Aug 07, 2015 - 12:33 PM - by garyopa
Within Two to Three Years, no more dedicated 'handhelds' in the Western World!
While NIS America President and CEO Takuro Yamashita believes 'the right time has come' for major publishers to shift from PlS3/X360 to PS4/XB1 in the West, he thinks the Vita still have a bit of life
So the time has come for publishers to move on from the old generation of consoles, the main man at NIS, thinks that handhelds in the Western World will still last two to three more years, before all we will see left is our home based consoles and mobile phones.
So do you agree with him, or do you think the lifespan left for dedicated handhelds will even be much shorter then he thinks so?
Speaking with MCV UK at gamescom, Yamashita said, "Talking about the handheld devices in the West, PlayStation Vita and 3DS will fade out in the next two to three years."
Because of the focus on consoles for big games, he thinks there's still a chance for smaller publishers to succeed on the handhelds. "I bet you that the small publishers can benefit without having strong competition if they continue to publish games for Vita and 3DS," he added.
NEWS SOURCE: NIS America President Thinks Vita, 3DS Will Fade Out (via) PlayStationLifeStyle
Jul 10, 2015 - 4:28 PM - by garyopa
Critically Acclaimed Retro Arcade Shooter Is Free for PSN+ as Part of July’s Instant Game Collection
Recently, Sierra™ has released Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved, the super-stylistic arcade shooter from independent developer Lucid Games, for the PlayStation® Vita handheld entertainment system.
If you are a PSN+ subscriber and own a PlayStation Vita, and have not downloaded your free Geometry Wars 3 from Sierra, then you missing the boat, and need a slap on the back of the head, as this is one game worth buying, but best of all its free for PSN+ July.
The developers wish if you 'like' Geometry Wars then connect with them on Facebook and follow it on Twitter.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved takes the classic arcade action of the Geometry Wars franchise to new frontiers with three-dimensional level shapes on which to play. The core single-player Adventure mode contains 50 distinct challenges - plus an additional 40 stages available in Ultimate mode - and players can apply unique tactics to each level by choosing one of six upgradeable companion drones and six upgradeable super abilities. The game also includes a Hardcore mode with no drones or supers for Geometry Wars purists, as well as six Classic mode stages inspired by past titles in the series.
Players can square off against one another in online competitive multiplayer, or vie for high scores individually on friend and community leaderboards. Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved on PlayStation®Vita also includes local co-op with an inventive twist, allowing two people to play together on the same display by facing each other and using the controls on their respective sides of the device.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions Evolved is now available as a digital title on PlayStation®Vita via the PlayStation®Store; it is free to download for all PlayStation®Plus subscribers right now as part of July's Instant Game Collection. This game is rated PEGI 3.
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Jun 20, 2015 - 9:53 AM - by garyopa
The device hasn't lived up to expectations, with only about half the titles compatible with it.
The PlayStation TV made landfall here in North America in October last year, promising to give players access to a wide range of Vita titles and media streaming options.
PlayStation TV is not going so well with Sony, and recently Sony president spoke about it, and his reason sales are low is that is not an easy device to explain to customers about.
So what you think is that the reason why the PSTV has not been selling, and do you think Sony can find a way to correct it?
Retailers have rapidly dropped the price from the original suggested price of $99.99 to as low as $39.99. We asked Sony president of worldwide studios Shuhei Yoshida about the future of the PlayStation TV and what went wrong.
"It didn't capture the consumers' imagination,"
he says. "It's a hard concept to explain. You could say it's a mini-console, it's a video streaming device. If we say it's a mini-console, like other mini-consoles, people expect a better device like PS4 or Xbox One. It's short in that delivery. When you say it's a video streaming device, there are other devices with higher def video. It has some unique things like remote play of PS4 games. It can do many things, but it's not easy to say this one thing is extremely good. I think that's the reason we were not able to convince people at the original price."
Yoshida also tells us that the reason that there aren't any additional AAA first-party games for the Vita is because of consumer expectations. "We are not making games like Killzone Mercenary, big budget Vita games anymore,"
he explains. "The expectation of the graphical quality and size of the world for these type of games have risen after the launch of PlayStation 4. The same thing happened with the PSP. People were so excited to be able to play PS2 graphics games on the go. After PS3 launched, expectations grew. The types of games on PSP were not as attractive."
Yoshida says that the future of the Vita is cross-buy games and indies that can take advantage of the system to offer similar quality experiences. He points to a number of titles that will be coming to both PlayStation 4 and Vita, like Volume and Super Time Force Ultra as examples of what we can expect moving forward.
NEWS SOURCE: PSTV Isn't Successful Because It's Not Easy To Explain To Customers (via) GameInformer