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
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.
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
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..).
It doesn't support custom soundtracks in every game unfortunately... Dead or Alive 5 Plus, WRC3 and Persona 4 don't support custom soundtracks...
@ 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.
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.
@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
... 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!
I wish there was a game like Demon's Souls on the Vita.
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.
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.
Homer concurs good sir...
Unfortunately, it doesn't support custom soundtracks in every game. I agree with almost everything else you said though.
i want to play every PS3 game on vita. it's like that great.
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.
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.
@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".
nnyeahh i dont know . .the prob is the joysticks of malplacement and design of the vita
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...
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!
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"
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.
@ 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!
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.
I personally dont see how remote play makes me ppl want to buy a vita.
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.
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
@ 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
I'm waiting for Killzone: Mercenaries like alot of people, but I'm also interested to see if they provide an upgraded model with HDMI out. Lowering the price of the memory would help too.
I love KZ but there is not a big market for the PSP.. Sony should quite and stick to consoles and cellphones .. maybe make a special version of their phone mix with PSP alike capabilities once in a while to be used as a extra controller anywhere at any time. today handle market are for kids and some teenagers plus Japon.. It need to be cheap in price ($199 max) games need to cost no more than $30 for new games at max and they need to make games for kids, teens and jrpg ... Nintendo understand this and is doing well.
It probably will, we've seen how a simple price drop changed things in Japan. Sony are already heading in the right direction with PS+ for the Vita and with the PS4 launch I'd be surprised if sales don't pick up. Naturally some more exclusives should help a great deal too.
people need to get this notion that PS4 connectivity will somehow lead to more Vita sales people who want a PS4 will go to the shop and buy a PS4 and that's it. it will most like cost around €400-€450 and then to add another €250 to that is just not feesible for most people, even if it's a year or two down the line. a price drop and more games will definitely help but PS4 connectivity is not the answer.
Platforms these days are simply too big to fail. Sony cannot afford for the Vita to NOT sell decently. You think it's in Sony's best interest to let the Vita die? Of the games that are already announced, I know I'm getting Soul Sacrifice, Muramasa Reboot, Tearaway, Killzone, Dragon's Crown, and Toukiden (if it comes West). And this is BEFORE E3, which will surely bring more games to the table.
Vita is undeniably a good piece of hardware, but it left a sour taste in my mouth. I BOUGHT it because cross play was advertised as a feature, and WORKS FINE when the PS3 had CFW. The capability is THERE, but NOOOOOO, Sony goes and does what they do 2nd best, and removes features right at or around launch. %@#$@#%!! A better camera and a meatier battery wouldn't have hurt either. If Sony made a Vita MKII with fixes like that and 4G and stuff, THEN it'll take off. (with some new US marketing)
@Conzul Your complaint about cross-play is legit. It's actually why I'm hesitant to jump on the PS4's cross-play hype. Cross-play was originally advertised for the PSP, if you can believe it! And then it was promised again for Vita, and now Sony promises to "finally get it right" for PS4? I'll believe it when I see it.
Plain and simple, Sony f***ed up. They aimed too high with power (making it too expensive), they didn't do any sort of monitoring/monetary encouraging of its initial software allowing garbage like COD: Declassified (which otherwise would have been a major seller), they didn't make it incredibly portable, their marketing of it has been very weak, etc, etc, etc. Vita could have been popular, but they handled it completely wrong. I can't believe the way that the 8th generation is stumbling in like a drunk with only 3DS selling (and only because of a MASSIVE price drop). How did Sony and Nintendo manage to forget/ignore basic principles of making successful game hardware?
Memory cost isn't the problem. Cost-of-entry is much more important. A simple price drop will do great things for the system but it needs to be paired with high-profile game releases. Preferable one with a hardware bundle.
I read some comments on here and funny how no one has mentioned the real reason why the PSP 1 sold so great...homebrew PSP and free games is the number one reason why alot of people bought the PSP 1. Until someone jailbreaks the VITA sales will not take off like the did with the PSP.
