Sony Uncertain About Future of AAA Western Games on Vita

Sony thinks the Vita is a AAA machine in Japan, but what about other markets?

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Sony recently touted that between the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita the company has sold over 100 million systems, but it admits that the Vita might not be the platform of choice for AAA Western games.

"I certainly think you’ll still see [Vita] as a AAA machine in Japan where it has a different function with the console dynamic of the marketplace," PlayStation boss Andrew House told IGN. "That for me is a given. It’s hard to say in terms of the other markets.”

House echoed the sentiment from Director of Product Planning and Platform Software Innovation at Sony Computer Entertainment Don Mesa, who in May said that the economics for AAA games on Vita “simply don’t work.”

Instead, House suggests that Vita owners will be able to get their AAA fix by taking advantage of the device’s remote play feature. "I think remote play is still in its nascent stages, I think we need to have better understanding,” he said. “We know a lot of players are embracing it and using it and seem to like the experience a lot, but necessarily that changes the dynamic. You know, if you can play your PlayStation 4 content at will on Vita, then does that obviate the necessity of having AAA content or not?”

What kind of games do prefer to play on your handheld device? Let us know in the comment below.

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207 comments
iiluiisii
iiluiisii

PS vita is a good console, there's just to many problem's with it, like freezing up, touchscreen malfunction's, i just said it's over baby. i hope there's a vita 2 and do whatever possible to get rid previous problem's. Because i know i like the vita better than any other video game system out there. I think the vita is a MASTERPIECE with their lazy maker's behind them is no wueno.

Raikoh_911
Raikoh_911

I bought the vita for Japanese games like Demon Gaze and Conception 2 as it is, not sure if Japan considers these AAA games, but these work great on the vita and I hope they keep these coming in the UK. 

stillvalerie
stillvalerie

phantasy star portable  I purchased for psp but sad to see that its not for download for vita in shop, roll on pso 2, I hope the uk  does not miss out on this awesome game... we need more good rpg online games.

aimanalbatenius
aimanalbatenius

how come you doubt about AAA games on vita?..you dont even produce not more than a dozen...Japanese games are great...for people who can read japanese...

Klyern
Klyern

it all depends on what you call triple A content, if you call monhun AAA then yes, its a triple A game inside psp because its meant for psp, if you call stuff like NFS, AC or CoD triple A content, then no, because those are games meant for pc, downscaling graphics so a game can fit in a handheld doesnt compliment a PC game, its a no brainer but people dont understand these things simply because games like Assassin's Creed are multiplatform titles, despite being designed for PC and ported to console. Its a no brainer cause you cant port and port and port, its like saying "we just ported the AC franchise from PC to console, and then to handheld console with Altair's Chronicles etc.... I bet we could port it to Iphone and android, and then to browser flash genre, and then maybe to gameboy color!!! ITS A KILLING :D"  Seriously who the hell makes those decisions, i'd like to have them in front of me just so i could say "no" and look down on them as the scourge they are.

thundermanboy
thundermanboy

I wish there were more AAA games on the Vita. It needs more games to sell more consoles and Sony needs to focus more on the Vita. Remote play is cool and the same with ps+, but I haven't bought a hard copy of a Vita game in a long time, and i love my Vita. Come on Sony, work on the Vita some more.

evagelios
evagelios

I am more hyped for Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment than I can express. MAYBE if Sony decided to drop a few good anime titles over here, they'd make a bit more cash. I used to import my psp games for the same reason, I just don't have the cash to import games that have heavy dialogue and menus.

krazken
krazken

I love my Vita and play it for a little bit almost every day. Of course, the bulk of what I play is PS+, PSP or PSX games. The advantage of the system is taking it on the go and being able to put it into sleep mode mid-play.

I only occasionally play a AAA port, like Metal Gear Solid 2/3 HD, Mortal Kombat, SFxT, etc.

snyperdons
snyperdons

The money that Sony has spent for positive articles has to be staggering,hope it bites them in the ass...the truth will come out

snyperdons
snyperdons

The vita is dead...it always was,until greedy ass Sony made it part of their GLASS to compete with smart glass which you can use any smart devise, JUNK. Period

seven7swords
seven7swords

It's funny because the PSP actually gave my DSxl a run for it's money. Loved Kingdom Hearts: Birth By Sleep, Tekken: Dark Resurrection, Final Fantasy 7: Crisis Core, Gran Turismo, Dissidia, Need For Speed, etc... The PSP had a great deal of good games to play on the go. I just don't get the same feeling with the Vita. On the PSP there were so many games that made me want to buy the hand held but when I look at the Vita all I see are inidies and ports. I don't mind ports but a hand held needs strong exclusives to do well.


