The PlayStation Vita has attracted a mainstream reputation of being a poor-selling console with a lackluster library of games — but one developer for the system believes that this label is unfair.
Drinkbox Studios, developer of Vita launch title Tales From Space: Mutant Blobs Attack!!! and Guacamelee, believe that people who own Sony’s latest handheld are "the ****ing best". When speaking to gamesindustry.biz, Drinkbox’s Chris McQuinn commented:
"People rag on the Vita so much, and I think people who rag on the Vita don’t understand, at least from a business perspective, the purchasing power of Vita owners. Vita owners are serious purchasers of games. It’s an amazing system."
He added: "But I think what people fail to understand is the purchasers of Vitas are very, very engaged game consumers. For them, the attach rate with games is very high. There might not be a lot of Vitas out there, but the people who do own Vitas are very serious consumers; they buy a lot of games."
He also commented on Guacamelee’s sales on Vita compared to PS3, stating, "The split in sales for Guacamelee between the Vita and the PS3 wasn’t quite even, but it wasn’t far off. I think that speaks to the strength of the Vita as a console to sell your game on because there are so many more PS3s than Vitas. For us, the sales on the Vita were really, really strong. It was a great SKU for us."
It’s good to see that developers do have success on the Vita and long may that continue. Speaking of Guacamelee, it has also been confirmed to be releasing on PS4 as Guacamelee: Super Turbo Championship Edition in the near future.
Stay tuned to PSU.com for more details.