I would buy a vita, but to be honest, I'm still not done with my PSP games, or even my 3DS titles; so, I mean, it feels as if Sony launched it on the wrong time in all honesty, rather than anything else.
The real problem is there is not a continuous flow of good games. There are a few good ones but most tend to be re-releases or too similar to console titles. The problem is that there are not really any AAA "only on the Vita" games worth while. People not really going to spend $250 to solely play games that are nearly identical to their console counterparts. Gamers keep complaining of a lack of creativeness this gen has brought around and constant pushing of sequel after sequel (COD anyone?) and not coming out with anything new. I am not trying to say don't release COD, Uncharted, Killzone, etc. on the Vita. What I am trying to say is I see these games and I find myself feeling like "ehh I already played it, pass" (called game fatigue). Does anyone remember when the 1st Mass Effect came out? Crysis 1, Halo 1, KOTOR, Jade Empire, Golden sun 1? All these games had one thing in common. They all brought new experiences that made people buy the new console/PC/handheld just for that new experience. Sony come out with new creative games and keep them flowing = success.
not gonna help. PS3 was bundled with Vita nd all that other stuff still didn't help. Cross-Buy is not helping either.
Just thought i put this out there.Best buy has the 16gb memory card for $30.so if u need space now is the time to buy.
Whoa thanks for the tip, been wanting a larger memory card than 4gb. EDIT:ugh no shipping and no stores around me that i can pick it up, another useless bb deal for me X_X
Target price matches. You need to learn to be more Savy.. and if you don't have a Target then think of something else that might do the same like possibly Walmart.
@profgerbik Doesn't Target only price match if the competitor has it in stock?
Dam, and people say this handheld isn't dead on arrival. you know I do like the vita, and really think it's a shame it's not being appreciated for what it is. However, this just goes to show you Sony fan boys that power doesn't equal success. I know a lot of you automatically think Sony wins next gen because rumors says PS4 is stronger then 720. well, history says hello.
do you even know what youre talking about? yeah history says hello! do you even remember about the ps3? about its early years im sure you knew, its now ahead of your favourite 360 no games? it has now tons of it and will be continue to supported even the ps4 is out and the psp, a system they said that is already dead since 2009 but look at it, it keeps on selling and still has games coming for it, (brs this month) and now vita.... you guys have never learned, patience is virtue we all know sony systems since the ps3, always had a slow start but will continue to keep on going for a long time, the ps2 just only retired recently, that is an example of long term profitabilty which other companies do not have can you explain what happened to xbox when the 360 came out or the ds when 3ds came out? and the wii when the wii u came out?
The fact that I would have to explain my comment to you shows you don't know your gaming history. How many time in gaming history has the most powerful console won it's generation? and that was the point of my statement. "do you even remember about the ps3? about its early years im sure you knew, its now ahead of your favourite 360". I will believe that when I hear it from Sony them selves. Give me proof where they said it and I will shut up about it, Until then it's just wishful thinking on from you Sony fans.
@sherimae Well said! @whoyouwit You're an idiot, learn your history, we're not going to do the work for you.
i would say do not even bother talking some common sense into people. The memory card's in the first place would not be that high or made unique to Sony's system with no easy card reader if what happened to the 1st PSP with software sales and than software support drying up. Because of Hacking and UMD dumps! funny how this STORY was posted from a HACKER'S WEB SITE! but..but Nintendo's , yes Nintendo's Handhelds get pirated software quite a bit more than Sony's but here is the thing. Sony's software is not seen as more viable in the handheld market as Nintendo's. and software sales are what matter's. to 3rd party developer's when the 3rd party developer's software get's umd dumped , when its more pirate copy's in people's hand's than there is really sold copy's asking for yet another project to be made and asking venture capitalist to pony up yet more money for your software to be sold but get pirated quick. what do you think the answer will be? yet here we are low sales but still the PSVita is going to keep getting software support, its not about how many they can sale vs what Nintendo is doing right now, because really Sony is the only real dedicated Game console portable to even give Nintendo a run for this market. Hey how many do people think will the WikiPad sell. or how about the Nvidia shield? Tell you what, do you really think Sony is that choked up about a market for mobile gameing when they sale over 10 million xperia smartphone's a sales quarter, with playstation Mobile? the PSVita is a choice for gamer;'s to have than just Nintendo alone in the dedicated mobile game handheld space, where's Microsoft's dedicated portable?
