VG247: Ouch. Vita has sold 1.8 million units since last December. The console is the greatest handheld gaming experience yet created, but Sony’s on the verge of throwing away an incredible opportunity, says blog ninja Henry McNulty.
well, Kaz just took over, so i'll wait till E3 for any changes to strategy. Soul Sacrifice looks promising...
Vita needs gran turismo, mgs 4, mgs rising, cod b.o., assassins creed, bioshock, killzone, lbp, g.o.w, battlefield , gta 5. Once vita gets those games then it'll do amazing saleswise. Most of those games I mentioned were confirmed with rumours on the rest. I have faith that the vita will amazing because its the system that can break the rift between this gens fanboys. This gens core gamers can buy it to experience games akin to the hd console games they are useto playing at home. It's don't that loves making exclusive titles so the vita is guarantee to have massive amounts of quality titles made by Sony first party studio.
No, I prefer the Vita has its own games. I mean whats the point of fill it with ports of the PS3?
I agree it needs some games Like GT MGS but it needs its own versions of this game. Maybe a GT5.5 that can link with GT5 and a new MGS too. If they make some games that link with the PS3 versions I think this will also help people pickup the PSV but they also need some of there own stand out IP's as well as Online games too as this is one area Sony can out do Nintendo with there PSV over the 3DS. I hope the PSV sales start to pickup as I really like the console but at the moment I think the 3DS has the better line up of games.
but you can't have this kind of library in just less than a year .. making games takes time you know ...
Vita needs those, but even more important... It needs its own exclusive platform defining games. Like how PSP had Patapon and Loco Roco. Games made for the system alone. It made the system more special, more reasons for possible customers to buy it. At this moment, only Escape Plan does this well. Little Deviants is not that good. Unit 13 is good but its a game that is like many other games. This is what Sony needs to do, sure the quantity of games coming from ports can get certain people in, but make it more special Sony. Make the exclusives irresistable, so that people chose to buy the Vita.
Vita needs a price cut + sh*tloads of games and later a new redesigned model that can be advertised as more than just a handheld game, Smartphones are taking over, can't stop that, this E3 should be all about Vita games, if not, game over...
Ports of PS3 or PS2 games never did well on the PSP and won't do well on the Vita also. It needs fresh new games. The reality is most people will just play those ports on the console itself.
You can only save something if it needs saving in the first place.
i would buy one but I'm jobless
We see no problem with the product Sony brings out. Most people don't see a problem with the products Sony brings out Financially the company is messed up. Bad leadership, horrible decisions, and here is the kicker.... PRODUCTS SO GREAT, BUT NOT MAKING MONEY. Truth be told... I love my Vita, I love my 360, I love my ps3, I hate my wii But products and companies that made them can be separated. Watch this Truth be told... Sony's company is ran by idiots, MS's ran by money, and for some reason I love Nintendo as a company. Anyone who thinks that Playstation's and vita's are awesome fine. But you are fooling yourselves if you think Sony as a company is doing well, they are in serious trouble. I wrote this post about 3 hours ago on the same discussion, different article.
the sky is falling
I wasn't aware it was in need of saving, sure it could use some more games, but this is standard fare for any new machine.
It needs a game to draw in people, for example im thinking of investing in a new PC(my current is very old) just to play Diablo 3. Monster Hunter would be a really good idea.
All they need is a price cut! I enjoy playing uncharted on my cousins. Game is sweet! Just lower the price and release more games! (I know more are coming!) :P
Love it when they say since december where it only launched in japan give it till the end of 2012 before going teh doomzed! E3 is around the corner and it will probably be filled with Vita news. Cant wait till june for gravity rush.
