Sony and the Vita are far from dead.

 

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There’s been an abundance of articles directed at Sony and their latest handheld, the Playstation Vita, and most of them are showing what most people are – idiots.

So here’s my two cents, and I before I start I am not a “fanboy” of any console, I’m not a fan of consoles, I’m a fan of video games.

Sony made a bit of a balls up with the PS3, granted. Coming out after the competition and costing more than most could afford was a bad move. We all know that, so lets get that out of the way.

The armchair analysts just love to point to this as being the reason that Sony is up a certain creek without the proper equipment and with Microsoft upstream and pissing into the water, splashing it all over Sony’s sorry face.

Well guess what? It’s actually wrong. Sony have had strong sales with the PS3, and considering its been out a year less than the Xbox 360, it’s only a couple of million behind. Nothing wrong with that, and its a great console to boot.

Sony have also made sure their business is secured for the future, does the recent acquisition of Gaikai tell these fools nothing? Sony is investing heavily into next-gen and even further on. With Gaikai, the possibility to stream console games to your phone is incredible. Not the most practical thing, gaming on a phone, I will be the first to admit that, but the technology is astounding and the potential future uses are endless.

Now the Playstation Vita. Well, before we start on the PS Vita, we must first go through the PSP, the console before it.

Although the PSP was pirated to death and most of the consoles ended up being secret treasure caves of pirates plunderin’, the console was still a success. The technology of the PSP when it first arrived back in 2004 was praised as being the future of handheld gaming and even had nintendo looking worried. The PSP still continues to sell today, and is an especially dominant force in Sony’s native Japan.

It had its drawbacks, everyone will tell you that it needed a second analog nub, and that the nub should have been more of a stick. Not to mention the expensive memory cards and poor storage of games. Those UMD’s just couldn’t keep safe. Each and every console has its shortcomings, but ultimately the PSP was not a failure. It sold more than 70 million units, and nobody knows how many used consoles have switched hands through various methods, ebay, amazon, GAME, Gamestop etc

Now the PS Vita. The console being called a failure before it’s even gotten started. Left and right you will hear people say, “well its only sold a few million” and “it’s too expensive” and the one that gets on my nerves the most “there’s no games for it.”

From the top, a few million is good. It’s better than none, or a few thousand or a few hundred thousand. They are selling, slowly, but they are definitely selling and they are only going to keep selling in greater numbers. Sony has a plan for the Vita, whatever it is, they are sticking to it and it will work.

Price. That’s an issue that I have to admit I can agree on to some degree. In the US you can expect to pay anywhere between $200-299 depending on what bundle you get, and in the UK around £219 will net you a WiFi PS Vita with a game and memory card, while other offers at higher prices ultimately reflect better value.

Sony isn’t ripping anybody off, they aren’t. They are just trying to make a bit of money on something that they have worked hard on, and to be fair the end product is worthy of its price. You can’ t blame Sony for being reluctant in cutting the price, because the more they cut the price the less profit they make, and in business profit is the reason you do what you do. That’s not to say Sony don’t have love for their consoles, it shows in how well made and how genuinely impressive the Vita really is. The fact that it is basically (I use this next term loosely) a portable PS3 which is offering a great user experience. I own a Vita and I took the plunge of getting one within the first month it came out (well that’s not entirely true, I had to beg the other half for a month before she caved in and let me have my man toy.)  I can honestly say I have never once regretted getting it. The price may be steep, but it’s the value you get. For those who don’t want to shell out the big money, get one used on ebay or amazon, it will be considerably cheaper.

Games, games, games. This one is the most pathetic attempt to defame the Playstation Vita. It’s got no games, that is something I have read and heard all summer. Why hasn’t a new game come out yet? Where’s the games? Guess what? The Vita had a dry spell over the summer. Guess what? So did the other consoles.

Summer is the slowest time of year for new game releases, with most big name games being released between September-May.

There are games for the Vita, even my blind dog can see that. If you spend more than five minutes with your head from between your legs, you will see there are a plethora of games available for the Vita and there have been since launch day.

The PS Vita’s launch lineup is probably the most impressive, and may just be overdone by the upcoming Wii U which I have to say has a very good lineup.

You had Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Rayman Origins, Unit 13, Fifa Football and more.

What more could you have wanted from a launch lineup? There were over 20 games available on day one, not counting the extensive PSP back catalog.

If that wasn’t enough there have been a few releases throughout the year, Lego Harry Potter Years: 5-7, Lego Batman 2, Fifa 13 (although the less said about that the better) and a fair few PSN titles as well as adding PS1 games to the PSN store there have been more than enough games available.

