Judging Vita before its first Christmas is "preposterous" - Sony

Sony admits that it would "love to be further along" with sales of PlayStation Vita, but believes that "judging [the] console before it has had its first Christmas is preposterous".

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GribbleGrunger3512d ago (Edited 3512d ago )

This is absolutely true, but don't make the mistake of thinking success means 'beating' the 3DS this Christmas. It won't happen for a long time (if ever). Success will just mean a better average and sell through targets met. 3rd party devs will be watching the Vita very closely this Christmas. If it doesn't reach 6 million by March 2013, you can expect low support from 3rd parties for another year. I'm going to be interested in seeing how PS+, PSMobile and Gaikai effect sales in the coming months. It's not beyond comprehension that HOME could be streamed to the Vita via Gaikai too.

There is no doom and gloom here, I'm just being realistic.

jujubee883512d ago

Eh, I guess the VITA is still suppose to beat the 3DS?...

~_~ It makes me feel creepy when people say the 3DS should be beating the VITA or visa-versa, because I live in the real world. So, if I see a kid with a 3DS, and I am playing on my VITA I get anxious and want to scream "FANBOY!" as a first shot fired tactic. All because I read what the internet has to say and the way they paint stories.

One thing is for sure, 3DS and VITA are the last of a dying breed. Even though they have a heck of a lot more years in front of them, it is safe to say the era of a device doing just one thing well is over. That's why smartphones and tablets are things people want to carry in their pockets.

GribbleGrunger3512d ago (Edited 3512d ago )

What are you talking about? Take that flea out of your bottom, tis making you cranky. And is your comprehension that bad that you can't understand that I'm addressing the very people you condemn me of being with that rather flimsy 'Eh, I guess the VITA is still suppose(d) to beat the 3DS?.' Lick your fetlocks flat and relax, that keyboard can be a gracious device.

chrisarsenalsavart3512d ago

Can you play properly on a tablet?

SilentNegotiator3512d ago (Edited 3512d ago )

"That's why smartphones and tablets are things people want to carry in their pockets"
"tablets are things people want to carry in their pockets"
"TABLETS...carry in their POCKETS"

Are you a kangaroo?

jujubee883512d ago (Edited 3512d ago )



I c. :)



GribbleGrunger3511d ago (Edited 3511d ago )

Posted in the wrong place! Darn it!

@SilentNegotiator, below:

Yes, of course Sony was talking about improved sales, but as I pointed out, they're not talking in terms of 'beating' the 3DS. The problem here is largely semantic and you'd have to be particularly pedantic to twist it into some sort of fanboy face-off.

The Vita WILL NOT beat the 3DS this Christmas but that doesn't matter. What matters is for the Vita to sell 'well'. That's all that Sony are asking the media to report on. 6 million is always the first milestone for garnering further 3rd party support (10 million being the next), so Sony will be keen on meeting their targets for this Christmas. They're not interested in meeting Nintendos targets, just their own.

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SilentNegotiator3512d ago

Fair enough....but I want to know if Sony really has the plan to make the holiday turn things around.

They had better market, market, market Vita. They have the first twin-stick portable COD game...and they had better milk that for alllllll it's worth.

guitarded773512d ago (Edited 3512d ago )

They have AC bundle, CoD bundle and Madden bundles.

I'll pull out my Vita in between classes at university, and I'll get so many people interested in it. I know the interest is there, but there is little knowledge. So I agree, marketing would help a bit.

I've had people tell me they haven't bought yet because memory is expensive. If they buy a $250 Vita, and a 16gb memory card they are already up to $300. I think the bundles will get more buying with a game and 4gb memory card all for $250. The device is worth far more than $250 for all it does, but some are still affraid to make the investment... but when they see my Vita, and play it, they really want one afterward.

360ICE3512d ago (Edited 3512d ago )

You sir, should get a Nobel's peace prize. Thanks for writing well reasoned and interesting posts.
Your posts remind me of my own posts, except that your posts are reasonable and interesting posts.

And you sir, are worse than Hitler.

Danbruno13103512d ago

Does it pay to troll? Do you have to pay a toll?

mafiahajeri3511d ago (Edited 3511d ago )

But the vita was released in ASIA last December so technically it has had its first christmas or maybe santa clause couldnt get them to the west? xD

mossman3511d ago

GribbleGrunger - I'm curious about your comments regarding the 6m and 10m milestones. Can you share where that information comes from? I'm always fascinated by the video game marketplace, so my question comes from that curiosity.

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Lvl_up_gamer3512d ago (Edited 3512d ago )

"To start judging a console before it has had its first Christmas is preposterous, really

So...does that mean there should be no more criticizing of the WiiU?

According to Sony, Sales are an indication of product quality. Stating not to judge the Vita until it's Holiday sales.....

So what? What if the Vita sells 10 million units on Christmas? Does it mean that it's suddenly a worth while handheld to own? Does it mean it's better in the eyes of those who first decided NOT to buy one due to the amount of sales the Vita had?

I thought Sales don't matter?

Could it be because sales drives the industry forward? Could it be that sales delivers more support?
Could it be that sales increases the size of the community?

Could it also mean that sales IS indeed a sign of peoples perception as to what quality is worth in terms of spending their hard earned money on a product at a certain listed price?

Sony, I don't care HOW many units you sell, I know it's an awesome handheld. I just want you to lower the price so that I can buy a VITA as well.

givemeshelter3512d ago (Edited 3512d ago )

What you just posted is factually correct and the reason why you got so many disagrees.
People cannot handle the truth on N4G.COM when it comes to this issue.
The hard truth is SALES DO MATTER to the industry for game support.
If the device is stellar and lacks the sales, game developers will not create games for it as a system selling more units overall. That's just business.
It's the way the console industry has been since 1979.
Sales drives support. This will never change because this is a BUSINESS first and foremost

I am a troll for actually stating the truth? Oh sorry i apologize...I keep forgetting that's this is N4G.COM for 12 year olds with absolutely no business concepts whatsoever.
And anywhere in my post did I mention the Vita's hardware? Passing judgement on hardware?
I mentioned how SALES drive support. If you don't believe that then ask yourself why consoles and handhelds that sold less then the leading systems ALWAYS had less 3rd party support going all the way back to the early 1980's...
If telling the truth about sales and support is classified as TROLLING then so be it. Enjoy your ignorance with not reading my ENTIRE POST.

SilentNegotiator3512d ago (Edited 3512d ago )

Sony is talking about not judging Vita's ability to SELL, not judging hardware.

He's not getting disagrees for talking the "truth"...he's getting them for being an angry fanboy with a lack of logic. But don't worry, I marked you both for trolling (as you both are) so that you can both be the martyrs that you so desire to be.

SilentNegotiator3512d ago (Edited 3512d ago )

LOL, oh please. You added 98% of that text AFTER I commented, in a poor attempt to make it look like you had a perfectly logical connection from the start.

The fact remains; Sony was talking about sales, Lvl_Up tried desperately to make out a "hypocrite" moment that wasn't there, and you ranted about how people disagreeing with his comment were not accepting the "truth" of his poor connection skills.

zebramocha3512d ago

Your comments makes little sense as the link doesn't talk about sales but how the wiiu tablet gimps the system and the article is talking about unnecessary criticism of the vita because it is some what new.

Outside_ofthe_Box3512d ago

Let's use a bit of common sense here...

When Sony says "judging before Christmas" they don't mean the hardware itself... They mean by determining whether or not the Vita is in fact a failure/flop... which is totally different than criticizing something for lack of a processor...

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