People with a much better grasp of these things than I, have been poring over the sales figures for consoles. MCV notes that the PS3 is leading Europe for the year after figures from the Nintendo financials disclosed that the console has sold between 50,000 and 100,000 units per week in 2012. The 3DS is in second place with sales “between 50,000 and 30,000” per week while the Xbox 360 is in third.
Of course, the 360 is still some distance ahead in US sales. A thread over on NeoGAF has collected certain sales information (such as it is) and worked out that Microsoft’s console is still selling significantly more units in the US than anything else.
That thread also notes the poor Vita performance in all territories. In Japan, it’s selling fewer units than the PSP (200,000 compared with 270,000). In Europe, it’s doing slightly better, with the launch week falling in this calendar year. The Vita has sold 380,000 here compared with 350,000 PSP sales. In the US, though, the Vita is performing much better than the PSP, outselling it by 430,000 units to just 90,000 PSPs. Nintendo’s cheaper 3DS outsells the Vita by some margin in all regions.
As we noted earlier this week, the Vita needs some new life breathed into it or it seems in danger of slipping further behind and becoming forgotten altogether. Perhaps we’ll see some exciting new games for it at E3 – maybe even a Call of Duty reveal? That would surely give it a bit of a boost.