Obviously more PS Vita games are needed, and Sony knows this, that’s why they are coming out between September-May, the typical release window for major games. There’s a lot to be excited about too, with Ubisoft putting out a brand new and unique Assassins Creed game in the form of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal, Sly Cooper and so much more.

The games are there, and there’s more coming, and there will be more coming after that.

So the Vita is far from dead and Sony has a plan. Do you really think Sony, a company that has been in the console business for such a long time would release a major piece of hardware without having some sort of gameplan? They aren’t stupid and they know what they are doing. We just have to trust the people in charge to do what is needed, and by the looks of things, that’s whats being done.

With a price drop confirmed for sometime in 2013, it’s the first step by Sony to really push the console into as many gamers hands, and I think we can expect much more aggressive pricing strategies and marketing campaigns over the next 6 months.

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41 comments
  1. Dear sony and its’ fans,

    For the sake of humanity, please stop dreaming like we owe you money by spamming us on the internet with your vita ps3 promises we don’t even care. It’s so annoying like a crook selling snake oils. We understand you’re losing the gaming market pie these days, and it’s not gonna help everyone by putting the blame on people not giving you money.

    You used to be the king but nothing’s last forever, your era is done, it’s gone. People like us are getting wiser and do not need to listen to your fans who are aggressively posting ‘Opinions’ like gospel of salvation. They might have just felt pissed because your brand name is sinking quick like titanic. We understand they would put the blame on ‘Media’ for bias articles, but we also believe the ‘Media’ don’t owe you and your fans anything.

    So please accept the reality that you’re just trying to make profit out of us (including your fans too.) and that you can’t force people to buy your stuff all the time like we’re stupid puppets. NONE of your products can help us (or your fans) getting any money, in fact people are loosing money just for the sake of ‘games’.

    In short, we’re not your blind slaves for taking our money for monopoly. Thank you.

    1. You know what, I could have so easily not approved your comment, but I am not a petty person. I respect what you have to say and by all means feel free to say it and I will listen to any and all opinions.

      There is one thing that does need to be taken into account, when all said and done, these are just entertainment devices, and these companies have done a great job of getting us hooked in. That’s what makes the business run, and that’s how it’s always going to be.

      You have to remember, before there were ever video games and the internet and movies, people did other things for entertainment. They read books, did more outdoor activity and probably spent their time doing more productive things we do, and I doubt there were any furious debates over which company made the best rocking horse or which hill was the best to climb.

      It’s the industry and the media that has gotten everybody so opinionated.

      And like I said, I am not a fan of consoles, I’m a fan of games. I will play a great game on any console.

      Anyway, thanks for taking the time to comment, I appreciate your input and I hope you stick around.

      -Chris

    2. the internet’s a pretty big place. if you don’t like what it says stop go somewhere else, and stop filling it up with all the hate.

  2. Compared to even the psp, the vita is a failure………

    the psp was a great system selling well from the off

    the vita, hasnt even been third in any region ANY WEEKA

  3. PLAYSTATIONG you are an idiot and prove the author correct. Microsoft and Nintendo need Sony and Sony needs them. If it were down to Microsoft there would be no inovation within the industry. Of course Sony are trying to make a profit out of us that us why they are in the industry for. Thankfully they have never tried to charge us for playing online, use netflix etc

  4. I bought a Vita just after launch and have really enjoyed the games and good looking screen. I always wished my PSP had the second analog stick and now it does.

    How many hours does someone have to play to go through the 35 Vita games that have been released and maybe just a couple PSP or PS1 games???

    I have many hours on my Vita and haven’t completed but 7 or 8 games. I’m confused by this … there are a lot of great gaming hours to be had here.

    1. Hi, thanks for commenting! Welcome to C Tech, hope you stick around for the daily news and sometimes a bit to over opinionated features.

      The PS Vita is a great gaming machine, and if the PSP had the second analog stick, that too would have become a home to more great games.

      I know what you mean by there being a lot more gaming hours to be had, plus the incoming games that will be eating at our funds! Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation look stunning, and I for one am excited to get my hands on it release day.

  5. The clarify something: Sony sold the original PS3 at a lose, they literately lost money on every console sold. On the other hand, the Xbox 360 and Wii were sold at a profit. According the rumors, this is the main reason Sony took a strong stance on piracy while Microsoft and Wii only did enough. (since, you didn’t mention PSN, I won’t refer to the XBL Gold).

    The above is also true for the PS Vita, Sony already said that they are going to sell the handheld at a lose. The guts of the PS Vita is actually better than what you get in the smartphone, but it is sold for less then half the price!

