Submitted by Abriael 657d ago | news

The New PS Vita Isn’t Exactly Flying Off the Shelves in Japan, but Grand Theft Auto V is Doing Great

This morning the new lighter, slimmer and LCD screen equipped PCH-2000 went on sale in Japan, but it seems that it’s not exactly selling like hotcakes just yet.

On the other hand, Grand Theft Auto V seems to be doing great despite being a western game. (Grand Theft Auto V, PS Vita, PS3, Xbox 360)

Neonridr  +   657d ago
hmmm, I don't want to be that guy that says I told you so, but I seem to remember a bunch of people saying that the reason for the poor Vita sales last week were because everyone was waiting for the Vita 2000 to release..

As indicated by the picture in the article - clearly nobody was waiting..

On a side note, it's great to see a game like GTA V doing well in a market like Japan. I didn't know they would even care for a game like that.
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Abriael  +   657d ago
The fact that it's not selling like hotcakes and panini combined doesn't mean it's not selling at all, yanno. It's probably still going to get a nice bump on the media create charts.
ohiostatesman  +   657d ago
I don't think The Vita will make it another year. I feel quite bad for those that purchased one. I think Sony should have given the system and chance and support it with games.
Eonjay  +   657d ago
A lot of folks are probably waiting for VTV next month.
Inception  +   657d ago

"I don't think The Vita will make it another year."

Really? Than all those Vita games that Sony & 3rd party alaready announced for next year will suddenly canceled, right?

"I feel quite bad for those that purchased one"

I just purchased it and i'm enjoying it a lot. Instead, i feel quite bad for people who never purchased one but always talking crap about vita like "vita has no games", "vita will doomz", and shit like that.
italkgame  +   657d ago
Agreed also keep in mind that a lot of japanese will wait for the collectors edition psp's think the ffx2 soul eater ect.
Don't forget that the initial batch of psvita tv sold out quite fast. Which can be impressive depending on the amount of devices that were available.
Neonridr  +   657d ago

Instead, i feel quite bad for people who never purchased one but always talking crap about vita like "vita has no games", "vita will doomz", and shit like that.


Amazing how you can interchange the words Vita and Wii U, but somehow that is not acceptable.
Inception  +   657d ago

And do you see me in here talked bad about the people who purchased WiiU?
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Th4Freak  +   657d ago
@Neonridr The difference is that PSV already has more than 200 games and Wii U has like 10.
miyamoto  +   657d ago
@ ohiostatesman
"I don't think The Vita will make it another year. I feel quite bad for those that purchased one. I think Sony should have given the system and chance and support it with games."

See that is the problem with infected and corrupted minded gamers like you this generation. You people can not appreciate anything with out sales figures attached to it.

Why are you so brainwashed to think that enjoying games is tied to how much sales figures they have?

Can't you guys enjoy games as they are?

When PS1 and PS2 were on top of the world of gaming no one gave a damn about how much they sold. No. Because people were much more concerned about the actual games they can play.

I know Nintendo and Microsoft's battle cry of revenge was sales figures announcements on a weekly basis this generation.

But why do the likes of you people enjoy sales figures more than actual games?

What has happened to you guys?

One of my all time favourite games did not sell very well compared to Final Fantasy or Mario Kart or Monster Hunter or Pokemon or Wii Sports. But it is a game of highest quality. Made by Enix , Squaresoft and Akira Toriyama. It was Chrono Trigger on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System.
rainslacker  +   657d ago

I appreciate the sympathy. Don't feel bad for me though. I love my Vita and play it daily. I'm sure I'll still be playing it daily in two years time. My backlog of games alone for the system would take me at least a year to complete, and I still have several games this year to purchase yet.

Try trolling better next time. You're terribly bad at it.
BattleAxe  +   657d ago
Christmas time is right around the corner, and with the new $199.00 price point, the PS Vita should do just fine. The only thing that bugs me is that we haven't heard of any new triple A first party titles coming from Sony for the Vita, beyond Tearaway and Killzone.

