Encouraging PS Vita purchases with free PS3 version
A recent online survey by Sony has given them reason to consider encouraging PS Vita game purchases with a free PlayStation 3 version of the title for PS Plus subscribers. This idea is something that will not only benefit both console owners but may even give people more reason to buy a Vita.
Not much information has been divulged by Sony although they acknowledge the opportunity this would give them to boost sales of the PS Vita, and Geek.com report on some of the potential new changes involving the PS Plus subscription service that is being updated. At E3 Sony announced this service making its way to the PlayStation Vita and apparently, they have some new ideas on cross-play that could also be advantageous to encourage more PS Plus subscriptions as well as Vita sales.
The downside to this idea is that this offer only applies to games bought from the PlayStation Store, and this could add to the price, especially if they are charging over $60 for a PS3 game or vice versa and you know somewhere else does the same title for under half that. New figures in Japan show that the Vita is gathering momentum as sales are up 77% due to new releases, and PocketGamer document it outselling the PSP for the first time in five months.
It seems that Sony’s laid-back stance over the handheld’s poor launch and low sales is starting to show signs that they expected the PS Vita to pick up after a while. These figures are reassuring for the company and with yesterday’s release of Persona 4 The Golden in Japan and Metal Gear Solid: HD Collection coming out over there at the end of the month the sales of the handheld are bound to increase.
We know that games are what will assist the Vita and only yesterday we wrote a post on the indication Gran Turismo could be on the horizon for the PS Vita due to another online survey, this time by a reader. The outcome of this showed that there is plenty of interest surrounding a game like this to be released on the handheld.
In relation to this, we thought it would be good to mention an article before about six games expected to help unit sales, referring to Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Final Fantasy, Gravity Rush, GTA and Monster Hunter. Do you feel that Sony is now starting to come up with some worthwhile ideas? Maybe you just want to see more games overall.