby troll.
Vitaboys.net Where are the statistics? No numbers just quotes from other people.
They don't have any statistics. Sony said that they were having trouble keeping up with the Vita demand, and that's what this site is going by. I really doubt it's because it's in "extremely high demand". Odds are, Sony produced stock in low quantities and the Vita sold more than they expected it to initially. It's a good sign but it's not what this article suggests it is.
I think "in higher demand" would be a better title.
I think selling 56K in May according to NPD, says more then enough. Vita will be remembered as the Dreamcast of handhelds.
The difference is that Dreamcast had a good number of fantastic games.
Quotes from Sony representatives.
It seems like some on here would be happier to believe it if it was VGChartz! lol
So we've got Sony stating they're working to keep up with the higher demand for the Vita and people claim that's BS. Now we've got Gamestop saying that demand is up and caught them off guard, making supply tight. And anyone can jump on Amazon or retail websites and confirm that the Vita is looking a little more hard to come by these days. But no..this must be some sort of conspiracy to try to fool the fraction of consumers out there that actually read this type of news that the Vita is scare, so all 10 of them can all rush out and not buy one because supply is tight, right? There's no mystery here. Like KonsoruMasuta said, Sony had probably cut back on production of the Vita due to slower summer sales and to focus on getting the PSTV ready to go. Then demand went up more than they expected and now they're caught short. It's not like creating supply constraints in the slow period of the summer is going to somehow spark a rush of people to the stores to pick Vita's up. That doesn't even make sense and yet in every single article regarding the shortages I've seen, that's what people are claiming Sony is doing. Just makes me shake my head.
It's hard to believe that the Vita is selling THAT well. At the moment, Sony's marketing philosophy for the Vita hasn't changed much. In fact, they're supporting it less now more than ever. It's not foolish to think that Sony is cutting back production because the Vita hasn't done much for them. No point in mass producing something that doesn't sell. It isn't "artificial supply constraints" and it's not Sony trying to trick everyone into buying it because there's less on the market. They don't see it as lucrative enough so there's less systems to make and distribute. That's it.
You are missing a key point though. The PSTV. You can't say on one hand that Sony isn't supporting the Vita and then ignore the fact that Sony's readying a major push of Vita based hardware into new markets at a killer price point. That's not less support. That's Sony changing their tactics. They wouldn't have based the PSTV off Vita hardware if they were planning to abandon the system, and if the PSTV does well we know that will lead to more developer support as the Vita hardware install base grows.
vitaboys for sony fanboys
And a glass house for you.
Triple AAA titles are very scarce, if this is true they will quickly find out you can purchase most of the indies through your phone.
Not really. This year so far we got Soul Sacrifice Delta,Project Diva F,Conception 2,SAO hallow fragment,Demon Gaze,Toukiden Dragonball z battle of the zodiac and most recently Freedom Wars(JPN).I don't get why people say AAA is scarce, a more correct saying would be Western AAA is lacking (NFS:MW,KZ:M,UC:GA AC:L,COD:D,LBP,Resistance,) not as much as the Japanese AAA titles. Also most of the Indies are not on phones. Play guacameele on a phone. I wouldn't.
Doesn't really matter, cuz AAA doesn't equal a great game.
Why shouldn't it? Its the most powerful handheld
Sold 3,000 units last week... Clearly it's in high demand /s
Sold over 20,000 in Japan that same week. Getting second place in sales that week just like it had been for the past month. Looks like demand is high. Just not in this country. Just wait for Vit- I mean, Playstation TV. The $100 TV based alternative to the Vita will sell like hotcakes in the US. Especially since it streams PS4 and many people own PS4's in this country. And will enjoy the option to stream PS4 games with an actual DS4 controller.
I think the PSTV will sell very well and i plan on getting one. I hope this translates to higher game sales for VITA & PSTV. I don'y currently have a Vita but i want one later.
Hahahahahahaha! Okay but no though.
