Submitted by tiffac008 1339d ago | news

Sony on Vita sales: "we do not think we have any problems"

Eurogamer: Sony reckons PlayStation Vita got off to "a good start" in Japan, and doesn't foresee "any problems" selling the handheld in February. (PS Vita, Sony)

Half-Mafia  +   1339d ago
What do you think the Vita will sell in its first month for the west. 1m ?

3DS sold 1.3m in its first month in the western markets (japanese market not included)
one2thr  +   1339d ago
It'll do great seeing that its the only dedicated handheld gaming competition for a nintendo handheld gaming console. But then again I'm hearing some idiots actually tell people "That the Vita is useless, because its made for downloadable games only..." And seeing that some "people" as a whole are idiots, they'll actually listen to that nonsense... But yeah the Vita is going to sell like hot cakes, especially within the hardcore gaming community...
RustedMan  +   1339d ago
in this economy? really?
SoapShoes  +   1339d ago
^iPads sell like crazy and they are gimped and just a novelty compared to a laptop. In this economy, I see it doing just fine.
one2thr  +   1339d ago
What exactly do you mean by "In his economy"...?
Im a full time college student, that doesn't live with his parents, and have a great custom built pc, ps3, a good tv, didn't accept any student loans, pay bills my phone bill alone is 80 bucks and all that gotten paid off with the money I get from working as a dish washer.... Yeah a dish washer.... Hell I'm on my school shuttle bus right now deciding whether or not should I eat my 5 dollar foot long without it falling out of my hands, because of this bumpy ride....
I guess what it boils down to, is that some people gotta learn how to spend there money wisely ans invest in something....
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SIX  +   1338d ago
Some f&uck t@rd worker at FutureShop was telling me the same thing today. That there is no physical media. He went on to say that's it's going to fail hard like the psp Go because it's the same thing with more features. I sometimes wonder if it Sony's fault for not making it clearer to retailers. I guess they dont see a spin tray on a sony product and assume it's digital only. Blah! I hate people sometimes.
Game4life  +   1339d ago
It has the softwarew to push it right now unlike japan where there are few titles that will push it. Tales pushed a few unites but not a huge increase or anything. I think later in the year the sales will be up once more japanese games come out for it.
ShoryukenII  +   1339d ago
I think Sony knows that and that is why they think they are off to a good start. They don't appear to have much focus on Japan at the moment. Maybe they think that they can get Japan easily (they already have them with PSP), they want to focus on the west. Their launch lineup shows that.

All they need to take back Japan is to make the Playstation Vita backwards compatible, and release a lot of RPGs and Monster Hunter. They should sell much better here. They just need to advertise a lot more.
GraveLord  +   1339d ago
If the 3DS really did sell 1.3mil then I expect Vita to sell between 500-850k in the first month.
one2thr  +   1339d ago
damn double posted :(
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Mikhail  +   1339d ago
Well, the 3ds does not have any competition at launch. So, I expext fewer number than 1.3 million. I could be wrong of course since no one can predict what will happen next month. I am in Asia so I wonder if Sony is advertising the vita in EU and the US

I dont count tablets and smartphones as direct competitors.
RatchetandClank  +   1339d ago
The Vita comes out in 19 days over here and I havent seen one official advertisement. Sony needs to hurry up if they want people to know about the Vita.
WrAiTh Sp3cTr3  +   1339d ago
They have a Taco Bell commercial for a free one I've seen a few times.
tehpees3  +   1339d ago
Actually I wouldn't agree with that. In the Western market it clashed with Pokemon releasing around then so it did have competition. Here in Europe Black and White came out literally 1 week before 3DS did. Given the type of sellers those are thats some serious competition. Its arguable that had Nintendo launched these on 3DS it would have done much better than it had.
smashcrashbash  +   1339d ago
Now that games like Ragnarok Odyssey, Gravity Daze and Disgaea coming out and with a MH game in the works, sales should pick up soon.
Acquiescence  +   1339d ago
UK gamers, heads up...
If you didn't know already, there's a bundle offer available at Amazon UK that gives you a free 8GB memory card and selected game for £15 if you pre-order the Vita now. That's round about £236 total for a Wi-Fi model, 8GB card and game.


Frankly, this is a great deal, and actually convinced me into putting my order in. Remember, you don't HAVE to get a game if there's nothing there that appeals to you.
jthamind  +   1339d ago
wow. i'm not even in the UK, but that makes me want to go to amazon.co.uk right now and pre-order that. lol.
Waddy101  +   1339d ago
Do Amazon Deliver on Release date though? I'm considering not ordering from there because i've heard that they ship it on release date rather than Deliver.

