Sony struggling to attract third-party support for Vita - Report

Sony Computer Entertainment worldwide studio president Shuhei Yoshida says publisher is finding it hard to attract third-party support for portable consoles; hopes Assassin's Creed will prove good recruitment tool when it launches on the Vita.

Sony has reportedly admitted that it is having a hard time attracting third-party developers to make games for its PlayStation Vita console.

Sony reportedly wants more third-party devs to support the Vita.

In an interview with PlayStation: The Official Magazine (as spotted by blog The Silent Chief), Sony Computer Entertainment worldwide studio president Shuhei Yoshida is reported as saying:

"We're having a more difficult time than we had anticipated in terms of getting support from third-party publishers, but that's our job."

Yoshida then went on to say that the publisher will continue to try to recruit third-party developers and pointed to the upcoming Assassin's Creed III: Liberation as a game that could entice other developers to see the benefit of working with the Vita.

"We will continue to talk to development communities and publishing partners, and tell them why Vita can provide a great experience for the IPs they have, and I hope the Assassin's Creed game will prove that," Yoshida reportedly told the magazine.

Sony was under pressure to drop the price of the Vita upon its North American launch earlier this year, with the system reaching 1.2 million units sold globally by February 26, 2012.

Earlier this year, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto weighed in on the Vita's problems, saying that the system's software is not matching the abilities of its hardware.

In July, Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said he is eager to get Borderlands 2 on the Vita.

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lilnazar
lilnazar

No surprise.. Sony isnt even trying to sell their consoles.. They deserve this.

dinslacck
dinslacck

if square enix join the vita empire and start making FF games for the vita then.. u know what i'm trying to say..

 

it's the beginning of the successful vitas

LordWaffleKing
LordWaffleKing

Not surprised, Vita is a piece of crap. Sony poorly planned the system, throwing it into the market as if telling their fans "Come and get your slop." And Sony, unlike Nintendo, can't make a system work with only first-party games. Release a Mario game, everyone buys it. Release Uncharted, sell a system or two, people finish the game, sell it back to GameStop, Vita is now an overpriced paper weight. Honestly, the PSP wasn't much of a success. Why make a new one? It'll only inherit the PSP's spot in the back corner of GameStop, collecting dust.

Sohereiam
Sohereiam

I have been wondering when does one can consider a company a Third-Party Developer?

tgwolf
tgwolf

The Vita certainly has my moral support and it won't be long before they have my money for a copy of said hardware. Though tablet games and such are a prolific market I will always want controls such as consoles provide, pads and buttons and all, since there are many games that benefit from that setup.

00LiteYear
00LiteYear

Main reason I haven't bought a Vita is  because my PSP is still alive.  Alone, MGS:Portable Ops Plus used 300 hours of my time.

 

Ironic that such good PSP1000 games would make buying the Vita unnecessary.

dark_kartos
dark_kartos

Sony you didnt learn your lesson when your ps3 was severely overpriced. Your making the same mistake again 

Ghetto_ninja
Ghetto_ninja

It has CoD and Assassin's Creed on board. Plus Tecmo Koei has shown a lot of support.  Is there really many other third party developers worth attracting at this point in the game? THQ is constantly in hot water and Sega isn't quite pumping out AAA blockbusters. EA and Square Enix are about all it's missing. 

Razer361
Razer361

What i seem to realize is that since Sony is trying to gather 3rd party support now, that must mean there aren't any Vita games in development (besides the ones already announced). That is a real bummer for gamers when it takes like 2 years to create a game, and they haven't even started yet!! Not including PSN games, though.

Razer361
Razer361

All it needs is more games, then it will crush the 3DS and iPad!

OGKNav
OGKNav

Because it wastes resources on useless gadgets to compete with other companies who already have that market on lock down. As I've always said about this mentality (sarcastically)

"Why be good at one thing, when you can be terrible at everything?"

This seems to be the matra of the new gaming industry.

Gusz2
Gusz2

Soon it's gonna be full of games!!

jinza
jinza

problem is that the PS Vita is a high dollar gadget.  Those that can afford this little gizmo really don't have the time to play "on the go" games as when they once did in the golden age of the gameboy.  See?  back then, your folks were driving you around places while you sat in the backseat with time in your hands.  so that was perfect to fire up metroid, zelda or any other game that was a delight to play.  Unfortunately, the demographic this device is aimed for don't really have to time to sit around in the back seat and play for the duration of a road trip.  they are actually the drivers, taking their families on this road trips.  why not buy the thingamajig for the kids?  cuz it costs a pretty penny, and the games aren't that great.  A catch-22, really.  It's sad.

blackwing55
blackwing55

Lets see why is it hard to find third party support for the vita because it wasnt a complete success why didnt it sell well? Their are way to many childish entertaining games on it that don't speak to core gamers the marketed things like little deviants and ect which dont really intrest people what they need to focus on is getting really creative mature games on their. Games like blazblue, corpse party, final fantasy 7 really made owning a vita fun because they hardcore mature games. I mean really which would you pick a possible made new final fantasy for your vita or little deviants?

romans1001
romans1001

Im not gonna buy vita. It doesn't seem interesting to me.

