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Friday, 30 December 2011 12:48

Playstation Vita tanks

Written by Nick Farell

Sales fall

It looks like Sony's Playstation Vita has not recovered from the news that it had problems.

Sony quickly moved to fix the technical issues of the PlayStation Vita, but it seems that sales of the device have fallen dramatically. Sales of the PlayStation Vita have fallen by nearly 80 percent during the week that ended on December 25. According to tracking outfit Media Create Sony flogged 325,000 Vita units on December 17 and 18, but only sold about 10,000 units a day during the following week.

Sales of the PlayStation Portable beat sales of the PlayStation Vita by approximately 25,000 units. Nintendo's 3DS sold half a million units in the same week. While analysts say that smartphones and tablets are killing off the Vita it does not explain why the others are doing ok.

Possibly because it costs shedloads? The Wi-Fi model of the PlayStation Vita costs about $320 and the 3G/Wi-Fi model costs approximately $385 in Japan. Vita also requires the purchase of a Sony memory card that starts at $20 for the 4GB size and ranges up to $100 for the 32GB card. Sony is also planning on selling a $40 “starter kit” that includes a 4GB memory card, screen cover, card case, cleaning cloth, headphones and carry pouch.

Meanwhile the Nintendo 3DS is cheaper.

Nick Farell

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+1 #1 Silentwalker 2011-12-30 13:12
I saw an add on tv about a ps vita being $149. I was like NO WAI I'M GOING TO BUY THIS RIGHT NOW! unfortunatly it was a mistake and it was taken off within like 10 seconds. Anyway, I would still deff buy one if they were $100 cheeper and didn't require there sony branded sd cards... much rather buy my own for a fraction of the cost.
0 #2 godrilla 2011-12-30 13:44
Japan against the whole world's market?

the ps vita launching 2/21/2012 in USA
comparing products that are in all markets vs one in only that launched in japan?

am i missing something here?

this is just too funny what did they expect?
+1 #3 Robbie86 2011-12-31 13:54
Dint Sony learn that majority of people still prefer physical media when it come to things like system games with the PSP Go simply because they get bored of the games and want to trade them in. Its also a bit pricy, and the people upgrading from the PSP having to repurchase games, even if discounted is also a big deterrent.
+1 #4 123s 2012-01-01 06:12
Memory sticks that use own format is a big turn off for me, together with size and battery. With all that downs its just not worth the price for me, though 300 bucks is pretty fair for the hardware inside.

Srsly, buying new memory cards for every damn device ? They be trippin.
0 #5 Fud_u 2012-01-01 07:58
I'm not too sure about this Vita thing either. I love my PSP (Own all generation) and all, but my Honeycomb tablet got some seriously fun game to play so I don't think it's necessarily to buy a Vita. I'll wait till the Vita game library get bigger.

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