Major retailers to stop selling Vita?

#1 Posted by bunchanumbers (192 posts) -

http://www.hardcoregamer.com/2014/07/02/ps-vita-no-longer-available-at-major-retailers/92408/

I'm starting to think that they have finally given up on Vita. Its probably for the best too. If all its going to do is suck money from Sony's nearly empty pockets then they had to make decisions. Now Sony can focus solely on the PS4.

#2 Posted by SpiderLuke (465 posts) -

I don't know, it's one of my favorite current systems now. I can say I use it more than my 3DS. I've got about 50 free games, roughly, from PSplus ... so it's been a great value. Most people that own a Vita I know love it. There are quite a few titles on it so far. Maybe they didn't focus much on it at E3, but titles still are being released for it.

I wouldn't trust a site that's trying to stir up a war based on speculation.

#3 Edited by tempura13 (406 posts) -

There was a sudden spike in demand, and retailers just couldn't keep up with it.

I'm starting to think that they have finally given up on Vita. Its probably for the best too. If all its going to do is suck money from Sony's nearly empty pockets then they had to make decisions. Now Sony can focus solely on the PS4.

From where are you basing this exactly? You seem pretty convinced that the handheld is a lost cause.

#4 Posted by bunchanumbers (192 posts) -

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-19/sony-ceo-apologizes-as-ps4-maker-restructures-on-loss-forecast.html

That one is general state of Sony. 103 billion lost since its peak.

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/sony-admits-ps-vita-is-currently-a-failure-cm215625

Here's a article where Sony is admitting that Vita is a failure.

And I don't need to put up a article about Sony reducing AAA game support for Vita. Which is funny because in the Vita is a failure article, they say that what will save the vita will be games. As for profitability, it probably is profitable now. But it still wouldn't make up for the time when vita was sold at a loss or the development cost. Although to be fair I'm sure its nowhere on the scale of PS3.

#5 Posted by tempura13 (406 posts) -

http://www.nasdaq.com/article/sony-admits-ps-vita-is-currently-a-failure-cm215625

Here's a article where Sony is admitting that Vita is a failure.

And I don't need to put up a article about Sony reducing AAA game support for Vita. Which is funny because in the Vita is a failure article, they say that what will save the vita will be games. As for profitability, it probably is profitable now. But it still wouldn't make up for the time when vita was sold at a loss or the development cost. Although to be fair I'm sure its nowhere on the scale of PS3.

Ah, yes. I'm aware that Sony as a whole is in a tight financial spot.

However, that article you posted isn't an accurate assessment of the Vita's current situation (and I don't think I've read someone from Sony outright admitting that its a failure so early in its lifespan). The big price cut happened months after that article, and software started to gain traction as well. Sony won't be putting more resources on the platform (PS4 takes priority, like you said), but that doesn't mean they'll stop supporting it all together.

And yeah, it's profitable. Vita owners buy lots of games, and we still keep getting games. No need to hit the panic button just yet :3

#6 Edited by bunchanumbers (192 posts) -

@tempura13 said:

Ah, yes. I'm aware that Sony as a whole is in a tight financial spot.

However, that article you posted isn't an accurate assessment of the Vita's current situation (and I don't think I've read someone from Sony outright admitting that its a failure so early in its lifespan). The big price cut happened months after that article, and software started to gain traction as well. Sony won't be putting more resources on the platform (PS4 takes priority, like you said), but that doesn't mean they'll stop supporting it all together.

And yeah, it's profitable. Vita owners buy lots of games, and we still keep getting games. No need to hit the panic button just yet :3

Actually vita owners rarely buy games. Most wait for the games to become free on Vita. This means that with no game sales, games on vita don't become profitable. PS+ is great for the free games but it doesn't help Sony. Here's a list of games sold on Vita, and you'll see that only 1 game has sold over a million copies. Wii U has more titles to sell over a million even with a smaller user base. Many titles with over 2 million sold as well.

http://www.vgchartz.com/platform/43/playstation-vita/

#7 Posted by dipdish (858 posts) -

No, they have not given up on the Vita.

