PSP outsells PS Vita in Japan
The PS Vita has been available in Japan since December 17, but in only its second week on sale, Sony’s previous generation handheld, the PSP, is outselling it. Not only that, but the 3DS, Wii, and PS3 also sold more units in the run up to Christmas.
A drop off in sales the weekend of Christmas is only natural, but it’s the size of the drop that may have Sony a little bit worried. Where as the launch weekend saw the PS Vita shift 324,859 units, between December 19-25 it only sold 72,479–that’s lower than the 101,121 units the PSP sold for the same period. As a sales drop off comparison, the 3DS shifted 482,200 units during the PS Vita launch week and then only dropped to 357,691 sales last week.
The reason for the huge drop? Most likely a combination of price and a lack of new games. The PS Vita is the most expensive of the four handhelds on the market right now (3DS, PSP, DS and Vita) with only the more hardcore/early adopter crowd willing to pay for the new hardware. Sony’s new device also didn’t see any new games released post launch, which helps to explain why no PS Vita games featured in the top 20 last week, either.
It’s unlikely this situation will stay the same for long. Nintendo had a similar slump following the release of the 3DS due to a lack of new titles. However, now that games such as Mario Kart 7, Super Mario 3D Land, and Monster Hunter 3G have launched, hardware sales are way up. The PS Vita needs a similar rush of popular games, with Final Fantasy, Metal Gear Solid, and Monster Hunter game releases needed. Hopefully they will all arrive next year.
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