Sell The PlayStation Vita Yourself, Sony

GR: As if PlayStation Vita sales figures weren't bleak enough, even Sony is beginning to show signs of distress. In a new promotion, Sony is offering a $20 PSN card and "tons of Sony Rewards points" to PSN users who can convince their friends to purchase a PlayStation Vita. Except, this doesn't come off the way Sony intended—it comes off as desperate.

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doctorstrange2834d ago

Anyone want to be my 'friend' whose in the mood for a vita?

007Bond2834d ago

And here you guys want ports of grade A console games on vita when it doesn't even sell haha. Honestly nobody walk around with a handheld unless your 12 years old.

sexbobomb912834d ago

Right, the Vita is meant for 12year olds and UFC fighters: .

Baylex2834d ago

I have mine in my backpack, i take it with me in my car and when I ride my motorcycle i have it inside my jacket! And I'm 22... so the only kid with 12 years that dosen't take their handheld with him is you... because:
1- you're not 12 years old... maybe 11 or so..
2- you don't have a Vita.. maybe a 3DS and you keep it at home!!! God you're pathetic lol

iamnsuperman2834d ago (Edited 2834d ago )

It isn't like that. It is like the Sky box adverts which gave you Marks and Spenser vouchers every time you recommend a friend to join Sky.

It is a standard marketing tool used quite a lot by companies.

jimbobwahey2834d ago

Yeah, I've always considered the whole "Refer a friend" and such marketing strategy to be commonplace. Seems odd to see people shocked and alarmed by things like this given the tremendous amount of successful companies that utilize these kind of promotions.

iamnsuperman2834d ago (Edited 2834d ago )

Like the Sky example. Sky is doing phenomenally well in the UK yet they did such an offer because it just brings in much more customers. It really makes me worry about the people on this site/submitted to this site

Good_Guy_Jamal2834d ago

You have to admit it does seem rather desperate, all things considered (vita sales performance, first time a gaming company does this for hardware)
I want alot more than just 20 bucks for convincing someone to buy a VITA.

admiralvic2834d ago (Edited 2834d ago )

Just because you can spin something to be bad, doesn't mean it's actually bad. Plenty of sites give you bonuses for inviting a friend, several companies offer you a nice little extra (like Direct TV and the 100 bill credit) and even some contests give you extra entries for inviting others / tweeting / facebooking (basically the same thing). The is a common marketing tactic because it is common knowledge that people don't usually talk about good experiences, but will complain about bad. This marketing tactic offers you a reward for hyping the system, so people are MORE likely to speak highly of it, over simply saying nothing. Nothing desperate about it and even if you view it as "desperate", I still think any topic about it are even more desperate for hits.

EddieNX 2834d ago

It's like sucking off people for crack..... /s lmao

Wedge192834d ago

This is sad. I'm a staunch Vita supporter, but really, like you said, Sony needs to sell their own products themselves. You shouldn't need to offer me an incentive to tell my friends about the Vita, your product should be so good, and SUPPORTED that it makes me want to pitch it to my friends myself. That, or well advertised enough that they already know about it without my input.

alexcosborn2834d ago

It really is sad.

The Vita really is in trouble.

-Alpha2834d ago (Edited 2834d ago )

Look, that's true and all, and I can see why people are poking fun at it, but this is nothing new, and nothing most companies don't try to do, regardless of the success of their product. There is nothing wrong with the method, and you can't fault them for advertising.

Wedge192834d ago (Edited 2834d ago )

I agree, and as pointed out in other comments, DirecTV and other companies do it too. The difference is in the execution. Other companies promotions are a successful product that they want you to tell your friends about. In this case, it's a last ditch effort to get customers to support the Vita.

Get support on the developer side of it, and people will come in droves, without needing to offer money. The Vita really is an amazing piece of tech, truly a marvel in handheld gaming. But I can't be expected to sell my friends and colleagues on something that I don't see the developer offering a lot of support on.

If this was better supported on Sony's end, I would be handing out flyers on street corners and convincing everybody I know to purchase one.

ftwrthtx2834d ago

Someone's gotta sell it. The developers aren't helping.

Belking2834d ago

You can't blame this on developers. It's sony's responsibility to ensure that the hardware has great software support. They really need to get out of this"if we make it people will buy it" way of thinking because it really doesn't work that way with everything.

Hicken2833d ago

Care to look over the list of games for the Vita and say Sony isn't giving the damn thing great software support?

Uncharted, Unit 13, Sound Shapes, Gravity Rush, LBP, Sly Cooper, MLB The Show, Super Stardust, Wipeout, Hot Shots Golf, Escape Plan, PS All Stars are all great FIRST PARTY games, and a wide variety, to boot. That's an average of one first party game per month, and that excludes the smaller games like When Vikings Attack, Little Deviants, Treasures of Montezuma, and Hustle Kings.

Seems like Sony's giving out great support, to me. Maybe you should actually do research. Oh, but then, you'd just say it in full knowledge that you were telling lies.

... which is probably what you were doing, anyway.

Troll harder.

-Mezzo-2834d ago (Edited 2834d ago )

So i'll take it that the writer has never heard of a thing called, 'Affiliate Program', what Sony's doing is not different to an 'Affiliate Program' run by, say... Amazon, Ebay or Best Buy.

Everyone that sells stuff does this.

Sensationalism At It'S best.

iamnsuperman2834d ago

I know right. I am still surprised by some people on the internet

Good_Guy_Jamal2834d ago

People called microsoft desperate for giving microsoft points with every Gears and GTA V sold. Shouldn't be suprising that this move by Sony is evoking the same thoughts. Amazon, Best Buy and Ebay don't make a handheld game that is struggling at the moment though. Just as an after thought. . .

tachy0n2833d ago

its not distress, i got the feeling like sony is waiting for something, PS4 perhaps?

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