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The cold truth: PS Vita sold less in one year than the PSP in 1 month

the Vita has sold about 1 million units in the US since its launch a bit more than 1 year ago. The original PSP had sold 1.12 million units in the US in the month of December 2005 alone.

Wii U's sales are also disappointing

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Donnieboi1585d ago

Could a price drop, combined with PS4 functionality and the drastic reduction in memory card cost help turn things around? I hope so. So far, i'm happy with my Vita, as PS Plus has been good to Vita owners.

Pope_Kaz_Hirai_II1585d ago

Its such a shame because its an amazing handheld , the best ever imo it has custom music every game, party chat , trophies and decent browser and big clear screen, it just has so much potential for good long single player games and rpgs ect

tubers1585d ago

VITA;

Potential = insanely high
Implementation = sub par

Hopefully KZM turns quite a few heads. Then there's still E3 around the corner (I'm kinda getting tired of saying E3.. E3..).

ToZanarkand861585d ago

It doesn't support custom soundtracks in every game unfortunately...
Dead or Alive 5 Plus, WRC3 and Persona 4 don't support custom soundtracks...

Axe991585d ago

@ tubers

I have to disagree there - Uncharted and Gravity Rush were two of my favourite games last year, and they were up against a bunch of PC and PS3 releases. The Vita is, imo, the best handheld gaming device yet made, with a great range of games (it's limited compared with the PSP, PS3 or 360 of course, but that's what you get).

The big issue is that developer support dropped off heavily after launch, but Sony have been drumming up indie and other dev support to turn this around, and we're starting to see the fruits of this. Given the thing's barely a year old outside of Japan, it's doing very well as an entertainment unit - it's just consumers aren't biting. No idea why, everyone I know who's actually handled one, loves it - indeed, I'd wager a lot of the sales at the moment are positive word-of-mouth over the top of rubbish reporting on the internet.

ThanatosDMC1585d ago

Soul Sacrifice demo makes me buying a Vita day 1 worth it. Cant wait for the actual game release.

Sucks that some video files cannot be played on the Vita anymore after some updates. My xvid collection got screwed.

kreate1585d ago

@Thanatos

'Sucks that some video files cannot be played on the Vita anymore after some updates. My xvid collection got screwed,

Wtf? o_O;
that sucks

Yi-Long1584d ago (Edited 1584d ago )

... it's got dual analogue sticks, OLED screen, pretty powerful specs, etc etc.

It's even got a bunch of very good games which should be worth playing.

The problem ofcourse is the stuff it does WRONG, like the memory-cards issue, where you're forced to buy/use expensive memory-cards which can only be used for the PS Vita.

Implementing touch-controls where they aren't needed or wanted.

Ports of console-games COULD be great, but they do need to be WORTHY ports. I would have LOVED to have played a great looking new version of Ninja Gaiden Black, but the PS Vita port was pretty mediocre, possibly the worst version of Ninja Gaiden 1 to date, and it was missing the option for the original voices, which automatically means it's a big no-no for me. No buy!

Same goes for other great games that get released with a dub-only. One of the reasons people like/love Sony, is because they stil bring out typical Japanese games. Persona 4 and Disgaea are good examples. But while Disgaea does offer the option for the original voices, Persona 4 sadly doesn't.

I might have already bought a PS Vita if they had gotten Persona 4 and Ninja Gaiden Sigma Vita right by including the option for the original voices, but sadly they didn't bother...

... so why should I...!?

Also, one of the major reasons why the PSP sold very well, is that people could 'mod' it. That just skyrocketed the hardware-sales, cause suddenly a much larger crowd was interested.

Regardless of the question if that was good or bad for 'the industry' or the PSP, the fact is that it DID help sell a whole lot more PSP's than they otherwise would have sold!

Insomnia_841584d ago

I wish there was a game like Demon's Souls on the Vita.

delboy1584d ago (Edited 1584d ago )

Wow, I never knew Vita is such a fail. /s
I mean, look at those graphics, dual analog, great screen ect.
Look at all those games; Uncharted, KillZone, LBP,it's hard core pure, why people don't buy it?
Must be because of smartphones and tables. /s

Deamon Soul's can't save the Vita, there's no game that could save the Vita, not even Jesus himself could save it.

mamotte1584d ago

The real problem is Sony trying to sell it as a "portable PS3", and then trying to get a version of every popular and selling into it.

