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PlayStation Vita Prognostications

Pixels or Death's Nate Heller writes: "So, what does that make the PS Vita? Sure, the portable gaming market was once its own little microcosm; Nintendo and Sony operated on their own respective levels, reaching out to different consumer groups and bowing when they passed each other in the hall. Nowadays, the floodgates are all but flung open and Sony must think of Apple, Apple must think of Amazon, and Amazon must think of Samsung."

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Lelldorianx2478d ago

As I said in a previous comment - I'm starting to wonder whether these handhold devices are going to retain their relevance as the mobile market expands.

darthv722478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

I mean it was the portable game market that created the relevance for the mobile market. The convergence of gaming and mobility (phone/email/web) is what has become the norm.

I can honestly say that i play angry birds on my phone more so than on my psp simply because I take my phone with me everywhere. Same goes for music and video watching.

Before I had the right phone I was trucking my psp around with me (even to work). Now....not so much. The entertainment value you get from a game is subjective. A game like angry birds isnt as deep or involving as Uncharted but you can at least play for a few minutes between meetings.

Uncharted...i would need to dedicate myself to the game and not be interrupted like I do on the console version. Vita is a great piece of tech and will do fine on its own merits.

patrickwlindsey2478d ago

I agree and yet I don't. Sure, mobile games cost from $1-10 and handheld games cost from $40-50, but there's a HUGE difference between a game like Mario 3D Land or Pokemon White/Black and Fruit Ninja. Contrary to what everyone seems to be saying, I do still think that the handheld and casual/mobile markets are different things.

LOGICWINS2478d ago

Correct. Handheld and casual/mobile market games ARE different things. However, if Bob just bought his new Android device with the ability to download hundreds of addictive apps and games for free...its difficult to convince this type of consumer to say "You know what, I'm going to spend another $250 on Vita and spend $50 for games AND spend another $20 on a 4gb memory card"

As I said earlier, handheld games are different from casual mobile market games...but you'd need to be a fool not to see that they affect one another.

rmedtx2478d ago

I don't doubt that the Vita is an amazing machine but with the new phones and tablets... who needs a portable game console?

LOGICWINS2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

Well, Vita is intended for a niche group of hardcore gamers that are willing to spend $200+ on a portable gaming system plus the cost of a game and a memory card. The problem is that the market for people willing to spend $300 on a portable gaming/media device that doesn't have an apple etched behind it is a VERY small market...at least in the U.S.

"I have an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 and I will be getting a Vita day one! Why? Can't play Uncharted on my iPhone or iPad and I would never take my iPad out and about with me and my iPhone for REAL gaming - come on now!"

Congratulations. Were all very happy for you. But you understand that most consumers aren't in your position. Most consumers don't have an iphone 4, iPAD 2 and are ready and willing to be Vita. In fact, I'd bet my laptop that if you take a stroll in your town and ask people if they are excited for Vita, they won't know what the hell your talking about.

YOU are part of the niche group of hardcore gamers/techies that I was referring to in the beginning of my comment.

cervantes992478d ago

You may very well be correct in your assessment, I don't know as I can't see the future, but for all gamers sake who want quality software I hope you are wrong.

The Nintendo 3DS sales show consumers want better gaming experiences than mobile can currently offer - so I have hope.

LOGICWINS2478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

Your right. The 3DS is doing VERY well. Its even outpacing the DS in its first year sales.

http://www.gamespot.com/new...

But the 3DS' market is TOTALLY different from Vita's market. The consumer willing to spend $250 plus at least $20 for a 4GB memory card is different from the consumer that is willing to pay $170 plus $14 for a 16GB flash memory card.

http://www.amazon.com/PlayS...

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref...

Any prudent consumer can see that Vita memory cards are criminally overpriced. You'd need to be an EXTREMELY hardcore(or extremely ignorant) gamer in order to invest in a Vita memory card. By purchasing them your essentially giving Sony permission to bend you over.

cervantes992478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

I don't disagree with you at all on the pricing front for the Vita. I was very happy with the price initially until I found out the propitiatory memory cards cost so much. I think this will hurt Sony's early sales a lot.

But, Sony is skimming the market which is typical for any new high end piece of tech. Early adopters will pay the high price and then the price will drop and be more assessable to the mainstream market.

This is the same position Sony was in at the launch of the PSP and PS3 and those have done well overall.

I really wish Sony was on the same price level as Nintendo though so there would be some real competition for consumer's dollars.

You have made very good points and you deserve a bubble :)

cervantes992478d ago

I have an iPhone 4 and an iPad 2 and I will be getting a Vita day one! Why? Can't play Uncharted on my iPhone or iPad and I would never take my iPad out and about with me and my iPhone for REAL gaming - come on now!

I even bought Infinity Blade to see what all the fuss was about and that game has great graphics, but boring ass gameplay. I was bored in 5 minutes - which coincidentally is what mobile gaming is all about, 5-10 minute bursts of dirt simple gameplay.

Nintendo DS/3DS and PS Vita are for true gamers and not for mobile Hipsters who think they know what gaming is.

Mobile gaming is great for a short time but that is it.

user39039992478d ago (Edited 2478d ago )

These kind of article are funny.
The only people who thinks mobile gaming is going to replace handhelds are people who don't play games.

A 99 cent app will never take the place of a real games like Uncharted.
Crappy virtual control will never be as accurate as real controls.
And handheld games will never be littered with spam/commercials.

cervantes992478d ago

You hit the nail on the head! +1

tarbis2477d ago

Indeed, I'd love to challenge anyone in a fighting game using virtual controls while I play using proper physical controls and enjoy beating the crap out of them while I'm at it.

additup282478d ago

I think gaming on my iphone and tablet is atrocious. i also dont even like handhelds but looking at the release list of games and the only things that interest me besides mass effect 3 for the first half of this year are on the vita.

so I will buy it with uncharted, gravity rush, katamari, escape plan, lumines

if it fails, it fails, but there is enough there initially to warrant the purchase; ive spent 300 bucks on more frivolous things

i would say at worst, sony backs this thing for two years, if they see no gains, then im sure they will drop it.

cervantes992478d ago

I will do the same. The Vita is in the same situation as the original PSP and Sony never dropped that so I think we will have great games for years on the Vita :)

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