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Top 10 things Sony needs to do to turn around the Vita's fortunes

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joe1j | 23:04 - 24 May 2012
MONSTER HUNTER! NOW!
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luke02010 | 15:36 - 9 May 2012
I find myself considering buying games /im not really excited by just because the lack of choice at the moment... Well Im not genna do it dam it... Sony just bring sum gud games out while they still have our attension, how else are they genna sell vitas, plus Im alttle disapointed theres not a button lock on the vita, i used to like using my psp as a walkman... cheaper memorycards 2...
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singhapura | 13:56 - 8 May 2012
The Vita is a great device but please open the Vita to the community if only for non-gaming apps! Use the back catalogue of PSX, PSP and maybe PS2 games to offer a huge and cheap choice of impulse buys. Most of my iDevice games I bought on impulse because they weren't $40-60 and I could download them immediately.
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headcazsephil | 11:19 - 8 May 2012
i need and i bet loads of others need a bigger memcard 32gb is to small if sony want to sell more from i need more space as having to move games to pc/ps3 to make room for other games make my lets oh well want it lets get it harder
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kalofkrypton | 09:33 - 8 May 2012
I got my Vita for £200 on the nose, as new from ebay, with 16GB memory card. That's a lot cheaper than my first PSP 1000 I imported in '05.

I love it, cracking bit of kit. Game pricing is largely driven by content, and so it should be. I've no problem paying £30 for Uncharted or Unit 13- equally I've no problem paying £16 for Ridge Racer. (Thogh any more than £3 for Asphalt Injection is a con!)

People moan too much about game pricing, (back in the day, when I was a lad etc etc) I remember MegaDrive games being £45-£50 on release, with inflation that would be just shy of £100 now, so stop the bitching about entertainment that can last for weeks- if not months.
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Facelord | 00:43 - 8 May 2012
Ugh, I made multiple typos; this is what happens when antidepressants make you sleep 16 hours a day, your brain processes everything much more slowly.

Ahem: I'll play Dungeon Defenders way more on my Vita than on my PC, and if they promoted those truly AAA PSP titles I'm sure Vita owners would be way more satisfied with their system. Right now no one wants to take the effort to go through the PSP store on the Vita to try to find a game that isn't shovelware or a crappy port of a console game. :<
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Facelord | 00:39 - 8 May 2012
I think they should focus on promoting PSP games at the moment, God of War: Ghost of Sparta is currently on sale but you won't see that on the Vita store at all. I purchased GoW:GoS and was blown away, it's so much better than Uncharted: Golden Abyss or any other Vita game I've purchased so far. If they promoted games like Peace Walker, God of War, Dissidia and Valkyria Chronicles 2(there's currently a $22.50 bundle for it on the PSP online store with its DLC, you can access it through Media Go if you're like me and your PSP's broken. You may need a PS3 to download it and put it on your Vita, I haven't tried it yet since I don't have the funds for it).

I could see Sony having their own app store across smartphones and supported by the Vita; that said, I'd much rather own more awesome downloadable titles like Tales from Space than Angry Turds. When Dungeon Defenders hits the Vita I'm sure I'll play it more on my Vita than on my PSV, 1080p be damned. The Vita doesn't need smartphone gaming trash, it needs the kinda indie games consoles and PCs get.

I think Hirai and Friends are waiting to see how well Call of Duty will sell on the $250 Vita to drop its price. I'm sure they'll be satisfied then and they'll be able to wait another year or so to drop its price; I'd like to see its price drop so relatives and friends can purchase a Vita more comfortably but my $300 3G Vita is more than worth the cost of admission. I would've paid more if I had to, I remember when the Vita's price was announced at E3 everyone cheered and Nintendo people shat their pants. I could see the Vita's price dropping to $230 by Christmas, no more than that though.
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xxxxxxxxxx | 21:17 - 7 May 2012
Someone has invested tens of millions of dollars into this device, army of people worked on its design, functionality, marketing etc... Every single of your 10 amazing points involves significant and material economic decision for the company, which will inevitably affect first the costs and then revenues. Of course there is the issue of scarcity of resources etc. What you are really saying is that Sony should have delayed release of the VITA for another several months to produce more software, but this would be economically wasteful - they already had an 'imperfect' and 'incomplete' but functional product which they managed to sell to thousands of ppl at the same time creating real time platform for testing and improving.
Besides it looks like reaction of the market suggest that Sony can expect large demand if only good quality softwarre is produced, for game developers it means that if they invest a year or two into developing a game by that time there will be large market of vita owners to sell it to. These things take time.
I dont think sony will decrease the price, the vita is already cheap (£180 on amazon) - simply there are too many PS3 owners and other people who want to buy it, but delay their purchase for this or other reason; moreover PS Vita havent got its first christmas sales yet, so reducing the price isnt the best idea.
More ps1 and ps2 games there are on the vita less likely some gamers (especially those new to playstation) will be to buy new and more expensive games. What if some developers dont like that idea as it may have negative effect on their sales? What if this may affect their willingness to invest in development of a new title?
None of these decisions is insignificant!

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RB10 | 20:12 - 7 May 2012
@amansth,

Good spot regarding Kaz. I must have been experiencing a senior moment. :-)
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Kayoss | 19:47 - 7 May 2012
I agree with all your points. The biggest problem here with the Vita, is that there were lots of promises, but we have yet seen Sony carry out those promises. Whats the point of having a Handheld device that is comparable to the PS3 in the palm of your hands and not have games for it??
Sony needs to create an App store where all the games that you can get on the Itunes or android market, you can get on the Vita.
Cross play was a big reason why many people bought a ps vita, and where is it right now? It should be full blown by now but theres only a handful of games that are capable of doing this. My Vita been sitting on the shelves since i beat uncharted and marvel vs capcom 3. If Sony keeps this up, they will kill the PS Vita.
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amansth | 19:03 - 7 May 2012
firstly you got his name wrong, its kaz hirai.
then your 10 points have been enforced:
1.emulation by definition means a much powerful device is required to 'emulate'. x10 being the rule of thumb.
2.vita games are being published in a steady rate to prevent saturation. three retail titles a month outside the 3rd quarter is respectable.
3.i kinda agree with you but the vita is a gaming device. people seem to have ignored this.
4.the mobile market has a few examples of greatness. to mimic that there are the minis, as they've been there for a while. they're cheap, fun to pass time, not too complicated just like their mobile brethren.
5. uncharted golden abyss, resistance retribution, the entire catalog of psp games available on the psnetwork( including monster hunter, mgs,street fighter alpha etc)with bilinear filtering. can't get these games anywhere else.
6. this is up to the devs. some are trying, for example capcom. Street fighter x tekken is gonna have cross-play.im sure others will follow if they have the budget.
7.they are all coming. most importantly monster hunter is probably coming too.
8.the new games(as you mentioned escape plan) are being supported by the devs consistently with content being available at regular intervals.
9. as a handheld by designation, it wont be considered the 1st device for online play( neither will phones, assuming the person has a console). However, the community is more than respectable. go to gamefaq's section of marvel vs capcom forums.its obvious that the most is being made.
10. rrp is at about 175 assuming people factor in the cost of the free memory cards being given away. its really not that expensive anymore.

at the price its selling now, its the same price as an ipod touch.
since feb 22 i havent bought a single apple appstore game yet.
£30 for a game that ill enjoy for weeks is better than paying 69p for something ill play for 10 mins.
 
 
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