They need to get the poor console over the shadow of the PS3, give it REALLY exclusive games, using all the unique potential of the Vita.

To make it short, it needs more games like Gravity Rush and Little Deviants.

freezola751584d ago

Homer concurs good sir...

booni31584d ago

Unfortunately, it doesn't support custom soundtracks in every game. I agree with almost everything else you said though.

nix1584d ago

i want to play every PS3 game on vita. it's like that great.

Satirical1584d ago

It's good tech for sure, but the game line-up is sub-par.

I think the biggest problem is that most people own a PS3 already and Sony has kind of advertised the Vita as a portable console that can closely emulate a console experience. But like I said, most people have the PS3 for that.

Sithlord-Gamble1584d ago (Edited 1584d ago )

Mispost.

Kevin ButIer1584d ago

I wonder why this handheld is struggling at sales? Is it a price matter, no enough games, faulty mkt campaign... I just don't see any compelling argument.

Dee_911584d ago

@delboy
I dont think you get the concept of sarcasm.I take that back, its obvious you dont

OT
Theres a number of reasons PSP sale/ sold better than PS Vita. For 1 price & the economy, and 2nd the date of release.Back in 05 the buzz around next gen (current gen ) anything was much greater than it is now (graphical and technical leaps from last gen to current is larger than the leap from now to next gen). So if the technical leaps from ps3 to psv was as great as it was from ps2 to psp, then chances are it wouldve sold "better".

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BullyMangler1585d ago

nnyeahh i dont know . .the prob is the joysticks of malplacement and design of the vita

MasterCornholio1585d ago (Edited 1585d ago )

LOL

That problem is with the 3DS and not the Vita. Theres nothing wrong with the Vitas controls but on the other hand the 3DSs lack of a second circle pad hurts it.

And even Nintendo admits this fault by creating the CPP (circle pad pro) accessory for it.

3DSXL
http://chipsandnews.files.w...

3DS
http://maturegamerpodcast.c...

Video
https://www.youtube.com/wat...

CaptainN1584d ago (Edited 1584d ago )

Master...first off the Circle Pad Pro came out before the Vita even launched, so even though it was an add on, technically the 3DS was the first portable to have dual joystick set up with that addition.

Next,I honestly don't see it being major problem for the 3DS considering hardly any games even utilize the second stick option, yet the system sells like crack, and the 3rd party support is all over the place.So obviously the lack of a built in second joystick means nothing to the consumers as well as the developers.

So while I'm sure it would have been nice to have it built into the system, it didn't cause a lack of games to be developed. And lets be honest,we all know the next portable after 3DS that Nintendo makes in a few years will have it.

And when that happens you know damn well Nintendo will market that little addition and everyone will go out and buy the new portable.What can Sony do on their next portable besides improve graphics again....exactly!

PeaSFor1584d ago (Edited 1584d ago )

yet the justin bieber sells "music" like crack, but is it good?

sales dont represent quality.

if something is popular, it doesnt mean its automatically good.

btw, the CPP is a nice way to say "we fucked up with the original design of the 3ds, here's something half-assed to ghetto fix our mistake"

dcbronco1584d ago

The DS outsells the Vita because of it's legacy. It's a machine that has mass appeal. When the DS first launched and had games like Brain Training and Sudoku non-gamer adults started buying tons of them to use on mass transit. Now brand recognition still gets some of those sales and mainstream is a huge market. Gamers may hate to hear it but going mainstream equals survival as prices increase. As we move past PS3 power in a handheld we move toward multi-million dollar budgets. You need all of the sales you can get then.

CaptainN1584d ago (Edited 1584d ago )

@ Peasfor so you said "yet the justin bieber sells "music" like crack, but is it good? sales dont represent quality. if something is popular, it doesnt mean its automatically good."

Well first off to all those millions of girls who buy JB cd's yea the music is good, that's a matter of opinion and taste. Maybe to someone like you or me its not good.....but that's out personal opinion and that is not a fact!

Next with the sales argument...when something sells alot, that pretty much means its a good product so I don't know how anyone can dispute a sales correlation with a good product. Again your using your opinion in saying people buy "bad" products because everyone else is. Over time people ran out and bought things because they were products that they enjoyed, therefor they were good (Cabbage Patch Dolls, Tickle Me Elmo,Tamogotchi, Gameboy, PS2, Wii, Iphones etc) all sold well because they were good products that people wanted and they provided enjoyment and fulfilled a need.