Killzone: Mercenary is the reason that I will buy a Vita, along with Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Assassin's Creed: Liberation, but outside of that, there isn't anything else that really interests me.

They seriously need some games from the following franchises that are built specifically for the Vita:

- Syphon Filter
- Gran Turismo
- Motorstorm
- God of War
- Grand Theft Auto
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gunboss201  +   657d ago
I'm pretty sure more people are hyped up for the PSVITA TV, good for those who are always a home Console Gamer. Plus it can multi-task to PS4 when needed.
3-4-5  +   657d ago
Perspective -

As of 2 weeks ago Vita didn't have any "system sellers" for me.

I played Disgaea: Afternoon of Darkness 4-5 days ago for the first time. My first Disgaea game.

Vita now has a "system Seller" for me, without having to have done anything.

I just became a fan of the series and now there is a game I would buy the Vita for.

Sony didn't add anything, I just simply allowed myself to give a game a shot, when I might not have otherwise done so.
AbortMission  +   657d ago
Its pretty much like this for most Vita games. You have to give the games a chance
gunboss201  +   657d ago
VITA has games, but only 1/2 of the 3DS list, nonetheless you have to be wise enough to choose games for VITA. I have 10 games and Counting for my VITA, I am actually looking forward to more!!
ABizzel1  +   657d ago
The reason is because they foolishly released the PS Vita 2000 right along with the Nintendo 2DS and Pokemon.

That was by far the dumbest thing to do. They should have released it in September when it was revealed, or at the end of October away from Pokemon and the 2DS.

Whoever, picked that date should be fired.
HurtfulTimez  +   657d ago
i still reckon the ps4 will kickstart the vita sales when released, why? - remote play ability for every ps4 game, i myself am waiting until the ps4 releases to get a vita
Kingthrash360  +   657d ago
thats luke warm news for vita! better than not selling or dissappointing sales. i wonder how psv tv will sell.
gaelic_laoch  +   657d ago
Only a Poltergeist could make PS Vitas fly off the shelves. Sales are fine, sure the Vita sales have been split up into unit colour for heavens sake!
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Shinobi100  +   657d ago
This is incredibly funny and fits the season. Good job bro!
The_Villager  +   657d ago
At this stage it seems sony has done everything it can to get the vita up and running but nothing has worked. I don't see sony ever releasing another handheld in the future.
Abriael  +   657d ago
One thing still didn't happen. The Vita TV. that one WILL fly off the shelves. Guaranteed.
360GamerFG  +   657d ago
For how long? Vita momentum never lasts. Ever! Even if there's a fire!
Abriael  +   657d ago
@360GamerFG: and you know how?
GameCents  +   657d ago
May I chime in? History favours my colourful friend in this instance.

Vita had amazing momentum leading up to its release and even launched with numbers very close to the 3DS...that didn't last however.
Then there was the price drop boom, that too tapered off.

I expect the same of Vita 2000. Vita TV is an enigma though.
Concertoine  +   657d ago
I think vita will be fine but definitely not because of the vita tv. I mean japan is so focused on handhelds, if the handheld isnt selling why would one pinned to a tv fare much better?
I know the pre orders sold out quick, but i doubt they had a bunch planned for the first print, and i doubt many people beyond collectors bought it.
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HighResHero  +   657d ago
They will hopefully try actually marketing the Vita correctly first. After the PS4 comes out which the Vita was designed to go along with.

Anyway I just bought one and I'm VERY happy!
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miyamoto  +   657d ago
I am gonna get the Vita version of Dragon's Crown so I can continue my PS3 version when I am out there on the bus ride to work so I can spend quality time with my family more when I am at home.

That is a change of play lifestyle that I know will serve me well. And it can only be done with a PS Vita connecting with my PS3 and soon PS Vita TV and the PS4.

