Buh bye PSP. It's been dying to Nintendo's DS more than Vita, but I'd love to see Sony put more effort into Vita. I love my Vita, though I know several people who have both and love the DS more.
Today at CES, Sony revealed PlayStation Now, a service that will allow PlayStation games to be played on all sorts of different devices.
Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter said he believe the console market cannot bear to grow any bigger and console may become irrelevant …
I always question these sorts of analytics, not because there isn’t some measure of truth to them, but because the logic seems so flawed. Mobile gaming does outpace console gaming in both number of users and growth. It doesn’t follow, though, that console gaming’s user base will no longer grow. You could argue Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo have a ripe audience of would-be console gamers if they could figure out how to convert them.
Also, people have been decrying this end of consoles era for 20 years now. I’m not sure I buy in. It’s more reasonable to me to think of consoles as a slow growth market. PS4 will likely sell 1 million units in it’s launch window, but could grow to 80-100M units over it’s lifespan. iPhone 5S, by comparison, sold 9M in it’s launch window and has a shorter lifespan. You can make comparisons with game consoles and mobile devices, but it really is apples and oranges in many ways.
A really nice article on the development of PS4 and on making games for consoles in this generation. Great insights on mobile and web here, too, from a gamed developer’s perspective.
The Tokyo-based Japan Studio, responsible for PlayStation 2 classics such as Ico, Shadow of the Colossus, and the Ape Escape franchise, seemed A.W.O.L. for much of the PS3 generation. Now, on the eve of the PlayStation 4’s release, Japan Studio is trying to make a major comeback.
This video really shows off how revolutionary the PS4 can be. The sharing and live play stuff is pretty cool and unique.
Interesting announcements from Sony. The company seems to be making all the right moves for core gamers. Vita TV looks like a great little device, and the PS Vita price change and hardware upgrades look promising.
I love my Vita as it is, though, and won’t likely upgrade. I love the OLED screen too much. I am, however, hopeful this gets more gamers on Vita. It’s such a nice device when traveling or out and about.