    P.S. We can’t really depend on the number of console units sold as the measure of their success, after all, I for one have bought a 2nd Xbox 360 after the first one have RRoDed on me.

    1. That’s a fair point with buying a second console. With the Xbox 360 having a higher failure rate than the Playstation 3, it is possible that the sales figures have received a push through replacements being sold.

    2. What? No it costs Sony $80 for the PS Vita parts then maybe $20(?) to assemble it. I wish I could link you to the article I read that on, its somewhere on IGN. They make pure profit off of each sold one.

  6. The PS VITA so far is an amazing thing. I rember when i got the psp it was an awesome experience but when i got the vita and started playing wipeout it felt so much better on the vita. also the vita is the only ps hardware that can play ps1 psp , some ps3, psvita games and possibly ps2 games in the future so it amazinly versatile and there is so many games to play on it but unfortunately people forget this.

    so even if sales have been so far it has big potential and once it gets the price cut it will definitely do much better

  7. Well said Chris.
    All we ever hear is Sony is doomed the Vita is doomed blah blah blah.
    When in reality it couldn’t be further from the truth.
    I think all of the negative media Sony has been lumbered with has actually gone to people’s heads and people actually believe Sony is on the way out.
    I just don’t understand all of the hate and negativity towards Sony when they make brilliant games and seem to be the only company supporting their hardcore market at the moment.

    @PLAYSTATIONG

    Dude what on earth are you talking about? take your tinfoil hat off.

    1. Thanks, and I completely agree with your comment. The media seems to have it in for Sony at the minute.

    2. I agree SONY is just only getting started and prepping for the PS4 which will be Fully Backwards compatabile Software, and Digital Distribution alike. Its going to fix all of the problems SONY has with its PS3 launch.

  8. Games I currently play on my Vita:

    LittleBigPlanet
    Sound Shapes
    Final Fantasy 7
    Resident Evil 2
    Super Crate Box
    Silent Hill: Book of Memories (out for delivery as I type!)

    Games still to come in 2012:

    Assassin’s Creed: Liberation
    Black Ops: Declassified
    Ragnarok Odyessy
    PS Allstars Battle Royal
    Persona 4 Golden
    Need for Speed

    Who says the Vita doesn’t have games?

      1. Nice article mate, it was really nice and a much need refresher to read an article on Sony that shifted away from the negative “Sony is doomed” to “Sony’s future doesn’t look half bad at all”. Will definitely stick around the site!

        1. Thanks Zach, good to see that some people appreciate what I’m trying to do, and more importantly, have manners! Please do stick around, the news is updated daily with the occasional little-bit-over-opinionated features (or passionate?) Given that the site is less than a week old you can expect more to come! Keep reading, enjoying and commenting.

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  10. I have 2 vitas and about 30 games, and I cant keep up. I dreamt of a machine like this during the psp days and now its here.

    1. 2 Vitas?! You must have lots of money and twice as many hands! Haha, welcome to C Tech, thanks for commenting. Stick around for more news and features

  11. great article, couldn’t have said it better myself, as a vita owner I use it daily and it’s the best purchase i’ve done in years.

    1. Thanks! I agree, the PS Vita is a breath of fresh air, after spending the last few years with the PSP and Nintendo DS as well as smartphones on those long journeys, the Vita really does impress and fill’s the void beautifully.

  12. 1) Sony’s acquisition of Gaikai means they’re looking into seriously pursuing cloud gaming, which I’ll agree is a really really really good idea, but until we actually see its financial impact it remains a giant question mark. Gaikai was privately held before Sony bought it, so we have no solid financial data, and thus no idea where the acquisition puts Sony in the short term. While I think it definitely could turn out to be a GREAT thing for Sony financially, it could also backfire.

    2) “The PS Vita’s launch lineup is probably the most impressive, and may just be overdone by the upcoming Wii U which I have to say has a very good lineup. You had Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Rayman Origins, Unit 13, Fifa Football and more.”

    I definitely agree that the games available at Vita launch all looked pretty damn good. But it doesn’t matter if we think they’re good; what inevitably matters is that the market goes out and consumes them. Vita’s been on the market in the U.S. for about six months now and hasn’t seen a million seller yet. 3DS already had one by the end of its fourth month – and it was a summer release.

    3) “There’s a lot to be excited about too, with Ubisoft putting out a brand new and unique Assassins Creed game in the form of Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation, Call of Duty Black Ops: Declassified, Playstation All-Stars Battle Royal, Sly Cooper and so much more.”

