Sony can’t keep up with demand for the Vita in NA

The Vita is notable absent from store shelves and online sellers in North America, according to Polygon – especially the Borderlands 2 bundle, which only released in May.

A Sony spokesperson said the problem is increased demand, not diminished supply.

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Emanno1033d ago

Please Sony, don't give up on the Vita. It still has a lot of potential.

texag20111033d ago

It has nothing to do with keeping up demand. They're trying to get rid of current stock to try something else. Maybe new bundles. I honestly haven't seen Vitas on shelves at Gamestop for 2 months. It has 0 to do with demand. My buddy that works there said they never even get them in anymore.

iamnsuperman1033d ago (Edited 1033d ago )

It could be down to the Playstation TV launching soon. The Playstation TV is basically a vita but in a different shell. They are extremely similar. Sony may be struggling to keep up with the low demand of the Vita because they are focusing (or shifting their focus) on making the Vita form more profitable via Playstation TV (i.e. they are making more and more of these instead of Vitas because they believe that is where the demand is as the Vita, like you said, doesn't have a huge amount of demand)

harrisk9541033d ago

texag2011.... did you read the article. You ar wrong:

The Vita is notable absent from store shelves and online sellers in North America, according to Polygon – especially the Borderlands 2 bundle, which only released in May.

A Sony spokesperson said the problem is increased demand, not diminished supply.

“We’re seeing healthy consumer demand for PS Vita globally, particularly in markets like Japan,” the representative said.

“The U.S. launch of the slimmer and lighter PS Vita has generated strong interest among gamers, and we’re working to replenish supply here to ensure continued momentum leading into the holidays.”

kohlgamer1033d ago


Sigh... another person who thinks his local gamestop represents the entire country

SilentNegotiator1033d ago (Edited 1033d ago )

Vita has only sold like, 8-9M in 2 and a half years. There's no heavy demand for that thing; they must have an extremely tiny manufacturer making Vitas if they can't keep up with demand.

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choujij1032d ago

I bought one last week. Been meaning to for a while. Looks like others have done the same.

geddesmond1032d ago

LMAO. When people tell lies about this sort of crap they always start off with or finish with a buddy that works there told me. Lol. Who gives a crap anyway. The only thing vita is good for is remote play for the PS4. I know this because my buddy who OWNS ONE TOLD ME LOL.

ocelot071032d ago

Your local Gamestop = Rest of NA.

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kryteris1033d ago

but please get rid of the GUI.

Magicite1033d ago

I hope Vita does well, its by far most superior handheld ever released.

Half_Minute_Hero1032d ago

Well, gee, seeing as how the competition is a Nintendo DS, I'd sure hope so..

Monkeycan81032d ago

It needs a GTA game! they should Remake GTA 3, Vice City, San Andreas and the two 3D PSP games for the Vita and announce a New GTA game. I would buy one just for those.

Visiblemarc1032d ago

I love my Vita too.

Not saying "mobile" is without value, but for gaming I'll take my Vita and 3DS over a "mobile" device ANY day.

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iamnsuperman1033d ago

The other queried it while this got a response (sort of like a story within a story). If the other article doesn't update then this should be fine

Drithe1032d ago

OMG! Hurry! Sony is all out of PS4's and psp Vitas! The next shipment will not be enough. Buy then while you can!!

admiralvic1033d ago

What a surprise. A sensible and logical answer that has nothing to do with the doom / gloom people jump to.

Anyway, glad to see Vita interest is up. It's a great console thats really only held back by some peoples negativity and high memory card prices (thankfully they're not as bad as before).

JBSleek1033d ago

No this isn't logical and sensible. Sony is not having any issues with demand for Vita. Sony sold around 10,000 units in June. If anything this is forced shortage by Sony by simply not having many in stock.

PsychOff1033d ago

Actually I don't see why this can't be true, the borderlands 2 bundle was sold out everywhere and Sony already phased out the OLED models.

So if that is the case, even with poor sales in June this could be true. There were several reports of the borderlands bundle being sold out almost everywhere.

kingdom181033d ago

How is this not logical? They have a poor selling handheld, sales have picked up some, so there is a shortage of them, makes perfect sense to me.

DualWielding1033d ago

I think is simply a case that both Sony and retailers had very low expectations and had short stocks so what they are saying is technically correct the cause of the shortage is that demand exceeded expectations... what they fail to note is that expectations were very low to begin with

texag20111033d ago

Peoples attitudes are a result of their impression of the console. It isn't the person's flat for having a negative attitude, it is caused by something that they're not pleased with about the system. Plus It goes way beyond high memory card prices. The games people expected to be hits are sloppy & unpolished. The only quality games are targeted to niche markets. I know everyone Bashes Call of Duty but if Declassified would have been successful it would have boosted system sales tremendously. Same goes with Resistance & Killzone. I blame a lot of it on the poor controls.

