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Submitted by Cursinguser 515d ago | news

PS Vita Sells Up 4X in Japan

No rumors have suggested a price cut in North America or Europe. In fact, ​Sony president of Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida has confirmed that no price drop will be seen in North America in the foreseeable future. With the PS Vita also struggling to gain momentum in the states, a price drop may be a strategy worth further discussion, considering it's positive reception in Japan. (PS Vita, PS4, Sony)

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BitbyDeath  +   515d ago
If true it sure will be interesting if it can maintain those numbers.

Here's last weeks -

3DS LL – 49,317
3DS – 25,412
PS3 – 18,529
Vita – 11,456
Wii U – 9,633
PSP – 8,981
Wii – 1,317
Xbox 360 – 473
Cupid_Viper_3  +   515d ago
This is very good news for Sony and the PS Vita. It's always a gamble when a company decides to cut the price of a product, because if it fails to spike up even after a price cut, you basically have a huge problem on your hands.
DiRtY  +   514d ago
45k is still poor after a $50 / $100 price cut.
Heck the 3DS outsells the PS Vita almost 2:1 the week after the price cut.

Let's see how sustainable these sales are.
Cupid_Viper_3  +   514d ago
Before I put you on my ignore list....

The price cut went into effect on Feb 28.
Secondly, 45k-50K weekly translates into 200,000k/month, in Japan alone.
and Lastly, even after the price cut the 3DS is still cheaper then the Vita.

now, where was I again? oh yeah...ignored!
BitbyDeath  +   514d ago
How is potentially beating out the 3DS, PS3, Wii U, PSP, Wii and Xbox 360 poor?
DiRtY  +   514d ago
It is the week after the price cut guys. This is actually a bad sign for things to come.

Soul Sacrifice might keep the sales going for antother 2 weeks or so but in April you will see the Vita below 25k again.
Kingthrash360  +   514d ago | Well said
See man....you are the problem with the gameing community right now. People who like to try and turn good news into bad. The truth is if the vita sold more than the 3ds this week you would have said " well this is only a week, the 3ds will sell more than the vita for the month".
Advice: be happy for all platforms,smile at the achivement of a gaming system that has been struggling. Why do you care about sales anyway... you work for Nintendo? Microsoft? No? Then stfu and enjoy gaming...
Sukebe_Gamer  +   514d ago
Thank you king for stating that. I completely agree.
Y_5150  +   514d ago
Xbox360 selling less than Wii, ouch..
Oh_Yeah  +   514d ago
It's Japan? So of course it's going to trail the wii and every other Japanese console. The only American electronic company Japan seems to be fond of is Apple... So unless Apple releases a console American hardware will always do poorly over there.
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oNIXo  +   514d ago
@Oh-Yeah

It's not that Microsoft is an American company. It's because of the games that the Xbox 360 pushes out. It's a console that mostly has shooters, which don't do to well in Japan.
Knight_Crawler  +   514d ago
This is what gamers having saying since launch Sony, drop the dam price on the VITA and it will sell like the 3DS.
fei-hung  +   514d ago
Also, from a few articles and photos from Japan, the Vita sold out within and hour or so within a lot of shops and within a day in others. Meaning they could only sell what stock they had and if people wanted more, they couldn't sell anymore.
3-4-5  +   514d ago
Sony - " Dropping prices on consoles/handhelds doesn't work"

Proceeds to watch it work
FlameHawk  +   515d ago
I will buy a PS Vita day 1 when its price drops.
Derekvinyard13  +   515d ago
True
joab777  +   514d ago
I want one before ps4 launches. Its about price but also about games. Persona 4 helped alot but Nintendo has managed to grab alot of ips back from sony and that has hurt.

I do believe that if the pricepoint is right or they package with the ps4 for a great price, they can move them. They wanna do it soon though as they dont want to compete with themselves in November, or Microsoft. And the more they sell, the more developers will want to make games for it.
flyingmunky  +   514d ago
I'm sure there are a lot of people waiting on the fence with you but I think the price of their memory cards are a larger concern.

I make minimum wage, work part time, and am a student. I still bought the vita no problem, 250$ isn't really that much. I've spent more on groceries, my phone bill is even more than half of that.
Mustang300C2012  +   514d ago
Everyone has a different story.

