The Sony PlayStation Vita has only launched in Japan thus far. It started off well there, selling approximately 325,000 in its first 48 hours. However, sales plummeted to just 72,000 in its second week, painting a grim future for the technologically impressive handheld.
Sony’s PlayStation Vita won’t launch in the UK until 22 February, but if early Japanese sales are anything to go by, it could be heading for an emergency price-cut before too long. Units sold dropped massively in just the second week on sale, the Vita being outsold by its predecessor the PSP, 101,000 to 72,000. Japan has traditionally been a market open to Sony’s portable units too, suggesting the handheld faces even more serious trouble once it launches in the US and Europe.
The Vita sold an estimated 72,000 units between 19 and 25 December, while the Nintendo 3DS shifted 482,000 in the same period. We have not read of any supply issues that could account for this poor figure in what should be a lucrative time of the year. If sales continue along this trajectory, the Vita is in big trouble. We’ll admit it, though, we still want one.
The PlayStation Vita follows a similar path to its predecessor. It’s far more powerful than the Nintendo 3DS or any current smartphone, with a quad-core processor, quad-core GPU and 5in touchscreen. Packing in so much power also ensures that it can only be so competitive in its pricing, though. Getting such grunt for £229, the handheld’s RRP, is a great deal, but it may not seem so to buyers who see that it costs more than either the Sony PlayStation 3 or Xbox 360.