Hardcore Gamer: Not only was the PS Vita almost completely absent from Sony's E3 showing, but now seems to be absent from major U.S. retailers as well.
Its a shame really as it really is a great piece of kit, it just never got the games to kick it off like a monster hunter.
Yep they should have kicked it off with monster hunter, an infamous title, a kingdom hearts title etc etc Uncharted was a great launch title.
I really enjoyed Gravity Rush and Infamous but it just wasn't enough to persuade people to become early adopters. A MH game would of single handedly sold hundreds of thousands of units in Asia and maybe that would of had a knock on effect for game support and interest.
yeah you know whats up, they got a little push with some original ip's but people ignore them. They main reason why the 3ds does so well is mainly because it has almost 3 of these games, monster hunter, pokemon, and mario. If they would of released a monster hunter a brand new one as a launch tittle im pretty sure it would of exploded in popularity.
Nintendo paid for MH exclusivity.
@MR_Writer85: I also wouldn't dismiss the fact Capcom were just foolish and didn't see why a MH on VITA would benefit the handheld sector all around in Japan.
I personally think Soul Sacrifice is much better than Monster Hunter, but that's just me.
This really bums me out. I hope the relationship between the Vita and the PS4 help Vita sales. Its a really nice system.
they weren't ambitious enough to go walk up to capcom and throw them money for MH...They saw how it sparked the PSP...yet they did nothing about it... it ended up on the 3DS...further hurting the Vita.... The console doesnt deserve this punishment... my opinion, i prefer a game like SS over MH... but brand power can make people buy one thing over the other.
Thats exactly what stumped me, if you have a runaway success on that scale surely you do whatever it takes to keep it? Good point about brand power, MH is the reason me and two friends bought a WiiU and spent 400+ hours playing it so proofs in the pudding I guess.
what angers me about it is, based on what happened on the 360 vs the PS3, where these 3rd party companies where flocking to microsoft at the time (ESPECIALLY CAPCOM), did they think the same was not going to happen with the 3ds and the Vita? the same applies here, especially when a company like capcom loves money, and the popular machine is the 3DS...of course they where going to bring it to the 3DS, and i dont blame them... Sony had to walk up to them, not the other way around. EDIT @IDadio EXACTLY!
I think Sony wanted to create their own MH type experience. Soul Sacrifice was great, but as you say, brand power wasn't there. In some ways it might be good to go their own route on this, as it means the potential for success is much greater. Like Nintendo has Pokemon to rely on, without having to buy off 3rd party publishers. Unfortunately, it's hard to make that happen, mostly because new IP's are extremely hard to get on the level of a MH or Pokemon. On a side note, Soul Sacrifice isn't exactly a super family friendly title. It's really a shame because the Vita is a great system. I've been a bit disappointed in Sony's handling of it, this year especially. But I love the system, and it has games that are the kind of games I like, but I understand that I like mostly niche Japanese titles which others may not.
You do know Nintendo (who have more money than Sony) paid for MH exclusivity. Even if they wanted to Sony wouldn't of been able to match Nintendos offer.
Well, with the new SKU, etc. they may still have time, if they choose to actually market the thing properly. I don't need only "aaa" games and fast sales, but if they want to sell 100m, then they will need to create a buzz, period.
It is possible these retailers don't buy stock that often, as historically the thing doesn't sell that well, which is why they have run out (also the Playstation TV is coming out soon so retailers might be preparing for that stock over the Vita as it is essentially the same thing). If it was something major then it would be a world wide issue (for instance a new bundle would come with massive price drops, as it doesn't sell that well, on previous bundles and if it was a discontinuing issue then it would be a world wide issue)
Vita is life
Life in prison...
Vita is death at the moment.. Even Sony are backing away from supporting it with first party games and relying on indies which is kinda silly
It's for a niche market. Those who want it know how to buy it.
What i don't get is how the Vita flopped. It is so much stronger than the 3DS yet it's a worse system. How does something like this even happen...
Still don't see it? Power and graphics aren't the most important factor of a game. The gameplay is.
Yes, i know that but I dont get how the games on the Vita are so lackluster compared to the 3DS's library. The Vita is able to create experiences that are impossible on any other handheld
yo playstationsquad that is very true and he wont really be able to answer that. the games on the vita are not lack luster at all in fact from the ps1 rpg's and the current rpg's i dont see any actual lackluster in that situation, racers and platformers are so much better on vita. some people are just settling for the 3ds.
