PS Vita Not Doing So Well In Japan

November 24, 2012

Its almost a year since the PS Vita was released in Japan and it seems to be struggling there, that with the recent Junk Status given to Sony, doesn’t post a great future out look for the company, here are a couple of quotes from the source:

The performance of Vita in Japan has been nothing short of atrocious on so many levels. On week ending November 11, the unit volume in Japan was a shocking 4’021. The eight years old PSP sold 12’000 units during the same week. This is a rare example of a new console failing to dislodge the old one even after one year on the market.

Nintendo’s 3DS continued its rampage, moving 186’000 units during the week – 46 times more than its handheld rival. PS Vita has probably already edged into the dead zone where developers start yanking support for stand-alone projects.

The inability of delivering a strong sales rebound during a major launch is a death knell for a video game console – and this is what Vita has demonstrated all through the autumn. For example, in October, Vita was the launch pad for a relatively big launch of “The Legend of Heroes”. The game sold 21’000 units during its debut week – Vita sales bounced to 15’000 units and then dropped back to 6’000 weekly pace in just two weeks later. It looks identical to the impact that Assassin’s Creed III is now having on Vita – negligible.

Sony’s credit rating was lowered to Junk level this week. The PS3 is aging badly and the PS Vita is about to be knocked out of the portable console market. Nintendo’s portable gaming empire is facing a potentially lethal long-term threat from mobile apps. Apple‘s iPad application market is getting more and more sophisticated game titles, as ambitious games like “The Room” and “Clash of Clans” edge towards console game quality. Google has finally started solving its app market problems and Android app revenue is soaring.

But for now, it can feast on Sony’s corpse and hoover in consumer dollars that it had to split with PSP just two years ago.

Read the full story at the source:
Sony’s Portable Console Dying Ugly in Japan

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