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PS Vita still has a place in the handheld market, says Yoshida

Thursday, 22 August 2013 13:23 GMT By Dave Owen

The Vita has under-performed since its worldwide 2012 launch. In a market where dedicated handhelds are in danger of getting squeezed out, president of SCE Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has insisted that Sony can still play a significant role in the handheld market.

CVG asked Yoshida whether he thinks the Vita will Sony’s last portable gaming system, and whether or not he sees the company continuing to play a role in the handheld market in the future. “”Yeah I think we can still pursue it, and I don’t think we have to make that decision now.

“Also, the distinction between the portables and mobile is [blurring], because there are all kinds of hybrids, different form factors and operating systems can still be conceived, in terms of how we characterise portable and mobile. We still like PS Vita and we know people who buy it really like it.”

The Vita price-tag was cut in Japan back in February, and Sony has now announced a price drop in the US and Europe too. A significant portion of the company’s gamescom event was focused on Vita, showing not only new games coming to the system, but also how it’ll work with almost all PS4 games to support off-screen play. Only time will tell how this will affect Vita’s fortunes.

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25 Comments

  1. VibraniumSpork

    “We still like PS Vita and we know people who buy it really like it.” – Damn right!

    http://i42.tinypic.com/343m2bs.gif

    #1 2 years ago
  2. monkeygourmet

    Are Nintendo & Sony sharing their marketing team for Wii U and Vita?

    Such much begging, really not attractive lol

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Joe Musashi

    ‘Such’ much Begging? Examples please.

    JM

    #3 2 years ago
  4. mistermogul

    “and Sony has now announced a price drop in the US and Europe too”

    Yeah but I’m still waiting for the retailers to actually drop their prices!

    In the UK only Zavvi has done so far, with Game, Shopto etc all the same as they were…?

    I’m not biting until I’ve seen all the new offers, however so far there aren’t any!

    :(

    #4 2 years ago
  5. VibraniumSpork

    @4 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-PlayStation-Vita-Wi-Fi-only/dp/B0054Q82WI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1377175514&sr=8-1&keywords=vita

    Amazon have the £149.00 price and an extra £20 gets you the 10 game Mega Pack/8GB Memory Card bundle ;)

    #5 2 years ago
  6. actuallyisnotafox

    oh ofcourse it does! mobile phone games will never have that edge, especially when it comes to controls, animal crossing new leaf on the 3ds is an example of that. that people still use handhelds and want that over touchscreen only controls that limit you. im sure a lot of people have psp memories and the vita is working towards that. plus the addition of borderlands 2 shows the type of games we can work towards. looks very promising for those people who want a full rpg game or a fps when theyre laying in bed, on the train or just around friends.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. VibraniumSpork

    The 16GB card is down to a far more reasonable £25.00 too…think I paid about £45 for the same card a couple of months ago -_-

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sony-PlayStation-Vita-Memory-Model/dp/B006H3PT50/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1377175514&sr=8-6&keywords=vita

    #7 2 years ago
  8. mistermogul

    @5 – Thanks for that.

    I’m glad the memory cards have come down. I noticed Sainbury’s have the 32Gb for £43! Game still have it for nearly double at £79.99 lol!

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Ireland Michael

    @8 Its probably just a matter of reducing the prices. They’ll get around to it.

    Definitely going to be getting one of these now that the memory cards are actually affordable. I don’t even need to buy any games. With Plus, I already have a giant backlog of titles for the handheld to play.

    €207 on Amazon for a Vita with a 32GB memory card… ugh… so bloody tempting… must resist… need to save…

    #9 2 years ago
  10. VibraniumSpork

    @8 No probs man ;) £43 for the 32GB ain’t too bad! To be fair I’ve rarely had any space issues at all with 16GB though; I tend to have 3-4 full ‘retail’ games on there at any one time with a few PSN titles alongside too.

    The real bargain will be in pre-owned. Once Game catch up to Amazon I can see them selling for under £100 maybe?

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Ireland Michael

    Someone tell me it’s a bad idea to throw away €200 of my money before I accidental click the “Buy” button on Amazon.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. DrDamn

    @11
    If you have a use for mobile gaming and a PS+ sub already then it’s a near no-brainer.

    Edit: Oh a bad idea? Errm, nah I got nothin’ ;)

    #12 2 years ago
  13. VibraniumSpork

    @11 Do it! You need the Killzone: Mercenary Beta in your life if nothing else ^_^

    #13 2 years ago
  14. Ireland Michael

    @11 But I need to saaaaaaaaaave…. raaaaarrggh…

    @11 I really don’t. =P Not a big FPS person.

    #14 2 years ago
  15. monkeygourmet

    @14

    It’s an okay console, but the novelty can wear off quite quickly.