For me, the Vita has the stronger lineup of games, as well. I'm definitely in the minority here. I like Pokemon and Zelda, but I definitely prefer Gravity Rush and LittleBigPlanet. That's the problem. Sony made games that appeal to a niche market, like me. :/
We have 2 3ds and a couple of ds s we also have one vita the vita is far and away used more often thanks to ps plus. I hate the 3ds the thing is terrible to hold I can only get through 2 tracks on Mario kart before my hands hurt. Plus almost all the games on that system don't interest me. I would say that it's a nice system for a little kid great crap ware with a smattering of Mario and it's somewhat durable.
Price of the main system, memory cards, and a bunch of s**t versions of highly rated series (Resistance, RE, Silent Hill, COD, etc) killed Vita before it ever even had a chance.
^This. Vita doesn't have many exclusives and it's priced a lot higher than its competition. It's saving grace is Japan where handhelds are thriving.
its not about power, also like to say that 3ds can get away with an ugly game, but with the vita people are expecting a nice looking game. i reckon sony needs a good exclusive platforme like mario.
for example , PS2 and Xbox , the Xbox was using a Nvidia card that is powerful , on the other hand PS2 was just a top notch gameplay focused system , it was a beast on the gameplay side so people bought it .
It doesn't have many games that match up to the quality of 3DS games... Power doesn't make everything instantly better... Games sell systems
Because a gaming platform is defined by its games. Having all the horsepower is meaningless if the software doesn't back it up.
The production cost of VITA games is way more then DS games, due to more power. They cost similar to console games to develop
Sony killed their own child ...
It didn't kill it, molested yes, killed no.
lol!!!! comment of the day !!!!
@vivid Is it the only comment you read? If so you speak the truth.
If you had to describe the state of the Vita in one sentence, that would be it. 1) Not releasing a consitent amount of AAA titles. 2) Not localizing enough Japanese titles 3) Announcing Playstation TV, basically a Vita for half the price+PS4 streaming. 4) Stupid expensive memory cards. Sony doesn't deserve the Vita. They created a beautiful child and blatantly killed it. And we still have Yoshida playing dumb by downplaying AAA games. AAA games SELL consoles. The Vita ISN'T selling. Only a fool wouldn't be able to see the issue here.
5. Not getting Monster Hunter
Agree except for Yoshida part. He's just wondering why some people only look at AAA titles. There are indies games more fun then AAA games. So they are as important as the AAA. However , they shouldn't be the focus because that's what's killing the vita. I'm studying in UK and i just got back to my country. I didn't cary my vita because nothing interesting for me in vita. It's dead to me until they deliver AAA games and at least 3 killer(Masterpieces) games.
2. Not localizing enough Japanese titles I actually say they don't get enough Western titles to appeal to the western audience. There is a slew of great Japanese titles on the system. More than enough to play in a few years time, and a good amount of variety. It's why I like the system so much, because those are the kinds of games I like to play. Agree with the rest of the stuff. AAA titles, they're there, but get very little press, and are few and far between. 3. Agree because it seems like Sony is going to take the focus off the Vita handheld. It may work out well for the Vita system overall though, as it could mean more support if it does well. 4. Worst thing they could have done IMO. Particularly early on since it was just an added cost to the system.
vita needed more exclusives. the launch line up was pretty impressive. however, less and less people were confident in releasing exclsives for the device and now i barely se anything. however, i do feel that if vita does not have anymore exclusives. it still can survive if vita becomes a port machine. i wouldnt mind sony just porting every ps2 and dc game onto it.
@twelve tbf it is finally getting a monster hunter game soon. Its not like sony disnt try to get monster hunter but capcom I believe it is vasically said "nah, cba we're already supporting 3DS so we'll stick there for the moment" apparently Nintenso hasnt even paid them... never understood that especially considering the psp basically made monster hunter what it is today. What converns me is that Sony maybgive up after vita and never release an NGP2 I reakly hope they do and that they try to correct all the mistakes made. They really need to try abd setup some new srudios that exist solely to make gamesbfor handheld-new Ip's and existing ones. Plus rhe pricepoint nwesa to be about 250 with inbuilt mempry of at least 16gb and an option to buy it carrier subsidised with a 4g contract say 15 pounds a month for 18 months and th we consoles free plus allow texting/calling and video calling but don't market it as a mobile phone per se. OS based on android so they can add android mobile apps and games to the ps storebif their quality is good enough.
