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Sony: The Future For The PS Vita Remains Unclear

We may not see any more Western triple-A titles for the handheld.

Sony Computer Entertainment president Andrew House has admitted the future of the PS Vita is still up in the air following the launch of the PS4.

Speaking to IGN at this week's Develop Conference in Brighton, House responded to concerns about whether the handheld's days as a portal for triple-A titles are behind it by explaining the company is waiting to see how things progress. (PS Vita, Sony)

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3-4-5  +   326d ago
* If you go Art Style > Realism, then the graphics don't have to be as mind blowing and you can just worry about the fun.

Nintendo has no problem selling 3DS games even though almost NONE of them look better than Vita games.

* Colorful Art Styles
* Wide Variety of Games
* Fun games that appeal to lots of people
* Variety in genre

3DS does this well, and it helps sell units.

Just follow the blueprint Sony....it's already there and you have the bonus of being the more powerful handheld anyways.

Vita has games.....the "problem" is that the games it has only appeals to like 5% of gamers.
KonsoruMasuta  +   326d ago
Sony isn't even pushing the Vita graphics like they once did. Yoshida even said that graphics will become less of a focus on the platform.
Derekvinyard13  +   326d ago
Problem is that bonus of being more powerful doesn't mean a thing without games to show it off, reason I bought a PSP was because of the gta series which in my opinion are the best games on it, I will never buy a vita because it has nothing like that. San Andreas stories, infamous spinoff then I'm in but that's looking highly unlikely
SolidGear3  +   326d ago
user5669510  +   326d ago
That makes me a sad panda
Magicite  +   326d ago
sad pandas inc.
XiSasukeUchiha  +   324d ago
I also feel your pain, Naruto my ninja!

Off topic: by the way how's Iruka?
nidhogg  +   326d ago
"We may not see any more Western triple-A titles for the handheld."

I'm pretty sure there will still be Western AAA Vita games in the future. Only haters tend to be pessimistic about it. The headline of this news, like many others about the current issue regarding the Vita, is just another heavy statement in order to be click-bait. Journalists -- how they love to exaggerate.
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KrisButtar  +   326d ago
As a Vita owner I highly doubt there are Western games coming. There isn't any triple A's that are even TBA for the system(could be wrong though). Which is a shame as I bought it in hopes for the Western triple A's. If Gamescon goes by without any big news, I myself will consider the system dead or just some accessory to my PS4.

I still recommend the PSP to people over the Vita. I love the Vita hardware but it has not released games that a lot people expected and they seem to be going further away from that as well.
Soldierone  +   326d ago
On the show floor of E3 there were no new western games. It was all Japanese games or indie stuff. Heck the focus of the Vita section was Disgaea.(Not complaining about that game at all, I want it really badly)

Also the studios that made the Vita exclusives so far are either gone (Resistance studio) or working on PS4 games (Bend and GG) As of this moment, besides a few Japanese studios, there is not a single studio making a Vita title. Not even third party ports.

If GamesCom doesn't change that I may attempt to sell my Vita.
KrisButtar  +   326d ago

That is really disappointing about the E3 showing. Disgaea franchise is good and one I like but its not that popular. My Favorite PSP game is an Eastern one but its niche, which is in the same boat as Disgaea.

There was a rumor that there was a Bethesda game coming during the launch window but it never happened. I bought my Vita for AC3L and was hoping for more to come.

Indie games I guess are fun, I've play a number of them but I'm more drawn into games like Assassins Creed, Skyrim, Fallout, RDR, GTA, FarCry Darksiders, MetalGear

The best games on the Vita are ports, so its no wonder the thing is not selling as most will have those games on consoles. Who would buy a Vita for a for a port? Like who's bright idea was to fill the system with ports. It needs spin offs, new spins on franchises, good exclusives etc.

GamesCom is going to decide if I continue supporting the Vita or selling it also.

Edit: kinda went on a rant there didn't I? lol
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Darkstares  +   326d ago
"Only haters tend to be pessimistic about it."

Oh, so IGN are now haters are they? Sure thing.

Mind listing all those AAA western games that came out in 2014 and are coming this year?
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Killzoner99  +   324d ago
IGN is the most anti-Sony gaming site there is. Don't believe this crap.
ArchangelMike  +   326d ago
I thought the answer is obvious - cross platform games. So I buy a game for the Vita and know that I can also play it on my PS4. Simples. But still keep making games for the Vita dammit!!!
Anon1974  +   326d ago
You don't hear that much on here, but I couldn't be happier with my Vita. I enjoyed games like Uncharted and Gravity Rush, but to be honest, when I'm on the go I much rather prefer smaller indie games that I can jump in and out of. When I'm using it it's because I usually have a bit of time to kill in a dr's office or the like. And people act like multiconsole releases somehow don't count as games but of course nothing could be further from the truth. I skipped Rayman and Walking Dead on the consoles and I'm loving the hell out of them right now on my Vita. If there wasn't a single game that released from this point forward I'd still probably have 2-3 worth of games that are out now I want to play out of the couple hundred games on the system.