That is real hardcore gaming with good time management.
miyamoto  +   657d ago
I don't see Nintendo ever releasing another home console in the future too.
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HighResHero  +   657d ago
That's a pretty good idea. I'm really happy about the Dragon's Crown cross play patch because I can play with my friend(and other PS3 users) now as well, even though I left my PS3 where I used to live. Hopefully we will see more support in the future for cross play and other nice features.
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MajorGecko  +   657d ago
the vita is only a failure if you only read articles about it you actually have to own one to know the devices full potential and how its a console in your hand. Also the graphics look just the same as xbox 360 with the nice OLED screen.
DestinyHeroDoomlord  +   657d ago
That made me laugh
MajorGecko  +   657d ago
why? do you have your vita on full brightness?
Neonridr  +   657d ago
And what about those people who buy the Vita 2000? They get a not so nice LCD screen instead..
TongkatAli  +   657d ago
The 3DS has a LCD screen and it sells very good. I don't think screen type matters in Japan. God Eater 2 will give it a spike in sales.
GrandTheftZamboni  +   656d ago
That's exactly what my xbot buddy said when he saw Uncharted on Vita.
dcj0524  +   657d ago
I'll wait for 3000. VERY dissapointed that they didn't keep OLED.1000 white vita you'll be around for a while.
DestinyHeroDoomlord  +   657d ago
That white vita looks divine
dcj0524  +   657d ago
Oh but is. Looks sexy when I'm on the city bus.
360GamerFG  +   657d ago
I read hear that the reason vitas sold less than 5k units in Japan last week was because everybody was waiting to buy the new vita with the downgraded screen.

This baffled me since they'd still be selling at the same price in spite of the quality difference but I shrugged off my logical way of thinking and didn't argue.

This news saddens me because I allowed my better judgement to be overthrown so easily and it turns out I was right.
Abriael  +   657d ago
Remember that the fact that it's not flying off the shelves doesn't mean it's not selling pretty well.

Last week the vita sold more or less 2000 units under its average.

You can bet your monthly wage that this week it's gonna sell way more than 2000 units above its average even if it's not selling like hotcakes.

So yeah. Last week it sold less because people were waiting for the new one. That's pretty iron clad.
Neonridr  +   657d ago
but selling an additional let's say 2000 units is hardly enough to justify that comment. 2000 units above last week could just end up being a regular week for the Vita, not a sales increase..
IcicleTrepan  +   657d ago
the new Vita just doesn't really feel like an upgrade at all. worse screen and they removed the 1080 scaler which wasn't going to be used so that's fine, but all they did was add 1 GB of internal memory which is really a joke these days. How generous of them :)

It's got an extra hour of battery life but it's at the expense of the nice OLED screen so it's not really very good. You can swap batteries but you need a screwdriver to remove 7 screws.

I was thinking I'd get an original Vita but maybe I'll just wait and see what the next version of Vita is. Maybe they'll figure out what people want by then.
Shinobi100  +   657d ago
What you say is true. Yet still, I do not own a Vita and I would buy one if the 2000 model was available in the States. The screen doesn't make a difference to me AT ALL, considering the key to screen clarity is Dots-per-Inch, and once you get past the PSPs 130 DPI it doesn't really make a difference. The extra hour of battery is HUGE considering recharging is my least fave part of owning a handheld. I also like the added internal memory which I'm sure I'll use for something xtremely useful
TongkatAli  +   657d ago
Yeah, that hot pink one looks good. What color would you buy ?
imXify  +   657d ago
I think there were Vita 2000 bundles. Where are they ?
GdaTyler  +   657d ago
Together with the games.
kratos_TheGoat  +   657d ago
how come new vita is not the same price of 3ds xl lol nintendo got sony in price department. with the vita price i rather save for a ps4
Shinobi100  +   657d ago
I JUST checked Amazon Japan Best-Sellers in video games and the PS Vita Final Fantasy X2 bundle is in 5th place, another Vita model is in 19th place, and the 64 gb card is in 22nd place. The momentum has just begun my friends
Hicken  +   657d ago
Oh, boy! One morning of sales that don't blow the barn doors open, and it's already a failed attempt!


