Looks like this guy is getting counted out after the first round. Is the audience justified, or just over reacting?
HA... I just love the title!!!
Good article. Interesting insight to the industry of mobile gaming
Heck all you have to do is compare all the consoles that ppl said would fail to how many of them actually succeeded. That'll give you some insight.
That makes too much sense, though. It's just like the articles proclaiming the Vita' sales indicated some sort of massive, dangerous drop-off, when even a small amount of legwork would show that it's been very similar for other Sony devices.
"In the world of iPads and Apple devices eating into mobile gaming, this would make the PS Vita a niche device." are consoles niche devices? Does everyone game on ipads?> NO its the same bullshit doom and gloom every launch has EVERY ONE "the device could see a lack of support from game developers, which would all but doom the Vita just like its predecessor." The psp was a failure? It sold more than the ps3, has the second best lineup of exclusives this gen with massive game support it isnt a failure
Mass appeal is something that could benefit the Vita immensely, if they advertise it well.
You're right mass appeal could do wonders for the vita but unfortunately a dedicated gaming console doesn't have mass appeal outside of japan. People like to clamour over the fact that iphones and droid phones are eating up the mobile gaming market and the only reason mobile gaming on smartphones is half as popular as it is is because of the phone itself.. Its easy to sell cheap bite sized games to people who have these devices on them 24/7.. Its easy to set down a handheld game console and walk away without a second thought. Phones are people's life lines and they are always on them.
Is the dedicated gaming handheld console w/ the poor backwards compatibility, lesser software library, overall most expensive base system a niche device? If that not is IDK what kind of weird exclusive meaning the word NICHE has anymore. In regular use of terms I'd say the VITA's a niche.. the smallest in fact. Everything is 99% subjective (amazing system and features for the price) and the only thing factual are numbers.. and the sales numbers so far are against the VITA.. that's a fact. (against competitors numbers) Well, let's see what Sony's marketing does. I'm sure that has some potential to help the VITA get it's legs straight in the near future.
This is a core gamer and tech junkie device. Because of this, I can see sales being initially low compared to its nearest competition, but just steady enough to maintain a place in the industry. If it can manage PSP type success over time, then I think that that would have to be considered a success, especially considering the ipad/iphone/droid dominated market we now live in the has ensnared casual gamers with cheap, pick up and play games. It will be up to gamers like us to make sure that the Vita succeeds, at least initially. It is an exciting device with a lot to offer, and it will be getting my money.
Thank you for this well thought out comment, everything you said is so true. I will certainly be giving my support to the Vita. Sony really went all out with it, and you can tell. I do believe they deserve great sales with this thing, and I think they'll get it too.
Right there with you, I am giving sony my support in more ways then one.. Not only am I purchasing a first edition bundle (which comes with a memory card people!!!) but I have also been telling people about it online and in my everyday life.. I have a co-worker interested in getting one so we can play together... Honestly I'm not worried about the vita, something this good is bound to succeed..
True I view the Vita as a handheld worth buying because the hardware is great and the games are stellar. Which is why im buying one. XperiaRay
no reason fo the sales to be low i dono why ppl r still buying ds lites :/
""In the world of iPads and Apple devices eating into mobile gaming, this would make the PS Vita a niche device."" They said the same thing about the 3DS. Look at how its selling now. Like hotcakes.
derpp.. it's all about pricing pricing pricing.. The 3DS wasn't selling as good until the huge price drop came. The 3DS is cheaper than your comparable idevice (touch).. And the fact that the big N has quite some huge established IP and fanbase.. Mario anyone?
Uhg, so sick of these types of articles. I will tell you why these articles are part of the problem with the Vita.... -Firstly they are what are bringing down sales of the Vita so much(although its not doing bad really). Basically they are trying to speak this "mobiles are taking over the gaming market" bullshit into fruition. It is just like this "US devs are superior to Japanese devs" nonsense that started this gen. Who here thought US games were superior to Japanese games until this gen?.....Right. The same that happened to the US stock market. You put a memo out saying something is crashing or "dying" and people get afraid to buy into it because of the rumour. By default it DOES start crashing because no one is buying it out of fear. That is pretty much whats happening with Vita. The fear that it might not succeed that these articles are constantly churning out, as well as the fear that if they early adopt they will get shafted like 3DS buyers did with a price drop shortly after release. The truth of the matter is both Vita and 3DS were doing just fine, its the sensationalizing of the media that makes it seem otherwise. Fact:Sony only shipped 500k-700k units total in japan so far. about 30-40% of those....3G/Wifi models. Everyone knows most want the Wifi because it is cheaper and 3G hasn't justified it's overall cost as of yet to most. How much do you want to bet that majority of all Vita's sold were the Wifi version and the ones left are the more expensive 3G ones? Why has no one thought to take down this data? because they want you to think Vita is doing horrible and that they will have to drop price soon when in actuality it is fine and well worth its current price. Because media loves things to fail far more than they love things to succeed. They will get more hits that way.