And the fact that I can now use it as a PS4 extender is just icing on the cake. I was stuck in a hotel room a few weeks back away from my family and passed the time by playing Assassin's Creed 4 on my PS4 at home via remote play. I used it to Skype with my family first and hey...if I got really bored I could always fire up Netflix.

For me, the Vita's been great, and a great value when paired with PSN+. All these Vita doom stories just make me shake my head. Considering Sony's now pushing out new Vita hardware in the form of the PSTV, it's not like they're going to be pulling the plug anytime soon. If anything, as the hardware install base grows between the latest sales surge and the PSTV, I'm sure we'll see more games as more developers take notice. A strategic price cut on the Vita hardware before the holidays and to me I think the Vita's poised to take off. But even if it doesn't, doesn't change the fact that I'm enjoying the hell out of mine.
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SuperSquirrel  +   326d ago
I'm the same. Skipped The Walking Dead and Rayman on PS4 and got them for Vita and am really enjoying them. I've had the Vita for going on a year now and there are some big highlights for me. Good for the kids too with the Lego games etc.
BX81  +   326d ago
I really enjoyed mortal kombat and uncharted on the vita I thought the rest were crap. Sad they didn't focus on the vita like I thought they would. I'm sure Sony is content with the amount they will sell as a secondary screen for the ps4.
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Anon1974  +   325d ago
The rest of what? The other roughly 198 games out on the system currently? You've played all those and can attest to the fact that aside from the two games you mentioned, the rest are all crap?

Ok there...
lifeordeath617  +   326d ago
Not surprised honestly
JBSleek  +   326d ago
"You know, if you can play your PlayStation 4 content at will on Vita, then does that obviate the necessity of having Triple-A content or not?"

Scary statement for Vita owners.
URNightmare  +   326d ago
It's a PS4P. That would be good for those of us who own both a PS4 and a PSV. It would drive sales of both systems it seems.
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TheGrimReaper0011  +   326d ago
a PS4P = PS4 Portable?

If that's what youu meant, then no. No no no no no no!

Last time I checked, portable means literally ANYWHERE! Unless you have some great internet, you aint playing your ps4. Besides, is that their plan?

So they are basically saying : we give up on vita. Please buy ps4. thank you :(
joeorc  +   326d ago
on the very same token, any and every Game that is AAA budget has always been coined ie: "a Watered Down PS3 port" or "why play a liveing room console game on a 5" screen"

So Sony has taken that to heart, because the majority of the Media and games see it that way by default! when Uncharted GA, or Gravity Rush came out one of the very 1st complaint's, was ..i would rather play this on the PS3!

So Sony is doing exactly what many gamer's complained about, the fact that the gamers that may want those living room console experience on the go are far outnumbered by the gamers that just want a living room console experiences.

Thus to Sony it makes more viability to move the Playstation Vita priority of a Mobile platform to be that of a Micro-Game console platform. It does not mean that there will be no AAA exclusives on the PSVita it just means as of right now its not really worth increasing the number in development.

its beter to go with the Playstation TV is the priority "Vita" development 1st and PSVita mobile 2nd since they both play the same games its not really a problem other than the camera and back touch pad support not getting priority treatment in PSVita game development now.
Spotie  +   326d ago

Film at 11.
TongkatAli  +   326d ago
TheDivine  +   325d ago
Idk why Sony thinks people would rather play their ps4 games on a small screen with less controller input options than on a big HDTV. Handhelds sell to people who either want portable gaming (usually no internet around) or people like me who want more original unique exclusives. I buy handhelds because they have games not on consoles, not to play console games through the web with a crap resolution and tons of choppy lag.

Give me stuff like GOW, MGS, FF, Persona, Jeanne D'Arc, Star Ocean, Valkyrie Profile, GTA Stories, Valkyria Chronicles, Syphon Filter, Kingdom Hearts and the other games that made the psp a huge success. Indies are great as an appetizer but not the main course. Remote Play is a novelty that doesn't actually work well enough to anything other than a novelty. The controls aren't as good, the text is unreadable, and it lags up and is too glitchy. Make more games period. Approach third parties, Publish ports others won't fund. Localize stuff yourselves. Look at Nintendo who published tons of third party games that the dev or publisher didnt want to like Dragon Quest, Bravely Default, and others.