#8 Edited by Articuno76 (18651 posts) -

@bunchanumbers: Does that count digital sales? Digital makes up almost half of Vita purchases.

Those figures don't jive with developer reports (especially smaller developers/indies who attest to Vita owners being voracious for content. The userbase of the Vita seems to by wide rather than deep.

#9 Posted by The_Last_Ride (68949 posts) -

@bunchanumbers: it's been documented, they're out. The demand has soared after the success after PS4

#10 Posted by MethodManFTW (25366 posts) -

@tempura13 said:

Ah, yes. I'm aware that Sony as a whole is in a tight financial spot.

However, that article you posted isn't an accurate assessment of the Vita's current situation (and I don't think I've read someone from Sony outright admitting that its a failure so early in its lifespan). The big price cut happened months after that article, and software started to gain traction as well. Sony won't be putting more resources on the platform (PS4 takes priority, like you said), but that doesn't mean they'll stop supporting it all together.

And yeah, it's profitable. Vita owners buy lots of games, and we still keep getting games. No need to hit the panic button just yet :3

Actually vita owners rarely buy games. Most wait for the games to become free on Vita. This means that with no game sales, games on vita don't become profitable. PS+ is great for the free games but it doesn't help Sony. Here's a list of games sold on Vita, and you'll see that only 1 game has sold over a million copies. Wii U has more titles to sell over a million even with a smaller user base. Many titles with over 2 million sold as well.

http://www.vgchartz.com/platform/43/playstation-vita/

vgchartz is not reputable at all.

#11 Posted by Jaysonguy (37410 posts) -

@tempura13 said:

Ah, yes. I'm aware that Sony as a whole is in a tight financial spot.

However, that article you posted isn't an accurate assessment of the Vita's current situation (and I don't think I've read someone from Sony outright admitting that its a failure so early in its lifespan). The big price cut happened months after that article, and software started to gain traction as well. Sony won't be putting more resources on the platform (PS4 takes priority, like you said), but that doesn't mean they'll stop supporting it all together.

And yeah, it's profitable. Vita owners buy lots of games, and we still keep getting games. No need to hit the panic button just yet :3

Actually vita owners rarely buy games. Most wait for the games to become free on Vita. This means that with no game sales, games on vita don't become profitable. PS+ is great for the free games but it doesn't help Sony. Here's a list of games sold on Vita, and you'll see that only 1 game has sold over a million copies. Wii U has more titles to sell over a million even with a smaller user base. Many titles with over 2 million sold as well.

http://www.vgchartz.com/platform/43/playstation-vita/

Over 60% of Vita software sales are digital

Also the Vita is doing so well that it's sold out. They can't keep up with demand currently.

#12 Edited by SolidTy (41494 posts) -

I keep noticing a trend with your threads. I've kept it to myself this entire year to see if the pattern would change, but alas here I am finally to post. Reminds me of your older work...You log in to post the bait, debate a tiny bit, and then log off this account.

Xbone advertising is amazing, Wii U is good, Xbone is good, Wii U games are great, how to fix a 360, and PS this and PS that is bad. Sony is bad in general is the theme with your 129 posts so far since May 2013 last year, when you weren't praising the other brands of course. This thread's highlight is the Vita and how it's not selling and Sony is teh poor.

Anyways, I checked that article and it's speculative and from a no name site.

"Physical stores also seem to be out of the handheld, as searches for stock and calls to local outlets. At the moment, it’s unclear why stocks have diminished across the board; whether retailers are choosing to no longer stock the handhelds, have sold out, or if Sony has not been replenishing stocks."

Alrighty then. Just a bunch of random speculation for hits at this no name site.

Lucky I'm not even a handheld gamer to drum up much of a care. I'm more curious about your posts than handhelds especially considering the more recent circumstances. It's just all strange to me.

#13 Posted by porkchopxp (1126 posts) -

(sniff sniff) troll stank . . .