August 19, 2014

Sony President Explains Why PS Vita Wasn't Mentioned at Gamescom


Sony Presdient Shuhei Yoshida in an interview with Eurogamer discusses why it seems like PS Vita is getting no support from Sony.............

Many of us were disappointed by Sony's lack of support for the PS Vita at Gamescom 2014. Eurogamer sat down with the President of Sony in an exclusive interview.

During the press conference there was no mention of the Vita. I'm sure you've seen the reaction from some about that.

Shuhei Yoshida: There's a campaign. I get the same exact text from many people. They're disappointed. They wanted to hear some new news about PS Vita.

So why did you not talk about Vita during the press conference?

Shuhei Yoshida: This is not the first time. E3... We've been focusing on talking about new titles on PS4. We do not want to extend the press conference for too long, and we had to limit the number of titles we put in the conference. You realise some of the new updated, that we believe are great titles of our titles had to be pushed out into a pre-show, like Bloodborne, The Order and LittleBigPlanet 3.

We are pretty happy with games coming out on PS Vita and the games that are in the pipeline. PS Vita gamers are pretty core, dedicated gamers. They seek information, so we trust them to find out about the games coming out on PS Vita.



The perception, though, when you don't talk about it during the press conference is Sony doesn't care about Vita any more.

Shuhei Yoshida: We totally understand why people are saying this. We hear that and we feel the pain of these people, even though if the same person sends the same tweet multiple times I block them. Not because I don't like the message, but just the way some of the people are sending it.

Shahid [Kamal Ahmad, PlayStation strategic content chief] got a lot of messages on Twitter about it.

Shuhei Yoshida: What I respect about Shahid is he tried to address it. He's so proud of the titles that are coming out on Vita. I'm excited. I can't keep up with the great games I have on PS Vita. I'm working on Metrico. It's a beautiful game but very hard. I'm still working on my character level on Rogue Legacy. It's a great game. This week Hohokum is coming out on PS Vita. And Minecraft hopefully coming out soon. So many games coming out. And we have from our studios in Japan, Freedom Wars, which is a great game selling well in Japan. Initially we were planning to release it digital only in Europe, but lots of European customers asked for the physical release, so SCE Europe decided to do that. I am happy we're able to respond to people's request like that.

So, we'll continue to have conversations with consumers. It's our intent to support PS Vita as well.


Personally we at PSVitaHub think its time Sony stopped pushing the PS Vita to the side and began actually focusing on the console. It's fan base is barely growing because Sony keeps forcing fans to find out news themselves. You need to convince gamers to purchase the console with AAA titles, sure we love indies but we want more. ( I will be writing up a full editorial on this topic soon, so stay tuned)

What do you think of the future of the PS Vita in the comments below!


Source:
http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2014-08-19-tomb-raider-vitas-no-show-and-the-mystery-of-10m-ps4-sales?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialoomph

85 comments:

Dan Smith said...

I love this game. Time to turn a billion monsters into a bloody smear

Thom Clyma said...

It kind of felt like a standard PR move. "We're aware of the issue, it's not our intention. We're limited on time so we had our priorities"...because spending 10 minutes talking about a comic book tv show, or the endless talking between games was necessary.


While there are great games coming out, without proper press of the system itself from the company, no one will KNOW about the great games.

krysodlak said...

This article made me realise what a jerk this Shahid guy is

Micah Blackhart said...

Vita
Smh...

Stephen Allen said...

It does seem that something fishy is going on… regarding the vita, i still think a Microsoft Xbox person has landed a job secretly in the headquarters, and are slyly trying to bring them down haha
Hey if you have a better reason lets here it!

jordan nakach said...

