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EU Console Sales - PS3 Doing Well, Vita Doing Badly

It only does Europe.

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.

Source: MCV and NeoGAF

  1. freezebug2
    Since: Dec 2008

    A brand new GTA game bundled with the PS Vita Wi-Fi for a pre-£180 price tag would be a tonic for the new handheld, and breathe a lot of life into it.
    This is just an example of what I think they could/should do with the console next by moving forward and not stagnate wondering what to do next.
    Killer titles bundled with the Vita at a price that even the most steadfast would waver!
    So basically as most others have said….a price drop with must have titles, attractively bundled ;)

    Comment posted on 28/04/2012 at 09:58.
  2. Rocket_345
    Since: May 2010

    Price drop and some killer titles like Gran Turismo, Assassin’s Creed, COD, GTA, Killzone.
    Infact if Capcom port over Resi Revelations and include the Merceneries game mode with it then there’s a winner. Why hasn’t there been a Tiger Woods or Madden announced for it yet. Why no big RPG announced yet ?
    Port some PSN games over with the one purchase both consoles thing. Dead Nation, Joe Danger, Pixeljunk.
    Get some cheap games ala app store to put on there and sort out the PS1 games.
    Simple things like this will help the console sell better.

    Comment posted on 28/04/2012 at 22:32.
    • freezebug2
      Since: Dec 2008

      Another thing that I think is dissuading people with the pricing is a comparison to PS3 console prices….although it’s irrelevant in terms of tech and value, peoples mentality will always compare the two.
      I think it hurts the Vita to have is bigger brother at a lower price, and addressing that issue would help….you’ll never convince people that the Vita should cost more than a PS3, even though it probably should!

      Comment posted on 29/04/2012 at 09:51.
  3. jikomanzoku
    Since: Jan 2010

    Problem is that unless Sony shift units and raise the public awareness of the Vita, 3rd party support will drop off faster than a lepers todger – and nobody wants that.

    Comment posted on 30/04/2012 at 14:52.

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