Kotaku: Despite the fact almost every games writer I've ever spoken with loves the thing, the general public has, so far, not exactly warmed to Sony's latest handheld video games console.
Of course Sony worry about the future of its device. Which industrial wouldn't be stressed before the release of a new product on the market ? It's like if i asked you,LUKE PLUNKETT, should you be worried about the economy of your country ? Should you be worried about the debts the USA contract each and every year ? Should you be worried about the global economy collapsing and the dollar losing its weight on the global market ? If not, i think you take the video game industry too seriously. Yes Sony is worry as they should be, that doesn't mean the Vita will fail; just that nobody can predict the success of the device now. If the system is great, well supported and people love it, it will sell. If not, it will be more difficult for Sony to make it sexy to potential users.
I don't think I am going to be alone when I buy it the first week when it's out in a few weeks here. I own an iPhone 4S and its a kickass device, but it isn't console gaming in the least. The things that work on the iPhone work well, but it is really hard to replace a console controller. I think the Vita will end up doing fairly well for a gaming handheld and still not beat the sales of the original DS because that is what is/was cheaper for the kids... lol.
I have been a SONY fan since the first Playstation and i own all PlaystationS. But i won't buy PSV because to me it's just an overpriced portable PS3 with touch screen and in 2 years it's graphics would be outdated. I prefer to play games like Uncharted - Resistance and others on my big screen TV.
The real issue is going to be the 3G Vita. The whole crowd at E3 let out one big sigh when they announced it being partnered with AT&T. This is why we are now seeing that package being more aggressive in bundles/pricing. Sales in Japan probably also favor the cheaper wi-fi model as well. I hate to tell you all but Sony will be facing a different industry, much like Nintendo did. Things have changed drastically over the past few years and even though many think smart-phones and tablets don't directly impact dedicated gaming devices like Vita think again. You will NEVER get any correlation between what people say on game forums and actual sales in retail. If so Call Of Duty would sell a hell of a lot less as would Kinect and the Wii. N4G is particularly bad for being way too optimistic with anything related to Sony products. Now before anybody quickly hits disagrees because I am simply speaking the truth, I think Vita looks like an amazing product. I'm just not sure how much I would actually use it. I have a Playstation 3 and I also have a smartphone that plays games. Even though Sony is selling Vita at a loss I expect they too will have a price cut before Christmas like the 3DS did. Things have changed in the gaming industry and some just don't want to admit it.
Graphics will always be outdated in 2 years by new hardware.
"If sweetening the deal just after launch is panicking, what's it called when a company feels compelled to do it before a handheld is even released?" Exactly. Of course though, it's different when it comes to a certain company..... Anyways, I'll be buying a Vita, but not a launch. Right now there isn't much that interests me except Wipeout (love that series). I just played Uncharted 3 late last year, so I don't need another Uncharted experience so soon.
Your Comment about Uncharted makes no sense...your just grasping for straws
You guys know the drill: Sony is doomed, hide yo kids, hide yo wife.
and hide ya trophies, cause they raping Sony out here
It's Kotaku ...what do you expect??
It will well enough to make it successful. What people need to worry about is the software sales. Games don't look so hot in sales.
And here we go..................again.
every kid i know now plays on an iphone, ipod touch or ipad. they moved on from the DS to these. sad but true. no mention or desire to get the 3DS or PSV
Here is my 2cents worth on the subject. Sony has learned a lot about its regional strong points and its weak during this gen. So Sony is trying a different plan of attack. Get the US (their weakest region) and the EU (strong region) on board, and Japan will get on board when games are released that are geared towards Japan's taste. I think its a decent plan of attack actually. Will a lot of Japanese gamers have made a 3DS purchase, yes. The 3DS numbers don't lie, but will they buy a Vita also, most likely. Its a gamble forsure, but one that may prove to pay off on sonys end.