Oh, well excuse us for sending mildly worded tweets. really, what were you expecting. people bought your product for 250 dollars plus your overpriced memory, it's normal that they're are pissed when they don't get any support, that is why people aren't complaining polity, they are sick of your shit sony. You clearly do not give a damn about the people who have been loyal, waiting for the tons of new titles you promised. And no, Indies do not count at all. JRPGs are also getting over-saturated. Give us a good AAA title like GTA, Silent hill, Metal Gear,TES, naruto or Bioshock. We are sick of 2D indie platform and IOS games, I used to like indie, now i am sick of it, it sucks ass and we don't want it.indie is poisoning the vita's library and reputation. Fuck you Shahid, be a cheapskate and fill vita with cheap indies, cost less than releasing AAA meaning more cash in your bottomless pockets.

jordan nakach said...

These games are what is killing the vita. There are more ported Indie games than actual original PSvita games. I am boycotting the Indie genre from now on, they can go to spread their crap on steam if they like..

jordan nakach said...

I think they don't care about vita, they already have their plastic,money printing, PS4. They couldn't care less about vita sales as they have given their product away to the indie genre, letting them have the excuse of " what? no, we are releasing titles for vita, see?" but in reality we are getting shit ios type games like puddle, farming simulator, doodle god and Frobisher says. How long has it been since border lands 2 that we have gotten a AAA, non-JRPG/non remake, Game?

Bum said...

I told u all...... Sell ur vitas and get an nvidia shield! Vita is OVER! Luckily I had the foresight to see it coming a year ago. I pity the fools that have hung on because u now own an expensive paper weight. UNLUCKY!!!!!!!! P.S I'm not elronzo before anyone says it!

LikkiCurry said...

Inb4 Vita makes a comeback, and your comment will look mighty funny then.

bf313 said...

The Shield is total garbage.

bf313 said...

ENOUGH OF THE FUCKING INDIES, don't tell Vita owners that tons of games are coming to the system only to have them be fucking app store type games. People that play handhelds want to play Japanese games, Sony needs to send some money towards Japanese publishers to have them localize more games.

Bum said...

Jealous much?

Bum said...

That won't happen, stop dreaming son

Bum said...

Actually the main reason I sold mine was coz of all that Japanese garbage, I wanted some decent games not manga cartoon shit. Indie are shit too so I agree with u there

SlenDers HinDers said...

The shield is just another android pic of crap! PlayStation Vita is the way to go guys so dont listion to that retard. The Shield doesnt hav Killzo
ne, LBP, Terraria, or Minecraft that is good as the one on the ps
vita. !
4THEPLAYERS!

HassanJamal said...

How so?

Datguy said...

I agree with this article, I understand that they need to spotlight some PS4 games, but they've constantly been spotlighting the same games for awhile at all their events, such as Destiny and the Order (maybe there's others but these 2 came to mind atm).


I'm pretty sure it won't hurt to set those games aside for one event for some spotlight for the Vita.

bf313 said...

Of what? The shield is a pointless product, not to mention it is hideous to look at.

Abdaluzez said...

I can't believe this, the problem right now is not Vita doesn't have a great upcoming games, it does have a great upcoming games that will be release "in fact the best game which is danganronpa 2 that I prefer it on all the games that is coming out on all the systems and we don't hear anything about this HUGE exclusive game, Anyone know about this game Love it and will definitely without a doubt buy it, so you telling me psvita owners should look for Vita upcoming games themselves ...... WHAT ABOUT PEOPLE DON'T OWN VITA HOW THE HELL THEY SHOULD KNOW?

predator1988 said...

I traded in my vita for a 3ds since only good game I liked was killzone it's not really worth having since there's barely anything for it

LikkiCurry said...

Why you're so sure I'm a guy? ;) Anyway, it's the same as with PSP. It can get back on feet in next couple years.

Drama Media said...

Unlike vita sony OFFICIALLY and PUBLICLLY announced their withdrawl of support for psp so yea,psp is actually over!

Drama Media said...

I did the opposite,i traded in my 3ds to make room for my vita stuff,since i didnt like any 3DS game after RE: Revelations

Drama Media said...

And RE: Mercenaries

krysodlak said...

Because he always promises hundreds of games coming out for the Vita, but all of them are indies except like 5 games, out of which 3 aren't even localized to west. And when you ask him, why Vita wasn't mentioned on gamescom, he talks it over with more indies. Just read jordan nakach's comment above, sums it up

antagonists said...