Do anything other than make excuses.
Rob7274  +   326d ago
There not sure about Vitas future.....so there going to sit on there hands and wait for it to fail...hmmmm
tehpees3  +   326d ago
Sony shouldn't give up on the system. The hardware is the huge advantage Vita has over 3DS and it is such a waste.

Sony can still provide games on the system.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   326d ago
It has the best hardware on a handheld to date but, that means nothing without games ppl want.
GreenRanger  +   326d ago
It's your job to make it clear, Sony.
Sm00thNinja  +   326d ago
So the Vita has no clear future?? I think Sonys E3 confirmed it and although titles like Minecraft and Terraria have kept me busy the now uncertain future leaves me thinking its time to stop kidding ourselves. How much do Vitas sell for?
Agent_hitman  +   326d ago
Square needs to port Agito on that platform. Capcom needs to develop or release a Monster hunter for vita as well..

And many more...
desertpunk86  +   326d ago
poor vita the handheld is one of the best i have ever hold on my hands,the hardware nothing but pure perfection,but the games where are the games for the future of the system?it does have a decent backlog but is nothing compared to the PSP and if indies is its #1 thing then where is shovel knight.
joeorc  +   326d ago
Again with this IGN?

its not up in the freaking Air its not freaking Unclear,IGN just trying to harvest more clicks i see
what Sony is intending to do and they Quite clear in the intent is such and, its Quite freaking Simple!

More developers means more software, if west publishers and west centric developers are not going to make software for the platform, than Sony is going where there is developers that are going to make software for the system. And that is Asia!

The Playstation TV is geared right from the start for the Market in China

Domestic Challengers

Ie: Low costing Game consoles, from mainland China and how Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo will have a price problem.


Sony's Response to such Market challenge's

"Andrew House, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, explains that Sony hopes to use the Vita TV to penetrate the Chinese gaming market, where video game consoles have previously been prohibited. The Vita TV was released in five other Southeast Asian countries and the special region of Hong Kong on January 16, 2014. At E3 2014, the system was announced for North America and Europe, under the name PlayStation TV, for release in Q3 2014."

The fact that Sony has been targeting mainly Indies and free 2 play is the very reason come release in China that Sony has a New consumer friendly Price friendly and most important China Govt. Friendly Software support to pass Quality Control for there.

the fact that

Disney Infinity 2.0 announced for Vita, Vita TV
IT's Quite clear with such a consumer friendly entry price point that with the PS4 being quite expensive there the Playstation TV stands to give Sony a key entry point for Lower cost consumer friendly point, but also with a back catalogue to boot start day one.

Along with

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Culture Development Co., Ltd. and Sony (China) Co., Ltd. have agreed to jointly set up two companies to be responsible for hardware and software products and services.

The two companies that were formed for this very specific investment were Shanghai Oriental Pearl Solatube Culture Development Co., Ltd., a 51% percent investment from Shanghai Oriental Pearl (about 5.1 million RMB) and a 49% percent investment from Sony China (about 4.9 million RMB). Sony is also investing 70% percent capital into the second company (about 3,066 million RMB), which is being named Sony Computer Entertainment (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., while Shanghai Oriental Pearl is chipping in the remaining 30% percent.

In total, the investments from Sony Corp. into everything totals to roughly 1318.9 million RMB, which equates about $211.5 million dollars. The entire operation is going to enlist the talents of local game developers within China so that they can get an edge with exclusive content on Playstation platforms within the country, and to help promote growth within the Chinese video game industry.

Key point:

"The entire operation is going to enlist the talents of local game developers within China so that they can get an edge with exclusive content on Playstation platforms within the country"

Yeah its very freaking clear what they are doing, even though this is playstation TV the software will still run on a standard PSVita!
kenshiro100  +   326d ago
I think the Vita has long legs. People need to stop with this 'Vita is dying crap'.
ndub317  +   326d ago
OH IGN. So what they give most vita games bad scores anyways. Come on IGN get out of bed and stop sleeping with the 3ds. I cant trust mainstream gaming media because all they need money to change views.
PSNintyGamer  +   326d ago
Sleeping with the 3DS you say?
So you don't remember this?

Or this that was posted a few days ago?
ndub317  +   326d ago
Yea the PS4 + PS3 + Vita = 100 Million Sold article and a article from October 2011.
PSNintyGamer  +   326d ago
@ndub317 I provided sources for my Argument, where are yours? You claim IGN is in league with the 3DS, but you have yet to give any examples.
DEATHxTHExKIDx  +   326d ago
I will always remember that article. Such confidence back then.
KonsoruMasuta  +   326d ago
They hardly sleep with the 3DS.

