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Sony Sees Plenty Of Demand For Vita

Many remain skeptical about the PlayStation Vita, as they will point towards the mobile gaming explosion on cell phones and the immense popularity of the Nintendo 3DS.

Furthermore, the Vita will miss the holiday season in North America and Europe; it'll launch on February 22, which isn't exactly a peak time for the industry. So will Sony's technologically advanced new handheld flop upon arrival? Well, SCEA director of hardware marketing John Koller has called the number of Vita pre-orders "substantial."

In speaking to All Things D, Koller said the delay for the launch of the Vita in the US and Europe was so Sony could meed demand. He also cited a few studies that show that 60% of all current PSP owners and 63% of PS3 owners intend to own a Vita within the first 18 months of the portable's lifespan. Therefore, Sony sees plenty of demand and they're only worrying about meeting that demand. Said Koller:

"We’ve increased production materially since E3. We learned our lesson to make sure you have enough product."

As for potential competition with smartphones, Koller simply restates what we've heard from Sony before: the Vita offers a "larger game experience," which means they are "insulated from the competition." In other words, if you want the best of the best in the portable market, you have no choice: it has to be the Vita.

Do you have confidence in Sony's new handheld?

Tags: vita, playstation vita, sony, vita sales, vita preorders

10/28/2011 8:38:56 PM John Shepard

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Comments (18 posts)

BikerSaint
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 9:52:10 PM
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<<<<<Do you have confidence in Sony's new handheld?>>>>>

Only 3 words needed to answer that question......

"YES I DO"!

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Jakintosh
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 10:21:34 AM

I have a Wifi unit, Uncharted and Wipeout all preordered with release day shipping from Amazon. Does that answer the question? :D

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ZettaiSeigi
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 10:27:00 PM
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Just take my money as I want the Vita now! Is that enough for confidence? LOL

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Dancemachine55
Friday, October 28, 2011 @ 10:38:01 PM
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Mobile phone gaming markets and hardcore handheld gaming markets are very different from each other. One has a large market for quick, fun, time wasting games while the other is for handheld versions of console games with a nice mix of high quality time wasters.

Vita and iPhone/Android may look the same when you see someone using them, but the games they offer could not be anymore different.

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Beamboom
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 7:11:02 AM

Just on a sidenote: GTA3 is coming for the Android and ios now. So the games they offer are not *that* different...
What the regular android and ios devices miss is the analogue sticks though. But as soon as someone offer a bluetooth controller for these devices and that device is supported by the game makers that gap is filled too.

I am not saying the Vita isn't a better product from a technical point of view - it most definitely is - I'm just not convinced that the market will see it that way.
If I am wrong then good for Sony!

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Neo_Aeon666
Monday, October 31, 2011 @ 11:55:39 AM

At Beamboom

Yay GTA3. But that is still one whole generation behind the Vita.

Plus playing hardware demanding games on your phone is no good. I don't like the fact that 2 hours of phone gaming will totally drain your battery AND you now won't be able to make important calls or sms.

To me:

Phone: Phonecalls, Sms, Google Maps, 3G web browsing.

Handheld: Play games and don't mind about draining the batterry, watch movies and listen to music.

To me games on a phone will always remain gimmicky at most. Phone is an important tool that I cannot afford to waste on games.

Maybe when phones are as strong as pcs and run on nuclear energy I'll consider gaming on it lol... As long as it has good controls like the XperiaPlay but better.

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Temjin001
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 12:23:50 AM
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I'm just not feeling it yet for the Vita. I was sort of excited for a while, but then now I'm not. And that's the end of my story =p

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Beamboom
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 7:16:51 AM

Me neither. I just can't picture myself rushing to the store to get it.

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Neo_Aeon666
Monday, October 31, 2011 @ 12:07:28 PM

Personnally im VERY hyped for it. I do alot of subway/bus. 1 hour to get to work. And my hands are free. Playing outdated or simple games on a phone is already past the extrem boredom stage. Plus I like to keep my phones batterry for important/business matters or to actually call people lol.

