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PS Vita: 'Sony May Need To Follow Nintendo's Lead' - Analyst

David Lynch

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Sony may need to cut the price of the PS Vita and ensure more downloadable software makes it to the handheld, according to one analyst.

Published on Dec 3, 2012

Sony’s PS Vita has faced some strong competition since going on sale, but one industry analyst believes Sony needs to follow Nintendo’s lead if the handheld is to succeed in the future.

Speaking to NowGamer, senior industry analyst Billy Pidgeon, from Inside Network, believes Sony may have to follow Nintendo’s lead and cut the price of the PS Vita drastically in order to remain viable to publishers.

“Although the hardware is high quality, Sony may need to follow Nintendo's lead and cut price drastically next year if the installed base remains below five million or the platform will not be viable for publishers,” explains Pidgeon.

“Also the proprietary memory cards for PS Vita are prohibitively expensive. There should be more downloadable software, including inexpensive or free games, and these must be higher quality than popular iOS and Android games. It would in fact be helpful if the best and most popular smartphone and tablet games were also available for download to PS Vita.”

Pidgeon puts forward an interesting proposition that would put the PS Vita in a position to offer the best of both worlds: the big-budget console game experiences it’s known for and the budget, tablet-inspired experiences that are popular on iOS and iPhone.

But, will it be enough to convince more gamers that the PS Vita is worth investing in?

Pidgeon believes the future could be bright for the PS Vita, but Sony needs to use the PS3 and a strong software line-up to ensure it doesn’t get left behind. 

“PS Vita sales are improving, but could be much stronger. The software library is improving – there are some very good triple A third party exclusives like Persona 4 Golden and Assassin's Creed III: Liberation, and there are some very good downloadable titles like Sound Shapes and Escape Plan – extending PlayStation Plus subscriptions to PS Vita also helps to add value.”

 

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