Sony: Vita the "iPod of Handheld Gaming"

Sony: Vita the "iPod of Handheld Gaming"

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PlayStation UK's Fergal Gara believes the Vita is well suited play "various roles" for diverse audiences.

We won't mince words: the Vita is a fine piece of gaming hardware. Sure, it's a bit on the pricier end when you consider things like proprietary memory cards and its software library is perhaps not as wide and varied as other platforms, but it's nonetheless a great machine that tends to enthrall people who actually own it. That being said, with the launch of the PS4 the landscape on which the Vita stands is shifting, leaving many to wonder about the fate of the system and if it can be maintained as a viable portable gaming system.

For Sony, however, there's no question that the Vita is here to stay, even as its position among its competitors changes. "I do actually think Vita has various roles it can play," said Fergal Gara, PlayStation UK's managing director. While he pointed to games like Killzone: Mercenary and Tearaway as evidence of the strength of its software, he also confessed that Sony had been eyeing the Vita as a companion piece for the PS4 for years. "[The] compatibility between the two was always designed into the Vita's system. By the time PS Vita development started we were well into the development path of the PlayStation 4, so things were very much designed to work together."

Some might wonder why Sony even bothers continuing to push a portable like the Vita when its consoles are doing well. The answer can probably be rooted in the fact that Vita owners tend to buy a lot of software. "Compared to PS3, Vita has had a higher percentage of games bought digitally since it was first launched," said Gara. "It demonstrates how many people look at it as the iPod of handheld gaming." In other words, it's in Sony's best interest to sell more Vitas and with PS4 remote play, last year's price drop and PlayStation Now coming this summer, there arguably hasn't been a better time to snag one.

Source: VG247

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Thats not fair to the iPod - the iPod actually has good apps and uses.

The Vita is just a shinier PSP. There is literally 2 titles on the Vita worth playing.

The Vita isn't even the "Ipod" of gaming either.

Because unlike it's real counterpart, the Vita still isn't making any money for Sony. Also, most people have an Ipod. Therefore the 3DS is more like the Ipod because they dominate the mp3 scene.

It would make more sense to equate the Vita to the Zune.

And another thing- the 3DS are very well made, and will last a very damn long time regardless (unless your really careless.)

I guess that is better than saying they want to be the Hitachi massaging wand of gaming. Though I'd argue people who got a Hitachi are more satisfied than those who got an ipod.

File under: I'll believe it when I see it.
They were saying that the psp and the ps3 were going to work together on so many levels but nothing happened. They just seemed to lose features.

The Vita isn't the "iPod of gaming" Sony, not even close. If any music product were used to describe the Vita, it'd be this one:
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They can still fix it however. One, drop the stupid proprietary memory card BS or drop the price of said cards as they cost way too much. Two, get Japan Studios cracking on games for it, I know you're making Gravity Rush 2, but we need a bit more. Three, advertise the damn thing. Either way the Vita is basically in the same situation the Wii U is, only it's in the handheld market.

Isn't the iPod the iPod of handheld gaming? Because, you know, it's an actual iPod and the app store is thriving?

"It's sucks as a gaming device, but it can still do all these other neat things. See?"

And isn't the iPod sorta extinct already?

Atleast it still has that hilariously ironic name.

Casual Shinji:
"It's sucks as a gaming device, but it can still do all these other neat things. See?"

And isn't the iPod sorta extinct already?

Atleast it still has that hilariously ironic name.

I wouldn't say it's extinct, but perhaps Apple's stupid business strategy of releasing a new one every damn year with nothing to differentiate them but larger memory space is finally biting them in the ass.

I mean, I have a gen 2 8GB Ipod, and I still have 5 GB of space to go before I fill it up. I've had this thing for almost 7 years now.

I agree with everyone. Vita is much more like Zune than iPod. I don't mean to insult the Vita, I had a Zune and I liked it. If dedicated mp3 players were still popular I'm sure the Zune brand would still be around.

Of course Zunes were also a little cheaper than comparable iPods, so I guess the Vita doesn't fit the analogy exactly.

Casual Shinji:

And isn't the iPod sorta extinct already?

Atleast it still has that hilariously ironic name.

Pretty much yeah. iPhones and iPads killed the regular iPods and the iPhone killed the Touch. I mean they still sell them, but most people end up going for the phone or pad. Although I think the Nanos are still popular because of their convenient size.
*is currently typing this from a 3rd Gen iPod Touch*

StewShearer:
Some might wonder why Sony even bothers continuing to push a portable like the Vita when its consoles are doing well.

So that they have a player in the handheld market? That's like saying 'Why are Apple selling the iPhone when the Macs are doing so well?'

At least this article has a positive spin on things, and the PS Store is such a nice convenience during the January sales (Fuck yeah Rayman Legends! :D)

Rabid_meese:
The Vita is just a shinier PSP. There is literally 2 titles on the Vita worth playing.

Come now, isn't that being a tad facetious?

People bought music digitally on their i-pods?
Who even does that?
I just slapped my mp3s that I already had on the thing and I was golden.
Now if I could just slap games on the vita making it useful without me having to spend extra cash, maybe he would have had a point but that thing is so hilariously closed, it even uses proprietary memory cards.

ppppppretty sure the ipod is the ipod of handheld gaming

maybe you should set your sights a bit higher, vita?

i feel like even though tearaway is a good game that maybe sony lucked out there and that it isn't an indication of a greater trend

The vita's a pretty nice system. I mean, I haven't used much of its online capabilities, but... Yeah, I like it.

