Gamasutra: An anonymous quote from Japan's Nikkei newspaper paints a bleak picture for the future of the PlayStation Vita, but Scott Rohde, Sony's senior vice president of Worldwide Studios, rebuts.
If it is then Sony needs to do a Japanese price cut, FAST. Sony can't afford to lose dev support this early for Vita.
This guy shouldn't have even responded to this nonsense.
@ Maria So true. Remember this? http://www.kotaku.com.au/20... Nikkei has been spreading alot of BS lately. Surprised Sony even took the time to reply. Remember that "one console maker will drop out in early 2012" article? Edit: Lol @ Grave hoping that no one will read the article. Looks like it's working though by the agrees.
You are right Dante112, if you are lucky you will get 300 agrees which represents 0.000062 of the gaming market. /on topic Give the f*cking console a chance, it was released officialy yesterday in NA and it is the best portable console to date, really enjoying it and very happy I pre ordered it and got the bundle.
"An anonymous quote from Japan's Nikkei newspaper paints a bleak picture for the future of the PlayStation Vita" He shouldn't have responded to an anonymous quote in a newspaper? Don't be silly! An anonymous quote could ruin them! /s
Sony has a plan for the Vita that will go into years. This is obviously an over sensational story. They just have to be sure of their current relationship with 3rd party developers. They have probably got enough 1st party developers that they can put on developing games for the Vita, if they ran into a pinch. The Vita will be fine, no need to worry about it.
Montrealien....WRONG just kidding but yu know the rules...we cant ever agree;) ;)
Oh man, that was fast, Gaf got this first, the mass conclution is that things aren't looking good for Vita
This system needs more advertising, i don't see it on tv unless it's in those dumb taco bell commercials, no hype yo!
What BS. That is not how business works. You have a contract to make a game no matter what you THINK is going to happen. They can't just cancel all projects and jump to the 3DS even IF they wanted to. What kind of $hit is this? This sounds like some rubbish a fanboy would say.
It happens all the time. 200 developers pledged to develop for the Virtual Boy. How'd that work out?
Yeah, because the VITA is just like the Virtual Boy a crappy console with nothing but a gimmick holding it up. Do you think these people PLEDGED to make games for the VITA? You think its a telethon or something? They sat down, haggled, came to an agreement, signed paperwork etc. Do you think this is like telling your friend you will give them $5.00 and you can just change your mind and give it to someone else on the fly? 'Okay everyone lets jump to the 3DS because the VITA had a rocky start'./s. Does everyone on this site think a company works like a lemonade stand or a roadside diner?
Jonah basicly pointed out the fact that you where wrong in assuming you knew how business worked. He never stated that the vita was like the virtual boy, just that many devs claimed supprt and then didnt do nothing, proving your theory wrong. yet, more peopl agreed with you and you didnt even recognize the fact that someone proved you wrong. Yay for N4G logic, failing and showing why its the bottom of the trash can, once again. /on topic Here is hoping the vita sells well and more games get made for it, it is a really great piece of hardware.
@Montrealien He wasn't proved wrong in the sense that companies aren't going to drop projects on a whim. If they already have a multi-million dollar project halfway completed, you don't drop it. You finish it, release it, and try to make your money back. If the console fails which is unlikely in the case of the Vita, you lose more money than you would have or you find a way to turn it around. For instance, you can still port the project to another platform. If you cancel a project, that investment was wasted and you give up an IP which could have been successful. The Virtual Boy didn't get support for a number of reasons. Nintendo didn't even support well themselves. None of the problems with Virtual Boy exist with Vita so his argument proves nothing.
I am just confused that 13 people don't want the Vita to sell well, why dissagree?
"I did not see that quote, but you see extremist quotes like that all the time," says Rohde, who spoke to Gamasutra about the incipient launch of the Vita in North America. "I mean, obviously, there is no way anyone could stand in front of a camera and say that all developers are changing focus from one platform to another, no matter what it is." Shouldn't this be under rumor then? Edit: I hate how there's never an official source. It's always anonymous. Reminds me of the "anonymous" source that said that one of the gaming console companies would drop out this year.
