A short piece on why 3 million Vita sales in less than a year isn't a bad thing.
I would say no, hopefully Christmas boosts it's sales.
I have not been keeping track of sales, but I can tell from the amount of interest PS VITA has picked up lately...it sure seems like it SHOULD be in the 10mil+ range. (people keep saying its awesome to me irl or on my social network streams) Such a shame. Sony needs to lower the barrier of entry for VITA. Not sure how you can do that, but it should not be too hard. The interest is clearly already there from people who like or want to get into games. Targets INSANE price drop on the 3G version (w. free 8gb card) even had me calling up friends and had a lot of other people inquire about getting a VITA. Of course, it was a mistake on Targets end and the $180 price has since gone back to $300. Nonetheless, the incident kinda tells SCEA something. In a week were VITA saw a bunch of great titles released, there was an unexpected price drop, and people took notice of that and many pounced on getting a PS VITA for the first time since launch. I feel like SCEA needs to keep these things in mind.
A price drop would give it the boost it needs, I got mine cheap so i'm not worried about a price drop. In my opinion, it is a brilliant console and very soon I'm going to buy the old PSP Socom:FTB3 game for my Vita because I enjoyed it thoroughly when I had it on PSP.
At its current price, I have no problem picking one up for myself (and I will do that very soon). But the price needs to come down to around 3DS levels in order for me to pick up one for each of my three kids.
@Cam977 Then you should definately play Unit13.
Its better than 2,999,999. lol, i kid but seriously, 3 million is just the beginning. It will sell more. i know this because I have not gotten mine yet.
There's been a nice jump in Europe this week from 18,000 to 21,000 and this doesn't include numbers from the latest releases. We could see it hitting 25,000 to 30,000 next week in Europe. Not spectacular, but certainly positive news. Of course the price drop could make my projections for next week appear modest... we'll just have to wait and see. It's also jumped from 9,000 to 12,000 in America, but I doubt it'll get the same boost next week from the new games as it will in Europe, especially with the press being so hard on the latest games. My guess would be between 15,000 to 20,000. Japan has actually fallen this week unfortunately and I can't see any of the releases this week having much of an effect over there in the next few weeks, largely because they are very Western games. It hit an all time low this week of 6,000. Perhaps it will be around 8,000 next week... I don't know if there are any significant releases over there this week. Still 42,000 sales this week is still a step in the right direction.
3mil x $200 is like $600,000,000. So half a billion is nothing nothing these days.
So let me get this straight, companies now should worry about unit sales and forget about profits? I choose to let them worry about Economics and as a gamer I will worry about games. Now in days people hold back on great tittles because of opinionated reviews and some go as far as not buying tittles based on sales smh. So all in all Just do your part and support your systems of choice by buying content and enjoying it..
well said. I hope what you said knock some senses to the sales figures fanboys around here who are supposed to be mature enough to understand what gaming is all about... playing great games.
Add one more. I just bought one
What games do you have on it?
Ragnarok odyssey, AC Liberation and LBP so far.
I actually bought another one for myself because my wife took mine so that she can play the Playstation battle royale beta. So far I've been playing the Beta on the PS3 and I honestly have to admit that she is kicking my arse. She just recently discovered little big planet and little deviant so that means that i will never see my PS vita ever again. But I honestly think its worth the asking price. I would like for them to reduce the price of the memory card tho. $85 for a 32gb memory is way too much. You can actually buy a 64gb micro SD for under $50 now.
They really have to do price cut on the memory . Too damn expensive!!
I agree with memory card being to expensive but the system is priced right. I love my Vita.
They also need to (at least) make the 4GB memory card free for every Vita that is purchased. That way consumers won't look at buying a memory card as a hidden cost but rather an option to upgrade and get a bigger card because they'll be getting a smaller capacity one already. I would also love to see more games being made for the Vita instead of the PSP in Japan. I don't see why the future handheld of Sony is being sacrificed for extra sales on its predecessor. Localizing PSP games that has a good fanbase outside of Japan (VCIII, Suikoden, FF Typo-0 etc...) and putting it on the Vita should help sales too.
I agree with this point, a 4GB card in the box at not extra cost would be a good start. Ideally the inevitable v2 Vita needs to have on board memory, with expendable as an option. We will download stuff and need the extra memory, even at exorbitant prices, but at least a starting point would be there.
I think with the bundle they actually include a 8gb memory card. I rather them make the 8gb card standard with each ps vita purchase and discontinue the 4gb. To me 4gb is pretty much useless because if you go digital 4gb will either get you only one ps vita game or 3-4 ps one games.