Yeah...no. If anything, it's the Wii U of handheld gaming.

I mean, it's a nice system, but there's not a huge amount on it that I would consider making the purchase worth it.

If you're going to stick to music players comparisons, then I agree with the Zune comparison that plenty have made as well.

As a Vita owner, it's my console of choice for pretty much anything. The hardware is just that nice. While I would say it isn't lacking in games, that's mostly because I never owned a PS2 and the ports are amazing, not to mention the massive volume of stuff that a decade ago would never leave japan. But I like JRPGs and portability. That said, the 3ds has Fire Emblem and Monster hunter. Sony must have been so annoyed when they designed a MH system and Nintendo cosied up to Capcom.

Dragonbums:

Casual Shinji:
"It's sucks as a gaming device, but it can still do all these other neat things. See?"

And isn't the iPod sorta extinct already?

Atleast it still has that hilariously ironic name.

I wouldn't say it's extinct, but perhaps Apple's stupid business strategy of releasing a new one every damn year with nothing to differentiate them but larger memory space is finally biting them in the ass.

I mean, I have a gen 2 8GB Ipod, and I still have 5 GB of space to go before I fill it up. I've had this thing for almost 7 years now.

It probably also hurts them that they have have a price premium and redesign a few of the newer models so some of the also expensive accessories no longer work with the new model.

OT: Yeah, the psv is more like the ipod touch: expensive compared to other options, has a touch screen that really doesn't add to the experience but adds to the cost, has almost no game worth buying, and larger storage is overpriced.

The vita is the iPod of handheld gaming. Except for the part of actually selling...

The Vita isn't even the Zune of handheld gaming because the Zune was dirt cheap to buy.

Whoops, Double Post :P

Rabid_meese:

The Vita is just a shinier PSP.

I don't see how that's a bad thing. The PSP had many great games, The "Patapon series" & "Prinny: can I really be the Hero? 2" and "Zettai Hero modding Project" are some that come to mind, AND you can play them on your Vita!

What I DON'T like is that all stuff for the Vita (both Physical & Digital, Apps & Games) is Region Locked, so no "Nax Music Player" or "Dragon 2020" for me anytime soon :(

I reckon the Vita is becoming more and more affordable, the lowest I've seen one is around 120. My only complaint consists of the high-price memory cards, as well as the apparent lack-of support from Sony's end despite it being a damn good system, I don't feel like they're taking full advantage of the system yet since they're focused on the PS4 at the moment. But I'm really hopeful for better PS Vita support in the nearby future.

The iPod of gaming - just without the large back catalog of games that the IOS store has. Sony are sitting on a gold mine, all they have to do is put some actual effort into the PS classics onto PSN instead of half assing it. There are a huge amount of amazing PS1 and PS2 games out there that would sell like crazy.

I love my Vita, but damn if it doesn't get enough games for it. Last handheld I actually kinda liked was the DS (the only good things I've found on the 3DS are Crimson Shroud, Liberation Maiden, the two Etrian games, SMT4, and hopefully Bravely Default). I do wish they'd be more open with the classic games, though, and I wish they'd get more in the damn pipeline for it. After Toukiden, is there anything to look forward to about the system?

I like my vita, my issue is actually finding good games for it. Now, I have tons of games I could buy from the PS1 era, or even from the PSP.... But why would I want to when I already have my games and those systems. There are only a few decent titles for the Vita in the US (though there are a bit more in Japan), and unless they get their head out of their collective asses they system is going to end up going the way of the dodo (or the N-Gage). If they really pushed the support for quality JRPGs on it, they would have a decent start (as there are plenty of good JRPGs that would port nicely on the vita), however in the long run they need to utilize the hardware in there to differentiate it from other handheld solutions (DS, 3DS, Android, iOS, whatever). It has the power to run some decent looking games (I'd say late PS2 ERA quality or so, perhaps better if they actually work on the optimization), it has an amazing screen, and it has the controls built right into it (versus Android or iOS).

I'm hoping the upcoming game streaming system they are planning on putting on the vita does something decent, otherwise it is going to be relegated to just being a convenient way to watch Netflix in the bathroom.

my Vita is a Portable Persona 4 Golden playing device that I occasionally use to google things when I'm playing games

Andy Shandy:
Yeah...no. If anything, it's the Wii U of handheld gaming.

this is actually a frightfully adept comparison. A competently made machine that's well loved by those who own it, but suffers from a crippled library and difficulty breaking into the public eye.

I own a vita, and love the system. its interface is friendly and I had a lot of fun recreating my old childhood PS1 library on it... though I wish they'd put more effort into that classics library. as someone above me said, that'd be a like a licence to print money, and since the vita is the source of a huge percentage of sony's digital sales, they must be aware there's demand for it.

the announcement seems like a bit of chest-thumping and hyperbole, but I'm glad to see that they're still supporting the system. these days 80% of my gaming is done on either 3DS or vita.

I don't get the ipod analogy.

But yeah I love my vita. Last year's Vita exclusives (Soul Sacrifice and Tear Away) are some quality stuff. I can only be optimistic about the console from now on.

And Kudos for all you people who didn't use the Bender youtube clip.

 

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