I will bet anything Pokemon is one of, if not the strongest reasons Nintendo's hand held consoles always do so well. Now that the Fire Emblem series seems to be moved to hand held instead of home consoles mostly it gives the 3DS another strong exclusive.


What Sony needs to do is either create a strong exclusive for the Vita or buy one from another company. Imagine if Monster Hunter 5 Ultimate was a Vita exclusive. There would be a lot of angry Nintendo fans but I bet Monster Hunter fans would buy the Vita. Can't treat your handheld like the step child of your home console. Take some notes from Nintendo. Nothing against indies but they don't generate console sales.

thesilverape
thesilverape

The Vita is failing because it has too few good games. Off the top of my head I can't even name 10 good games. Also the UI is unappealing.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Vita the home of indie games. I just wish someone would of told me that at launch. I might have been able to save my money. Instead, I am just with the worlds most expensive paper weight.

edpeterson
edpeterson

You know how to make the the Vita do better in the west? Actually support your console!

nesky
nesky

If I could play Dragon's Dogma on my Vita (Vita Version, not wiimote play), I'd really appreciate it.

cejay0813
cejay0813

I still don't understand the hype surrounding Remote Play. If you could play whatever PS4 game outside of the house using RP then ok... But that's not the case... And I find that there are very limited (if no) scenarios where I'd actually choose to play a game on the PSvita instead of the PS4, in my home,

jsmoke03
jsmoke03

all they need are some of those capcom handheld fanchises, and A LOT OF JRPGS. puzzle games would be nice too

ArchoNils2
ArchoNils2

All I read was: Please do not buy your system, we want it to die already
That's really sad, it is one of the best systems when it comes to hardware, but the software grows to slow. It has great games on it, but the times between them are to long

Overlord_Meril
Overlord_Meril

Ugh... Sony you make wonderful machines. But you fail spectacularly at convincing people they're worth the money... For a system to succeed it needs your support. You can't just kick it out of the nest and hope it sorts itself out.

broncosfan
broncosfan

I just want some compelling JRPGs for the system (other than P4G, don't care for it personally) that aren't PSOne or PSP games. Don't give a crap about "AAA" titles.

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

It's all about install base and perception. Ps plus is amazing on vita even more so when linked with a ps4 or ps3.

Do a price cut on vita and memory cards and grow the base. If the base is large they will make games for it.

Sohaim
Sohaim

i give zero f*cks about western AAA games on the vita, theyre mostly shooters, give me JAPAN AAA games, that was my main reason for buying the vita, dragons crown was nothing short of amazing, GIVE ME MOAR!

rasterror
rasterror

Look up Extra Credits Why the Vita failed on YouTube for a very probable reason as to why the Vita failed. It's a very good understanding as to why the Vita's power and graphics capability doomed itself. I'd post the link but this site won't allow me.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

Hey. Sony.

People don't buy the Vita because of a lack of games. There's a lack of games because people don't buy the Vita.


Someone needs to break the catch 22, and it should be you.

Drop the price on the memory cards to lower the cost to entry. Bring in more games. Stop getting crap developers to port your key franchises badly to the handheld. Stop ignoring its fanbase.


These are really simple things to impliment. The console is brilliant, it just needs better support.

megakick
megakick

Not the choice for AAA games? So mobile phone games?

dani3po
dani3po

Sony´s greed to use their own memory cards instead of standard SD is what has made the Vita (a wonderful piece of technology, on the other hand) a failure. It serves them right.

digitalsoulkoi
digitalsoulkoi

Hurry up and make some games then you're not a western developer anyway. 

And you promised remote play with PS3 then we see there are like 10 games you can do that with. Then abandon that when the PS4 came out.

atopp399
atopp399

Comparing remote play to a stand alone game .. OK. It's not the same at all...

The PSP is better for older games for a number of reasons...

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

There's no such thing as AAA in Japan. That's just marketing drivel.

LustForSoul
LustForSoul

If Sony releases some big titles on the Vita so the system sells, third party devs will jump on as well. Third party support for the PSP was massive, which it made the best handheld of all time.

normanislost
normanislost

what made me love my PSP? all the great rpgs and unique games


what makes me dislike my vita? that there are no great RPGs just vita version of "AAA" games i don't want on a handheld. did killzone really sell that well on the psp that sony thinks thats what we wanted? where are all the great squareenix games? so far there's FFX hd (which in fairness is my second favorite game in the series so im happy) but that's not enough 

ichigo62
ichigo62

Fruit u Sony


Not everyone wants PS4. So give us what u promised on VITA, u are worse than marketing pyramid-scheme.


