PS Vita: NGP Indeed

I’ll bet you’re all feeling pretty damned silly right now.

Yes, you – the naysayers, the doom mongers, the doubters. Everyone that pored over Japanese sales figures desperately watching the download slope and rubbing their hands with some kind of twisted, discordant glee.  Everyone that decided Uncharted: Golden Abyss was utter shit because it didn’t kick out the appropriate number of pixels.

Everyone that wanted PS Vita to fall on its arse before giving it any kind of chance.

[drop]Guess what? From where I’m sitting it’s doing all kinds of goodness in every circle of friends I can witness. Yes, the UI needs a bit of tweaking, and yes some of the games are somewhat overpriced. But you know what, as a console launch I can’t think of one that’s created as much buzz and excitement and had such a comprehensively strong line-up of top tier games.

Uncharted’s bloody brilliant, WipEout’s magical, Everybody’s Golf’s super addictive, FIFA looks and plays like FIFA and MotorStorm came from absolutely nowhere and is being rightly critically acclaimed for its impressive price and some genre-leading asynchronous gameplay – Sony have courted the right developers, enticed the right publishers and, just when it really mattered, on launch week, got their marketing in gear.

And there’s every possibility that it’s all paid off.

We’ll know for sure once those all important figures come out (and the cheap headlines fall over themselves to be the most sensationalist and embarrassingly dramatic) but around me, on Twitter and across the big forums the Vita is alive with the sound of ringing cash tills and that hugely important first week of frantic chatter, tales of midnight queues and hundreds of pounds worth of haul photos.

You know what? Sony might just have done it. In a market that has gradually gone the way of games that cost eighty pennies and last less than that in minutes, Vita’s come along and said – hey, listen – delivering on the promise of console-quality gaming on the go. And arguably for the first time, too – the Vita’s games look almost as good and play almost exactly like they do on PS3, and that’s some achievement.

[drop2]At the last minute, then, everything came together.  Distributors got the games out to the stores (well, those with money), Sony’s team of online managers got the PSN Store stacked with everything available and there’s a range of price points and demos to ensure that everyone gets their chance to just play some games. I can’t see how all this can be anything more than a success from here.

So, yes, over the next months we’ll probably see the figures slope downward, that’s inevitable after a launch, but they won’t be because of the Vita itself or the efforts of Sony. The mobile market’s a notoriously different prospect now, one with a landscape and user base that has changed massively since the PSP came along, but it doesn’t react now to Sony’s new machine then it never will do. Vita, then, is the shot in the arm that it needed.

I really, really want the Vita to do well. I want it to show that people are prepared to pay for games that offer intrinsically good long term value, to show developers and publishers that it’s worth investing in, and to show everyone that decided this thing was going to be a failure from day one that – well – they were wrong.

Next Generation Portable?  I’d say so.

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61 Comments

  1. First paragraph wasn’t needed, for that wont read the rest of this.

    • One of the most bizarre posts I’ve ever read.

      • my own post or the article? I just feel the first paragraph was not needed at all, seems argumentative and aggressive.

      • Your post but I can see what you mean. I don’t feel the same but it is a might bullish. :-)

    • I can see what you mean, but I think it was supposed to be rhetorical.

    • The whole article is pretty much pointless. No-one’s doubting the quality of the Vita – it’s the sales that matter, and so far they’re not looking good. It remains to be seen how the European and US markets do; let’s just hope they don’t follow the Japanese sales figures.

    • Oragami killer the force of that hypocracy hitting you MUST of fucking hurt.

      • Writing that sentence without making a spelling mistake MUST have been fucking hard…oh wait.

      • OK its comments like this (@21:38) is why I sometimes want a like button.

        As for ur first comment, understand where u are coming from but don’t agree. Im sure at one point Alex got a pretty shit comment targeted to him basically saying he is a hater of vita when really he clearly loves the kit. Must be damn frustrating writing a thought piece and getting some narrow minded idiots having a go like that. And I don’t mean u mate, just the really stupid ott ones. X

      • Hmm think the x was unnecessary but at least it shows u I still love you!

      • I’ve read the article in full now, and can retract my first comment. Just thought it didnt start the article in a good way. Im hoping the vita does well but its only day two, success is more long term. Hehe ill give you one too x

      • All good. =)

    • i agree.

      also should use your common sense and realise its only been out less than a week, so it still has plenty of time to “fall on its arse”

  2. It is a console launch that Sony have got right, they learnt a lot from the balls-up that was PS3 & 3DS no doubt.

    I think the sales figure will be very impressive for the launch week & maybe the week after. I do think they’ll fall off a cliff then, but that’s nothing to worry about as long as it ticks over nicely until the seasonal boost from late Sept to Dec. However during this time there will be a million negative blog postings calling it a failure or crying out for a price-cut, but Sony just need to hold their nerve until this time next year and take stock then.

    Although NGP? This pic made me smile
    http://t.co/gMElVOJk

    But all things considered; console, launch line-up, buzz… pretty much everything except high capacity memory card available Sony have got spot-on. Good stuff.

  3. I’m with you

    • Yep, hope it does really well.
      Have hardly touched PS3 since Tuesday afternoon.

      • i bought motorstorm RC to play on my PS3, i love it so much that i went out today and got a vita!
        a game sold the vita to me. and i hope there is more where that came from.

      • Fingers crossed! x

  4. School right now is absolutely buzzing with talk about the Vita. A lot of people have played it in the GAME store and enjoyed it very much. However this may not be true for others as we are the generation that grew up heavily with portable gaming like the PSP and the game boys (nostalgia right there). And also still for many of us the price, especially right now, is putting us off buying a Vita straight away.

    • I grew up with Game & Watch and first gen Gameboy… and I’m still buzzin about Vita :)

    • the first handheld since the gameboy that I have wanted. for what you get the price is more than fair imo.

      • Same for me, it’s the first portable I bought after my original gameboy. It’s been long since I wanted a console so bad :)

  5. I am stunned by the quality of the launch line-up. Just chatting with Nemesis and Hannypoppie and I was commenting on how it resembles a list of “great games to play on a console” let alone just the launch line-up.

    Well done Sony.

  6. I personally love my Vita but I showed it to my mates whilst they were impressed the price point is way out of their range. Im sure a lot of sales will come with the first price drop.

  7. Im loving the vita, am addicted to that AR fireworks game, I keep getting top score then knocked off lol

  8. I’m over the moon with my Vita, best money ive spent in a while and well worth the price i paid for it. Right……..back to Motorstorm RC :)

  9. I might be missing something here, but why is the pic on the main page of Rizzle Kicks?

    • The Rizzle Kicks are in one of the tv ads for vita in the UK. I’m guessing that pic is from that advert somewhere.

      • Ah, that i did not know – Thanks.

        The wife insists on watching on-demand only so she doesn’t have to ‘deal’ with adverts.

  10. I think I’m gonna be keeping quiet until we know that it’s not gonna drop off miserably in the post-launch weeks here too.

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