Guess sony achieved their sales target/projection . Not too bad I guess.
allthough the apparent poor initial sales are a legitimate cause for concern, I would not rule out that it will succeed in the long term. I think everyone should just chill and wait at least a year to see how well it does. I personally hope it does well. I am tired of nintendo dominaitng the handheld market with their tired rehashing of mario, zelda, metroid, kirby, ect... just a tought :)
all those rehashes r better then sonys rehashes thats a fact
I agree. It seems bad but I have been down this 'Sony will fail' road before. It's always glass half empty when it comes to Sony's stuff. I don't understand the glee people seem to have when it comes to the VITA not doing so well. From what i have seen so far the VITA is a sweet piece of hardware with some nice games. I don't see why some people are so hellbent on seeing it fail. What has become of the gaming community reveling in the seemingly abject failure of a gaming device? When the Dreamcast lost out to the PS1 all I saw that as a waste of potential, not a time to celebrate. I still remember the articles about how the PS3 will never survive and would be a complete failure. That didn't turn out the way people thought did it?
Let's not forget many gamers already have a console and a portable one. If you bought a Wii, then went hd, with ps3 or x360, that's already 2 consoles and 2 different games. If you're lucky, maybe you had a psp, and bought a ds.how many consoles already? I let you count them. Many gamers have 2,3, maybe 4 consoles, its just normal they don't jump on vita wagon day one. They are waiting till it gets one game they want or they wait till game prices drop. Like ps3, people will start realizing how good the console is, and interest will start to grow. The same guys who add announced the end of ps3 are now doing the same with vita.can't they just stfu, please? These guys seem to forget how devastated the Japan has been, this year.maybe people there thought it wasn't the best idea, to spend (still) a lot of money on a new console, when they already had 2 or 3. If your are a gamer, 3 consoles means 3 different supports, for games. It can be really expensive. I believe vita is a great console, and will get one when its released in europe. I know at least 3 or 4 colleagues that will buy one,as well.shit, just give it some time to start growing, like a baby,who actually can't walk, in only 2 or 3 weeks. I can't wait to play modnation racers, laying on the bed, against other people, on psn, using wifi. It gonna be awesome. So please,people, just give it some time, don't even visit those websites about doom and gloom, ignore them,don't comment on their forums. These trolling websites bring nothing good to gamers, only frustration, stupid questions and sick analysis. The same websites would say "what an incredible start, for this new console, already 600000 units sold,excelent", if the console was called xportablebox. But since its a Sony product, like they did with ps3, they are proud when announcing the console is a failure. Rrod, THAT was a failure. People buying 2 and 3 Xboxes in one year, as they kept dying, THAT was a failure. Where were your articles telling people to not buy this flawed 'RROD READY' console, hein, you crappy journalists? No articles about that, right? It wouldn't be good for the 'national' market and economy... I bet vita will start selling really well in Japan, once its released in europe, and starts selling lie hot cakes. By that time,Japan people will wake up, and vita will blow all their minds.
I'm buying one, well i'm 90% sure i'm getting one, i certainly want it, i'm just wondering if it is best to hold off for a revamp, vita 2000 or whatever, with better battery, faster ram, ect., ect., ect. plus the price will be down to $199 and include a game in the bundle and probably have a brighter screen and better speakers. it always happens, and usually i get suckered in by the awe of a new device, but i still have like 20 psp games i have never finished, and i love some of those games, i just buy way too many games.... ahhh well....i really want one....hmmmmm.....must .... wait.... grrrrrr... F it, i'm buying one!
It's a decent device. It's all up to the marketing team in the near future.
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