The United States Proves To Be The PS Vita’s Biggest Market In 2012

A year after its debut in Japan, new sales data gives us incite on where the system has performed best and worse in 2012.

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remanutd552184d ago

ok how about we get Ratchet and Clank Full Frontal Assault, Sly Cooper Thieves in Time, Soul Sacrifice, Tearaway demos? and Killzone Mercenary beta?

Riderz13372184d ago (Edited 2184d ago )

Takes it easy buddy not everything at once...Calm down.

-Mika-2183d ago

Ya but you and the other users here didn't need to thumb him down like that...

Anyway, it seems like sony made the right choice but too bad the japanese yen is so strong. They should of just focused on Japan

ElectricKaibutsu2183d ago

Good point about the Yen, Mika. I'm sure that's a big part of it.
These numbers are better than I thought, especially the US.

I hope this doesn't affect games being localized in Europe.

Hingle_Mcringleberry2183d ago

Strong Yen? How come Wii U and 3DS are selling crazy numbers then? It's clearly not all about the Yen.

360ICE2182d ago

Omg Mika, who cares?
I'm sure remanut won't kill himself over a few disagrees.

Anon19742182d ago (Edited 2182d ago )

"Strong Yen? How come Wii U and 3DS are selling crazy numbers then? It's clearly not all about the Yen."

I'm not sure you're understanding the point about the yen's current exchange rate. The strong yen would only affect sales if the price of the 3DS or Vita were floating, but they aren't. The prices are fixed. If they weren't, as the yen rose or the US dollar weakened, we'd see the prices of products made in Japan fluctuate up or down depending on currency rates. That clearly doesn't happen, so it has zero impact on sales of a product.

What it does have an impact on is Sony or Nintendo's bottom line. If they're getting paid in US dollars, or euros for a product that cost them x number of yen to make, then as the other currencies weaken or the yen strengthens, then the dollars Sony or Nintendo get's for their products is lessened. During the worst of the market volatility, it was estimated that Sony at one point was receiving 25% less in revenue from products sold in Europe and the US than they were just a couple of years prior just due to the weakening of the US/Euro. FX rates are a huge reason why Sony and Nintendo, like most Japanese electronics makers, are struggling currently. Thankfully though the FX rates have been stabilizing and are expected to continue to help out companies like Sony/Nintendo.

As for the article, where on earth is this data coming from? Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo don't break up their data per region, and look at the US figures. PS3: 2.2 million in the US for 2012? According the the NPD group, wasn't the PS3 over 4 million in the US by the end of November? And 3 million 360 sales for the year in the US? Pardon? According to NPD the 360 sold 1.2 million in the US in November alone. It's gotta be over 6-7 million for the year.

Where are these BS numbers coming from?

sikbeta2182d ago

This only means that PSV is in worst possition in EU and Japan,

EU is switching to Tablets + Smartphones
Japan is all about 3DS + Smartphones + Tablets

Nice piece of tech released in the worst time ever, Vita had no chance, should have been released in 2009 and it could have fared better...

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Gamesgbkiller2183d ago

Ratchet and Clank Full Frontal Assault is out man!
other stuff is too much to ask you know.

remanutd552183d ago

i cant find it on the psvita store, heck i cant even find a ratchet and clank vita video on youtube, anyways obviously sony isnt going to get all those demos out at the same time but it would be kool to get at least Sly Cooper Thieves in Time demo before 2013.

Gamesgbkiller2183d ago

I didn't mean the PSV version ..

kupomogli2182d ago


Remember to buy the PS3 version of Ratchet and Clank. You'll get the Vita version for free once it's released. It was delayed until next year.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF2182d ago

USA... the most important place to sell games. THE MOST IMPORTANT IF YOU WANT YOUR STUFF TO BE POPULAR!

Subzero2002182d ago (Edited 2182d ago )

what good will ports do?

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Godchild10202184d ago

The Vita is big in the US and Europe, because the games are geared towards the western market. Wait until next year, The Vita will do some good numbers in Japan with all the great games coming before March 31st, 2013.

2013 is the year of the Gamer, no matter what platform you play one.

CommonSenseGamer2183d ago

"big"....really? those numbers do not reflect big.

Godchild10202183d ago (Edited 2183d ago )

It's bigger in the US and Europe, because the games are geared towards the western market.

It should have been bigger by now, but the price is one thing and Nintendo scar a lot of people with the sudden price cut, and I don't think people want that to happen again. Especially when you hear personally from Sony telling the media that a price cut will happen next year.

Mrmagnumman3572183d ago

So true, PC Gamers will be getting Crysis 3, a game that is expected to melt graphics cards like the original Crysis, we also have Metro Lat Light, Arma 3, and Watch Dogs. amazing year for PC gamers, PS3 has God of War, Last of us, Beyond, and 360 has Gears, Splinter Cell, Tomb Raider. Should be an amazing year.

