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Japanese PS Vita Sales Continue to Set Record Lows

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The PS Vita's sales in Japan grow increasingly more worrisome as time goes on.

Since the Vita’s decent launch in Japan in December of 2011, the handheld console’s sales have been steadily declining on a week-to-week basis.

When the Vita was announced at E3 2012, it was revealed that Sony was selling the Vita at a loss, hoping that an overwhelming volume would be moved so that it didn’t matter. Sony also touted an attractive starting lineup of consisting of Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Wipeout: 2048. Unfortunately, such a lineup largely appeals to North American and European audiences and not so much with Japanese audiences.

The Vita’s repeatedly been in the news for declining sales. This week, the PS Vita’s sales are down to 8,250 units, according to Andriasang, only edging out the Wii, which sat at 6,837 units. Not a good sign, considering the Wii’s a six year old console at the end of its lifeline.

On the flipside, the 3DS sits at the top of the hardware sales charts at 63,796 units sold. The 3DS, which had a lukewarm launch and was met by naysayers that deemed the handheld doomed. One price drop later, the 3DS has been performing consistently well.

Perhaps Sony can learn and benefit from Nintendo’s example. One can only hope that the Vita will see better days.  

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    dormantreign , April 21, 2012 5:10 AM
    Its sad really, This will only hurt the industry. Whats really needed is a custom firmware that will unlock its full potential. That'll get hardware sales on the go, they can patch it later. A fully unlocked quad core handheld is a emulators dream.
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    Plasmid , April 21, 2012 5:56 AM
    dormantreignIts sad really, This will only hurt the industry. Whats really needed is a custom firmware that will unlock its full potential. That'll get hardware sales on the go, they can patch it later. A fully unlocked quad core handheld is a emulators dream.


    I'd buy it if it wasn't for the fact that it's locked and uses proprietary memory that is extremely expensive.
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    Zingam_Duo , April 21, 2012 5:59 AM
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    The PS Vita's sales in Japan grow increasingly more worrisome as time goes on.



    I do not worry! AT ALL!
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    dormantreign , April 21, 2012 5:10 AM
    Its sad really, This will only hurt the industry. Whats really needed is a custom firmware that will unlock its full potential. That'll get hardware sales on the go, they can patch it later. A fully unlocked quad core handheld is a emulators dream.
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    lpedraja2002 , April 21, 2012 5:19 AM
    It's their own damn fault for making the unit and its hardware so expensive.
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    monsta , April 21, 2012 5:21 AM
    Its a shame cos its a good handheld....I see Sony having a moment of karma here after it sent Sega into the ground
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2012 5:56 AM
    How many failures can sony take? .
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    Plasmid , April 21, 2012 5:56 AM
    dormantreignIts sad really, This will only hurt the industry. Whats really needed is a custom firmware that will unlock its full potential. That'll get hardware sales on the go, they can patch it later. A fully unlocked quad core handheld is a emulators dream.


    I'd buy it if it wasn't for the fact that it's locked and uses proprietary memory that is extremely expensive.
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    Zingam_Duo , April 21, 2012 5:59 AM
    Quote:
    The PS Vita's sales in Japan grow increasingly more worrisome as time goes on.



    I do not worry! AT ALL!
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    Parsian , April 21, 2012 6:34 AM
    one cannot blame the DS. One has to take a look at the influence of mobile games on cellphones and tablets. I think these things are influencing the handheld gaming market of PS portable/vita and future DS...
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    Thunderfox , April 21, 2012 7:20 AM
    Parsianone cannot blame the DS. One has to take a look at the influence of mobile games on cellphones and tablets. I think these things are influencing the handheld gaming market of PS portable/vita and future DS...

