It gets worse for the PlayStation Vita. According to Media Create, the console has sold just 4,021 units in the last week, considerably down from the previous worst week of sales, as reported earlier, here. 6,000 was bad, and hardly inspiring. 4,000 is getting to the stage where Sony really, really need to do something. And quick – that’s less than 2% of all hardware shifted.[drop2]Some perspective? The 3DS (combined figures between the XL and the regular 3DS) is 186,000. Obviously boosted by the release of the evergreen Animal Crossing, but still – the turnaround for Nintendo’s console is currently just about astounding.
The PS3 sold 18,000 units, the PSP 12,000, still three times that of the Vita. Even the Xbox 360, which has long since been considered something of an abject failure in Japan, managed just under 3,000 units.
In addition, there’s not a single PS Vita title in the software top 20. Animal Crossing moved 600,000 copies in its first week, Halo 4 nearly 40,000. It’s reasonable to assume that the Vita needs Japan-centric titles to kickstart any sales, and although the perception is that the situation isn’t nearly as dramatic here in Europe for Sony, titles like Call of Duty aren’t likely to really boost Eastern sales.