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TrevorPhillips3078d ago

(knock on wood)

Vita will sell alot

Septic3078d ago

You say you're sold to Christ and yet you resort to supersition (knocking on wood). Shouldn't you be saying a prayer or something?

In any case- Vita looks like an impressive piece of kit. I think Mr Hall might possibly be focusing too much on the whole price point issue.

After all, it all depends on the value of the machine. The VITA is an incredible piece of kit. If it has the games, it will sell.

Calling it a 'car wreck' is a bit much don't you think?

JellyJelly3078d ago

To be fair Christ himself knocked on wood from time to time, being a carpenter and all.

LukaX233078d ago (Edited 3078d ago )

Vita can't be a car wreck, because it's not a car.

zeeshan3078d ago

He is clearly underestimating the number and potential of hardcore GAMERS. Lately, it has been all abound the casual crowd but there are still a buttload of pure gamers who would LOVE to carry another item with them so they could enjoy some serious gaming. You can only play Angry Birds so many times.

Current mobile technology can NOT match the power of PSVITA. Some day it WILL but until then, we, the hardcore gamers will always crave for our favorite games on the go.

Lets compare 3DS with PS VITA when Sony finally launches it and even then, lets compare the software only. If Sony doesn't provide us with some great launch titles, VITA will not do good but if Sony's on top with Vita's launch lineup. Mark my words, these devs and so called Analysts will eat their words!

jaosobno3078d ago (Edited 3078d ago )

Heavy Iron Studios are developers that brought us incredible hits like:

- The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie Game
- Scooby-Doo! Night of 100 Frights
- SpongeBob's Truth or Square

So their opinion on the PSV success is relevant because...they make straight to discount bin games that nobody wants?

PSV will be a huge success, but some people just don't want to see that happen. And regarding 3DS price drop, that now everyone claims should happen for PSV, let me remind you of one thing:

3DS completely bombed on the market. Because of that fact, Nintendo had to lower its price. Do you honestly think that they would do it if they haven't failed sales wise? Of course not, they would keep their initial price for quite some time.

Sony isn't even on the market with their device and they should already make the price drop? LOL, no. Price is more than accessible (250$ is not much when you see that PSV has quad core CPU&GPU, OLED screen, dual touchscreens, etc.) considering that a good brand new cell phone costs 500-700$ (no contract) and gets outdated/replaced in a matter of months.

Pekka3078d ago

@Zeeshan: The trouble is that hardcore gamers are only tiny population compared to casual gamers. And most hardcore gamers don't even care about handheld gaming. If they only appeal to hardcore gamers, sales won't even reach anywhere near PSP levels. For example Uncharted is popular hardcore game series but probably can't even sell 2m copies on PSVITA while first real Mario game will easily get past 10m copies, probably even 15m copies (biggest games on DS has sold over 20m copies).

The trouble is that over 90% of gamers don't care about technology. Heck, only portion of gamers know anything about technology, they buy consoles only for games.

Bottomline is that if you can't sell to casual gamers, sales will be very bad. Sure, if they are happy selling 25-30m consoles then it is fine. But they can't get anywhere near 100m sales without strong support from casual gamers.

Sub4Dis3078d ago (Edited 3078d ago )

he didn't focus "too much" on the price point. he mentioned it. then he went on to the most important part of it. people don't want uni-taskers. and i have to agree with him. vita looks very impressive...but nothing we won't see cell phones doing within a year or two. and even if they don't, smart phones are also HD cameras, audio and video devices, game players, web browsers, text messengers, they have tens of thousands of apps that aren't games, oh yeah, and they can make calls. and you can upgrade them for virtually nothing every 2 years.

it doesn't matter how great vita is, if it can't appeal to a mass market (and i believe that it won't) it's fate will be the same as the 3ds.

and this, btw, is coming from a gamer that has owned every console (including the virtual boy) since the magnavox odyssey. but ever since i bought a nintendo DS and got maybe 5 hours of enjoyment out of it, i realize now that portable consoles are dinosaurs. doesn't matter how powerful they are, if their only niche is "it plays games," there's just no room left in this world for em.

don't get me wrong, i believe a lot of suckers will be early adopters of this system...especially since ND is making ANOTHER uncharted game that will be more of the same (only mentioning this cuz a portal UC won't come close to the sales of UC2 and probably 3). and it might even look, at first, like the system is selling well. but after that, i think we'll see it follow the same trend we've all just witnessed with the 3ds.

skrug3078d ago (Edited 3078d ago )

@Sub4Dis
The PS vita can do more than gaming... The psp can do more than gaming too ;)

and ND is NOT the one making the Uncharted game on vita it's another studio

MaxXAttaxX3078d ago (Edited 3078d ago )

He's saying he thinks there's no market for dedicated gaming handhelds.
"I can’t see why you would want to put a device out that only does games."

