According to Chart-Track data, the PS Vita – in the UK at least – is tracking at just under a third of what the PSP achieved after the first ten weeks.
Sony’s fancy new ‘console in your pocket’ system has moved just 100,000 units, although that’s not official, with Pocket Gamer citing a ‘well-placed industry source’.
Regardless, the official figures aren’t hard to approximate, with Chart-Track’s business group direction Dorian Bloch saying that the PSP had sold three and a half times as many as the Vita in the same launch period.
Despite a fantastic launch line-up, the Vita has always struggled a little, but high hardware costs and some silly game prices have put people off. Sony will be hoping that first party titles like Resistance and Gravity Rush bring some stimulus to sales.
The price of mobile gaming – regardless of the perception of console-esque titles – has changed considerably since the PSP first released, with most iPhone and iPad games releasing at around 10% the price of Vita titles.
We’d be tempted to think it’s third party games that are key – Activision’s Call of Duty should hopefully push some interest.