Getting resistance burning skies later this month, I dont know wha this guy is talking about. On topic: To me? He sounds upset that Sony doesnt to want accept homebrew or piracy on their new platform. If you want vita games then you wait like the 3DS crowd did for 3DS games. The vita launched in december, but only in japan, I highly doubt Sony is going to waste their time chasing EA for a madden port for the japanese release of their new platform. Madden will come here in the U.S in the month of August when it usually releases. Right now you got MLB the show with cross play, which spring is the right month for it. I know, its not homebrew or anything, but even so its the right sports title for the right season. Besides those games that Sony taken down due to homebrew are slowly making their back to the store(as originally intended). Or isnt that the point anymore? Also I am no Nintendo fan, but to dismiss the 3DS for its inferiority is not neccesary. The thing has a slew of fun games available and slew more coming. And the only reason why the iphone gets mention is simply because a good percentange of people have or intent to own one in the near future and its games are extremely cheap when compared to everything else. Other than that I dont consider it anyhing special or significant in the gaming market. Infinity blade and angry birds, wow...lol Sony Isnt perfect and I must admit I wish they had a richer catalogue of games, but I also understand somethings need to be process. The guy in this article names ports of console games and embraces the idea of the vita being a console on the go. However i guess this is also one of those guys who,would most likely sit there and critisize Sony for 3rd parties choosing to port their console games instead of investing in new ips for the device. Its not as if Sony isnt doing anything about it, http://blog.us.playstation.... & http://translate.google.com... is like I said, somethings need to be process.
also dead space resident evil 4 modern combat 3 bad company 2 street fighter 4 marvel vs capcom 2 ultimate MK3 madden 11 nfl 12 nba 2k12 *lots more cant think of them all rite now lol i mean i dont expect u hardcore gaming geeks to appreciate iOS since most most of u are PC loyalists who were trained to hate apple, but seriously everyone needs to get off the angry birds thing lol. i downloaded it (free) to see what all the fuss was about and i never play it. i think it sucks personally
Thank you. It's always good to hear someone talk such sense. All you have to have is a little patience and the games will come. A business has processes that they have to go through and people yelling 'I want more games NOW' isn't going to make them come any faster. Sony is announcing more VITA games as we speak if no one noticed and we already have games like MK and RBS coming out. People had the patience to wait until the 3DS had more games and it's launch line up was atrocious. So I don't see why we can't do the same. What is with some Sony console owners seeming to think they deserve everything faster and more then everyone else? Just wait. Remember the cry 'The PS3 has no games'? And we ended up with more exclusives and just about every third party game the 360 has, more then enough games to play including some really exceptional ones. Maybe it doesn't quite have it's 'killer app' yet but despite what people say they gave us several above average games to play until more stuff comes out. MK has been getting 9s every where and people seem to be forcibly trying to ignore it. People didn't ignore STF4 despite it being a simple port to the 3DS so why the hate of MK on the VITA?
@ smashcrashbash People didn't have the patience, people got a price drop. That changed everything for the 3DS.
Nothing wrong with the price. Anyone who knows anything about technical specifications knows that this system is real value for money. It's still more powerful than any tablet and phone out there, and does pretty much all the same things except for make phone calls and email, yet it costs less than half the price of high end mobile devices. What Vita needs is games. It has plenty atm and I'm content, but it needs a multitude of big hitters to attract more buyers. Look at what having a combo of Monster Hunter, Mario Kart 7 and Super Mario 3D Land did for the 3DS (In Japan).
you can use skype app on vita to make calls. i hold it up to my face like a phone and all when im doing voice calls lol
Dont know about when you skype but it's broken on the Vita. Unless there was a update recently I cannot use it for more than 2 minutes at a time before crashing :(
I can't wait until the rpgs start rolling in.
when was the vita in trouble that it needed to be "saved", exactly? p.s. DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM /sarcasm
I wouldnt say its doomed, but it didn't have half the functions Sony promised it would.. OR that we thought Sony would put in as a standard *cough* PS1 & PS2 BC Oh and the ever so popular "remote play"... Give me those features and I'll it in a heart beat.
bro, it DOES have remote play i was using remote play to get down on some metal gear solid the other day! nuff said
THIS^^ I was just about to say the same thing. Its been out a few months and sold 1.8 million with very little games. When the games start coming it will do well consistently. Im not too concerned about remote plat, cross platform play is where its at for me. Can't wait for E3!
my vita is STILL collecting dust. :(
u already beat all ur games? or is there nothing to do on vita other than games? EDIT:or ur talking about something u dont have? -_-;; i mean if u spent the money, dont u want to use it?
Give it to me because I could sure use one.
