Japanese PS Vita Sales Continue to Set Record Lows

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
    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
    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
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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
    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
    It's their own damn fault for making the unit and its hardware so expensive.
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  • monsta
    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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