Can someone explain to me the hate for indie titles? I've play a lot of games. It's definitely an addiction. But just because it's "AAA" doesn't mean crap if the gameplay is horrible. I also don't care about iOS ports. There are a lot of indies that are coming out that are system sellers to me.
Hyperlight Drifter
Axiom Verge
Binding OI Rebirth
Don't Starve
Titan Souls

What do you mean by AAA? People say I want more without even saying what specifically they want to see. I'm pretty freaking amazed that I can play Resident Evil 2 or Soul Reaver on a handheld! That amazing! Maybe I'm just an old fart. Vita 4 life

tonyp1987 said...

I wish they had a north American giveaway code too....to bad it's only for Europe

HassanJamal said...

Those are games, doesnt matter that theyre indie or not, what matters is that I have fun games to play on the go and on that end, Shahid lives up.


And i have read Jordan's post, while I understand he is pissed, it aint on Shahid, he's at least bringing games to the vita unlike the top dogs like Yoshida, Shawn Layden.


Yoshida/Shawn/Europe's boss have the say and the cash in bringing in more AAA titles but that seems a bit unlikely.



Its understandable why the vita future may be filled with fewer exclusives, considering how bad games like Tearaway, Killzone Mercenary, Souls Sacrifice, Gravity Rush and other first party tiles have failed to even inch a bit close to a million, especially the fact that these games have not helped significantly in increasing sales for the vita.


I blame Sony on their incompetent attempts at all at marketing the vita and its games and I blame people for overlooking such an awesome device.

Nathan Kinney said...

all I personally need on vita are more releases of Japanese games but even I know that's not going to sell the vita.

darkknezz said...

Agreed 100% I looked at NVidia shield, thing is heavy and fugly

mat said...

Oh i m sorry, now i understand. Its my fault i cant find good vita games... Stupid me ...

NOTO said...

Dude, I got Terraria on sale now and my eyes are falling out because of all the playing. Don't own this on PC and I would have to say playing it with a mouse would seem more appropriate but it is a great game for the Vita. Can't wait for Minecraft.

zelduck said...

my poor vita is the last sony console i'm buying. FUCK YOU Yoshida!!!

nonscpo said...

In all honesty I have considered buying the new Shield Table that just came out with the Tegra K1. However the biggest thing holding back the Shield brand and for that matter the Tegrazone store is its non-existing game library. Anybody buying a shield portable is doing so to play Portal & Haf-life, and anybody buying the Shield Tablet is doing so for a high performance tablet.

nonscpo said...

Agreed I feel the exact same way. I know those rare niche games wont move more units, but as long as they keep coming I'll be happy.

nonscpo said...

"manga cartoon shit" were not even getting those games. We rarely ever get the licensed games. The only manga/anime games we ever get are the battle-Shonen types, and most people are tired of getting the same franchises over and over again.

Jean-pierre Washington said...

what so it wont for U.S.

tonyp1987 said...

I meant the giveaway code....yes the game is in u.s but the giveaway code was in europe

krysodlak said...

You might be right, he's at least trying to advertise the Vita, but I think he's doing it wrong. Tweets about indies on Vita that are already available on other platforms ain't gonna convince anybody to buy a Vita. I've got nothing against indies, I love some indie games, but as I said, they're no system sellers.

They've already made some great 1st party titles with the potential to move thousands of units, but they all failed due to absolutely no advertisement. I wonder why didn't they do anything to support the sales. We can only imagine how many people could have bought a Vita if $ony had made a TV commercial showcasing games like Killzone, Soul Sacrifice or Tearaway.

VitaRebels187 said...

Whooa Bud! Lemme stop you right there! First off KillZone Mercenary was actually waaay better than lets say Cod Black Ops That game sucked just my opinion tho and thats cause i like shooters...Secondly the Only reason Vitas Tanking is Cause Sony and in all there Good Graces have decided not to act upon Good Games that could get vita back in the Black.Its Imperative that they make ENTICING Games that make the gamers wanna buy the vita... Titles i believe would HELP sell the vita as follows: GTA,Bioshock Vita,Farcry,A a New SIMS,Call oF Duty Zombies,The First Metal Gear,Battle Field Vita....NUFF SAID!!!!

jordan nakach said...