    The best games on the system are the ones that aren’t trying to ‘ape’ home console games IMO. Uncharted, AC etc.. I found those kind of titles severly lacking.

    I’ve used mine mostly to emulate PSP / PS1 classics and for Indie stuff.

    If you do take the plunge, you may need a ‘handgrip’, I’ve got the Hori one, it helps alot to stop gettting ‘hand claw’.

    For Indie stuff, it’s great though, what type of games do you like playing?

    Edit:

    You already have a 3DSXL don’t you?

    If you haven’t, I would go with that over Vita if I had to pick between the two.

    #15 2 years ago
  16. monkeygourmet

    @3

    “We still like PS Vita and we know people who buy it really like it”

    Yeah, maybe ‘begging’ is the wrong word, but if you have to say things like that you’re already in trouble really.

    #16 2 years ago
  17. mistermogul

    I just nipped into HMV and they have got Vita for the bargain price of £230. Though that does come with a “free” 4Gb memory card! lol

    Game next door had it at £180 with the 8Gb Mega Pack…

    Think I’m gonna hold out a little longer in case better deals come along but like @11 my finger is getting twitchy on the buy button!

    #17 2 years ago
  18. Ireland Michael

    @15 I play pretty much everything. I’m more interested in quality. I don’t have genre preferences.

    There’s plenty of stuff on it that I want to play, or I wouldn’t even consider it, and I can easily afford. I should just be doing the sensible thing and saving instead. =P

    #18 2 years ago
  19. monkeygourmet

    @18

    We all know how boring saving is though! ;)

    It def has some cool stuff, and with a good size memory card and PS Plus, there is ALOT of cool freebies straight off the bat.

    I highly recommend:

    Guacamelee
    Thomas was Alone
    Gravity Rush is free
    Uncharted is free (just as a graphics whore demo)
    Lego Lord of the Rings is Free on Plus
    Virtues Last Reward is free on Plus
    LBP Vita is nice

    Also, loads of nice import PS1 games and shmups and games like Tomba 2, SOTN etc…

    And PSP stuff is on sale with plus atm.

    Overall, You get quite alot of access to stuff by just getting the console, a large memory stick and plus.

    #19 2 years ago
  20. polygem

    i gave mine to a friend yesterday so he can check it out. became a dad. twice. needs more bitesized gaming action.
    i definitely enjoy it but i do not like the hardware much. lots of games are IMO! absolutely rubbish, like resistance, gravity rush, uncharted etc. tbh none of the retail games are must plays really. some have severe controll issues. where that thing really starts to shine now are the indies.
    i definitely prefer the 3ds though.
    it’s all taste and preference.

    #20 2 years ago
  21. IrrationalGamer

    Last place.

    /trollin’

    #21 2 years ago
  22. Meatball

    Well, there go the last barriers I had to buying one….
    Just out of curiosity, though, is it worth buying boxed copies of games, or am I better off getting a big memory card and just downloading everything?

    #22 2 years ago
  23. DrDamn

    @22
    PS+ and bigger memory card are the best place to start – that gets you a decent game collection and new stuff every month. Don’t worry about boxed apart from stuff you have to have new and will play through quick. The whole idea of a handheld is much better when you don’t have to faff with cartridges.

    #23 2 years ago
  24. Meatball

    @23
    Thanks for the answer (and for confirming my suspicions on boxed games)!

    #24 2 years ago
  25. xFidelCashflow

    All I needed was a memory card price drop

    #25 2 years ago

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    Destiny’s most-ignored weapons got major boosts this week. It’s time to start thinking about how to work them into your set-up. Even if you’re used to using scout rifles and sniper rifles as a general loud-out (neither class was touched by 1.1.1), the buffs to pulse rifles and shotguns should make you rethink your contextual […]

  • Battlefield Bad Company 2: five years later, what did it do so right?

    It’s been five years since the release of Battlefield Bad Company 2. What did the much-loved entry in the franchise do for the Battlefield series? Westie’s played Battlefield Bad Company 2 for over 1,260 hours on PS3 and PC. That’s dedication. In his latest video he discusses the stand out moments from a FPS classic, […]

  • War is hell in this Zombie Army Trilogy gameplay trailer

    Here’s five minutes of headshots, shambling zombies and an undead Hitler from Rebellion’s upcoming Zombie Army Trilogy. The Sniper Elite spin-off arrives on PS4, PC and Xbox One March 6 and includes three games (obviously) and a new Horde mode.

  • Titan Souls releases on PS4, Vita, PC on April 14

    Ace indie giant-slayer Titan Souls will be released on PS4, Vita and PC on April 14. Publisher Devolver confirmed the date to Eurogamer. Those of us in Europe will have to wait until a day later for release. Titan Souls is a tough-as-nails indie game where you have one life to slay a giant enemy. […]

  • Destiny weekly update: lowdown on Inferno Crucible, Vault Transfer improvements

    Destiny’s weekly update has made some pretty significant changes – let Arekkz Gaming take you through them. Bungie has revealed the first release date for the new Inferno Crucible mode, and made it a lot easier to access your vault. You should subscribe to Arekkz Gaming. It will improve your life.