I am active duty Air Force and work part time at Best Buy. I don't have a Vita because I know my time will be limited like it was with the PSP when I got it. The issue isn't just price or the economy. It doesn't fit in a lot of consumers lives and it fell in the same issues the PSP had and that is me too ports on the handheld that I would rather play on my 360/PS3. My time is spent more on my consoles, gaming PC, IPad and IPhone.
SilentNegotiator  +   514d ago
>125 a month?? Do you mean Canadian?
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smashman98  +   515d ago
Maybe Sony should drop it everywhere else

I got friends I want to play soul sacrifice with but they won't buy a vita until a drop
Adva  +   514d ago
Testing the waters my friend. They want to see what the Japanese market reacts first. Q4 2013 is probably when other regions get the price cut.
tubers  +   514d ago
That would be great.. just near KZM release :)
nigelp520  +   515d ago
Sony should have added a UMD drive inside increase sales from psp uesers
PeaSFor  +   515d ago
Hell no!
Cupid_Viper_3  +   514d ago
@ Nigelp520

"Sony should have added a UMD drive inside increase sales from psp uesers"

That's exactly what they did, by continuing to manufacturer and support the PSP. If you want to play UMDs, buy a PSP.
Kos-Mos  +   514d ago
Yes, of course. The 3DS benefits from it. But these kids answering and disagreeing with you know nothing about business. Nintendo on the other hand do.
Aggesan  +   514d ago
Nintendo knows business? That's why the WiiU's selling so much then I suppose..?
a_bro  +   514d ago
so you want to revert back to the main reason why people hated the PSP in the first place?

you know, if you said something like "had they brought that UMD passport service to the west, and allow us to trade out physical content to digital for the vita to increase sales from psp users" then i would not be here waisting a bubble.

besides that the main reason why there are those that are turned off of the vita. cant blame them. especially the whole proprietary memory cards that cost a lot. that needs a price cut. restructure the prices on them. theres no reason why a 16 vita memory card costs an arm and a leg, i understand that its high speed memory, but still, if they want PSN to be big here, then they should do it.

i for one can't wait to get my vita back next week. its come to the point were it has games.
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nigelp520  +   514d ago
38 dislikes no good lol. I was just saying people have large psp game libraries and wouldnt gamers like to brins all their content on the Vita? I know i would
landog  +   515d ago
it needs to be $199 with a 16gb memory card and 1 year ps plus, it would sell like crazzzy at that price!
Cam977  +   514d ago
Why would you even suggest that? You do know it costs Sony to manufacture the Vita, right?
smashcrashbash  +   514d ago
Yeah and send them bankrupt.$199 with a 16gb memory card and a Whole year of PSNPlus? That would be crazzzzzzy alright. Why don't they just hand them out for free if they are aiming for bankruptcy?
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tubers  +   514d ago
Be reasonable:

Wifi VITA + 4 GB card = $ 199.99
landog  +   514d ago
ok...i'd go for that, does it come with at least 3 months ps plus>>>>

i want a vita, really, i just need there to be a few more games i really, really want, then i'll grab one, i'll pay $250 no problem if it comes with a reasonable amount of memory and has 5 games i really, really want that i can pick up for $20-$30
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Bowzabub  +   514d ago
I'm sure Kaz can send his wife over to scrub your toilet too if you ask nicely! Entitled?
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landog  +   514d ago
i'd let her scrub something
danny818  +   514d ago
Woooo!!!!
RyuCloudStrife  +   514d ago
Amazing good news!!!
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Xer0_SiN  +   514d ago
the vita is a beast of a handheld. i got mine on blackfriday via the gold bundle lightning sale on amazon. the deal was just too good to pass up. i have no doubt in my mind that the vita is going to start steamrolling because of the shift from sony by announcing all those games. also, ps4 is going to help futureproof the vita with its interconnectivity between both devices.
Hanso  +   514d ago
get disgaea 3 it will last you forever xD
KrisButtar  +   514d ago
its coming as a ps plus game
Bobby Kotex  +   514d ago
Quadruple sales after price drop. No drop in price in the US, Sounds like a solid business plan.
maniacmayhem  +   514d ago
So it was the price and not the supposed lack of games that was holding the Vita back.