Buddy, number one reason Vita isn't selling is because it is getting way too many ports and indie titles. Go to game stop and look at the vita section. All you will see is remakes, JRPGs and Old launch/1st year AAA titles that every vita owner already has. But indeed, The lack of advertisement also effects sales, only problem is that vita doesn't have any upcoming games worth advertising. However what little advertisment there is is basically indie titles.

jordan nakach said...

BTW danganronpa 2 as well as freedom wars are JRPGs, which are becoming overesaturated within the vita market, those games sell great in japan, where vita is successful because japan is into those games.However, In western countries people are not satisfied just with JRPGs and indies, thus why the vita is failing so hard. for example, If the ps4 had the same type of games vita is getting, ie JRPG, old ports and indies, then it would seriously lose sales and flop. Let's be honest, who would buy a console for JRPGs and indies? PS4's owes its incredible success to the variety of AAA games and some indies.

jordan nakach said...

The thing is that in the west, the majority of gamers Don't play games and buy consoles for JRPGs, they buy them for games like GTA, Far cry, uncharted, assassin's creed, Metal Gear, Battlefield etc... Those types of games are what sell the most in the West

jordan nakach said...

People don't buy the vita to play indie titles which can already be played on ps4 or PC. We want real games, just as PS4 is getting real AAA games like MGS5, Assassin's creed 5 or Uncharted 4, we vita owners want games that are more than 2d sidescrolling indies or dungeon crawling JRPGs.

Coffee said...

When the most hyped game for vita is Minecraft which isn't a exclusive that's a problem and shows how starved fans are

I sold my vita slim because Sony turned it into a streaming side device thing. And I was going to buy Minecraft but I have a ps4 for that I realized. I think I should have played dustforce before parting with it though, my weak PC should be able to handle it.

The PSP is far better than the vita. THAT got support.

Abdaluzez said...

Danganronpa 2 isn't JRPG or RPG game it is a huge huge huge game it is the most underrated game of all time.
One question, Have you tried danganronpa 1?

Abdaluzez said...

I can see where are you coming from and I agree with you that Vita need an AAA titles but I disagree with you that Vita doesn't have any upcoming game worth advertising.

HassanJamal said...

Well, thats Shahid's job, to find the indie folks on PC and help and or convince em to put their games on the vita and PS3/PS4 and he's doing a proper job. He aint there to find system sellers, he's there to get games for us vita and console folks.



Now, regarding the absence of vita ads, its cause Sony have focused all their efforts on making sure the PS4 sells and they'll continue to do so even after they succeed.


If Sony were able to learn from the PS4's success and bring it to the vita, sales might go up but unfortunately folks like Shawn Layden, Yoshida have hidden the vita like a dirty little secret, which should be bloody well be a sin.


Honestly, I'd probably do a hell of job than any of Sony PS execs.

HassanJamal said...

Never said KZ M was worse, only said it sold worse. As a game, its kick the hell out of any FPS out there, aside from Wolfenstein. Even its console brother KZ SF pales in comparison to gameplay.

Now regarding the tanking, good games have and graced the vita, the problem is not alot of those great games caught on fire to the masses nor did they help push the vita to gain more sales internationally. If Sony cant sell the vita with their games, its probably why folks like Rockstar/2K, CoD/Activison, AC/Ubisoft have slowly or not at all considered the vita.

That is also partly thanks to Sony having no fondest idea or resolve to market this lovely device. Now, Sony is all in that honey pot called the PS4.

Bum said...

I play full pc games on mine, batman arkham series, cod, resident evil 5, 6 and revelations, bio shock to name a few! Can't do that on a dirty little vita! Ahhhhh haaaaaaaaaa!!!

Prometheus said...