  • Destiny: Xur location and inventory Feb 27, 28

    It’s Xursday again – what treats does he have for you this week? He’s in the North Tower, to the right of the Stranger’s room. Let’s take a look at the latest weapons and gear from your favourite Destiny trader. No Backup Plans [Titan Gauntlets] – 13SC ATS/8 Arachnid [Hunter Helmet] – 13SC Heart of […]

  • Battlefield Hardline will be stable on PC at launch, Visceral assures

    PC format is “by far the best gaming platform around,” says Hardline producer. “We’re doing what we can to take advantage of people’s different system with the graphics, framerate, controls, etc. We’re not just porting it over.” Battlefield Hardline developer Visceral is reassuring players that there will not be a repeat of the disastrous Battlefield […]

  • Win Pneuma: Breath of Life for Xbox One

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  • Life is Strange Episode 2 delayed

    Life is Strange Episode 2 won’t make its expected release date. The first Life is Strange episode released on January 30, and we had expected the second to follow on March 13. Square Enix has since confirmed to Destructoid that the next chapter won’t make its release date. There’s been no word of the new […]

  • Mortal Kombat X: which character will be revealed tomorrow?

    Mortal Kombat X director Ed Boon is teasing a new character reveal. During today’s Mortal Kombat X livestream, NetherRealm said that a new character would be revealed “very soon”. Boon followed up with this teasing tweet suggesting the reveal will occur tomorrow: Very soon? As in tomorrow? :/ — Ed Boon (@noobde) February 26, 2015 […]

  • Halo played by Twitch is an exercise in great patience

    TwitchPlaysHalo is ridiculous. Halo: Combat Evolved is the latest game to be sucked into the “TwitchPlays” phenomenon, and the results are somewhat painful to spectate. If you’re not familiar with the setup, which debuted with TwitchPlaysPokemon, the game accepts commands from the channels’ chat stream. Although it doesn’t have the strategic RPG elements of Pokemon, […]

  • Gold Amiibo sold out, selling at five times RRP on auction sites

    Gold Mario Amiibo are expected to sell for pretty astounding profits on eBay and other auction sites. The Walmart-exclusive Gold Mario Amiibo is already completely sold out. Plenty of people managed to snaffle them to resell, though. There are now dozens of listings on eBay and other auction sites. One of the average asking prices […]

  • Canadian new game prices jump to $75

    Canadian gamers are in for an unpleasant price hike. As spotted by HardcoreGamer, the local Canadian branches of Amazon and EB Games have raised the prices of upcoming games to CAD$75. The CAD$5 increasing comes within a year of prices hitting the CAD$70 point. CAD$75 (£38/€53) currently exchanges for $60, the standard US pricing. The […]

  • New Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows weather, day-night cycle

    The latest Xenoblade Chronicles X footage shows off a gloriously beautiful world. Xenoblade Chronicles X is Monolith Soft’s first solo Wii U game, and the developer is clearly enjoying being able to build a big open world with all the features we’ve come to expect. Missed the whole Xenoblade thing? Chronicles X is a sort […]

  • Dead Rising: Watchtower teaser talks up the benefits of Zombrex

    Live-action Dead Rising movie Watchtower is almost upon us. Dead Rising: Watchtower will release on Crackle on March 27, and via other digital distributors thereafter. Enjoy the short teaser below, courtesy of IGN.

  • We Happy Few debut hits you upside the face with a frying pan

    Contrast developer Compulsion Games has revealed its next project – the delightfully creepy-looking We Happy Few. We Happy Few is set in “a drug-fuelled, retrofuturistic city in an alternative 1960s England” where “a plucky bunch of moderately terrible people trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial”. Players are tasked with blending in with […]

  • Slender: The Arrival creeping onto PS4, Xbox One in March

    Slender: The Arrival sold like hotcakes on PC and last-gen consoles, so why not terrify yourself on PS4 and Xbox One, too? Slender: The Arrival will release on PS4 on March 24 and on Xbox One on March 25, developer Blue Isle Studios has announced, for $10. No word on that Wii U version, though. […]

  • GOG weekend sale celebrates German debut

    DRM-free games vendor GOG is celebrating its German-language launch with a tasty sale. The sale offers discounts over 25 “German favourites”. Highlights inclue 97% off Deponia, and less steep but still tasty savings on Memoria and Blackguards 1 and 2. The sale will run through March 3, and you do not have to be, speak, […]