I'm surprised nobody was proclaiming doom because it wasn't lighting up the charts in the first ten minutes.
Inception  +   657d ago
Oddly, it's nearly two years that i always heard some people claiming Sony will abandon Vita because it's already dead. But the Vita is still here.
Nabbic  +   657d ago
I don't understand, there's a photo of people queuing up in that article, and it looks pretty packed.
Either they were all there for a laugh, or it's not doing as bad as people are saying it is.
Funantic1  +   657d ago
Vita fail. Just give it up
SoulSercher620  +   657d ago
You fail as usual. You should leave this site or risk a perma ban.
WeAreLegion  +   657d ago
Love my Vita. Play it every day. I get at least one game for it every week. How could any real gamer not have/want one?
GdaTyler  +   657d ago
Because gamers don't appreciate quality hardware.
imXify  +   657d ago
After thinking about it I think it's simple. Nobody would buy a console bundled with nothing. They rather get one bundled with a game and memory card for the same price.
Skate-AK  +   657d ago
I play mine daily also. Been playing a lot of Rayman Orgins, with Earth Defence Force Portable and Hotline Miami next.
tubers  +   657d ago
"Real" portable gamers (that are closer to your definition) are niche.

Proof: Marketshare today.
LEOPARD1030  +   657d ago
Vita is a nice device.

The principal reason for the new Vita's design is because Sony wants reduce the manufacturing costs, not for increase the sales, for example the LCD screen is more cheap to produce.

The real catapult of the product will be Vita TV an interesting strategy.
thepatientgamer  +   657d ago
Hopped on the 3DS train first because of Ocarina of Time.
Hopping on the Vita second because of the lack of games, now remedied by the fantastic effort by Sony!

Software Sells Systems!
Nabbic  +   657d ago
I don't understand why the general consensus is that the 3DS has a huge amount of good games and the Vita does not. As someone who experienced both, I can safely say that the 3DS has a significantly larger amount of shovelware games... Just go on metacritic to see that the 3DS has three times the amount of poorly rated games in comparison to the Vita.
But while comparing metacritic, also note that the Vita has more "good" rated games than the 3DS, despite being a younger handheld.
The list also shows that the 3DS is guilty of ports, multiplats, remakes and shovelware... Yet everyone seems to think that the 3DS is this amazing handheld with 10,000 exclusives,

But that's not all. There are even images that show the best suggested games on the Vita, as well as upcoming releases.
Bearing in mind that Malicious Rebirth was recently added to the store and will probably be added to the list.

tl;dr = The facts show that the Vita has a larger amount of higher rated games.
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tiffac008  +   657d ago
I said this before. Vita sales will go down or remain flat until the Vita TV launches and its going to only launch in Japan this December. I mean would you buy a $199 handheld or a $100 micro-console that plays the same games?
TwilightSparkle  +   657d ago
man hope it does better soon cause the vita is great device and i want those rpgs that are still in japan. same goes for the wii u.
Misaka_x_Touma  +   657d ago
wow alot vita defenders lol

wont be getting one til post summer 2014
jspillen  +   657d ago

3 models in the top 50
One of which is number 4.

And a total of 6 models in the top 100 amazon items.

Doesn't Amazon sell, like, a lot of stuff.

Most companies would probably kill to have 6 items in the top 100. Without the writer's personal skew on this article, I'd say it's pretty damn impressive. But maybe Amazon in Japan only carries 103 items total.

The Vita is badass, I'm excited to see more people getting their hands on it.
The 2DS and Pokemon X and Y is GOING TO destroy the new Vita and the Vita's price drop

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