    Sly Cooper and PSASBR effectively don’t count as PSV games, since they’re actually PS3 games that you get for free on your Vita if you happen to own one (Sony admitted recently that almost all Vita owners are PS3 owners). ACIII: Liberation and CoD: Black Ops Declassified could make waves, but with the bigger and better console versions showing up on literally the same day I anticipate them getting more or less overlooked. LittleBigPlanet Vita already did basically nothing for the system.

    It’s worth mentioning that I don’t think the Vita is dead or that it will fail in the long run. I just don’t think there’s any stretch of the imagination by which anyone can say it’s had a good first year so far, or that it’s likely to have a particularly good first holiday. Truly differentiating software like Tearaway that’s hitting next year will help bring it up, as will nabbing entire franchises as exclusives like the PSP did with Monster Hunter, but it’s not quite there yet.

    1. Wich One Million game was that at the end of the fourth month of 3DS?! Legend of Zelda OoT? At the End of the Fourth month (July) was the Announce of a Price Cut and the EMbassador plan… LoZ:OoT got 1million sells at the end of August AFTER the price cut…

    2. Oh my, you again. Please stop. You’re going to get so much hate. Whether or not you’re a fanboy of a console (which to be clear I don’t think you are) you argue non-stop against Sony and its Vita. I like your points, and they make sense they really do, but you’re so negative on everything! I mean come on “Oh well technically those ones don’t count as Vita games so nope only two games coming for christmas” I know thats not exactly what you meant, but its like you want Vita to fail just to be right 🙁

      1. I’m not being negative. I’m being realistic – and whenever I do that, it’s because I want Sony/Nintendo/whoever to be realistic too. I want Sony to turn Vita into a selling machine, otherwise I wouldn’t bother mentioning the cogs in their machine that I think aren’t working.

  13. Hahahaha, this article made me laugh. Trying to break the $ony PoS cycle. Good luck with that! $ony are going down and the Vita is just one of the starting problems for $ony. Serves them right that lying retarded bunch of idiots and the stupid N4Gtard following as well.

  14. If you could keep the language civil that would be much appreciated.

    On another note, thanks for commenting and welcome to C Tech, stick around for the daily news, and why not click the Like button at the top left and get the news directly to your Facebook feed. /shameless promotion over lol

    1. Thanks Ray, and also thanks for the follow on twitter, I’ve followed back. Stick around the site for daily updates and features. Also, if you use Facebook, click the “Like” button at the top to get news straight into your news feed.

  15. An excellent article. I don’t see why there’s so many death knells being sounded for a system not even a year old. Here’s a list of PSVita games i am currently playing:

    Assassin’s Creed 3: Liberation
    Disgaea 3
    Escape Plan
    Gravity Rush
    Hot Shots golf World Invitational
    Lego Batman 2
    Little Big Planet PSVita
    Mortal Kombat
    Metal Gear Solid HD Collection
    Need For Speed: Most Wanted
    New Little King’s Story
    Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus
    Ragnarok Odyssey
    Retro city Rampage
    Sound Shapes
    Street Fighter X Tekken
    Tales From Space: When Mutant Blobs Attack
    Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3
    That’s not mentioning the games that are coming out later this month, like:
    Persona 4 The Golden
    Playstation All Stars Battle Royale
    Ratchet & Clank: Full Frontal Assault
    Sonic & Sega All Star Racing Transformed
    Jet Set Radio

    And further down the line:
    Guacamelee
    Sly Cooper 4
    Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath
    Muramasa: The Demon Blade
    Killzone: Mercenary
    Soul Sacrifice
    Tearaway
    Zone of the Enders HD
    Dragon’s Crown
    I was the first of my friends to get a Vita, less than a month from it’s release. Now, I’ve managed to convince 2 friends to buy one for themselves and a former co-worker who has bought 2 (for her son and husband). And the recent announcement of Playstation Plus? Seriously, the Vita has become a force to be reckoned with. I think the problem is that people don’t want to give up their HD TV and consoles. I understand the appeal of sitting on a couch and playing, but I’m too mobile these days to do that. In the spare moments I have, it’s my Vita to the rescue. And then, I put it in sleep mode to pick up right where i left off later.

    1. Couldn’t agree more. With the addition of PS Plus (we have an article just minutes away detailing whats coming in 2.00 update!) us Vita lot are being treated like royalty in comparison to gamers on other platforms.

      Also, this is a note of embarrassment, I haven’t managed to get round to editing all previous articles from when we were C-TechWorld, so excuse any irregularities!

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