Edit: Doesn't matter, when you go through to Check-out it clarifys that you will get it on the Release Date. I'm cancelling my order at GAME and ordering from Amazon now.
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user3903999  +   1339d ago
I don't know why people think the Vita will outsell the 3DS.
The Vita is made for real gamers, and real gamers is the minority.

The 3DS is marketed for casual, kids and soccer mom, and they out number the core gamer.

Real gamer will flock to the PS Vita because of all the hardcore games.
Kids and casuals will flock to the 3DS because of all the cartoony kids games.
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jthamind  +   1339d ago
"real gamers?" you do realize games are ultimately played because they're entertaining, right? a kid playing Mario on a 3DS is no less "real" than somebody playing Starcraft on a high end PC or Dark Souls on the PS3 or 360. all of them are playing games and having fun.
TheTwelve  +   1339d ago
Yeah I think the better term is "casual" gamers vs "hard core" gamers.

Casual gamers are certainly "real" but I don't have much in common with the gaming interests of most girls, soccer moms and most old people (demographics that Nintendo loves to cater to), with rare exceptions in either direction.

Wintersun616  +   1339d ago
I consider myself a real "hardcore" gamer and I would be glad to grab a 3DS if Vita wouldn't be coming out or if I could afford both.

I can see the point behind your post, but everybody knows that things are not so black and white. There will be casuals who buy a Vita and there are hardcore gamers who have or will buy a 3DS.

You can't rule out any possible outcome at this point. The scales could tip on either handheld or it could be a pretty close match in sales much like with Xbox 360 and PS3.
rexbolt  +   1339d ago
really? last tie i checked both 3ds and vita are hrdcore gameing devices. Both play main focuses are gameing and 3ds is filled with prety much only hard core games or games that are hardcore and none hard core at the same time. same with the vita cus im sure they will be my little pony on the vita and 3ds so lets stop calling the 3ds casul gameing device and a vita hardcore.
moparful99  +   1339d ago
Im sorry but nintendo's track record is very casual friendly.. Cooking mama, nintedogs, barbie whatever etc... Granted nothing much like that has released on the 3ds YET but its only been out a year.. It will happen and the uber casual title will outnumber the more hardcore offerings like kid icarus, metal gear 3d, resident evil revalations, and super mario 3d land by a large margin... People aren't labeling the 3ds as a casual device out of spite or ill will thats just the way it is.. Try not to get so defensive.. BTW im half tempted to pick up a 3ds because of the metal gear bundle and games like RE:revelations kid icarus and super mario 3d... Im Def. getting a vita though :)
CaptainN  +   1338d ago
Your so dillusional....the 3DS is for kids and soccer moms??? Monster Hunter Tri G,Monster Hunter 4, Metal Gear Solid 3, Resident Evil Revelations, Kingdom Hearts 3D, Heros of Ruin, Tales of the Abyss, Kid Icarus would all like to introduce you to a core gamer system. I don't think any soccer moms will be buying those games and they are not focused for little kids either. The 3DS is doing well because its doing the exact opposite. It isn't just focusing on kids or moms. It has plenty of core games being made plus it can still cater to the casuals. It is truly backwards compatible unlike Vita which only has a DL service. Its cheaper that the Vita, it comes with a memory card in the box unlike Vita(excluding any other online deals) and it has pretty much every feature Vita has minus the back touch screen. The Vita is a portable PS3 which for most gamers isn't a logical thing to buy. If you want Uncharted which would you rather have the PS3 version or Vita. Why spend $250 on a Vita when you can take the same money and buy a PS3 or even and Xbox or Wii. It makes no sense because portable games are supposed to be different. They are ment to be grab and go...played for short burst at a time. Not clones of home console games.The PSP failed in that respect because there wasn't anything major on it you couldn't find on PS2. Even if it sold 70 million most people didn't even buy games for it they DL them. And we won't even talk about the UMD movies that flopped. The Vita needs to be different then the PS3 or it will follow the same path as PSP. And the chances of it becoming market leader are very slim at the moment, anything can happen,but its very unlikely it will topple the 3DS. Nintendo won't just go away that easily.But everyone is entitled to their own opinions and we will see in a couple of weeks how it fairs for its American and Euro launchs. But, don't expect huge numbers after the first week. Once all the fanboys get one week one, I doubt there will be continued fanfare for a while.
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John Kratos  +   1339d ago
Well I do believe they are making money off of each unit sold so that probably helps them a bit. But I will say that maybe their internal projections for the initial sales were way lower than we think, seeing as how they probably watched how the 3DS stumbled out of the gate and based some of their projections off of that.