Don't you remember articles such as "Why history says the 3DS is doomed" or that one article where they tried to say that the Vita was destined to outsell the 3DS.
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NiteX  +   326d ago
Well that's never a good thing to say about your system. You would think Nintendo's latest huge success with the Wii U would give them the motivation to put out something major for the Vita. I guess they'd rather focus on PS4. Sad.
amnalehu  +   326d ago
I never understood why people expect the Vita to be the home for triple A games. It's a handheld device! My DS does not have very many of what most people would call big budget AAA games and it seems to be selling just fine. There are tons of great games for the Vita but it's kind of silly to expect countless open world games and the likes on the Vita. Grab
brotherlymoses  +   326d ago
Just get rid of it already
Fullmetalevolust  +   326d ago
The vita was doing well 'til E3 and the lackluster announcements, but it wasn't until the higher ups gave less than confusing statements about the device that the concerns and fears started to grow.
Lack of promotion and bad mouthing what it can truly do, what are they thinking?
It has games coming, for that we are sure , but then you have people like Andrew House instilling fear into the future of the device as it stands on its own.
It should've been a clear statement: yes the Vita is its own device and will have games in the future to enrich its library, and yes it's also a companion to the ps4.
Ozmoses  +   326d ago
There was just an article that said there will be Vita love at the next games conference..

Also every time I'm own gamestop.com they have Vita's available for purchase...

doesn't seem like a shortage to me
InTheLab  +   326d ago
Huge waste of money. Bought one day one and while 2013 was decent, this year was embarrassing.

If all there's going to be is a few indies and a ton of Japanese games i might as well pack my vita up and put it on display with all the other dead consoles and handhelds.

Took 20 years but Sony finally produced it's first failure.
Soldierone  +   326d ago
It's becoming clear to me as a customer to stop buying Sony products outside of PlayStation and speakers/home audio. It's the only two things they can keep up with and support. THAT is not the image Sony needs, so they better keep supporting Vita.

Before you disagree realize that I am an avid Sony Product supporter. TV's, home audio, etc... even dates back to CD players and MP3 players, always bought Sony. Did the same thing with Microsoft. Avid PC supporter, had the Zune, Xbox, got other things from them, but stopped.

Why? Look at what they do when a product doesn't skyrocket to sales. They dump it. Zune? gone.
Xperia Play? Never even got an ounce of support AT ALL. Move? On hold (unless the VR dumps it)
Surface? ALMOST got dumped until MS decided to bridge it with PC.
TVs are overpriced, heck they take models off shelves like candy too. Notice the 3D PlayStation tv is gone?
MP3 days Sony had their own service(Connect), gone. Can't even use it to get your music anymore. It died in the peak of MP3 days.
Laptops? Gone. Were Never supported anyways.

Honestly already started moving away. Samsung TV, Samsung and Toshiba laptops. Phone went from Xperia to HTC One. Heck if the Vita dies I'll never buy a Sony handheld gadget again as it'd be 3 or 4 in the grave.

Is that the image Sony as a company wants? MS is turning their boat around by making Surface work. They could (and probably should have) killed Surface ages ago, but kept with it, and now it's a rather good device. Heck even Windows Phone had no support at all, now look at it, It's taking market share.

Again the only things Sony supports well and do well with are PlayStation (obviously) and Audio. I love their car speakers, home theater systems, and headphones. They are all priced well and work like top of the line stuff. Not THE best, but in the perfect field for me. THAT is an example of what they WANT. Instead they spread themselves so thin that great products like Vita get shoved under a bus and forgotten, meanwhile all those customers get screwed.

Hell do you think a comment like this is welcoming to people wanting a PSTV? Don't forget that rides the same boat the Vita does.
ibrake4naps  +   326d ago
I like them both, but sadly i think the vita and wiiu will have a few more solid games, but are ultimately outa the race...
modesign  +   326d ago
scrap the psp/vita, create a handheld all in one gaming tablet.
EarthDevil  +   326d ago
If SONY listened to their fans, they could save PS Vita..
lahariko  +   326d ago
Vita is cooool ....
arkaeviz  +   325d ago
Now my hopes of getting a survival horror games ala resident evil is slowly fading.
OtakuDJK1NG  +   325d ago
Sony shouldn't release another handheld after Vita in the West. Keep it Japan exclusive. Where it has it own identity and exclusives.
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lahariko  +   324d ago
Sony needs to make more AAA to vita b4 too late

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