Irritating Stick wrote:Persona 4 is the only thing that's making me consider getting a Vita. There's really nothing else on the system that appeals to me.
I'd really like to see some worldwide numbers and compare them to how the 3DS, DS, and PSP did in the same time frame.
I would never consider buying a system for a single game. The Vita is selling 1/3 the amount of the 3DS week to week. The 3DS is at around 17,000,000 while the Vita is stuck at around 2,000,000. The low install base coupled with high budgets for Vita games is spelling big trouble in little Playstation town.
With numbers like that they probably way behind the PSP sales at this point in the lifecycle.
The Vita has a problem with lack of differentiation, why would you get it on the hope that good games might come out when you can get an ios or android device that has lotsa decent games that are very cheap?
Most people won't get a Vita without a convincing argument. Of course that leads us to why Nintendo will never sell games on other game platforms. Why would you buy Nintendo's system when you can get their games on another platform? Analysts who insist that they ought to jump on the appstore bandwagon are just completely confused as to what Nintendo is doing, and has been doing for the last thirty years.
I think that Sony may leave the portable business, because their strategy so far seems to be "spend money until we start making money"... on the other hand they have already spent so much money, and committed to at least another generation.
As for the overall topic of the thread:
Sony: I don't see any scenario where Sony remains an electronics company and stops selling Playstations.
Nintendo: they're in the same boat as Sony, but they don't have other divisions, so I don't see them exiting consoles unless it kills them.
Microsoft: they have a lot of things going on other than consoles, so while they are in a good market position now if they took two solid generations of terrible sales then they would get out of the console business.