I will buy your PS4 when you have exclusive of


+/- 15 JRPGs

+/- 15 Western RPGs

+/-  15 of anything, Not freakkin indies !!!! yeah in-freakin-dies


So am i missing things ? fak no, i have my PC and 3DS right here beside me. Brb gonna run with my dogs for a good time.

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I've always felt that true AAA experiences can only be had on home consoles. I know that probably sounds snobbish, but everytime they've released a game for the PSP and then later released it for the home machines I've initially gone portable but ultimately changed later on.

No matter how they go about it, I just don't think AAA experiences can be condensed into a form that is suited for quick bursts of fun on the go.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

I've been prepared for this ever since I got my Vita. I am happy to let it be my Final Fantasy PSP/PS One classic + the odd Vita title platform. There is plenty to go at on the device though it would be nice to have some top end games. Borderlands 2 was a good step even if you ignore the slightly dodgy frame rates people have been talking about. The Vita is powerful but it isn't console powerful, anyone picking one up thinking it is going to play like the PS3 is stupid. But it is the closest you can get to a console on a mobile device and as far as I'm concerned that does still count for something.

Sure better than the pixellated cartoony 3DS games that people seem to be eating up. I still don't get how some people can play that crap. Pokemon died for me at Ruby, Mario/Zelda/Luigi/Donkey Kong all died in about 2004 when they are were already feeling milked. Yet people still eat it up. There are a few good looking games on 3DS, but I'd still say even with the supposed lack of games on Vita there are still more I'd like to play on Vita.

This will be the last mobile device I ever spend money on anyway.

TheRez
TheRez

All this about AAA western titles, and here I am still waiting for a port of Type-0.  Maybe if someone would be so kind as to forward this memo to Sony: Vita owners have a Vita for (what should be) the strong catalog of J-RPGs, but the failure by Sony to push developers to port these games is a disservice to existing owners and potential buyers.

P.S. One strong offering (i.e. not a slack-jaw, half-assed port) from any of the shooter franchises (CoD, Battlefield, Clancy) would be a major boon for Vita over any other mobile device.

runslikewind
runslikewind

@snyperdons ... Remote play has been in the works since the ps3 launch

smart glass is trash have fun going through your menu on an over prices cable box

bjornborgue
bjornborgue

If the Vita had ports to the likes of X-COM, Far Cry, Resident Evil, Wachdogs, Call of Duty, Dark Souls, Castlevania LOS, Batman, Splinter Cell it would sell like water in a desert. The Vita has the WRONG ports.

boringdork
boringdork

@thesilverape And of the 10 good games you can't even name... most are just remakes/re-releases. Not original titles.

bell8033
bell8033

@ArchoNils2 Well said, bud. It's truly frustrating to see such a great machine struggle this way. At least there will be lots of great smaller budget/indie games coming to the Vita.

lrdfancypants
lrdfancypants

Why not do like MS does? They have offered $100 trade ins and now $75 credit for buying a xb1.

Have a pop up on all ps4 and ps3 for $50 credit with verified purchase of a ps vita or vita tv. That might get the base growing.

Bellum_Sacrum
Bellum_Sacrum

@LustForSoul Nope, the PSP was nowhere near being best at anything, except maybe introducing a huge failure of a format in the form of the UMD.

AzureBonds76
AzureBonds76

@Dannystaples14  I've been holding out on the vita until I see some better titles for it. I am not a Nintendo hater by far (grew up on it), but can understand how some could feel as if their flagship titles aren't offering anything new to the plate. I don't travel enough to warrant the purchase of a vita yet, but I am glad they have a few decent JRPGs on it. It is hard enough saving up to upgrade my PC when I keep buying PS4 games, let alone put away money for a vita that I wouldn't play much.



PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

@TheRez That's good point about the first-person genre. For how long did everyone (players and creators alike) say that what the PSP really needed was a second 'nub' in order to make FPSs viable. Now we have one and no one's taking advantage of it.

snyperdons
snyperdons

Go play your indie station Sony pony

dani3po
dani3po

@Bellum_Sacrum @LustForSoul It was the more powerful portable system of its time. And the console with best multimedia capabilities. So yes, it was the best in many things.

Dragon_Nexus
Dragon_Nexus

@dani3po @Bellum_Sacrum @LustForSoul The most powerful console has rarely gone on to be successful. 

The original Xbox was the more powerful console. It lost to the least powerful Ps2.

The N64 was undoubtedly the most powerful console. It lost to the PS1.

The number of more powerful handhelds that lost to the Gameboy or DS.