Exactly. I think the biggest problem right now though in japan is no interesting software for them. I mean tales is releasing tomorrow I think but thats not a whole lot. Things will hopefully pick up later this year in japan
What you said makes a lot of sense. Japan has always been a very strong territory for Nintendo handhelds. Nintendo does well in other regions but it's a farcry from the sales that they get in Japan. This is why Sony main plan of attack is Nintendo's weakest markets which are Europe and the USA. Microsoft has proven to us that you can fail in Japan but do very well in other regions and still have a successful console. Sony seems to have adopted the same strategy but the difference is that the Vita will start to do very well in Japan once games that the Japanese people want to play start to come out for it. It would be very interesting to see the Vitas performance next holiday season. XperiaRay
The only problem is these regions are Sony weak point as well. The psp was nowhere near as well accepted in these regions as the ds, so I don't expect a drastic market change overnight.
I was going to pre order one yesterday, but decided not to after I played one in the store (GameStation UK, if anyone has one local and wants to see if they also have a demo Vita to try it) If you have an IPhone 4S, the only thing really worth paying the price of the Vita for is high quality gaming. And there is just not enough there at the moment, not to mention some IPhone games are available for an unbeatable price of free.
"the only thing really worth paying the price of the Vita for is high quality gaming." *Does a slow clap* Bravo !
Lol I did go on to say that I didn't think there was quite enough there at the moment, though. And this also applies to the people who commented below. I mean sure, I will end up getting one but just not at launch, I am waiting until more of the Sony franchises debut on it, does that make sense?
@NBT91 Same here... Won't buy on launch. Got burned buying a PSP on Day 1 (still not sure how / why I did that!!!). Will wait and see on the PSV. It has some great launch titles, but needs long term and consistent support from 1st to 3rd party devs. At the moment I really don't see the need for a handheld PS3 - so I'm waiting for the games that really leverage the different control methods and functionality of the PSV.
Isn't that what it's for? That's like saying cars are only any good for driving from one place to another.
Iphone/pad/pod games are time killers. Cheap, shallow, and sometimes entertaining time killers, but nothing more. Gamers are looking for deep, rich games that we can sink out teeth into. Not cutting up fruit shot out of a Tshirt cannon.
I've been surprised by just how many games I have bought for my iPhone. Don't underestimate the quality of some of the iOS titles. Time killing is exactly what I see handheld gaming as being for. I don't really want to play Uncharted on a handheld when I can play it on a large HDTV on my PS3. Titles like Chaos Rings, Infinity Blade 2, re-releases of stuff like FF Tactics and Chrono Trigger are awesome. Then add stuff like board games (Ticket to Ride, Carcasonne), Card games (Dominion, Cabals) plus some fantastic Sh'mups (Phoenix HD). Racing games (Sonic Racing, DrawRace 2, Death Rally) all adds up to a lot variety, quality and perfect handheld gaming.
But you rather sit and play games on your Iphone? I bet you if Uncharted was on IOS you would download it and play it.
I have a iPad 2 and iPhone 4s, with a ton of games. I get bored of 95% of iOS games within a hour of play. iOS games dont have any longevity. Out of the launch and launch window for the Vita. I want a least 15 games, granted i wont beable to get all these games day one. My iOS game library over the years has gone from trying to be consoles like games(3D,Virtual sticks). To more 2D puzzle, runners and tilt games.
@Coltrane C Yeah sometimes I just want a quick blast of gaming. An iOS (and to a lesser extent Android) device fits the bill perfectly. I'd probably not buy Uncharted if it were on iOS. I bought the GTA re-release on iPhone, and it just didn't work very well on a touch screen only device. There's a particular sort of game that needs to be on handheld, and my single biggest issue with the PSP was that Sony and developers just didn't seem to get it. I hope the PSV is a massive success, but I do wonder what Sony's strategy is for the device. @Half-Mafia "My iOS game library over the years has gone from trying to be consoles like games(3D,Virtual sticks). To more 2D puzzle, runners and tilt games." That's exactly my point. There are types of games that are specific to something like iOS/Android or other handheld's. My concern with the PSV (from my experience with PSP) is that Sony is trying to cram a console experience in a handheld device. I am more than open to being proved wrong, and I'm sure that Uncharted on PSV will be fantastic - but right now it seems the PSV may fall in to the same trap that stopped me really enjoying many games on PSP.
