on 25-02-2012 12:37 AM
Before I get accused of ‘flame baiting’ or‘trolling.’ I have played the Vita and I love it and its an amazing bit of kit and feels great to hold, but it’s the fact that Sony’s head is so far in the clouds, (or up their arse) that they can’t see its main problem….price, price of the Vita itself?? No, no it’s a good price for what you get, it’s the price of the games and memory cards, seriously who in their right mind is going to pay those ridiculous for memory cards? Ok Amazon give you a free 8GB card, but if Sony want a higher take up of digital distribution of games how far is that, or even 32GB, going to go? Now games…ok they are proper full length but £44.99 for Uncharted, Hell no even the online price of £37.99 is too much and at the end of the day you are paying a premium price for a game that you will never be able to play on anything other that a 5 inch screen that alone should make games cost more than£20. Reality Fighters is a game similar to a 69p APP on the Apple Store so why wasn’t that priced more competitively? The fact that it’s flopping in Japan is again proof of their terrible strategy, Japan was the country that the PSP did the best, so you would think the Vita would follow suit so what chance does it have in the UK and US. I think it was the interview with the Sony boss that infuriated me the most he just seems so blind to these issues its almost laughable and unless there is a major price restructure and Sony Abandon their stupid policy on propriety Memory cards within 12 months Vita will fail as by then their will be far more advanced smart phones and tablets that will be producing games at 1080p or more for prices that Sony just can’t compete with. I wanted to like the Vita I really did, I love my Playstation 3 it’s the best console for years full stop, but there really is no room for a dedicated, hardcore gaming portable charging £40+ a game it just makes no sense whichever way you look at it. 69p games are a good quick gaming fix, and that’s why Apple have succeeded their products are expensive but their apps are very well priced (although I detest touch screen controls) in depth gaming experiences are really only suited to home consoles.
on 25-02-2012 12:51 AM
on 25-02-2012 01:00 AM
on 25-02-2012 01:01 AM
No need to be sarcastic. I could have been rude but I wasn't. I just asked politely if you could break it up into readable paragraphs. You may find it easy to read a continuous wall of text but most can't. It doesn't take a lot of effort to do that but if you're too lazy to do so then so be it.
Sorry but was dropped on my head as a child, I thought paragraphs was the scoring system for the special olympics.
on 25-02-2012 01:06 AM
The drop on the head explains the terrible joke.
I remember reading somewhere, can't remember if it was around the time of RE:Revelations being released for the DS. It was being priced about £40 I think. But a few days before release it dropped in price. If I can remember, the argument for the high price was something like.
''Just because this is a handheld title, doesn't mean that the same amount of work that goes into a console game, didn't go into this game. So I see no issue with the price''..
With regards to Uncharted GA at least. I think it should of been a £30 title. The series is huge. I'm enjoying the game. But it doesn't compare to the console games at all. Scale, set pieces, story. It wasn't made by Naughty Dog so it's not going to be as good.
I didn't even enjoy UC3 that much. After release, I found out half of the team were off making The Last Of Us, while the other half made UC3.
on 25-02-2012 01:10 AM
True, but in lthe long run people will not pay £40 or even £30 for a game that can only be viewed on a 5 inch screen in my IMO it just feels wrong, and as gorgeous as the OLED screen and uncharted is it is simply not worth that kind of money. Its not 2004 Portable gaming has moved on. When the PSP was released then there was a market for it, it did fantastic in Japan it was its best territory, Vita has bombed there Sales have been in massive decline so what chance does it have in the UK and US where even the PSP's back in the beginning of its lifecycle were average to poor at best.
25-02-2012 01:23 AM - edited 25-02-2012 01:26 AM
I guess we'll have to wait to see the first numbers. I think the main problem is SONYs advertizing - as per usual. Most people don't roam the internets to research gaming-trends and most people you talk to have no idea what a VITA is.
I agree that Uncharted 3 wasn't that great. I think technically it was a masterpiece, but the story was really lacking in comparison to the other titles. Golden Abyss seems to be great (Chapter 10 or so right now) but of course it is not technically as impressive as Uncharted 3 is, but comparing it to Uncharted one with a realistic look on the hardware and what may come of it reveals a bright outlook.
I wouldn't complain if they dropped the price, but I would have bought it for 50 bucks if I hadn't received it as a promo item along with Wipeout, which is also excellent but I would not have bought for 40€, and Little Deviants, which I didn't like initially but find rather amusing by now, but, which, again, I would also not have bought for 30€. The truth is only very few games will be 50€. I guess some lesser games will try to pull it off but noone will buy them and that's that. But if a God of War VITA will come along, then I would again be willing to shell out 50€ for it. Also you can always wait a month and buy it cheaper in the UK. Try that in Germany. Games here keep a stable price forever. They only ever drop if a platinum edition is released. Lately there seems to be a very small trend for the better though.
Also, you can always buy games like Stardust, or MotorStorm RC or Escape Plan, which I think are rather fairly priced. The device is new. Give it some time. I hope that Europe and the USA embrace it better than the Asian market has, but I am also certain that the device will fly of Asian shelfes once a Kingdom Hearts, Monster Hunter or Final Fantasy is released for it. I am a little puzzled why SONY has all those great launch-titles (for western tastes) but none of the traditional Asian system sellers... but that's SONY I guess... and also: we might think we know everything better with our understanding but we don't really know their resons for specific business decisions. Let's just hhope they know what they're doing.
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