    Angry Birds is not a replacement for any game that requires buttons to play. Phone games are time wasters for when there is time to waste. Until phones have proper controls, they will be irrelevant to anyone who wants to play real games.
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2012 7:21 AM
    I had the original PSP and there were just not enough games that kept me interested. I would rather use my PC or Xbox to play the "real games" or just use my smart phone to play games on the go.
    Why get a PS Vita if I am happy with my iPhone games?
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    Vladislaus , April 21, 2012 7:26 AM
    It's a pity that it's sales aren't good because it's a really good portable console. The problem is that nowadays most people want a tablet and play angry birds. Sad times for portable gaming.
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    aftcomet , April 21, 2012 7:34 AM
    zulutechCorrect me if I'm wrong, but isn't it $300? My CPU in my desktop cost me $390... and that's just the cpu; and the cpu in the psvita is the most powerful of its class, quad core. The psvita should really cost more.


    Then you don't know how to buy technology. Even hardcore enthusiasts have a hard time recommending anything higher than a 2500K, and that runs for $200. Unless you're stupid, you're boosting.

    You're also comparing mobile to desktop. $300 for hardware (with memory) is a serious chunk of change to have gaming on the go. It's a dangerous territory because the masses seem to be content with their phone, and why bother carrying extra devices around?

    I like Sony stuff, but they're playing with fire. For the sake of technology I hope the Vita prevails though.
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    sixdegree , April 21, 2012 8:15 AM
    Sony should take some cue from Nintendo and do some price drops here and there.
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    molo9000 , April 21, 2012 8:41 AM
    zulutechCorrect me if I'm wrong, but isn't it $300? My CPU in my desktop cost me $390... and that's just the cpu; and the cpu in the psvita is the most powerful of its class, quad core. The psvita should really cost more.


    $300 plus $40 PER GAME (!) is a huge amount of money for a toy you are only going to be using when you are bored on the bus/train, etc.
    Especially if you also have a smartphone with games costing practically nothing.

    Add to that the small game library, low battery life and relatively large size (nothing you can keep in your pocket) and you have a device that nobody wants.
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    thezooloomaster , April 21, 2012 8:51 AM
    This is just Sony's fault for blind marketing idiocy. They have to move with the times. If Sony wants to regain control of the hand-held gaming market they better start making high quality Android smartphones. Otherwise it's bye-bye Sony...
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    alidan , April 21, 2012 9:03 AM
    zulutechCorrect me if I'm wrong, but isn't it $300? My CPU in my desktop cost me $390... and that's just the cpu; and the cpu in the psvita is the most powerful of its class, quad core. The psvita should really cost more.

    no, they are subsidizing the cost of the handheld through memory.
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    all that said, in japan gaming is seen as a kids toy, not like it is seen in america, and the only reason people run out to get a hand held is because of killer software, something the psp struggled with and the vita is also struggling with.

    from what i can see, the vita has no Japanese killer app.
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    tomfreak , April 21, 2012 9:04 AM
    Smartphone are partially at fault to kill this thing, but the real prob is Sony didnt realiaze the major drawback of playing games at smartphones,---->batterylife. Nobody want to play a few hours of gaming then to hook up with recharging battery.

    Stuff this thing with 24hrs-2days gaming batterylife, plus a $5 for every AAA game. then u'll the sales goes up again.
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    zippyzion , April 21, 2012 9:16 AM
    People act like Sony gaming is all Sony has. Gaming is to Sony as cellphones are to Samsung. They make money but are such a small fraction that if they fail in it the company will not break. Sony can absorb a year or two of the general public being its trendy and retarded self. Look at the PS3. It sucked for a while but now it's a great console.
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    zippyzion , April 21, 2012 9:23 AM
    Also this price everyone quotes is $300? You all do realize that there is a $250 version that is Wi-Fi only, right? If you say, have a phone with a hotspot app, or live anywhere near a coffee shop or some place with hotspot, you don't need 3G. That $50 will get you one of those expensive games or memory cards you are all on about.
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    kanaida , April 21, 2012 10:18 AM
    If course no one would bother buying a handheld when any cheap android gets the same job done... "entertainment on the go". Specs don't matter much compared to the experience, and besides it's just one less thing to carry around. They should have just made a framework for android so game developers could use their tools to make games for the market and some game pad cases. It's not exactly rocket science...
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