  • Humble Weekly Bundle goes back to Japan

    The latest Humble Weekly Bundle is called Made in Japan, and I’m sure you can guess the theme. Pay what you want for Cherry Tree High Complete Pack (PC; Steam or DRM free), Fairy Bloom Freesia (PC; Steam or DRM free) and Influent + Language Pack (Linux, Mac, PC; Steam or DRM free). Pay more […]

  • Capcom “looking into” solutions to Resident Evil: Revelations PC co-op issue

    Resident Evil: Revelations 2 fans should sit tight for a bit, as Capcom is working on some sort of solution to the co-op issue. Resident Evil: Revelations 2 doesn’t have local co-op on PC and fans are pretty mad about that, as it was advertised ahead of release as a key feature. Although Capcom has […]

  • The games industry is disruption, says Assassin’s Creed producer

    Former Assassin’s Creed producer Jade Raymond has characterised the games industry as one long series of upsets. The games industry changes all the time, and that’s one of its best qualities, Raymond said. The ex-Ubisoft leader told Polygon that the reason seh got into games in the first place was because it “is this undefined […]

  • GTA 5 made $31 million in digital revenue in January

    GTA 5 is the highest-grossing title at the moment in terms of digital revenue, and the PSN is absolutely minting it. Digital games industry analyst Superdata has extended its scope to include console games, which means we suddenly have access to a whole bunch of data we’ve only been able to guess at, or extrapolate […]

  • Destiny: Inferno playlists debut next week

    Destiny PvP will shake things up next week with a new way to slaughter your mates in the Crucible. Destiny is already a skilled PvP game, but the new Inferno playlists will turn things up a notch with a focus on “basic gunplay”. The first of these, Inferno Control, kicks off on March 3 and […]

  • First-person camera coming to Guild Wars 2 next month

    ArenNet has announced its adding nonrestrictive first-person view to Guild Wars 2. Here’s what top expect come March 10: First-person Camera: Zooming in all the way will allow players to experience a first-person view. First-person mode is available while standing in place, walking, running, jumping, playing PvP and just about anything else. There aren’t any […]

  • Shadowrun Online signs on with Nordic

    Shadowrun Online has been given a nice little boost thanks to a distribution deal with Nordic Games. Shadowrun Online is a new team tactical RPG from Cliffhanger Productions. Although it’s already available through Steam Early Access, Nordic has agreed to distribute the finished version, which is due on Linux, Mac and PC in the second […]

  • Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, game world ten times the size of demo

    Final Fantasy 15 is 60% finished, according to director Hajime Tabata. Speaking with IGN, Tabata said development will kick into high gear once the Episode Duscae demo is released. “It’s about 60% now. People may look at that and say ‘well, you’ve only done five more percent!’ [since 55% in September] but it’s actually a […]

  • Destiny: you don’t need to visit the tower to access your vault

    Destiny players, you asked for it and Bungie has delivered it: you can now swap items in and out of the vault using the companion app. “Destiny needs more vault space” you cry – and yes, this is true. But while we all struggle with the limitations imposed on us by Bungie, we face all […]

  • Mortal Kombat X will contain over 100 Brutalities

    During the Mortal Kombat X stream today, NetherRealm Studios revealed Brutalities are back for the game, and stated there will be over 100 to pull off. You won’t gain any extra experience for being overly cruel with your painful moves, but you will at least get to laugh at some and “cringe” at others, according […]

  • Numenera: Strand is a film based on the game up on Kickstarter

    Numenera, the 2012 Kickstarter success and foundation for Torment: Tides of Numenera, could become a film if the Kickstarter for the movie is successful. With five days left, Monte Cook Games and Swedish film company Valdes/Eriksdotter needs £22,542 to reach its goal. Titled Numenera: Strand, it tells the tale of a drifter who “roams a […]

  • Gran Turismo 6 update adds MINI Clubman Vision, more

    A Mini Cooper has invaded Gran Turismo 6 via a new update. The Mid-Field Raceway track has also been added, and its a new and improved version of the original track from previous Gran Turismos. The new B-Spec Mode feature has also been added which allows the AI driver to race on your behalf. Additional […]

  • Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and some playable titles to PAX East

    Nintendo is bringing New 3DS Xl and Splatoon with it to PAX East next month. The E3 2014 build of the game lets eight players transform into squids in a race for “splattered-paint dominance.” Code Name: S.T.E.A.M. will also be playable and featured in stage presentations at the Nintendo booth. Upcoming or newly released Nintendo […]

  • Battlefield Hardline Premium information seems to have slipped out early

    Battlefield Hardline Premium perks have apparently leaked a bit early, according to a post on Reddit. Over on the Hardline subreddit is an image which was take at a GameStop location, noting two week early access to content additional Battlepacks and more. Here’s the rundown: Four expansions Two weeks early access 12 additional Battlepacks Exclusive […]