Hahahhahah like you would know any better than Sony.
I know PR spin, I know artificial supply constraints to bolster demand and I know plain BS when I read it...this is all 3.
^Sadly you don't seem to know BS when you write it... ;)
Sony is more concerned on protecting their business than you. But most people still dont see that... its business, everyone does it, and so does Microsoft.
And the rest of us know sour, desperate fanboy spin. I'm not saying this is all 100% accurate, but don't be sniffing your own butt all day thinking that you're totally right and what Sony is saying about the Vita demand is all wrong. And if you are right, have the proof to back up your "PR spin" claim.
You know PR spin, but you're forever eating up the latest PR bull from Microsoft, right?
Where does he eat up the PR spin from MS? I love how everyone accepts this out of no where demand for the Vita, when sales and even comments from sony fans on this site has suggested otherwise. People on this site dismiss MS when they state their PR nonsense but sure are quick to believe anything Sony says to them.
Just a guess but could it be because of PS NOW? you know streaming PS game's on the go? maybe the Americans going to do Japanese do, portable gaming on the go.
I hope PS NOW will sell more Vita systems when it finally goes to Vita later this fall, it's a great selling feature along with the PS4 remote play feature.
Just bought the original before the slim comes out. Heard from an employee at Frys, that they are trying to sell all the old models before making the slim version available.
Both great handhelds at the moment I've made room for both.
I think we should wait for the official numbers to be released. Until then it's nothing but speculation.
Hoping the PS TV will take off.
Good news indeed (even if, as a JRPG/localised JP gaming fan, I've been in Vita heaven for ages), especially the quote from Gamestop. Sony would naturally not cop to a flop, but a retailer wouldn't bother trying to hype a failing console - why would they bother? They'd smell what sells. Mind you, I still find https://www.youtube.com/wat... quite convincing, at least insofar as the lack of exclusives is concerned.
Stupid clickbait title. This is sounding more like Sony had such little faith in the Vita that they didn't allocate much stock for retailers and are now playing catch-up. Demand can still be terrible, just not as terrible as Sony and retailers were expecting.
People love to hate his device whick makes me love it that much more going back to YS :p
Short.But.Sweet. I'm going back to watching my morning youtube video's on dat OLED.
I'm happy I picked up a Vita during the OLED phase instead of waiting for the gimped LCD screen version.
The slim version seems tempting bc of the fact it uses usb. And of course it's slimmer.
not to be a Debbie downer but I don't think companies are ordering any. that probably explains the lack of boxes
Im expecting a vita bundle announcement at Gamescom as well as a few price drops on the vita itself, with the memory cards. Also im hoping for some game announcement (Not including indies).
No, actually it's not. That's just the latest spin coming out of Sony and being repeated by their string of PR shill sites. Now wait until later this week when NeoGAF "insider" Creamsugar will post phoney sales data claiming a jump in Vita sales. This will be followed by Vhchartz posting their own fictitious data. "But MCG, how do you know it's not in high demand?" As stated before, I worked as a buyer and still consult for retail. I hAbe also worked in advertising and PR.
I think AAA games that are designed around the 5-12 minute experience are the way to go. Things you can pick up and play and immerse in quickly. I love great games but they don't have to be huge gaming sessions on my handheld. Some middle ground sounds good.
I agree. Most people don't understand that AAA mobile gaming only works when you are sitting indoors with headphones on and if you are going to be doing that then most likely you will be playing on PC/console. Anywhere else you are better off with shorter experiences. I've tried playing AAA blockbusters while traveling or outdoors and it's so difficult you wont want to save your game because of everything you miss along with the lack of focus.
Low supply leads to high demand. =) Economics 101.
I don't want ports from ps4 games. I want dedicated vita games like psp had. Uncharted golden abyss and resistance burning skies were great, now incorporate that idea with final fantasy or gta or a brand new franchise even. I don't see how the vita couldn't sell like hotcakes if they would just give it some fuel.