PlayStation Vita sales slump in second week, PS3 outsells the PS Vita

Sony PlayStation Vita has bad second week in sales, slumps considerably.

Published Thu, Dec 29 2011 8:31 PM CST   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

Sony's NGP, PlayStation Vita, enjoyed a first week of record sales, selling 321,400 Vita units in the first 48 hours on sale in Japan. Second unit numbers, however, are much, much lower.

PlayStation Vita sales slump in second week, PS3 outsells the PS Vita |

According to research outfit Media Create, who track the Japanese console gaming industry, Sony sold just 72,479 Vita's during the most crucial shopping week before Christmas. A huge decline of over 75-percent versus the first week.

The numbers were so low that the PS3 actually outsold the Vita, with the PS3 pushing 75,943 units versus the Vita's 72,479. The decline reportedly stems from inventory issues, as well as early reports of issues with the Vita. Sony was quick to refuge the allegations, which ranged from laggy gameplay to crashes.

But could this type of news have filtered through to really hurt sales this much? Could it be the lack of good games on the device? The high price? Nintendo's decision to launch their wildly popular Monster Hunter game at the same time? There are plenty of reasons for the lack of sales. Hopefully Sony do something about it soon.

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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