MotherLight1033d ago (Edited 1033d ago )

Sloppy and unpolished? Was Uncharted Unpolished? What about Sly Cooper? Tearaway? Killzone? Gravity Rush? Soul Sacrifice? Freedom Wars? DBZ: Battle of Z (people may not like the game but it wasn't broken or unpolished)? Ragnarok Odyssey? Blaz Blue? Dead or Alive 5? Street Fighter x Tekken? Need for Speed Most Wanted? Dynasty Warriors? Ninja Gaiden? Dragon's Crown? MLB? Moto GP? Sonic Racing? Hot Shots Golf? Virtua Tennis 4?

I really could go on but no point really, no matter how many awesome games that were very polished on the Vita I list, it won't make a difference here and people call this a Sony site lol.

Poor controls? What? I can't even respond to something like that, the controls are great given it is a handheld.

Sadly Declassified sold pretty damn well also like 500k, even though it was a terrible game, pathetically it sold more than much more deserving Vita games.

Meh I don't know why I bother.

texag20111033d ago (Edited 1033d ago )

You're the problem with this site don't get so angry bro. You need to learn to think critically of all systems & games.

First of all Uncharted was well done & I have praised it on multiple occasions. It was the only Well done Mass appealing Vita game that was released. If you would have read my post before blowing your top you'd realize that I note games like Tearaway, Gravity Rush, Freedom Wars, Plus nearly everything else you mentioned are Niche games. If Sony wants to sell this thing they need to appeal to a wider audience. It takes time, a good studio, & a lot of money to produce a proper title. They need a quality multiplayer shooter to get serious FPS gamers on board. They need also proper RPG (Not JRPG) like Diablo or Skyrim.

And you can't say that the controls offer anything close to a console experience. The sticks are awful & tiny. They do not click in. & the system is missing 2 shoulder buttons. I'd love to go 1 on 1 with you in Battlefield. You stream on your Vita & I'll use my DS4 controller lets see who has the advantage.

If you, & every other fanboy, could set aside your stubbornness for a while & say something critical about the Vita maybe Sony will catch on to what they need to improve. I have a Vita & it is a quality system but It cannot deliver a console experience & it does not have the types of quality games they need for more people to hop on board.

MotherLight1033d ago (Edited 1033d ago )

Umm the controls aren't supposed to be equal to a console, once again do I have to remind you that the PS Vita is a handheld and not a console which many people seem to get confused.

Honestly what is so hard to understand about that?

Yes nearly everything I listed are niche games, okay /s. If you say so, I think it is you who isn't doing the proper reading.

Please don't PM me with further crap either. I really didn't blow my top at all, I responded to you and just chuckled at the fact everyone calls this a Sony site yet so many people here hate on the Vita for illegitimate reasons.

Obviously you blew your top if you had to PM me, that is a clear sign of a blown top on N4G.

I am not saying the system couldn't have better support or it doesn't have its problems but you said the only quality games the Vita have are aimed at niche markets which isn't true. Plain and simple.

Many of those games appeal to a large market of gamers and sell very well on consoles, they just didn't sell well on the Vita.

zerog1032d ago

The cod bundle was the 1st vita i got and i thought it was pretty solid. I only play multiplayer on cod and had a lot of fun with it. I bought assassins creed for it when it came out and little big planet and have enjoyed all 3. I got a 2nd vita a couple months late because i have 2 kids and the free games with plus has kept them both happy as well. The controles imo are the best any handheld has ever had and i've own or at least played on all of them. Its a great hand held it justdoesn't get the recognition it deserves.

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jnemesh1033d ago

I am glad to see it selling so well! I think the remote play and cross play features with the PS4 are the "killer app" that will drive adoption. Personally, I am looking forward to more games supporting the 2nd screen functionality!

iamnsuperman1033d ago (Edited 1033d ago )

I don't think it will be. I think people will still be put of getting it since it doesn't do much apart from gaming. If Sony can somehow make remote play work on their own (needs to be their own) mobile and tablet products I can see those product shooting up in popularity because they have that everyday functionality as well.

They have kind of laid the groundwork with remote play working for all games and that you can connect a DS3 to a Sony device (mobile and tablet). It is just that next step (if it is possible). It would sell more PS4s as well. One of the reasons I want the Vita to fail (I have one by the way) because I think it could give Sony a good kick up the arse to look into such a venture (at the moment the Vita is holding this idea back because Sony wants it to sell)

JBSleek1033d ago

If the PS4 is Vita's killer app Sony already lost the dedicated handheld battle.

DEATHxTHExKIDx1033d ago

Relying on a another console's feature should NEVER be it's killer app. Vita needs to stand on its own.