No it shouldn't be under rumour as this is an article about Sony's response to the rumour. The anonymous source that newspapers quote is usually the voice inside their head or the guy who restocks paper at the company they are talking about.
What would the developers gain by signing such a contract and you would be surprised by the way publishers think. Remember the games that got canceled and delayed because they didn't think the 3ds wasn't going to succeed. My point is that as it is now, sony cannot just sit and wait for it to pick up steam on its own. They need to form a decent strategy just like nintendo did to change the position of their handheld.
The 3DS did fine out of the gate(outpacing the DS launch) and its possible failure wasn't mentioned as a factor for why games were canceled in any press release. Developers sign contracts with publishers to get funds to make their games. Publishers want their investment back so they take the lowest risk which is continuing the project because even if the platform they're releasing it on fails, they still can port it to another one and make some sort of revenue. Its a much lower risk than canceling the project and losing all revenue. Also Sony aren't sitting back. That new 3G bundle is likely a response to the Japanese sales. On top of this, Son are continuing to support it with first party titles such as Gravity Rush. The reason 3DS sales got a significant boost in Japan is established JRPG franchise support such as Monster Hunter. Once Vita starts getting the JRPG support the PSP is still getting(for instance, new Suikoden on PSP best selling game in Japan last week), it will see a massive sales boost in Japan. US and European sales aren't exactly in. considering it just released and the support for those demographics is there so it should be interesting to see how Vita does.
hahaha i love our second comment very true indeed!
Shocking if true.
"I did not see that quote, but you see extremist quotes like that all the time" Mostly from Western media who want Sony to fail and continue to be disappointed when they don't, so if it's spreading to Japan it's pretty funny. Roll on Vita, another Sony PlayStation device that will deliver the goods and still be hated on.
again im going to post this: viral marketing Business Tips Get mind share, and market share will follow. This is especially true online, where successful marketing (whether guerilla marketing, viral marketing, or traditional marketing) can build a substantial user base very fast http://www.businessdictiona... again: "Measuring the effectiveness Effective brand advertising isn't always about driving sales. In some cases, it's about reinforcing the message of a trusted brand name. "In other cases, it's about gaining mindshare while destroying a competitor." Apple's Mac versus PC campaign was a good example of this" http://www.imediaconnection... if people do not think these tactic's are being used against Sony right now in the Media. keep those sunglasses on..LMAO
abso-bloody-lutely fella. people just pull out the whole 'conspiracy theory' argument to immediately discredit any suggestion of something like this at work in the industry without once considering whether there is actually a business plan that covers such a strategy. and of course, there is
Who do you guys think is spearheading this campaign? I'm always impressed when people honestly believe a complex marketing strategy is behind these types of reports. Sony is almost incapable of marketing anything, but you guys believe the competition is capable of sabotage on such a high level. You guys that believe this is the work of some mysterious force that is out to get Sony are one step closer to tin foil hats. -Death
"Mostly from Western media who want Sony to fail" Because the Vita has done so well in Japan right? Are they being paid off by Nintendo or Apple? Can't use MS is this one even though I know you want to. roll on excuses
Remember how the 3DS was so awesome that they had to drop the price soon after release? I wonder how this one is going to play out.
sony will be fine as long as they have there own studios and they get support from the majority of the main studios.
wasnt that discredited already?
Sites are doing anything for hits these days, smh.
I think it's fair to say that the vita is overpriced.
250 feels pretty standard... Especially for something as powerful ad the vita
Well,We will just have to wait and sales will tell.
With a 600 dollar tablet "leading" the market and cell phones with half the power sitting at 300 and up WITH a contract? 250 doesn't sound like that much....
