PS Vita Sales Slump After Release Date in Japan

PlayStation Vita Release DateSony’s PlayStation Vita dropped in sales during the week of December 25, 2011 from the initial two days after the December 17, 2011 PS Vita release date in Japan. Selling 72,479 PS Vita handheld game consoles during the week of December 25, 2011 compared to selling 324,859 units in just two days after they hit store shelves in Japan.

The Nintendo 3DS sold better during the first two weeks even though it didn’t sell as many the second week either. Selling roughly around 370,000 the first week to 210,000 units the next. With that said, Nintendo 3DS had a price cut from $250 to $170 in July and since then, the sales have been holding strong. Media Create, who tracks the video games industry in Japan, reports that over 480,000 Nintendo 3DS units were sold in Japan last week.

Sony has refused to lower the PS Vita price and the consumer product chief, Kazuo Hirai said in August after the Nintendo 3DS price cut, “There’s no need to lower the price just because somebody else that happens to be in the video game industry decided they were going to.”

The PS Vita has a 5-inch display using OLED, or organic light-emitting diode, multi-touch capacitive touchscreen. The PS Vita has dual analogue sticks, motion sensors and a rear touch pad to enable multiple control possibilities. It will also support Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and optional 3G. Internally, the Vita features a 4 core ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore processor and a 4 core SGX543MP4+ graphics processing unit, as well as LiveArea software as its main user interface.

The Playstation Vita was released in Japan and parts of Asia on December 17, 2011 and is expected to be released in Europe, Australia, and North America (United States) on February 22, 2012.

PS Vita Games:
Escape Plan (PSN Only)
Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational
Hustle Kings (PSN Only)
Little Deviants
ModNation Racers: Road Trip
Super StarDust Delta (PSN only)
UNCHARTED: Golden Abyss
wipEout 2048
Army Corps of Hell (Square Enix, Inc.)
Asphalt Injection (Ubisoft, Inc.)
BEN10 GALACTIC RACING (D3 Publisher of America)
Blazblue: Continuum Shift EXTEND (Aksys Games Localization, Inc.)
Dungeon Hunter Alliance (Ubisoft, Inc.)
Dynasty Warriors Next (Tecmo Koei America Corporation)
F1 2011 (Codemasters)
EA SPORTS FIFA Soccer (Electronic Arts, Inc.)
Lumines Electronic Symphony (Ubisoft, Inc.)
Michael Jackson The Experience (Ubisoft, Inc.)
Plants vs. Zombies (PSN Only, Sony Online Entertainment LLC)
Rayman Origins (Ubisoft, Inc.)
Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen (Namco Bandai Games America Inc.)
Tales of Space: Mutant Blobs (PSN Only, Drinkbox Studios)
Touch My Katamari (Namco Bandai Games America Inc.)
Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3 (Capcom Entertainment, Inc.)
Virtua Tennis 4: World Tour Edition (Sega of America)
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 (Warner Bros. Interactive Ent. Inc.)
Disgaea 3: Absence of Detention (NIS America, Inc.)
NINJA GAIDEN ∑ PLUS (Tecmo Koei America Corporation)
Ridge Racer (Namco Bandai Games America Inc.)
Silent Hill Book of Memories (Konami Digital Ent. America, Inc.)
Supremacy MMA: Unrestricted (505 Games)

PS Vita accessories:
4 GB Memory Card – $19.99
8 GB Memory Card – $29.99
16 GB Memory Card – $59.99
32 GB Memory Card – $99.99
Starter Kit with Memory Card – $39.99
In-Ear Headset – $19.99
Carrying Case – $19.99
Travel Pouch – $19.99
Protective Film (2 pack) – $9.99
Card Case – $5.99
Cradle – $19.99
Portable Charger – $49.99 (Spring 2012)
AC Adaptor – $14.99
Car Adaptor – $14.99 (Spring 2012)
USB Cable – $14.99

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