Sony admits Vita is "a little behind the numbers we originally pictured"

#1squatch22Posted 2/20/2013 10:47:37 AM
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-02-20-sony-admits-vita-is-a-little-behind-the-numbers-we-originally-pictured

Sony's put a brave face on regarding Vita's performance since launch. The handheld hasn't taken off and Sony can't be happy with it, but Sony's never going to admit that - or is it?

A little honesty seems to have slipped through the cracks in Japan, where SCEJ president Hiroshi Kawano admitted to Famitsu magazine (reported by Polygon) that, "Certainly, at the present time, maybe we're a little behind the numbers we originally pictured.

"I feel we have a ways to go in terms of getting across the good traits of the PS Vita," he continued, "along with everything the software has to offer. Also, I want to keep pushing for more games that people want to play, since like our research showed, that's one thing blocking customers curious about the Vita from making a purchase.

"There are about 100 titles released [in Japan] in a year's time, and I want to get across that we've got a lot of really good games. Like with our other platforms, we're developing the Vita system with the idea that it'll have a lifecycle of 10 years and change, so I think we need to do everything we can to flesh out the service going forward."

That research he mentioned highlighted two hurdles Japanese people stumble at when considering a PlayStation Vita: price and games.

Sony lowered that price-hurdle two days ago, slicing both the Wi-Fi and 3G Vita to 20,000 yen (roughly 140). It's still around 1000 yen more expensive than 3DS, but the difference is now negligible. (No comparative price-cut has been announced for Europe.)

The question of games is harder to answer. The Sony studios that tried to give Vita a running start are now all presumably working on giving PS4 a running start. Meanwhile, third-party publishers are probably sitting on their hands waiting for the Vita market to prove itself worthwhile. They're also, I expect, more concerned with the impending arrival of PS4 and the next Xbox.
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#2SagadegoPosted 2/20/2013 10:50:15 AM
hopefully this thing will start to take off better, so more games will be made.
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#3SalsaSavantPosted 2/20/2013 10:50:48 AM
A LITTLE behind?
That's a pretty big little.
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#4BahamutBBobPosted 2/20/2013 10:51:38 AM
If the Slim rumor ends up being true, I almost want to buy one just to give them another Vita sale. I love the hardware and want more good software for it.
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#5HugsAllAroundPosted 2/20/2013 10:51:44 AM
I'd say more than "a little".
#6Ambassador_KongPosted 2/20/2013 10:53:31 AM
No wonder Sony isn't doing well, they think they have a "little" problem while the rest of the world perceived it as "a planet killing asteroid of a problem."
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#7ChemicalBurritoPosted 2/20/2013 10:53:40 AM
SalsaSavant posted...
A LITTLE behind?
That's a pretty big little.


No, this is Sony. It's LittleBigBehind ...
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#8stargazer64Posted 2/20/2013 10:54:52 AM
I am only a little ways away from being a millionaire, and a small distance from the moon.
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#9supremeblasterPosted 2/20/2013 1:06:08 PM
SalsaSavant posted...
A LITTLE behind?
That's a pretty big little.


Maybe they had low expectations to begin with?
#10ORANGE666Posted 2/20/2013 1:55:52 PM
It's funny how hypocritical you are squatch. If someone made this topic on the wiiu board, you would cry and flame them for posting a negative article.
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