JMLert
JMLert

In related news, a scientific panel has concluded that third party developers focus on consoles with the largest user base.

enoslives7
enoslives7

8 years ago, Sony was king of the world....and they blew it! Now they are bottom feeders chasing Apple and Nintendo. Their entire corporate staff should be fired.

 

 

pixelpusher66
pixelpusher66

Here is 1 thing Sony could do to vastly improve sales of the Vita and the games for it: either lower the memory to the same cheap price as SD cards or ditch the format completely and offer a converter card to microSD. Sony wants to maintain complete control over their platform and maximize profits by upcharging every accessory but that is killing sales. It seems a complete contradiction of what they are trying to do. Since most people that own these will probably be buying games from PSN why on earth would you limit so much how many games can be stored on the system? I have a PSVita and with a 16GB card I have found it filling up rather quickly with a few movies, some music, and a few games. Back in July I was going to buy a game when I was on a trip but didn't have the space, so they lost a sale. And I am not buying any more games until I am completely finished with the few I own now and can delete them. At those prices there is no way I am buying a 2nd memory card since I know the price of memory I don't want to be raped again. The 16gb card is $50 where a microSD card is about $10-12, the 32gb card is $85 where a microSD card is around $20-25. Jesus for $72 on amazon I can get a 64gb microSDXC card which would make the PSvita much more appealing to me. When an entire industry supports a long established memory format what the hell was sony thinking? Proprietary memory card formats pretty much died out a while ago didn't sony get the message. It was much easier to accept memorystick on the psp because having a large memorystick wasn't necessary. This system really requires lots of storage. Very short sighted thinking. 

decoy1978
decoy1978

Sony needs consistent 3rd party support. Having large gaps between AAA titles does NOT help their cause. 

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

I adore my Vita, but even I feel the burn of this gap of software since launch.... then again, I felt it even more with the 3DS, but then we got a slew of decent titles that made all memory of that go right away. This too will happen with Vita, it's just a matter of time til we have that handful of real system sellers. Sound Shapes certainly looks awesome, lets just have a few more.

megakick
megakick

Games for 3DS are pretty Blah and the PSP Vita is just as bad...

Why buy this when have a smartphone.

hatieshorrer
hatieshorrer

Do you people hear that.  When the PSVita fails the sale ten million over the Holiday season Sony will probably price drop to pick up the lack.  So look for a price drop after the holiday season.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

I kind of agree with the creator of Mario since it's one of the reasons I've been holding off on getting a Vita.  Sure, it has awesome capabilities, but if the games don't take advantage of it then I have no reason to get it.  I realize that's easier said then done right at launch, but Sony could have probably tried a bit harder with 1st party titles (other than Uncharted, Wipeout, and Resistance there really isn't anything that is overly noteworthy or couldn't be done on a tablet). 

 

Hopefully COD will be able to take advantage of the dual analog sticks and have online play without lag to show other devs that games can be made for it (as that seemed to be a problem with the PSP, which of course only had one control stick).

 

IMO, what the Vita needs is a big WRPG along the lines of Skyrim/Oblivion or even a Souls game along the lines of Demon's/Dark Souls.  If people see the system can do stuff like that then I wouldn't be surprised if more people become interested in it.

Mik_b
Mik_b

Sonys biggest misstep was not having there huge back-catalog help them out at launch, the few games that have been released for the vita so far has been pretty good (nothing earth shattering yet, but it's still early days) but they're literally hundreds of psp, psOne, minis, and psn games Online, the vita should have been able to play all of them right out of the gate.

 

The Vita is an Amazing piece of tech, pretty much the best portable game system on the market, i just feel it should be able to play all portable games, including ISO and android games. (maybe I'm just naive)

Fencie
Fencie

I don't really see the point of the back touch thing... But whatever!

I just wish I could get all my psp games on it. I have this shiny Vita with 2 games to play because I don't feel like spending more money to download games I already have.

Oh well, I'm looking forward to P4G. That should hold me over for more than long enough to figure something else out :]

HAMMERCLAW
HAMMERCLAW

I thought Sony's grand plan to turn their corporate-wide financial decline around and return to profitabilty, hinged on the success of the Vita? Or was that their ZUNE clone?