What about games like escape plan, gravity rush, and little deviants?? There's nothing like any of those titles available on any platform.. Not to mention sony's outstanding stable of first part devs and ips... Sony has the content on lock.. To be honest the vita looks to be the most organized and well accomplished launch I've ever seen...
Sorry but shouldnt the title really read (to make sense): "Should Sony be Worried About the PlayStation Vita? Maybe They Already Are."
Replace "Are" with "Have" =)
Wrong. By saying "Have", you're essentially saying they've already been worried about the PS Vita (past tense). Even then if you were talking about past tense, it would be "have been" By saying "are", it's essentially saying that they are "currently" worried.
Sorry tarbis, but the correct term actually is "Are".
"News is slow today, what can we do to get some hits." "Well, there hasn't been a Vita is doomed article for at least 10 minutes, we should write one of those." "Genius."
It seems that the same FUD has been going on forums like this ever since the 3DS had a little rough start an Nintendo did what they needed to do to fix some problems an Nintendo has done good to fix problems. Now the very same media an many gamers it seems are looking at Sonys new handheld as having problems that are far greater an more of a problem that frankly Sony has no way of fixing an many seem to say once again Nintendo will command such a lead that Sony will not be able to be Viable in this mobile market as a viable option over not just Nintendo but now Apple an Android so Sonys market share will be so Small that Sony once again will not matter as a viable option for developers to support the PSVita. Well what's so funny is Sony knows their position in the handheld market for game handheld devices. Currently only Nintendo an Sony make dedicated game handheld devices so Sony is in 2nd place so its just Nintendo an Sony. For those that want to bring in smartphones an tablets as a negative. Impact on Sony it effects Nintendo just as well. So even if you do bring in smartphones such as iOS an Android powered devices. Why do you think Sony made the playstation suite for? Worried for Vita software support? PSVita game support Psp digital dwnld ps1 digital dwnld Psp mini's dwnld PSVita physical an dwnld Playstation suite Playstation suite homebrew Ps3 streaming remote play an cross ps3 an cross platform smartphone an tablet play enabled games Non game utilities an non game apps With full connection to Psn an. Access to playstation home on PSVita which will add even more games. An you still get Questions about PSVitas viability due to Smartphones an tablets now? Really? Sony not only has 6 playstation suite supported devices already but other mobile devices already are being suppprted like tegra 2+ powered devices for playstation suite certified. An yet you still get Fear uncertainty. An doubt about Sony's viability. In the mobile game handheld space.
is this some sort of a record for 'd00m' for a console before launch?
It could be, but I'll wager we see worse when PS4 and Wii U launch, Wii U for the first month after launch and PS4 for it's entire life span. I hope against hope that gaming journalism comes to it's senses before then.
Gaming journalism and even tech journalism are pretty much all US based. These outlets will no doubt do there best to make sure MS next console seem the best. Just like the 360. In Japan the 360 doesnt do that well because its not Japanese made, and the PS3/Wii are. BUT the Japanese media doesnt have a voice outside Japan. I would love to see how different Japanese journalism talks about the consoles. While in the US it seems to be in there best interest to make the 360 shine and the Japanese PS3/Wii somehow seem bad. It even happanes here in the UK. Why we want to copy the US, ill never know.
And yet true journalism is meant to be unbiased.
I don't think kotaku realizes this but sony doesn't tell Amazon how to sell their product. So Sony isn't worried, It would seem Amazon is trying to push out the supplies they have because the pre-orders aren't hitting the numbers they wanted!
Premature negativity. The forte of modern gaming. You are dead before you even get out the gate.
That shows to that the 3G version is not popular, not the Vita as a whole. If it was just the Vita then they would have offered some deals for the wi-fi only version but the deals are only applying to the 3g version to give it a lift
Had no idea Japan was considered the general public...???
they'll be fine. and if not ill be 1,000,000 vitas and give them away
Once Call of Duty comes out I'm sure the ravenous fan base will buy Vita's. If I were Sony I would push to have it out as soon as possible.
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