As for the additional Circle Pad Pro being a scapegoat for a mistake....if that was the case wouldn't Nintendo be supporting it with all their future software? Wouldn't they be selling it in all retail stores(Only Gamestop and NOA website sell it) and wouldn't the 3DSXL have had it built in to rectify this mistake? And why wouldn't they just include it in the box to "fix" this mistake with all future 3DS sales?

Come on, if your going to be a blind to the obvious, then there is no point in even trying to justify how the 3DS messed up but the Vita has not. At the end of the day, like it or not, its all about sales as that's what these companies are looking for. They make these products to make a profit. Nintendo is dominating and Sony isn't and that's a fact!

And btw, how's that dual analog setup working out for the Vita? Oh that's right, there needs to be software that actually gets put on the system and uses it.....sorry the software is in another castle!

Sithlord-Gamble1584d ago

CaptainN ... you come across as the biggest Ninbot ever.

The DS/3DS sells bc KIDS play it. Kids don't care about the 2nd analog stick. They don't care about any of the crap that gamers care about ... bc they're KIDS.

I would never game on a 3ds personally or a Wii or any of it. Its not for me. BUT guess what my go to console/handheld is when it comes to buying for my children ... you guessed it ... bc its for KIDS & the games are kid friendly.

Nintendo is synonymous with Family Friendly ... THATS why it sells.

So get off your high horse & pull your head out of your @$$. All of your rebuttals were some of the dumbest reasons I've ever read.
Stop hyping the 3ds like its some technological marvel ... bc its not.

All it is, is a quality handheld that has an automatic user base ... KIDS.
There's plenty of em around ... and new customers are born every minute around the world. Children are built in income when it comes to toys which is all it is.

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DEATHxTHExKIDx1585d ago

I personally dont see how remote play makes me ppl want to buy a vita.

nukeitall1585d ago (Edited 1585d ago )

Exactly!

The platform is another dead in the water, similar to PSP Go. I remember the hailing of the second coming of Christ named PS Vita at E3, then subsequently in the news at the great price point.

The supposed 3DS "was" going to get destroyed by the almighty Sony. Turns out, it couldn't have been further from the truth as Sony consistently has poor management.

Reality beats fanboy imagination again!

That is why I wonder about the PS4? Similar situation at least right now....

Sounds great, but execution beats imagination.

animegamingnerd1585d ago

yeah the things like cross buy and remote play aren't a system seller for me exclusives are and right now there really isn't any vita exclusives i am interested in

JayD-1K1584d ago

@ nuke,
the only thing that saved the 3ds was the price cut! Nintendo knew the couldn't compete with the Vita spec wise so, the droped the price. that got everybody thinking that, Sony should have droped the price of theVita too! and when they didn't, the first thing peple started saying was, it was too expensive.
now don't get me wrong, i still think the memory cards are out dof wack when it comes to price but, until some of brwnd can make them for cheap, this is what we got.

Mustang300C20121584d ago

Pretty ignorant comment to think JUST a price drop has saved the 3DS. He'll the price drop for the Vita in Japan only helped for so long. Now it is back to selling at pre price cut levels.

wishingW3L1584d ago

let's be real @Mustang300C2012 , 3DS was dead and it was revived with the price cut. The system went from $250 to $160 in less than a year!

kayoss1584d ago

The problem with vita is price, regardless of what you think and feel about the vita it's a powerful machine and worth the cost. But one major flaw, a handheld should not cost more or the same as a ps3 console. You have both costing $199 which would people pick? Of course the ps3, it's worth the money, large game library, bluray, etc...
A few other problem is Sony releasing major vita games on the same time frame as other blockbuster console games. Most of these awesome games had no chance against console releases. Sony need to strategize the vita game releases so that it has a chance.
Memory card is a major problem, cost is killing it.
Other then these major issue I think the vita can do very well if the problems are fixed. I have not heard a vita owner complained about the quality if the vita.

Dan_scruggs1584d ago

Yeah its nonsense.
Here is the comparison.

WiiU Delux edition - Off screen play with packed in game is 370.00. Where it currently stands on Amazon right now.

OK so to match that with Sony products you need this.

Playstation Vita - 250.00
Vita Memory card - 100.00
Playstation 4 - Expected to be 350.00 to 400.00
Average Vita game is 40.00
Average PS games is 60.00

It's simple math.