If you bought it, chances are you KNEW what was coming on it. If it's collecting dust, that's your fault, not the system's fault. Oh, kreate says you're lying. Nevermind, then.
I can't help thinking that the multitude of doom articles that have plagued the internet have not helped in this situation. Imagine if you're not all that clued up and jump on the net for some advice and you're bombarded with articles claiming that the Vita is good but it's doomed to oblivion. Not going to instil you with confidence is it? I admit that Sony haven't exactly come out guns blazing, but the so called game and tech loving press have really delivered a disservice to not only Sony, but to every game and tech lover out there. Would it hurt for one moment to put aside the pathetic console "war" and admit that for a piece of tech it's pretty decent and control wise contains everything a gamer needs?
You hit the nail on the head. I find these days, tech sites and the like are in it for Apple and their devices. How many articles have we been bombarded with heralding the death of handheld gaming because of iPhone games? Not to mention the slew of articles from "legitamite" sites comparing the Vita to the iPhone? Yet very nearly all of these sites prop up Apple devices and knock things like the Vita. I used to listen to Kim Komando on Saturday afternoons as a good source of tech information. Now she's just another Apple sheep hocking everything Apple. When people phone into her show, you can bet almost everything she says will have something to do with Apple. I'm not trying to knock Apple here or anything (though I'm no fan), I'm just trying to illustrate media bias for Apple and how they tend to knock most things else. :)
E3 people just wait till E3...
No thats what a xbot says jk but for sure E3 will be about the Vita especially since Sony has been announcing nothing but new PS3 games before E3.
Yes exactly they want to make room for the VITA.
1.8 million is nothing to scoff at, especially at this point in ir's life....In case people have forgotten, Nintendo was not setting the world on fire with 3DS in the same ammount of time after launch, & it took a decent price cut on 3DS to get sales rolling more. PSVita needs a price cut 1st & foremost, as people do not see the worth in paying a lot for what is ultimately a modern game & watch. So drop the price by $50 U.S., & $100Au, & sales will certainly jump up accordingly. And Sony ought to not only make these price adjustments very soon, but they also should offer either a 8gig memory stick, or a game with tge system. They should have been launched with a standard 8gig memory card from the start.
VITA needs more GAMES! I don't care if it's a port (as long as it's a good game) or a brand new unique title, as long as it will add to the vita library, then it's good enough for me.
1.8 million is a pretty damn good sales figure for something thats only been out for a few months. May I also add that the Vita is only in its launch period. The games library will get bigger and there will be a price drop prompting more buyers. Once there are more games and a price drop (especially those memory cards) I'll definately be buying a Vita. Just wait and see what Sony have instore for us at E3.
Yea them memory cards are beyond expensive. I think if they were to sell the vita at $199 with a bundle which include a decent size memory stick then it would help. I don't find nothing wrong with a vita seems like a great little machine but the prices for it seems too harshly. Also the device just came out man I don't understand people nowadays, what they want a billion games already? Give it time games will come or if not then its doomed..
Yep the memory card prices are the worse. The largest card shouldn't be more than $40. I'm looking to buy a 32 gig card after my next game purchase. I dont want to be carrying about about of small game cards :(
The main problem with the Vita and 3DS is not price of the machine, but the price of the games. The best games at launch are 50-55€, and that's way to much money for a handheld game, no matter how good it is. The best games at that price, i'm not interested in buying a Vita nor 3DS. For a handheld game, the most the price should be is 20€ and no more.
I think the price should cap at $40. I wasn't aware the prices were up to $50. You're definitely right but I think $20 is too little.
Where do you buy your games? Because I haven't paid over $50 dollars for any of my handheld games.
There aren't any games more than $45 with taxes but I think the prices shouldn't exceed $35 with tax.
In Portugal the game Uncharted Vita and FIFA Vita are 53€... putting that in dollars it's almost 70$. If you take a look at other countries in Europe they are more or less the same price. That's just plain robbery for a handheld game... no matter how good the game is. Even in Amazon Uk (where we normally get the cheapest prices) Uncharted Vita is 35£ = 44€ = 56$
Thats not the problem with the price of games rather a the fact that EU governments put lots of tax(VAT?) on luxury items like games and consoles. Prices seem fine but thats just bcs i'm lucky to be in the states and even then i don't pay MSRP for new games. If you think its expensive in Europe you should talk to my friend in Brazil who games -_- like 50% tax+ on gaming items
Open remote play on PS3 and it's "saved".