Sad great hardware had so much potential lack of games killed it Sony trying to keep it a float with inferior PS3 ports it was obvious Vita was doomed.
People are rooting for its death, nothing like a strong gladiator getting hanged in the roman times that was the Voice and American Idol during their time. Lack of western games i agree, but it got plenty of Japanese RPG type of games also not using Sandisk memory cards like wow Sony you got greedy there is no defending you for that one. @Mr Swank after we get Digimon brahhh Sony can kill it after that : p
digimon and that new phantasy star game that was announced.
Wait is digimon comming west??!
I love vita
What? Why? I dont have a vita, but surely it cant be selling that poorly!!!! NO!!!!!!!
Well only in Japan is sell well, the rest of the world, not so much.
The Vita is trailing so hard behind the 3DS it's now no longer even a contest. It's something like 9 million vs. 43 million. It really is a shame because the Vita is a top tier mobile-device, great specs and a lot of potential. It could have been a contender....
its trailing a lot but it may stay around for a while. the pstv may boost 3rd party interest.
all people go polygon article......
Sony would be smart not to even make anymore vita's. Cut the thing off life support and just focus on PS4 & PS3. If anyone wants to facilitate their handheld gaming needs then just go with the 3DS. It may not be as powerful as the Vita, but at least it has the library.
Yeah.. What about the 9 Million people that bought the Vita? The vita actually has a fanbase you know.
please go polygon article and why 3ds fanboy and ps vita hater on ps vita article?troll?
I am not a troll, is that the only argument you people have when someone has a differing opinion from yours? I actually own a vita, i owned the very first day it came out, playstation has always been my preferred platform ever since the PS1. Even with all that i'm not going to put the shutters over my eyes and place my hands on my ears and act like everything is okay with the vita when it's a untrue statement. The vita is by far the worst system sony has ever been put out. I've never seen such a lack of support when it comes to sony system. Every sony system i've owned has been fully supported even the PSP had major support. The vita should've never been made, sony should've called it quits in the traditional handheld market after the PSP. An honestly i would rather sony call quits on the vita and put even more focus to systems that they're actually "Focused" on rather than have focus on the PS4 & PS3 with the vita just being there for the hell of it.
Nah I'm good. I have great games on it that will never hit the 3DS. And also the 3DS can't be used to play a console either, but guess what can?
Love my Vita, cant wait for Freedom wars, Disgaea 4 and danganronpa 2. Really dont understand anyone who says there isn't anything to play on the system, there is too much
because ps vita hater and troll.
Naaah , i just don't like these games. Never was my type of games. :(
Not everyone is into Otaku style Japanese games. There is a ton of those available, so for you and I, there is a ton of content to play. Sony isn't supporting it with more variety. It had some there early on with KZ:M, Gravity Rush, etc, but since then it's mostly been barren on the western type games from Sony devs, and other western devs as well. Almost all western style games are just ports of console versions, or spin offs. There are no defining games that appeal to the western audience. PSP didn't really take off until MGS:PO came out, if that puts things in perspective. I haven't counted them out yet, but I have to admit that they do seem to be somewhat disinterested in the platform. Hopefully they have some secrets in store with the release of PSTV, because otherwise it means they are just looking at the Vita as an accessory, and not it's own console.
yet konami decided not to port peace walker onto vita. which was really strange. vita has turned into a crossbuy machine/ps+ machine i think. well for me it has, i havent really been interested in anything for a while.not sure if that is a bad thing though.
Misleading article, Vita original model has been discontinued and North America never got the Vita Slim outside of the Borderlands bundle which is 'limited edition', so of course consoles are going to be disappearing from shelves.
I think they made the slim so I t wont cost so much to make an official bundle
I just read a article that Sony is trying to keep up to the demand of the Vita in NA. It was a VG247 article. Check it out for yourselves. http://www.vg247.com/2014/0...
you know its not demand or some places would still have it. Its not like its a new system its been out for awhile.
They must be producing in small quantities then. The Vita sales in NA are nothing to write home about.
Only reason I have a vita is remote play. When people take over the TV I carry on gaming!! Not that interested in the games for vita They really should advertise remote play more. It works amazingly good once you set it up proper
Isn't it only one set up?