It's well-priced, but I think they should've ditched the rear touch to bring the price down about $30
"Well,We will just have to wait and sales will tell." LOL I love how people act like sales only points towards one thing. "if this thing has poor sales it means nobody wants/cares for it." "if this thing has poor sales that means it's over priced" "if this things has good sales it's due to good marketing" "if this thing has good sales it's because everyone loves it" Strong/poor sales aren't a result of one thing. If the Vita were to have poor launch sales it doesn't necessarily mean that it's over priced. It could be that it had to be marketed better or that it needed more desirable launch titles or a combination of all of the above.
I bet you also didn't think that the PS3 was overpriced when it's first came out.
a year ago the consensus was that $400 would be a good price for the hardware in the vita, at the price announcement people went crazy when it was only 250, a day before launch? people want cheaper
Sad isnt it?
"I bet you also didn't think that the PS3 was overpriced when it's first came out." Just because you can't afford something doesn't mean it's over priced. At the time I never thought that the PS3 was over priced especially considering the fact that the PS3 was THE CHEAPEST Blu Ray player on the market... I just thought that it was super expensive is all. I did like all gamers do that are on budget... I waited for the price to drop. When you look at the specs of the vita there is no way in hell you can say that it's over priced. How much do you think it's worth? $150??? The vita is priced right, it's just that it's EXPENSIVE. If the vita is too expensive for you currently, wait a year or 2 to buy it when the price drops to an affordable price. The term "over priced" means that if you were to buy it you are getting ripped off and that's certainly not the case with the Vita. An example of overpriced would be to sell a piece of candy for $20.
The memory cards are a rip-off, at least.
believe it or not the ps3 wasnt overpriced when it came out, it had a freaking bluray player! a bluray player alone at the time of launch was more expensive then the ps3!
love the ignorant disagree, there were a scant few BD players on the market cheaper than the PS3 when it launched. That is a fact.
The Vita is not overpriced in relation to the value. Have you read the specs on this device?? Quad-core proccesor, Quad-core graphics card(ipad2 only has dual-core), 5inch OLED screen, etc. If a mobile phone was to be released today with these specs, expect the price to be at least $700. You get all of this for $250. The only difference is the compact size and voice call ability. My only issue with what's overpriced is the Vita memory card. This isn't really shocking or new though, since the PSP pro duo was also expensive. However, the reliance on memory card this generation is mandatory for certain games.
Ill have to agree and i dont think Abdou was talking about just the base price. Add in the data plan, memory cards, cost of games and youre at the very least spending $350+. People like me will wait for the wifi only model.AT&T can suck a fat one if they think paying 30$ for only 3GB of data is cheap, i blow through that in less than a few hours on my phone. I'm willing to bet exuberant fees will be thrown on to your monthly bill if you even go a Mb over.
Sales will not tell me whether a console is over priced. What tells me if a console is over priced, is you look at the price, and what you get for your money. In the case of Vita, you get plenty for the asking price.
i think you need to understand the difference between over priced and expensive. the tech in the vita justifies the price. even the ps3 when it first came out was not over priced because blu ray was so new at the time and sony were already losing money at the price they were selling. Again vita is expensive in this shitty economic situation that everybody is in not overpriced!!!
hai guyz....I just read that 3ds was losing a bunch of support /sarcasm http://www.kotaku.com.au/20... Games Journalism is so predictable. 3ds is doomed. Vita is doomed. The systems start to gain customers. Then the journalists shut their stupid mouths, and then say something else is doomed or outdated. What a sad state Games Journalism is in. Instead of telling us about cool games, they always write the same tabloid crap.
OMG everytime Sony releases new hardware all these ridiculous articles come up....EVERYTIME!
It's not on FIRE in Japan because it does NOT have any crucial japan focused games! They love some RPG's which it really did not launch with. Most games are action or puzzle orientated, with only old PSP games available. A few major japan focused games and you will see it outselling PSP and maybe even match the 3DS.