The only reason I was pushing for the 4GB is because its the cheapest among the cards and I was also being sensitive to Sony's current economic standing. So I went to what I believe is practical business wise that won't totally short end the consumer or cut heavily on Sony's profit. With the 4GB, Sony should not have any excuse on not making that memory card a standard add-on for every Vita purchased.
They should have given the thing some built-in storage like virtually any other modern media device: ipod,iphone,Android phone,tablets,etc. NOTHING, even cheap Chinese mp3 players, comes with ZERO internal storage these days, much less a high end consumer device. I love the Vita but this was a huge mistake on Sony's part and really reduces the appeal of the unit. A free card might help, but I already find the Vita's storage frustratingly small with just a card and no internal storage.
the 4GB card is free along with a copy of AC3L or COD:BOD, isn't that killer?
Total agreement. The retail price of the Vita should include at least 16gb of storage. Compared to other media consumption devices (tablets-- anywhere from 8-16gb internal plus cheaply expandable all the way to an additional 64gb w/ microsd) the Vita's storage situation is abysmal. I sprung for a 32gb card and it is constantly running up against memory limits. I don't even have that many games. It's ridiculous.The fact that it has NO internal storage is starting to look like a big liability to me as a user.
I think yes. Not blockbuster console... (3DS coming DQVII remake and Monster Hunter 4 next year and many titles...Bravely Default etc).Vita AAA japan titles?Nothing. I not HC Nintendo fan,but 3DS killing Vita in japan. Medicore Nihilistic CoD and one KZ save Vita?Dream.
In what sense? Do you have one? Did you consider the PSP a blockbuster console, and what constitutes one in your eyes?
The whole Monster Hunter thing has to hurt SONY. Overseas that game crushes. Surely, that would move some hardware.
+1 They should pull a Microsoft and pay off the developer to do an exclusive version for the next go around. It would easily pay for itself from an investment standpoint. MH sold an insane number of PSPs.
I dont know if these are AAA Japan titles like you say but Soul Sacrifice, Ragnarok Odyssey, Atelier Totori Plus: The Adventurer of Arland, Dragon's Crown, Gravity Rush, Malicious, Murmasa, Demon Gaze beg to differ with your vita has no japanese titles :L Learn to research before stating that the vita has no Japanese titles, buddy.
There are a lot of good AAA japan titles for the PS vita, but I have to agree with him that none of the available titles for the PS vita will ever compare to Monster Hunter and the Pokemon series. These two games are console salers. If only Sony can try to get Monster Hunter for the PS vita we will definately see a surge in hardware sales, especially in japan. R21 the games you listed are good but it will never move as many hardware as compared to Monster hunter.
Yes, that is bad, this system should be on track with about 5 mil by now. As most of SONY devices go, its just priced to high compared to the comp. Granted its hardware strengths, (which i am a fan of) I dont make up the main stream who arent always wowed by that.
3 million a bad number? Hardly... and numbers alone will never paint the proper picutre. Their sales trends absolutely is the main area we should be focused in on for the Vita at this point. Month over month is it trending down or is it on the rise? How has it performed over its last 6 months vs its first 6 months. THOSE factors are far more important than a total number.
Could be bad for em but its not going anywhere.. PS3, PSP, & PSV are selling enough combined.. Soon PS4 will enter the mix & sony will have 4 systems on the market.. More ppl will adopt vita when the price is down.. Its hard to explain how great of a handheld it is & thats its worth the asking price.. The memory is BS & it doesnt have umd support which ppl dont like so they disregard it.. I bet anyone who gets it, likes it more than any other handheld theyve tried
3 mil in this amount of time isnt really the standards to qualify as good but hopefully December sales will change that. The Vita is such a wonderful handheld,all it really needs is more games and a price cut on the memory cards imo.
3 million is not a bad number..... if it achieved that number over a month or two. Vita is a not doing good. To put it in perspective, Samsung galaxy note 2 sold 3 million in the US in 7 days and its not on all carries yet.
I love my PS Vita. It's actually my platform of choice when games are out in multiple formats, The PS Vita is by far the best portable gaming system I've ever had
I'm looking forward to getting one. Off the bat, I want Persona 4 Golden, Ragnarok Odyssey, Gravity Rush, Disgaea 3: AoD, and Uncharted: GA. That should be plenty to get me started.
Absolutely get Ragnarok Odyssey. Best game on the Vita hands down, in my opinion. I'm 100 percent addicted to this game.