Don't forget add PS1 classic support.
I think psone classics will likely get supported, as for remote play I dont see it expanding. I feel Sony is stuck in a bind here with this feature. While I personally feel it would do them good to deliver on this, I also sense that maybe they are afraid of what it could mean. To put it simply, having a fully functional/supported remote play feature would do them more harm than good. I imagine many opting to use this feature than buying vita games, as its a cheaper way to get your gamefix on the go. Its like you have two platforms, but only buy games for one. This is why I believe they put more emphasis on cross play instead. People want original content, but they also forget that sort of commitment takes time and funding. Escape plan, sound shapes, gravity rush, soul sacrafice are all new experiences and I am sure many more are being worked on as we speak. People often overlook at the differences of each platform and how time and mechanics play a role on what gets released and when. The 3DS being out a year longer than the vita means its games were in development way before vita dev kits were even spotted in the wild. It (the 3DS) launched at $250.00 with a rather mediocre line up, it got burned and the pressure was on Nintendo on its lackluster performance and how its chances stacked against the rise of smartphone games. So? They dropped the price and released 3 heavy hitters in a short frame of time. Now fast forward to the present and the talk is about Sony's numbers and the lack of vita games. Reality? Theres atleast one vita exclusive coming out each month from what I can gather, resistance: burning skies this month, gravity rush in june and so forth. Just because it isnt mario or monster hunter doesnt mean the vita has no games. The one thing I will agreed on is the memory issue, I think it would help if they included atleast an 8gb stick in every box from here on out. That would atleast break the ice for many. Personally I feel Sony should start releasing Ps2 HD classics like Rogue galaxy, Dark cloud, and so forth exclusively for the vita first than later of the ps3. I think this will give some even more incentive to purchase a vita before hand. I can think of many games that would find a perfect home in the vita if brought back in HD. Resident evil zero and resident evil one remake Onimusha Kingdom hearts The ps2 dragon quests Okami And so many more....
I hope it truly gains momentum,because it's an amazing handheld.Though I bought mine at launch,I agree the price could be a little lower.
my friend has a Vita and want's more games!!!
This things needs YouTube!!! And a better browser!! The power is there I just don't understand Sony, things like this make no sense to me!! I'm on my iPad typing this, but I would rather be doing this on my vita. Just like I would like 2 watch YouTube on vita. I have to put my vita down to surf the web or whatever u wanna call it, that's sad!! How bout a weather app?, why are ps mini so expense? how about a call of duty game like ASAP!! Teens and preteens love love call of duty!! Stop porting games that ppl already own! I like my vita! But I shouldn't have to get my iPad for something so simple like browsing n4g
More important right now is the ability to remote play any Ps3 games!
Sony mentioned that it's partly on the developers to enable Remote Play with Vita, so in this case I wouldn't even mind of it were only first-party titles fully functional through RP, that would be awesome and may even encourage more purchases of Sony first-party titles.
Problem is most developers probably wouldn't bother doing that, unless Sony starts actively pushing developers to support remote play
The 3DS sold poorly as well when it first came out. I think when you see the next batch of games come out like COD and Madden that look like their console counter part this worry will subside. I bought the Vita at launch and the 3ds at launch and the Vita by far had better launch titles. My 3ds just collected dust until Zelda OOT came out, I play my Vita almost daily.