So sad how all the media is hating on Sony and the Vita
Oh come on, the damn things been out for a short time. At least wait a week before bs gets posted.
As for myself if there was no uncharted for the vita i would of never got it. Those other games for it are just ok nothing pops out at ya. sorry guys its not just me i've got friends that say the same.
its funny how stupid articles come ouyt just b4 sony's big launch... some nintendo fans go way too far to see nintendos competition come out with something well built. They act as if they have stocks with nintendo
They are probably just bitter that they paid 250€ for their 3DS at launch and the Vita which has much better hardware costs the same. They just envy the fact that Sony created a handheld that's worth buying at 250€. I am just talking about Nintendo fans here regular 3DS owners don't have this problem. XperiaRay
Its a lie playstation vita will do ok don't fall in to the rumors people just move along.
Why is this even an article...
Because its about Sony responding to the rumor and not about the rumor.
It's waaaaaaaay too early to be talking about any of this. Sad how far some places go for hits and controversy.
The saddest thing about all this, is that the rumor came from Japan's Nikkei newspaper (the one that reports on Japanese financials and stuff) and not some gaming website. I guess newspapers needs to become tabloids now to sell and get hits as well. :/
Funny this was said about the Nintendo 3DS when games were cancelled everyone said the 3DS was doomed.
And look who`s on top and will stay there this handheld generation as well.
I have to agree with you. I do think sony mare going the wrong way with there consoles at the moment as they just seem to want to be all about power but since when has the most powerful console sold the most in any console generation? Sony need to go back to what they did with the ps1 and make it all around cost of the console and amazing games. The one thing that has hurt sony the most though is Microsoft. The reason i say this is because they have found ways of getting some of the big exclusive names off sonys console and onto there's. If you looks as some of the biggest names from the ps1 and ps2 they were gta, final fantasy, tekken ect and this has left sony to make some new and fresh ips which is good but they have not quite taken off like some of there Rival games. Look at games like lbp, mnr for example the games are very good but there not quite as good as Mario and Mario kart plus i think the way sony push them is not what this market needs. If you go back each gen Nintendo only tends to bring out one Mario kart out and one of super Mario world. Then you have the big core games like killzone, resistance which is to take on halo but they are not pushed in the same way ms push halo and gears and the dont create the buzz Microsoft do before these games come out. Its also the same with there consoles when you saw a ps1 add with the logo dont underestimate the power of the playstation you had a bit of s buzz for the console where this gen for the psp and ps3 they have not done that and that is what has hurt them most of all. Yes he psv is an amazing bit of kit and i cant wait to get one but i do think Nintendo already has them beat on the handheld market with the 3ds and if sony dont change the way they do there business they could also slip into 3rd place next gen with there home console along way behind nintenodo Microsoft which i don't want to see.
How long did it take the PS3 to finally start out selling the PS2, awhile. Now look at the PS3, its doing great. The start of every console takes time to mature and get into full swing. No console can be in trouble/failing in its first 2 months of its life. Now stop with all the BS. This time next year if the Vita hasnt been a hit then these kind of articles are valid. But the year the Vita is going to have is pretty amazing, just look at the list of games coming. To name just 3, Bioshock, COD & Assassins creed.
Kiyoshi Shin is famous for hating Sony and love Nintendo. he is saying this without any sources,just hoping. STUPID Sony should sue him.
the vita had two months to be out and now every is crapping on it, like for god sakes not even the 3ds got this much hate even when its sales took a nose dive.
I agree that the Vita hate is ridiculous and excessive, but when the 3DS first came out I actually saw people ON HERE saying the 3DS was a flop and some went as far as to even say "it'll make Nintendo go bankrupt." But like I said, I agree. Give the Vita some time people before you write it off. Look what happened with the 3DS. Things improves immensely over time.
If Nintendo had kept the 3DS at that price, things might look quite differently.
I stopped reading at "A Anonymous Quote" which translates to me as "A Bullshit Story".....SMH