Earlier today, Subei Yoshida stated that the Vita was having trouble acquiring third-party developers due to low sales numbers. Well it seems that SCEA boss Jack Tretton has a different say on the matter at hand. During E3, Jack promoted the heck out of the Vita even though Sony did not. Jack Tretton feels that the handheld business, like the console business is marathon and not a sprint. He said in an interview with Gamesindustry.biz, that a console does not have to break day one records to be successful in the long run.
Mr. Tretton feels that the amount of Vitas that Sony has sold is acceptable at the moment “In this industry, you can’t get too high or too low, because it moves very quickly. I think there’s an acceptable number – and [the number] we’ve sold: That’s acceptable. If it was triple that, I’d be happier. If it was one-third, I’d be disappointed.”
He even stated that he feels better about the handheld than he did four months ago “Anything with great rewards is going to come with great challenges.We felt if the tech was there, and the game support was there, then the audience would be there. … I feel much better about it now than I did four months ago.”
Although Mr. Tretton feels that the Vita is moving along just fine, UK boss Fergal Gara stated last week that he “would love” for the vita to sell more. He also said that “I think we haven’t quite hit the spot with the killer software just yet and I have every reason to think that will happen in the next few months.” At this point it is all about patience and playing their cards right. The only way for Sony sell more consoles, would be if they release a Call Of Duty or Monster Hunter on the Vita.
What do you think? Is Jack Tretton right? Or is the Vita doomed? Sound out in the comment section below.