What I basically got from Yoshida is little more than, "well ... the PS4 is just more important to us and you should be happy with what we're giving you for the Vita, even if it isn't what everyone keeps telling me they want. We'll just keep doing the bare minimum and I'll delete your tweets and texts if you say something I don't like."

Terence Dawson said...

I wish there were more games like killzone mercenary, assasins creed , uncharted, that show off the systems power. Most of the games coming out are ones that a cell phone has.....
When I am playing killzone on my vita, people who look over my shoulder say damn it looks like the console. What happened? I hope the vita has a turn around soon and not forgotten forever.

jordan nakach said...

Maybe i missed some games,so, what games are coming out that are worth advertising? I know there's minecraft and Freedom wars but besides that I really don't see anything worth mentioning.

jordan nakach said...

sorry, Danganronpa 2 indeed is not a JRPG, however, It is still one of those high school anime games. Those type of japanese/anime games work in japan, however in the west, gamers aren't satisfied with just japanese/anime style games. The west taste in video games is very different from the Japanese taste in games. games like assassin's creed, GTA, and battlefield appeal more to western gamers and usually sell better in the west, likewise, Japanese/anime type games are more popular in japan thus they sell better in japan. That is why playstation and nintendo sells well in japan while Xbox struggles, because Xbox has a high majority of only Western type games and in japan, most japanese games come out for playstation or nintendo, thus the reason why xbox fails a lot in japan. So when you only release indie and Japanese/anime type games in the west, it is only normal that vita doesn't succeed. in short, vita is not doing well in the west but good in japan because most, if not all of the games being released appeal mainly to japanese gamers.

Bum said...

Actually bumboy, I can play better games on my SHEILD, all console quality games, call of dutys, bioshocks, TITANFALL (can u play titanfall on your expensive paperweight? Didn't think so! Watchdogs, all the latest shiz, ur stuck with the choice of about 5 good games and a whole load of dogpoo. UNLUCKY SON!!!!!!!

Abdaluzez said...

I agree with you Vita need western AAA titles to success in the US.

FlobotingIt said...

What's the game in the first screenshot?! It looks like Castlevania!

KeeseToast said...

Shut the fuck up Shahid and Shu both have NOTHING to do with 3rd-Party titles releasing on PlayStation. It is not their fucking job. Shuhei is managing the first-party studios of Sony which are making awesome games btw so he is doing a pretty good job, Shahid Ahmad is responsible for bringing Indie games to all PS-platforms and there are 100+ coming so he's doing a pretty good job too.
Adam Boyes and Gio Corsi are responsible for 3rd-party titles and there is a Silent Hill game on Vita (even if it's bad) and there is a Naruto game coming and we have the MGS HD collection (better than nothing), Bioshock was cancelled because of 2k.
Sony can't do anything if publishers won't support the Vita there are still some bigger upcoming games: Freedom Wars, Natural Doctrine, Naruto Ultime Ninja Storm 4, Warriors Orochi 3 Ultimate, Danganronpa 2, Earth Defense Force V2, Lego Batman 3 and Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines

KeeseToast said...

The Order wasn't on stage at Gamescom only a trailer in the pre-show most of the games shown were new announcements and I guess they have some deals so they have to cover games like Destiny

KeeseToast said...

You can remote-play with Vita as well so whats the point? Still all native games on Shield are ports or garbage. I rather play some good Indies then some 5$ cod-rip-off a la modeern combat and shit

Nathan Kinney said...

to bad lego batman 3 is gonna be another crappy 3ds port, to which even the original versions have become quite poor

Denys Rys said...

Yes small independent games are nice ,Steam is full of them, but you do know that is not why we all have Steam and that is not why we all bought a vita.
Honestly I don't really care if its AAA or indy just give me a high quality first person shooter or action title NOT a small artistic 2d 3 hour game.
Why not port older games Like the Doom franchise Half life, Portal or Quake
yes they are not new but they will sell and keep the vita alive.
The other big problem for me is there is almost no competitive or coop games on vita, every good console must have online multiplayer especially the one you can take anywhere in the world, sadly most tittles for the vita feature only local or ad hoc mode.
Hope Sony wakes up and starts doing something to fix this mess!

lol said...