Ezz20132183d ago

pc and ps3 owners also have splinter cell and tomb rider

that leaves xbox with gears only

BlmThug2183d ago

360 and PS3 also have Crysis 3, Metro Last Light and Watchdogs.

Mrmagnumman3572182d ago (Edited 2182d ago )

Seriously guys, down votes ? I was referring to the specific games that shined on certain systems. Crysis 3 is DX11 only, and has been said to be far ahead of the console version. Same goes for Metro and Watch Dogs.

The12thGripper2182d ago

I'm sorry, but I had to make a account to say this: Unlike a certain Japanese company; Nintendo actually gave away 20 free titles via the Nintendo eShop. Sure, they are NES and GBA games; but I haven't seen another company do that for a price drop. Some of those NES titles and all of the GBA titles are exclusive to early backers, so I feel like my purchase back in March 2011 was worth every penny. (Even if they were made available to the public, which I wish they were; I'd still feel like my purchase was justified.) I also do own a PS Vita, PSP (because that's still this/last-gen with PS3 and Xbox; right?) Xbox 360, and PS3 so please don't just jump to conclusions that I'm a Nintendo fanboy; because I'm not.

Godchild10202182d ago (Edited 2182d ago )

So, how is that a reply to my comment? I never mentioned Nintendo in my comment.

Sony never gave away 20 retro titles, unless you think of PlayStation Plus (But thats a paid service). But they did give away 4 games to those affected by the hack. Due to their bad network. Nintendo gave away 20 games (20 of which I have as well) because they prematurely dropped the price of the 3DS, because of the unexpected sales of the system. One was a welcome back and the other was more of an apology to those that bought the system a few months before the drop(I accepted with open arms).

You will probably never see that happen again for a price drop, because not many console makers drop a system's price 5 months after launch. Every console maker has tried to appease their consumers and keep them. Whether it's give away games, due to a hack or a price drop being so sudden. I think, if something of that nature would happen again, the console maker will try it's best to please and win back their customer base.

The12thGripper2182d ago

It was towards your third comment, the site wouldn't let me reply directly to that comment so I replied to this one. My bad not mentioned the comment number.

Also, the PSN Hack/game giveaway totally blew right past my mind. I didn't get a PS3 until shortly after. :S

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Mister4282183d ago


Two of the best-selling Vita games in Japan, Hatsune Miku Project Diva f and Persona 4 the Golden both sold around the 300,000 mark.

If around 500,000+ Vitas were sold in Japan, then the software conversion rate for those games are like, 1 in 2. That's kinda scary if you think about it. Like if you see someone on a train playing the Vita, there's a 50% chance he has 1 of those 2 games.

Knushwood Butt2183d ago

I play my Vita on the train in Japan, and don't own either..

Mister4282183d ago

Haha, congratulations on being in the 25th percentile that don't own either (50% x 50%? I'm not good at math).

What do you play on your Vita?

knifefight2183d ago

I play my Vita on the train in Japan, and I own both. We balance each other out.

Knushwood Butt2182d ago

@ Mister428

Too early to be thinking about the percentages, but this year I've mainly be playing:

Motorstorm RC
Mah Jong Fight Club
Metal Gear Solid 2 (a lot)
Gravity Daze (Rush)
Unit 13 (which I'm enjoying)

@ knifefight

Nice! I don't see many other Vita gamers on the train, but then again, these days I don't see many handheld gamers at all. That is, not counting phone based fluff.

knifefight2182d ago

I've only ever seen 2 Vitas in the wild. I could see over one person's shoulder and it looked like he was playing Lord of Apocalypse (I can't be sure cause I don't have that game -- this was like right after launch so it seems a likely bet, because I knew which games it WASN'T), but I don't know about the other guy.

I should also say for our previous stat, I own Persona 4 Golden but haven't played it yet. Miku, I play at home because all the swiping and rhythmic taping might be problematic to the people around me -- and you know how the locals worry about disturbing each other ^^;;
But still!
When I'm playing my Vita on the go it's usually...
Gravity Daze, Hot Shots Golf (this is my ultimate go-to), WipEout 2048, or the PSP Valkyria Chronicles 3 (got it cheap from the UMD passport program, since I have the PSP version).

Knushwood Butt2182d ago

@ knifefight

Cool. lol about upsetting the locals on the train. I was recently playing a ton of Gravity Rush, and had to be selective about which sections I played during the commute; trying to get gold on some of the challenges was definitely a no no for the train!

I recently started Unit 13, and that seems pretty ideal for the commute.

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rbluetank2183d ago

i got my vita on blk friday. i have downloaded a couple of plus games since i got it. i am loving the vita. i can not wait for Killzone Mercenary.

Veneno2182d ago

Im very interested to know the details of Killzone multiplayer.

Losyak2183d ago

900001 for US. That 1 makes all the difference.