This is what a lot of folks were saying in the first place. The Vita always had a strong line up of games, it just needed the right price point for consumers to bite.
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SAE  +   514d ago
For me it's the games, games price, memory price, limited features and closed vita. If they remove this the vita would be amazing. Right now it's hard to enjoy it. I only use it for music. I can't buy games because either they are too expensive or not interested on ...
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ShadowHoundXW  +   514d ago
Well, one thing to note though is that many stores didn't have much stock for the vita due to prior sales and the fact that they ran out of stock in an hour probably means the stock they had was extremely small. Thus, this probably means equal or perhaps even better sales for the vita in the coming week. Also, we know japan right? For every 10 people who buy the vita, 9 would probably buy Persona 4G, so we might see P4G in the charts once again this coming week. :)
profgerbik  +   514d ago
This very well could be price drop related but I really don't think it is. I think it has to do more with the fact of all the great games Japan has been getting lately.

Project Versus J, Soul Sacrifice, PSO 2, Toukiden, One Piece Pirate Warrior 2.. I am sure there are more I am not thinking of.. and those perverted games I am sure they are loving, I forget the names of those two games.

I just think it was either a combination of the price drop and the slew of great games they are probably foaming at the mouth for (I know I have been). I don't think it was generally just the price drop that sparked their immediate interest to buy one.

Honestly $50 bucks off I don't think is dropping jaws anywhere, I feel like everyone knows the Vita is worth it's price mostly all that own one and actually use it but I think they were just waiting for better games.. Keep in mind for the longest time there weren't too many good Japanese Vita games there were only our Americanized games and Gravity Rush along with Lord of Apocalypse..

I personally think it had to do more with the awesome games they have been getting. No doubt the price drop did help but I still lean more towards software sells because the Vita is a little beast hardware wise there isn't much reason not to want to own one other than having no interest in any of the games currently available..
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GABRIEL1030  +   514d ago
Goos sales, Sony and now reduce the price in the rest of the word, release a FF X and a GT for Vita...
DivineAssault  +   514d ago
That price drop may hit the west by E3 if not sooner.. When it does, there will be a significant boost here as well
LOL_WUT  +   514d ago
Price drops do make wonders, heres hoping Nintendo is aware of this.
MasterCornholio  +   514d ago
Well Nintendo is famous for dropping the price of hardware after its been out 3 months in the market.

So i´m pretty sure that they are experts in price drops.

Anyways im glad that Sony dropped the price which should improve sales for the Vita in Japan. An excellent handheld like the Vita deserves to sell more in my opinion.

BTW how the heck do you clean the screen?

@Kos-Mos

"But these kids answering and disagreeing with you know nothing about business. Nintendo on the other hand do."

Well Nintendo miscalculated the elasticity of the demand and the consumers willingness to pay for the 3DS which is why the initial high price point caused it to suffer in the market. But the acute price drop (plus the demand being elastic) and their excellent marketing around the holidays (with them informing the public extremely well about the release of Monster Hunter, Mario Kart and Super Mario 3D land) caused the sales to shoot up. However due to them selling the 3DS at a loss after that severely cut into their profits which is why Nintendo will end this year with very slim profits.

:)
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dboyman  +   514d ago
I clean my Vita with one of those microfibre cloths used to clean LCD TV and monitors.
mrbojingles  +   514d ago
Nintendo isn't famous for dropping price on hardware 3 months after launch, that's a flawed view entirely.

They dropped the price of the 3DS four months after launch.

They waited 7 months to cut GameCube's price, 1 year to cut DS's price, like 5 years to cut DS Lite's price, 3 years to cut Wii's price and like 3 years to cut DSi's price.
LtFaku  +   514d ago
I can't believe that Sony is not going to low the price of the Vita in the US after this. I hope they will do it when Soul Sacrifice launchs on the States
mrbojingles  +   514d ago
good news at first but then you remember it still has zero system selling games coming out anytime soon and by this math it may still have sold half of what the 3DS sold during the same week.
syphon32  +   514d ago
Price cut or not, the lack of quality games, the fact you have to almost pay full price for old A$$ psp games. The future doesn't look positive for the vita. They have some games coming that look promising but they're taking to long to get them out.
BuffMordecai  +   514d ago
Now cut that price over here and bring that success stateside.

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