All I know is I can't wait to get mine on the 22nd.
SandwichHammock  +   1339d ago
I'm still waiting for some more clarification on certain things before I get me a PSV. As for sales here, I predict it will move .5m in first month.

For anyone that imported one, what is the "made in *****" say? Thank you in advance.
Waddy101  +   1339d ago
It says Made in Japan
PhatsoJuggalo806  +   1339d ago
Super Bowl commercial?
Come on Sony, that's perfect timing!
Game4life  +   1339d ago
Well the marketing started in late january so it is entirely feasible that they have a few ads run during the superbowl
BX81  +   1339d ago
Sales will be horrible till they let me buy one. Just sell me the damn thing already. lol
MakiManPR  +   1339d ago
Count on me SONY!
dcortz2027  +   1339d ago
And me!
TBM  +   1339d ago
Mine is paid in full just gotta decide which size memory card to buy. man this works out perfect i have two paychecks before it releases.
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enkeixpress  +   1339d ago
Of course they'd say that.. It's still obviously far too early for concrete stats on how well Vita is selling in teh world.
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SilentNegotiator  +   1339d ago
The only reason it hasn't sold much yet is because it's only out in Japan and it doesn't even have a Monster Hunter game yet.
HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1339d ago
not seen one advertisement here in the UK.
Just alot of FFXIII-2 for xbox 360 commercials....doesnt even
advertise it for the PS3 >_>
Slient Knight 9  +   1339d ago
The only advertisement i know of is the PS Vita rooms which have been around the UK , then there's some game/gamestations shops who have a PS Vita in store for you to try which is good.

Also theres some competition to win PS Vita with coke zero on the sun newspaper website, but haven't seen any tv ads though.
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HarryMasonHerpderp  +   1339d ago
yeh i heard about the vita rooms,still dont think its enough though.They need to get it on the TV during peak times and advertise the games and tech so people understand the difference between the vita and PSP and realise how sweet it looks!
Slient Knight 9  +   1339d ago

True tv is the key to get your product noticed as you said have ads during peak times, i never understood why sony didn't have ps3 ads during champions league matches millions of people watch them.

But i did see afew tv ads around xmas last year for uncharted3, fifa 12 and battlefield 3 which is good sign that Sony can do tv ads, they just need to keep them going.
Bundi  +   1339d ago
The same people that said PSP Go is selling to expectations only to discontinue it 2 years later? Sure.
JoeReno  +   1339d ago
I try not to make a habbit of troll feeding, but seriously most people can agree that PSP GO was a test for downloadable games. I'm sure Sony looked at the information on the game sales thru the PSN. With that in mind came up with how Vita will work and how DL games will be slightly cheaper compared to retail copys. Did it meet Sonys sales goals, probably. More important it gave Sony information on how to gamers feel about DL vs boxed games.

Psp Go was never meant to send shockwaves through the industry.
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GribbleGrunger  +   1339d ago
i absolutely agree. the PSPgo was just a testing ground for the Vita.
Noticeably_FAT  +   1339d ago
I know this is "Sony Land" but the facts are the facts. The Vita sold less then the 3DS did at launch and people said that launch was a disaster.

It's a terrible economy, a handheld gaming system just isn't going to be on the average persons list, especially if your lacking the Nintendo recognition. I mean everyone knows Mario, Zelda ect...

I just think $250 for a handheld, plus tax, which would make it $268 here in Florida, plus a game and a memory unit, you are looking at $350 or more easily.

That's a lot of scratch. Heck, I wouldn't doubt that the Wii U launches for under that price later this year.

Sony is losing money in a big, big way right now.
PamPoovey  +   1339d ago
How is this "Sony Land"...because people call BS on MS and their apparent focus on the core community when in reality they don't give a crap about us....thats not being fanboyish it's accepting the truth and not being a blind sheep. Thats why it may come across a little "pro Sony" on here because Sonys interest are us, the core gamers, it would be spiteful and selfish of us if we didn't at least acknowledge that.

Besides I've seen mpre people on here bubbled down for speaking the truth then the people who actually do troll and speak crap about the PS3, PSV or Sony in general.

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