True people seem to forget that the 3DS launch lineup was a lot worse than the 3DS. I've had a Vita since launch and I bought a ton of PSP games, Super Stardust HD, Mutant Blobs Attack Tales from Outer space and Mortal Kombat Vita plus I downloaded Montezuma blitz, Forbisher Says and 3 minis (impossible game, coconut dodye and a Space Shooter for 2 bucks. In terms of launch library the Vita has a lot more games than the 3DS at launch plus there's a ton of arcade, minis and PSP games that you can download. I personally have no complaints because soon Gravity Rush will come out soon, Persona 4 The Golden and towards the end of the year hopefully a new Bioshock game with Soul Sacrifice comming out in the beginning of next year. XperiaRay
I got my vita day one and i love it, and while I agree it's missing some things, it's bothersome that nobody seems to talk about what it does have. All I see is it doesnt have ps1 games! Ok, but It does support psp games, I know it's a not all psp games yet, but there are still some good even great ones that are supported right now, and I'm sure there are people who claim their vita is collecting dust who have never played peace walker, chinatown wars or the psp god of war games, and in a time like now where vita content is slow because it's takes time to make, you can go play a great psp game like patapon 2 for 7.99$. All I see is all it has are ports! But games like Escape plan, uncharted (it's a continuation of a franchise, not a port, nintendo does this all the time and nobody says all they have are ports, 3ds is great by the way), lumines, touch my katamari, unit 13, sumini: demon arts, and army corps of hell, tales from space arent ports and are all unique vita made games, and even the ports people cry so much about are good games, mortal kombat on vita is the best version of the game. All I see is the browser sucks! I agree It does, but it's comparable to other browsers on gaming devices, I haven't seen a browser on a dedicated gaming device that didn't suck. People all say It's needs more apps! I say the apps are fine, more apps would be great but as of now you can still watch netflix, check and update facebook and twitter, call people via skype, listen to music unlimited, upload pics to flickr, etc. all on a HANDHELD GAMING DEVICE, and while a youtube app would be the icing on the cake, lets not forgot that without the icing it's still a cake. The vita is by no means perfect, but to act like it's completely useless right now just because it has some problems here and there is unfair.
It will take a while until Vita is in 1.8 million consumer hands. Vita sold less than 83k last month in US...
I'm getting so sick and tired of people complaining about the Vita. The system was just launched people. 5 months in Japan and 3 months in the U.S. So why are people assuming this system is doom. This is the greatest handheld system ever built so far and it has the potential to rival consoles. When have you seen a system with launch titles as good as the vita's launch titles? Uncharted G.A is amazing. lets compare it to the first uncharted for the ps3... Similar graphics and UGA had a way better story and game play than the first uncharted for the ps3. you cant compare it to uncharted 2 and 3 because when these games came out developers had time with the ps3. I guarantee you will see a significant improvement with game quality and graphics by next year and so on. Trust me, the vita will be fine and will be sony's second highest selling console. But I do agree it needs apps and a better browser that could rival smart phones. I guess sony is just waiting to reveal these things at E3.
As a piece of tech, the Vita is well deserving of it's price point as it is very powerful and polished at a high caliber. But tech alone will not sell the system. Much like the struggles of the 3DS last year, a combination of attractive games + a much more appealing price point for those memory cards will most likely spurn sales.
Sometimes I wished SCE was a little business in my garage that I ran. That way, if I ran VITA as my own business, I could give the huge majority that want stuff from VITA (i.e. price cut, more exclusives, better mainstream penetration, etc etc) all that and more. Man. I would literally eat off of a hot plate and live out of a shed if I could do all of that. xD
I still want to buy one and almost did at launch but my instinct told me to hold out and wait for a price drop and a little more variety in Vita games. I think it's a solid machine but I think my patience will pay off.
I agree with the fact that the Vita should get games from other franchises that would make it worthwhie, but I really wanna see some original games on the vita that are top notch.
It will start selling like pancakes when hackers figure out how to run iso's. I myself will run out and get one immediately when that happens!
What the hell needs saving? Honestly people acted like its doomed because it didn't sell 10 million units within the first few months. Why don't we let games come out first? Its not like developers can all just turn around and make a game for it in a snap, thats why Sony released a bunch of first parties to get it going. LET GAMES COME OUT if its still lagging, then say its doomed.
Ports of console games are good, but the Vita needs exclusive games to define it. For example, the original Gameboy had Super Mario Land, but was bundled with Tetris. This set it apart from the NES (although Tetris was later released for the NES). It's not too expensive, even though I wouldn't like to see a handheld priced higher. However, the price of their memory cards is outrageous. For example, where I live, a 16gb memory card is €50. That's more than twice the price of a 16gb micro SD card.