Failing to hit the opening week heights of its predecessor the Sony PSP, the newly launched PS Vita has seen sales fall behind those of the 3DS
Following last week’s official UK arrival, new figures have shown the Sony PS Vita has got off to a disappointing start selling a little over half the number of units the Nintendo 3DS achieved in its opening week on sale.
Citing “unnamed industry sources,” gaming blog Pocket Gamer has suggested that as well as achieving “just over half” of the 89,000 unit sales recorded by last year’s Nintendo 3DS UK release, the newly available PS Vita could only manage “around on quarter” of the 185,000 PSP sales recorded by its predecessor during its opening week in 2005.
"It's disappointing, sure, but we all saw it coming,” the industry insider is claimed to have said. "Realistically, I think a lot of people can see it's technically a great system, but people just don't have the cash to shell out for the same game twice. A lot will be waiting for a true system seller before taking the plunge, or, more likely, be happier continuing to pay 69p for dozens of mobile games. The market has changed."
Last week industry analysts suggested the latest-generation portable gamer could rack up a hefty 12.4m units sale globally by the end of the year, but only if the console’s lofty price tag is slashed.
Usually priced £229.99 for the Wi-Fi only model or £279.99 for the Wi-Fi + 3G iteration, the Sony PS Vita saw its price cut ahead of its official UK arrival with supermarket chain Asda offering the Wi-Fi only device for £197.
One of the most eagerly awaited gadgets of the year the Sony PS Vita reportedly dominated Amazon’s pre-order charts ahead of launch with the console hitting the online retailer with a £209.99 price tag.
“14 of the top 20 positions in our video games pre-order chart are held by the PlayStation Vita console, games and accessories, which clearly illustrates the level of excitement that we are seeing around the product,” said Liz Hosmer, manager of video games at Amazon.co.uk Ltd. “The release of a console is always big news and the buzz created around the new technology and enhanced gameplay has ensured that the PlayStation Vita is a bestseller in our charts before it has even been released.”
Featuring a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 processor the Sony PlayStation Vita boasts an impressive 5-inch OLED touchscreen display with front and rear mounted cameras joined by the usual array of PlayStation certified controls and a touch sensitive back plate for added command input options.
With the 940 x 554p resolution display helping pump out visually rich and impressive graphics, the Vita is the first next-gen high-end portable games console with Sony set to face stiff competition from the recent influx of impressive app-based smartphone gaming titles.
The Sony PS Vita is available in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G forms with the latter allowing for improved portable gaming options as well as web browsing and social networking.