The presidents of Sony Computer Entertainment’s U.S. and Japan divisions have recently, in separate interviews, stepped up to defend PlayStation Vita’s position in the marketplace.
The new handheld game machine has been struggling at retail, with neither the hardware nor software showing signs of standing up to the competition. Recent Sony losses forced the company to lower its handheld sales forecasts for the remainder of the year.
Sony Computer Entertainment Japan president Hiroshi Kawano spoke highly of the Vita’s chances back in May, citing a “mountain” of anticipated games and a new white Vita system coming in June. When 4Gamer.net asked him about that this month, Kawano said Vita “got an unusually strong response in June.”
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For gamers, this weekend will feel like Christmas. Tokyo Game Show (TGS), Japan’s biggest gaming event, began Thursday at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe convention center and will continue through Sept. 18 (on Saturday and Sunday it will be open to the public). More than 140 exhibitors are on hand, off-site parties have already begun to go late into the night and — most importantly — there are tons of new video games.
Game face: Research engineer Mikael Le Goff checks out Sony’s PlayStation Vita at Tokyo Game Show on Thursday. Japan’s largest video-game event continues through Sunday, and will be open to the public on Sept. 17-18. YOSHIAKI MIURA PHOTO
Not bad for a show that seemed impossible in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake of March 11. As the government pushed the summer of setsuden (energy conservation), an energy drain like TGS seemed improbable. Organizers responded to the crisis by implementing measures to reduce the total electricity consumption of the event by 25 percent: turning off escalators, using LED light bulbs and limiting power for exhibition booths.
Read the rest of the story: Expect tons of surprises at Tokyo Game Show.