How the Vita led PlayStation's fight for relevance

The first time Kris Graft met Shahid Ahmad, He was on a train about to depart from Chicago’s Union Station to head to Emeryville, California for the inaugural make-a-game-on-a-train event, Train Jam. He was there to observe, report, and eat the huge bag of raw almonds that he brought. Ahmad was there to make a video game, along with a few dozen indie devs.

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DeadRabbits3772d ago (Edited 3772d ago )

For me the Vita is integral to the next gen experience! I can honestly say taking a dump has no longer interrupted my gaming sessions and made my pee and doo doo bucket redundant!

Mikey322303771d ago

The Vita is a Trooper! :D

Basically, everyone who owns one love it!

And still i can just feel potential oozing out of it every-time i put my hands on it, Sony could/should do some incredible things with it. Time will tell.

RPG_Lover3772d ago (Edited 3772d ago )

Honestly Vita needs to do a lot more before it becomes relevant in the gaming landscape, and I love the device. Second or third place in Japan, and dead last in every other region is not exactly what I would call "relevant".

Sony basically dropped all first party support of Vita, and is on record saying they see it more of a PS4 peripheral than its own handheld. That is why I think such a great device has not spread more.

rambi803772d ago

I wasn't too thrilled with the Indie direction at first, but i've really started to enjoy a lot of these titles. having spelunky and fez on the go is awesome.

ArbitorChief3772d ago

The VITA needs a system seller title, like a Pokemon X/Y for the 3DS for it to compete in the handheld space in terms of sales.

SixtyNine3772d ago (Edited 3772d ago )

It does, and it doesn't. It is perfect for the Niche audience. A perfect companion device for PS4. The only thing left is that mainstream game that'd propel the VITA to great heights. Somethin' like Monster Hunter. No half-assed efforts.

PrinceOfAllSaiyans3772d ago

The Vita is decent but the 3DS blows it out of the water. And its not even close. I wish Sony would put as much effort into the Vita as Nintendo does the 3DS. The 3DS might be one of the best Nintendo platforms ever, and the best console out. I just can't see myself paying 200 for the vita and those overpriced memory cards just to play a bunch of indies. Both the Vita and 3DS lineups look weak this year. Especially the Vita's. Hopefully Nintendo and Sony show a lot of stuff for their handhelds at E3. Zelda Majora's Mask and Metroid for 3DS and some big new triple A for the Vita.

stragomccloud3772d ago

Words cannot express how much I want Majora's Mask for 3DS.

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PS4 ‘could’ve been the end’ for PlayStation, says former exec

Shahid Ahmad spent a decade at Sony Interactive Entertainment, most recently in the role of director for strategic content, where he played a large part in the indie push on PS Vita and PS4, ahead of his departure in 2015.

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Jin_Sakai1452d ago

Thankfully PS4 turned out to be a major success. If my only choice was Xbox I’d give up gaming.

SyntheticForm1452d ago

Sony and PlayStation made the right choices and moves, and provided the console and its users with plenty of excellent content. That's the best we can hope and ask for.

I don't see the people turning away from that, and I anticipate even more excitement for PS5. From PS1 to PS4, it's only gotten better.

Sonic-and-Crash1452d ago (Edited 1452d ago )

Sahid Ahmad talkes nonsense no matter if he is ex executive ...PS3 no matter the difficulties was nowere near failure /or failure of Playstation brand .... exceptional games released on it under Sony s guidance (MGS4 absolute love there ) ....the problems was nt Sony s , but Japanese devs should take the blame for , as they bored to exploit the system and collectively jumped the wagon to develop games for X360 or Mobile

bouzebbal1451d ago (Edited 1451d ago )

PS3 is my favorite PlayStation console. I won't call it a failure.. It's also an insult to the company that came in third place last gen who actually had its best gen ever🤣

Marquinho1451d ago

This generation will be so much tougher for them though. PS5 will sell most likely at loss, and they will face stiff competition from Xbox.

Walk in the park is over.

Sunny_D1451d ago

@ Marquinho

I don’t know... that ramping up production of PS5’s and that 84% of survey takers wanting PS5s tells me otherwise. Oh and that terrible Xbox showcase too.

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Tedakin1452d ago

Well I mean... you could build a PC...

AsunaYuukiTheFlash1452d ago (Edited 1452d ago )

but I wanna play those AAA Game of the Year Sony exclusive.

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Game-o-holic1452d ago

...you could also build a coffin. They are pricey too.

NotoriousWhiz1451d ago

The downvotes on this are outrageous. Lol. The idea, that the choice is Sony or no one is equally outrageous.

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MadLad1452d ago


Sony releases only a very small amount of overall games released.
Unless you play only Sony titles, that's a fairly questionable statement to make.

S2Killinit1452d ago

Yeah no its not. Never has been until this generation when the world has gone upside down.

MadLad1452d ago (Edited 1452d ago )


Yeah. No. It really is.
To say "I'm a gamer, but I'd stop gaming of it was only Xbox".
You know, the thing that plays the vast majority of games released.

It really is a dumb take. Then again, it was only meant as a flame comment, being it refrains from mentioning the several other ways of playing games, so.

I'm a PC and Playstation guy. If I woke up tomorrow, and the only hardware allowed to run games was the Switch, I'd play the freaking Switch.

GamerRN1452d ago


Come on, you know the fanboy power is strong here

rainslacker1452d ago (Edited 1452d ago )

MS dominating the console market would mean that they'd do whatever they want, and probably not care what people say about it. Moving to always on, potentially shutting down the used market like they wanted to. Focusing more on services while they don't care about the actual games output. You know....all the things they did when they had equal market share with their closest competitor. when people had a choice, they choose not to accept MS. take away that choice, and people just follow like sheep.

MS has improved on a lot of things this gen, but I have no doubt that if you let MS dominate a market, they will do whatever they want, and probably get away with it. Their entire history is about trying to, or actually dominating markets.

That said, Sony has had some of the best games this gen. Not because they had to compete with MS, but because that's what they built their brand on. MS hasn't done that, and without competition, there is nothing that suggest they would have done all they did this gen. Sony's games have also made up a lot of the lack of the big SP games that seem to have dropped off this gen as almost all publishers chase after the next big MP GaaS game to make billions, instead of taking more risks on the SP stuff that was over-saturated last gen.

If Sony left the market, I'd hope someone would step in to replace them. I wouldn't want MS to be my only choice, or best choice. i just don't think they'd be good for the industry for the long run.

Godmars2901452d ago

"Sony releases only a very small amount of overall games released."

Frankly, still more than MS has put out. That what comes out is often better received, gains attention from outside the gaming community, is especially why the PS4 has done so well.

"You know, the thing that plays the vast majority of games released."

No. it doesn't play VR titles. Xbox also doesn't play the ones I just mentioned that get more honest attention and are better received.

I'm also with Jin, as far as consoles go, if Xbox were the only game in town that would be it for me and consoles. They may say they're "For the Gamers" yet they cater to a specific type of gamer while expecting everyone else to just come along. As if those other types of gamers had no other choices, yet we do - and why the Xbox is where it is.

Melankolis1452d ago

Some people prefer mainstream muliplatform titles like COD, FIFA, or GTA.
Some prefers Battle Royale, MMO, Indies or even Mobile Games.
While it's true Sony's titles only small amount compared to all games released, they are on the top list when it comes to action-cinematic genre, which i (and maybe many people) prefer most. My most favourite games on PS3 and PS4 belong to Sony. It's not a fanboyism, it's a preference.

RazzerRedux1451d ago

"Sony releases only a very small amount of overall games released."

And their games are awesome. There is no question about that.