Yeah I remember what happened to the DS when the 3DS came out. It was getting way more support than the 3DS. It had a Pokemon game released for it! You got everything right until you said that buddy. :P
no, my point is like you said in the 1st place, or a lot of people says that vita is dead on arrival? seriously?! and you know that sony systems have a longer lifespan than any other system they still support their older system even when the successor is out, still your not answering my question and keep avoiding it, what happened to the xbox when the 360 came out? same goes for the ds and wii when their successors came out? i think you know the answer...... and about the ps3 surpassing the 360, do you really visits various gaming sites, you should already know the answer to that question. and when the next xbox came, i wonder what will happen to the 360 hope they still support it, no? @good_guy_ jamal below... not only your brain is like a coconut... you even rarely use it did you even get what i have said, not even in the slightest? smartphones will never outperform dedicated gaming handhelds smartphones are for casuals, if you are gamer and looking for quality games and you chose smartphone over 3ds/vita then you are nuts but still like many other says smartphones is really competing against handhelds in mobile gaming, 2006 is different than 2013 in terms of mobile gaminv even the 1st iphone is not that competent at that time i think you know how many psp and ds have been sold until now right even the 3ds is struggling in its 1st year and only until now before it finally recovered the vita and the wii u is also in that stage, add the bias media and you will get a doom and gloom articles like many of us said, just give these systems their time sorry for being rude jamal, i just have... ^_^
history says ps3 sold more than 360 bud.
And the Wii sold more than the PS3 and 360, but the Wii is FAR from powerful. Quite weak and pathetic if you ask me, but it sold like hotcakes.
http://www.youtube.com/watc... It does seem the most powerful console doesn't always win. Granted, when this video was posted here on N4G, people said it was wrong because of Sony.
4G vita lannounced at e3 Watch lol
"Vita has sold about 33’000 units last month in the US, as reported by ArsTechnica. By comparison, the 3DS reportedly sold about 7 times this amount." O__o !! I have no words. Vita getting a beating by the 3DS.
It's said the Wii U is selling similarly to the 360 and PS3 during their respective release months so I don't see why people are dogging it.
What has changed? Why is the Vita doing so horribly compared to the PSP?
you know jamal your head is like a coconut.... when you open it... its empty just only its juices leaking out.... when the psp and ds came out, they are the only handhelds competing at each other. they are advance at that time no iphones no tablets no smartphones or any other sleek mobile gadgets you see today at that time, when people saw the psp for the 1st time, they are wowed by it, you can even research from various sites if you want to... about their impressions in the psp at that time the ps vita is in a different situation today, not only it has a lot of competitions (3ds, tablets, smartphones etc.) but it also had its own issues like the price of the memory cards and some people waiting for price drop just to grab a vita.... but i do think this issues will be solve this year, sony knows what to do in regards to ps vita, all we can do is wait and be patient ^_^
Firstly, why would I want to split open my head? Secondly, the brain is 70% water so yeah okay.
Lastly, only liquids leak out of something so I'd imagine that only the juices would leak out.
Lastly, weren't people laughing when analysts suggested smartphones would pose a threat to handheld consoles? Also, didn't the iPhone launch during the PSP's era? 3DS has sold over 20 million units in this same harsh environment.
Well, the 3DS is doing just fine despite the competition from non-gaming companies, it was even going better than the DS at one point!
"you know jamal your head is like a coconut.... when you open it... its empty just only its juices leaking out.... " LOL.
Dude, the iPhone came out only 2 years after psp. The 3ds manages to have sold 20 million in counting in spite of the tablets and smartphones of today. The market is not the only factor here. Vita is too expensive, memory is too expensive, few games, and barely small enough to even be classified as a handheld.
You had me laughing and got my agree when you said jamals head is like a coconut, jamals trolls all things Playstation.