Someone at Sony is probably listening to the Carter Family belt out "Keep On the Sunny Side" after having to report to investors (PDF) a $315 million net loss during the company's first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2012, but as it turns out, maintaining a positive outlook is no easy task. In fact, Sony's financial outlook for the full fiscal year is the exact opposite. In pretty much every sector of business, Sony expects business to be lower than previously forecast, and in terms of portable hardware (think PS Vita), Sony expects "significantly lower" sales than what was being forecast in May.
For those of us who remember wasting hours with the original, green-screened GameBoy, the thought that the era of portable gaming consoles may be coming to an end is a bit sad. While their TV-tethered cousins will be around for at least another generation or two, super-powerful smartphones like the iPhone 4S are calling into question the need for dedicated portable gaming devices like the new PlayStation Vita.
After gaming extensively on both, we’ve come up with a point-by-point breakdown that we think explains why portable consoles aren’t dead yet. Read on for more!
If you weren't quick on the draw earlier this week, you would have missed out on a firmware update for your PlayStation Vita. Sony issued a system software update to version 1.65 on Tuesday and then pulled it down yesterday because of a "technical fault." Don't fret though, there's a new software update -- version 1.66 -- that includes all the previous fixes, plus a handful more.
The electronic surgeons at iFixIt point out that they don't break gadgets, they tear them apart. We love when they do, because then we can spy the innards of expensive tech gear laid bare without ruining our own equipment, allowing us to live vicariously through their teardowns. This week iFixIt took apart Sony's new PlayStation Vita handheld console, which turned out to be surprisingly easy to service.
Sony found itself scrambling to explain away early complaints lodged against its PlayStation Vita handheld console and quickly denied there exists a widespread issue of any kind. Not quickly enough. Following a flurry of sales during its first two days of sales in Japan, interest in the PlayStation Vita appears to have dropped sharply.