DeanoFantasy
DeanoFantasy

People don't really dig into hand held consoles any more, well not us hardcore ones, I have a friend who bought the 3DS when it was first released and even he is disappointed with the lack of interests and content it provided him, I think its more of a young generations console, my cousins whom are 14 and 16 bring there DS's round my house when they come over, I still have my PSP with FF7 8, and 9 on it just in case I end up on a long journey some place, but basically when you turn 18 all you want to do is go out and get seriously intoxicated down the pub.

JohnnyRamirez
JohnnyRamirez

 @00LiteYear

 very true, i still have my psp1000 with a bunch of emulators in it, i still think it's playstations best handheld.

snake63
snake63

 @Ghetto_ninja Call Of Duty for the Vita will be another bomb FPS. Nihilistic Studios is devloping the game. They are the same developers who made Resistance Burning Skies. Activision is not even promoting the game on their website.

JohnnyRamirez
JohnnyRamirez

 @Razer361

 i doubt it would crush it, more like it will barly stay behind it, and thats a maybe.

mister_scowl
mister_scowl

 @Razer361 I think it's a bit too late for that. I really wouldn't consider iPad, iPhone or iWhatever a direct competitor because the games they offer are cheap, easy to make and it's not primarily a gaming system. You won't find game like ACIII: Liberation or COD or Mario etc on those devices. Vita and 3DS are aimed more at people who want a little more than a time-waster on the go. As for the 3DS, it already has a vastly superior library even though games barely come out faster for it than for the Vita, is cheaper to obtain and does not use over-priced proprietary storage units and has a huge lead of about 20:1. I think most third party developers will gravitate towards the 3DS; even though it is not as powerful as a Vita it has a much larger install base and is where the money is. It's DS vs PSP all over again.

TechnoDrago
TechnoDrago

 @jinza Dang, if that isn't the best post I've read. That's one of Sony's biggest issues, the age range they're trying and failing to reach. Not everyone had $300+ dollars sitting in their bank to buy this. Shoot if it wasn't for the Persona game coming out, I'd still be only playing my PSP. The PSN is the only thing the Vita has going for it so far, which is making me wonder if the PS Plus is a solid investment at this time...

mister_scowl
mister_scowl

 @blackwing55 They aren't only trying to get the core gamers to buy it, that's why you see more family friendly games than M rated ones. For the most part M rated games don't fare very well on handhelds. I think we are seeing a trend in all of gaming where the "Big 3" try to aim for the widest audience possible, and with parents today smarter about video games in general than my parents were they will know that GTA or COD is not for their little Billy to play.

blackwing55
blackwing55

 @megakick Dude your looking at the wrong games then probably the mainstream games which are bad. Smartphone games are bad boring and a waste of money well most anyways their are some good ones if have found but they tend to be expensive and crash.

Falru
Falru

 @blueboxdoctor A Dark Souls on the VITA would be a terrible idea because the economy would be raped due to the fact that no one would actually do their jobs when they're at work.

jinza
jinza

 @Fencie well, if a Lara Croft turns her back on you, well...

 

ok ok...if' that's not your bag...what about pinching the back panel when Cloud is staring at you? *wink*

blackwing55
blackwing55

 @HAMMERCLAW Zune sucks why would sony make a clone??? Honestly I wouldnt be the least surprised to hear from you it failed miserable.

blackwing55
blackwing55

 @DeanoFantasy The reason why hardcore gamers don't want handheld games is because their making casual games for it which are so boring.

JasonThomas83
JasonThomas83

 @snake63  @Ghetto_ninja

 that doesnt sound like it is going to be a winner its pretty bad when your own company wont get behind a game,  the vita might not be along to much longer if it has no games to play on it

 

blackwing55
blackwing55

 @Falru Lol yeah they have a game like that its called monster hunter but their isnt a vita one realesed yet at least in north america.

TechnoDrago
TechnoDrago

 @mrboone01  @Mik_b Yeah, that used to be one of Sony's selling points that I enjoyed when they copied Nintendo was the backwards capability. But now you have the repay for a game to do that. What the heck?

HAMMERCLAW
HAMMERCLAW

Their new Walkman models look just like Zunes, go figure!

intro94
intro94

 @blueboxdoctor  @blackwing55 

no, not really.However the most recent MH4 for now is a 3ds exclusive. Developing for vita is just horribly expensive if you wanna get the hardware to shine and PLAIN STUPID when you know the top selling games only sold 1 million copies, when you need twice that amount to get your cash back on a true HD game. Sony wont make it happen unless they absorb the developing costs from devs, and that will be too much for SONY.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

 @blackwing55 doesn't Nintendo have exclusive rights (idk what they're actually called) over that franchise now so Capcom can only make it for their consoles?