I'm so unsure about whether or not its going to be around in another 12 months that I'm not getting one as yet. The low sales numbers must be causing doubt in developers minds as well. I'm sure existing Vita owners are assured of its success but although its not quite as bad it seems very PSP Go all over again. The Go was too expensive, Nintendo's DS was more preferred and Sony professed that competition from smartphones were the reason they had to lower sales expectations. Sure the Vita is no Go but its not in great shape in an even more competitive marketplace leading up to xmas either. Read this PC World article from 2010 http://www.pcworld.com/arti...
You've been unsure since launch. It's not at all the same as the PSP Go- not that it'd matter to you- and your reasoning doesn't make sense. If Sony came out and announced tomorrow that the Vita had actually sold 20 million since launch and they were undertracking it, you'd stand by the old numbers with a passion. No, the Vita's not doing GREAT, but it's far too early to be proclaiming the doom you want SO BADLY to be coming. That said, 3 million isn't bad for less than a year on the market. It COULD be better, but let's not start bringing up smartphones and tablets, as people don't buy those primarily for gaming. Honestly, I don't want to hear this stuff from people with no intention to buy one. Talking about how it won't sell while acknowledging how good a system it is... that's just stupid(unless you simply don't do handheld gaming). Talking about how few games the system has only proves a selective sort of ignorance, since there are plenty of games in all genres; something for everyone can be found on the Vita. Quantity and quality-wise, it's a library superior to that of the 3DS at the same age. Why don't you talk about that? Oh, because that doesn't help make your case. Really, though, why do you STILL comment on Vita articles? I'd REALLY like to know. It's not because you want it to succeed. And it's not because you want one. So why do you bother?
I am waiting to see what the market does before I decide whether or not to buy a Vita. My son also wants one but of course its my money that would be paying for it. Early adopters are convinced of a product's success even before it is. Unfortunately I can't afford to be so cavalier with my money so am being cautious. I have seen more to suggest the Vita will fail than succeed thus far and no amount of fanboy ranting will convince me of otherwise. As for the 3DS, I'm not in the market for one so I don't really care how well it was or is now doing. Why not compare the Vita to the original PSP and the Go. The Vita is following the footsteps of the Go more than it is the original PSP.
"The low sales numbers must be causing doubt in developers minds as well." > I understand, specially when you partner it with a "community" that acts as though it's been three years since it was released.
I kind of agree with everyone on pricing. It's not that the Vita isn't worth the asking price, it is and the tech is absolutely mind blowing and way beyond anything mobile phones can currently do, but the fact is we are in a recession and not that many people can afford one. The only way I got mine is by getting a Brighthouse account for the Vita and a 24studio account for games and memory cards as I simply am not financially able to put up £300+ to get the console, games and memory card I needed. The memory card prices are just crazy and definitely need to be lowered, but generally the games prices are reasonable as I have a mobile and the longevity and depth of mobile games just doesn't compare (by and large). Sony have said they are working towards a price cut and I really hope they do soon so more people can enjoy their amazing piece of kit. I don't really agree with the argument of no games as there are loads I want to play but I do agree that it hasn't really had major AAA system sellers. It has fantastic games but I guess as there new no game of the year level exclusivesa lot of people are waiting. Plus with all the doom and gloom articles, I dare say a lot of people are waiting until it hits the 8-10 million mark as they don't want to risk paying foe a console that may lose support. I for one am confident it will be a success, Sony play the long game. Lots of people said the PS3 was doomed to fail before the price cut and look at how successful it is now.
But consumers still had a reason to buy a PS3 early on as it was the cheapest blu ray on the market. There is no reason for consumers to buy a Vita right now at its current price point.
3 million is great, but 3 million over 10 months(launched dec in japan) is not so great. 400k in 3 months is even worse!!
Wait, a NON-DOOM-GLOOM Vita article? Shit. This won't hit any trafficking deadlines! Who'll pay attention to this if it isn't "VITA IS TEH DOOMED, 3 MILLION? DOOOOOMED!" That'd TOTALLY catch more peoples attention.... Queue the eye-rolling!
I swear these Sony sales articles are getting really old, same crap with the PS3. Now we have to relive history as always with the Vita, Thanks humanity.
Selling less than the dreamcast in similar timeframe. That must be an indication that its doing fine.
I didn't realize so many people had Sony stock.
Well 3 million times 250 is 750 million dollars. Plus games ,memory and accessories. And there is still Black Friday and Christmas to boost sales.So it's not too bad.
And if each Vita costs 300 dollars to get to market then that's a big net loss. As for game sales they have been pretty dire so I dare say few developers are seeing a profit from the Vita as yet.
Vita is a great piece of tech but when your selling rate is on the pace as the Sega game gear, there is a serious issue
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