(GamesIndustry.biz) Sony attracted unwanted attention to PS Vita's poor sales this week - but it can still turn this console around, argues Rob Fahey
Is this article really necessary? It hasn't even been out 6 months and already we're getting titles like this?
Vita is failing early so yeah, it doesn't to be out 6 months to be rescued, it needs rescuing now. Unless of course you believe being outsold by almost every available console a good thing.
Think of PS3 launch all over again. Was all that 2007 hate necessary? Funny thing is that PS3 outsold 360 worldwide that year and ever year after, making them pretty much even in sales. So all the concern, the doom articles, the Sony needs saving pieces... All of that was no more than media fuzz out of the hype they made themselves and wanted Sony to be responsible for, but they never made the same assumptions over 360, hence MS was marked successful, despite performing basically the same. Now is Vita's turn to get the rough end of that stick. The sales, the software releases, the overpriced peripherals, those are all inline with early life cycle videogame consoles and handhelds. But the media made Vita to be the second coming much before it was even released, now they try to hold Sony accountable if it don't came to be... I would not be surprised if someone aligned first year sales from Vita, 3DS, PSP and DS based on trustable sources (companies make trimestral sales reports, so please, don't came in with the VGChartz crap) and found out they are all pretty much in the same lines.
I completely agree with what you're saying and we should let the sales numbers speak for themselves. The point that I think is being missed is momentum, consumer sentiment is really important for a brand and the next gen of consoles, this is something that Sony is losing. I say this as an Xbox 360, PS3 and Vita owner
Like everyone else said, it isn't doing so well. Sony needs to up their support (I'm looking at you Remote Play) and developers need to make some games. The list of games coming out for it isn't that big and even those games are iffy. The best one out of them all is Gravity Rush. Resistance and others just look blah.
Damn yo is today PS Vita is Doomed Day or what? I think its like the 4th article with Vita is doomed where its the subject matter these opinions are sad i thought this site was called N4G News for Gamers not O4G Opinions for Gamers Sent from my PS Vita
These articles are getting tiresome. The Vita doesn't need saving. It just needs a kick up the rear end. It's far from being a dead product. More software and maybe a little price cut / bundle and they'll soon fly of the shelves. I can't wait until later this year when Vita sales do pick up. Maybe these articles will end. The 3DS got this treatment last year (which a lot of fanboys were quick to agree with) until the games began steadily releasing. Who am I kidding? It'll be WiiU is Doomed Articles later this year. Followed by Xbox 720/PS4 is doomed in 2013. Gaming journalism is really that predictable!
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.
Rescue? Gaming nowadays... This will be marked as trolling.
And quite rightly so
Ummmm.... of course it isn't too late. The VITA just came out the other day. There are lots of things they can do to increase sales. Why are people as adapt at stating the obvious these days?
It's easier than real news. Making up stuff, making lies into headlines, that's easier than reporting something real. And even EASIER if it's the trend to attack certain consoles or games. Rumors are treated as fact, and everybody runs with it because it makes for sensationalist headlines, which garner hits to their websites. That's all there is to it. I doubt highly that the Vita will be selling at the same slow clip in a few months, with or without a price cut. Simply put, there are lots of games people are looking forward to (Call of Duty, Assassin's Creed, Gravity Rush, Bioshock, etc) that aren't that far away. Hell, I spend hours a day playing P3P; I haven't even gotten around to Uncharted or Unit 13, and I play a game of The Show every now and then. Yet I'm completely satisfied. People just like finding things to complain about. ESPECIALLY when it's something they don't have a lot of interest in to start with.
The 3DS sold like crap for 9 months...then it started to take off. What PS Vita needs is call of duty, then it'll be fine. As for me, I love the handheld.
i LOVE my vita -).
Yall say bring out better games,the Vita needs a quick fix which I think the best thing they can do is at E3 announce an immediate price drop by at least 50-75 dollars. Nintendo had the same problem until they dropped the price of the 3DS. Then and only then do I see sales of the Vita picking back up.
The Vita needs to include a mem stick and game...not a system price drop....the technology in that is well worth the $250. It needs the software, and Sony has NEVER not delivered on the software in 15 years so why start to doubt now? The ipad doesn't sell because its hardware specs but rather what's on it. Sony knows that and I'm going to believe they will deliver because they always have and until they disappoint me I have no reason to think otherwise.
Blah Blah Blah ... if the 3ds was still full price we wouldnt even be having this conversation. Lame article.
It's ok, the PS3 & Blu-Ray have been doomed since the end of 2006. XD
We just need games for Vita... and we'll get them... hopefully sooner than later.. Sony's waiting til E3 to give us what we want..... I'm still playing my Vita.. Mortal Kombat has helped that alot and Resistance Burning Skies will as well... beyond that, the future is unsure, but I'm sure E3 will give us Vita owners more to get excited about..
If Sony was able to turn around the PS3 then they can turn around the Vita. E3 has to be huge for them though, they need to knock it out of the park with vita stuff.
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