But of course, I disagree.

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DA_SHREDDER3078d ago

"He is clearly underestimating the number and potential of hardcore GAMERS."

I think your clearly underestimating the amount of vocal minorities that will support the PS Vita. People want something that will replace their pc's and the current cell phones. Its only the niche market of hardcore handheld enthusiast that the Vita will appeal to. Which is btw, a small minority of the market share. I could see if this was a phone, or had the capabilities of a Galaxy Tab, but its strong point is its first party studio lineup. I don't think thats a bad thing, but unless I can play battlefield 3 on this without having sacrifice any quality then there really is no point. BTW, Sony has already said they are limited to games that are no more than 5 gigs big on their proprietary disc. You people are right, this handheld isn't a care wreck ready to happen. Its more like a train wreck hitting running into a car wreck.

TheDivine3078d ago

I agree that it would bemuch better if it was also a phone. Shoulda kept the go design and added phone capabilities. I love it but im sick of having multiple devices. I dont want a phone and a handheld i want both. Il get it eventually same as the 3ds because im in that minority of loving new tech and all gaming but really phones can do what this does for me, gaming on the go.

one2thr3078d ago

The "Go" was a terrible idea (well in my opinion) seeing that I'm 6'4 with giant hands, I favor the PSP 3000 model more if anything..... It had the right size and shape, it seems as though the Go was more suited for people with medium to small to tiny hands, the analog nub alone was a obstacle for some of the PSN only titles.... Even the D pad gave me a hard time, especially with MSG, Street Fighter and Crash bandicot.... And so on

JellyJelly3078d ago (Edited 3078d ago )

“If people aren’t willing to pay $249 for a Nintendo 3DS why would they pay $299 for Vita?”

“People don’t want to carry more than one thing in their pocket, that’s why Android and iPhone have done so well, they are the devices of choice, they offer multiple functions outside of gaming."

“People don’t want it.”

Industry veteran (2K Games, Microsoft Game Studios), Matthew Seymour added: “With all due respects to Sony and Vita, it’s a car wreck. And how about Xperia Play? I’d love to pull up the numbers on that.”

The first two arguments would be what points towards a potential failure. Although if Sony brings a strong launch line-up (unlike 3DS) and some heavy marketing it might sell really well. I think that perhaps some of the people who initially thought of buying the 3DS are holding off and waiing for the Vita.

*edit* I hope it does well cause imo it's the most impressive handheld I've seen so far. The trackpad on the back of it could make for some really cool gameplay features.

TBM3078d ago (Edited 3078d ago )

Well I wont have a problem with the vita as I always use my backpack everyday when im going to work, or simply hanging for the day in places that don't require fancy dressing. When I had my dsi, and my psp I nvr put them in my pocket they always went in my backpack. I like gaming while traveling to work so the vita is perfect for me.

Also I didn't pay $300 for my droid 2 to play some whack a$$ finger swiping games. Its only function in my everyday life is to text, make calls, and browse the web when im bored at work. Phones/tablets useless for gaming when those games don't have any substance.

Waddy1013078d ago

You're still forgetting that the PSvita doesn't cost $299 for the base model it's $249.99.
And the $249.99 version will be the best-selling one, so for him to pick the 3G versions price and base his assumption on that is stupid, he shouldn't be called a Game Dev.

There's also the simple fact that a lot of gamers know that the 3DS wasn't worth $249.99 but the PSvita is so they will be willing to pay $249.99 for it, unlike the 3DS.

ehandlr3078d ago

Amazing...developer that makes games that can't be played on a handheld doesn't like handhelds.

Title of this article is a little misleading as he puts the 3DS in the same boat as the Vita.

iamnsuperman3078d ago

I think car wreak is a little strong. The reason behind not many 3DS selling is because of a poor line up of titles. Even the hardcore are being turned away. I agree they will have stiff competition with smart phones and younger and younger people are getting them. It seams a lot of the hardcore crowd is sold on the Vita what Sony really needs to do to make a more casual audience to buy it is to get games like COD. I believe it will not sell as well as people hope because the mobile gaming industry has changed since the PSP was released with smart phones doing a lot more than they used to. I think a car wreak is a bit too much to say what will happen to the Vita but I do see a decline in dedicated mobile gaming systems and soon will we will not get any.

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