3DS was fun for a month... But it lacks anything worthy of beeing called a game. And when it has a game it is a port from N64 that I already went through 40 times.

Vita offers:
1: Total rape of anything a smartphone can offer (graphics and control-wise)
2: Slick design and nice screen
3: Good enough batterry life
4: Very nice feel. Yes I played it. Played LBP and Uncharted. I think you have to get it in your hands to realise how nice it is.
5: A promise of ALOT of very nice games when it launches and over 100 in 2012. Not just some dull time killing games. Also some games I will actually continu on my PS3 afterwards.

That is why I am hyped. My traveling situation does motivate me more but the product at hand is very promising.

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clockwyzebkny
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 1:43:43 AM
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Can you play Uncharted on an i-device or android? lol Just kidding

I think the Vita is aimed at a totally different market. I think people can enjoy both casual and hardcore on the go gaming. I know that i'm purchasing one as soon as it comes out

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___________
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 4:22:36 AM
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really?
so thats why playasia put on their website a apology saying they have not received as many units as they were expecting and everyone who perordered after a certain date wont be in the first 2 shipments and this wont be shipping till 2012?
i swear $ony are full of sh*t!
if they lied any more to us they would turn blue!

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Neo_Aeon666
Monday, October 31, 2011 @ 12:11:13 PM

No that just means it is popular. And Playasia is in japan. How about that might be why they decided to make more units and delay the US launch.

Btw comments of nameless trolls should be deleted XD

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Qubex
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 10:38:18 AM
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The Vita is intriguing, however I am still likely to wait for a while before diving in as I have other hardware I would like to purchase; such as, the new Asus EEPC Quad Core Tablet for myself, and iPad 3 for my mom (which she desperately wants when released). This will suck up my hardware budget for 2012.

Luckily, with work gifting me a new laptop, inclusive of decent 540M Nvidia GPU, I have a very nice "on-the-go" gaming PC I can use on my travels. It will come in handy for those multiplatform games that just look so much better today on PC than on consoles.

I have BF3 on the PS3, but I will also get it for the PC when I receive the laptop. I like to think I can mod the PC version and see what the community brings to the BF3 Frostbite 2.0 engine in the future.

All the while waiting for news on the PS4 :)

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

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karneli lll
Saturday, October 29, 2011 @ 7:13:36 PM
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Honestly i see the vita competing with the ps3, they both cost the same...funny when you think about it.

Side note; Naughty Dog need to change the trailer they are advertising for Uncharted 3. A lot of people are asking why a movie is being released on the ps3!

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DeathOfChaos
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 11:18:18 AM
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I pre-ordered XIII-2 at Gamestop the other day and as I got home, I immediately realized I could have re-ordered the Vita instead... damn =\ Lol, maybe when I go back, I'll just take the money off XIII-2 and put on a reserve for the Vita :p

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dork02840
Sunday, October 30, 2011 @ 6:51:41 PM
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interesting article. however i battle your assessment of the immense popularity of the nintendo 3ds. most reports i have read said that it was floundering before the price cut. everyone i know who owns a DS says 3ds is not worth the upgrade; plus everyone knows at some point there will be a nintendo 3ds-i, 3ds xl ect. maybe things have changed since the price drop, but i have not heard about it setting the NA market on fire...

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Neo_Aeon666
Monday, October 31, 2011 @ 12:19:19 PM
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Every one complaining about price should realise 250$ is nothing. Its the price of a freaking Ipod Touch and I don't see you crying about that even though the Ipod is WAY less powerfull and makes you deal with the crappiest piece of software on earth (itunes).

Grow up and find a good reason to whine?

It is also stupid to compare it to the price of a PS3. You don't cry about the DS and it is MORE expensive than a Wii no? And if anything it would make sense it is about the same price as it has more capabilities and about the same graphical power... I just totally don't get you.

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playaplus
Monday, April 02, 2012 @ 9:45:36 PM
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this gets me thinking about insomniacs "we're don w resistance franchise on ps3" comment

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