It looks like you enjoy being shafted, typical fanboy. Some of us don't bend over to these companies, they promise us console quality games on the Vita and when we don't them we will speak up, that's what they sold us on so why should we conform like you?

Drama Media said...

Hey,im all for "holding them up to their promises" but be realistic,screw what they said,their job is to push their product,but you and i know that a handheld is NOT a console!
A handheld is irrevocably a handheld

Drama Media said...

That goes for 3DS Vita and...that other thing that is "also there" LOL

osama said...

The 3ds welcomes you any time

osama said...

There is no upcoming game that will shift thousands of sales thus no games worth mentioning. I mean come on the Wii u sales are worse than the vita and Mario kart 8 in only 2 months has more sales than the best selling vita game.

osama said...

Pc, Wii u, and 3ds is a true gamers haven

twothumbsticks said...

Hotline miami2, Risk of Rain, Axiom Verge oh they are indies right? Persona Dancing All Night, Hatsune Project Diva f 2nd, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines wait wait let me guess japanese/anime games are not counted? How about Mighty number 9 , Disney infinity 2, Hyper Light Drifter oh not exclusives? Hell Divers, Project Phoenix, Kick and Fennick, Galak Z you bitter vita haters will never be satisfied lol.

twothumbsticks said...

So are the PS4 and PS3 wigh cross buy cross save and cross play

twothumbsticks said...

Probably true for those who bought it from launch but no longer true for most that bought it this 2014.

Drama Media said...

Theres gravity rush 2,and before anybody says,the rumors of it getting ported to ps4 because vita "isnt worthy" havent been confirmed by ANYONE outside the internet gaming community

Drama Media said...

And as we all know,rumors from the IGC might as well have been obtained from a "magic 8-ball"

zelduck said...

i'v already own all 3 of them + a ps3 but i'm not going to buy a ps4.

NomadRider1955 said...

Jordan Nakach said it better than I could, AAA titles for a device that was touted by Sony, is what was advertised when it first appeared and printed in material that came with it, that all these great games were in the making and never mentioned indies. Since I'm on the road so much and have down time I like playing AAA games, just can't get into pixel games, and short kiddy style games, it's not what the Vita was made for nor to be flooded with cell phone games

osama said...

I also have a ps4, surprisingly its my least favorite console of the 3, I loved the ps3 and absolutely hated the xbox and the 360, but bought a one and I love it wiiu>xbone>ps4

osama said...

if they pay for the companies to make the games im sure they will, fund the whole project, Nintendo did this with bayonetta 2

osama said...

the shield tablet is great, you cant blame the shield for not being perfect as it is the first gen, second or third might be worth a buy, love the tablet though and its only 300$

osama said...

one fucking game? this is the most anticipated vita game, and its a game that wont even shift a couple thousand sales? don't get me wrong gravity rush 1 was one of my favorite games but, come one. The wii u is struggleing real bad, but lets look at all the games that has everyone pumped and will surely push thousands and im sure even millions: Zelda u, hyrule warriors, super smash bros, bayonetta2, Mario maker, x, and retro studios (considered one of the best studios in the game industry) is rumored to be making Metroid.

osama said...

what ever happened to that bioshock game...

osama said...

its been what 3 years now? sony hasn't given us anything, I hope this affects the profits that they are making for the ps4, hopefully they lose a lot of money and this will be the end of playstation.

NomadRider1955 said...

From what I read it was on then off again, last word was hints that they were trying to ressurect it again. Now that would help put some life back into the Vita, BTW Borderlands 2, gave me hope right before honorable Mr. Y, said no much in the way of AAA games.

bf313 said...

"Only $300" That's a bad way to argue and a lot of money for, as I said before, a pointless product. Vita may be struggling but for all the exclusive RPGs/Japanese games it has it was more than worth the $200.

Ken Roxas said...

does is have adhoc play?

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