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Weekly PS Vita sales in Japan have hit an all time low of just 8,931 units, marking the first time the handheld has slipped below the 10,000 unit mark since its launch.

In fairness to Sony's handheld there were slumps across the board, with the 3DS down to 72,115 units from 121,921. It was only the Xbox 360 that managed a sales increase, almost tripling its weekly tally from 1,317 units to 3,764 units.

Much of the Xbox 360's increase can be attributed to the launch of Kinect Star Wars, new at No.12 with 6,010 copies sold.

3DS: 72,115 (Last week: 121,921)
PlayStation 3: 19,370 (23,771)
PSP: 14,804 (18,356)
Vita: 8931 (12,105)
Wii: 7099 (9292)
Xbox 360: 3,764 (1317)
PlayStation 2: 1355 (1374)
DSi XL: 793 (941)
DSi: 743 (771)

Check out Tom's blog for his thoughts on the current state of the PS Vita.

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munkee

I'd just like to point out that having a library of PSP games available to buy doesn't seem like a very good selling point to me. They were already available to buy and I can pick up a 50quid PSP to play them. In fact, to put it even more bluntly, I could pick up a 50quid PSP and get all those games for nothing. So, they are looking to make money on older software, that doesn't push the hardware and is widely available for the price of nothing. That may seem like a negative approach to an industry loving, video game enthusiast. But, it seems like common sense to Joe Public who's contemplating reasons to fork out £250+ on a new handheld.
Posted 09:36 on 13 April 2012
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pblive@ guyderman

The counter argument for titles like Mortal Kombat is that this IS exactly what gamers were crying out for, console titles on a portable device with twin sticks.

I do honestly see your frustration and I do believe that it's more than partly borne from Sony's lack of PR/announcing titles loudly enough from third parties. There are downloadable titles coming, many of which will be unique and sub £10 games. Most of these so far have been more than just iPhone style titles, though on the other hand there are iOS titles which are becoming more like handheld games.

There aren't a huge number of titles appearing on consoles in the next few months and the list is peppered by just a few AAA titles. The Vita is the same, though as its a new console it suffers from the same issues as other new consoles after their first wave.

However, because it's a new device, sales are important and, yes, a lack of new titles after the first wave will see a loss of sales. For Japan the situation is that they just don't have the sort of big hitters that the Japanese audience go for, plus it seems that new consoles in general are slipping in sales, a full console purchase will often be ahead of a handheld as handhelds are seen as complimentary to a console, not a replacement for it.

Your last point is a very good one and something Sony haven't been too good at of late, they need to get their company geared towards better informing the public, but if you read the Sony Playstion Blog replies, you can see that their front end staff aren't informed by those making the decisions either and a lot of things are kept private.
Posted 22:42 on 12 April 2012
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guyderman@ pblive

That backs up exactly what I'm saying - one bigish title within the next two months is not really going to draw a big crowd - especially with a game that most people who are into the likes of Mortal Kombat will already own on their home consoles - or people that have yet to play it get the choice of £35 for the Vita version or £15 for the 360/PS3 version.

Please don't think I'm attacking the Vita as I'm not I have nothing but love for the machine itself I just think the releases could've been a bit more forthcoming - and as I've said before even the news on the releases themselves is very slow.

Sony also need to keep people informed about what's going on with regards to the firmware upgrades for the PSone classics and the Remote play too - even just press releases saying 'yes we are working on it', at the moment it feels like it's just been forgotten.
Posted 18:03 on 12 April 2012
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pblive

At least 4 of those are in the next 2 month, Mortal Kombat being one of the bigger releases.
Posted 17:37 on 12 April 2012
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guyderman@ pblive

Cheers for the list of titles that are due out at somepoint - most of which are slated for Q4 and will probably slide into Q1 2013 anyway.

My point was that to entice people into buying the machine then a steady flow of titles would be more beneficial, and so far there has been next to nothing.
You mention that Stardrone thingy as a release - which is fine if you are happy having a machine that has the Vitas capability but are happy to play games the likes of which you could play on your phone - personally they don't interest me and it was titles like Uncharted-on-the-Go that got my interest and made me want to purchase one.
Mini's I also couldn't care less about tbh - I like having the console expierence on the move - I've got my mobile and face book for anything else.

My other point was also that even though there is a large list of forthcoming titles that there is very little in the way of news or articales about them and yet we must get 5 or 6 CoD related stories each week - none of which are even newsworthy - which is also not helping bring the Vita into the limelight.
Posted 16:09 on 12 April 2012
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Woffls@ pblive

I think people would say similar things of consoles, but remember that we've not had a new console for nearly six years. Maybe that's why you perceive consoles as "getting away with it"?

3DS got slaughtered last year for having a less than stellar launch window line-up. People just expect so much these days.
Posted 15:07 on 12 April 2012
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pblive

Also some may point to game journos having been given the games some time in advance and having had to play them to death for launch, then having a gap while many gamers wouldn't have bought everything at launch, though there are enough voices out there from gamers complaining of a slump in titles too.

The PSP's big issue was piracy, which pretty much killed off a lot of third party interest. Even first party developers like the excellent Pixeljunk team were put off after titles like the (very very excellent) Pixeljunk Monsters were pirated to death.

Unfortunately, having recently been given a review code from the 'developer' of Childhood's End on iOS, it looks to be continuing. The game is pretty much a copy of Pixeljunk Monsters with new sprites. I wouldn't be surprised if they lifted the source code. It's a shame, I really like the game, but I like it because it's Pixeljunk Monsters and therefore refuse to give it publicity on my site.
Posted 15:04 on 12 April 2012
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Rickitis@ pblive

Hmmmm that’s a very interesting response. Although I don’t think that you alone can change people’s impressions of the handheld in terms of it not getting enough new games or the general consumer not seeing it as as much of a portable device as other platforms. I do agree that many seem to view the PSVita as needing more games right now when in fact it has a very impressive library already. It actually reminds me of the PSP when the general consensus was that it didn’t have many good games when in fact it had loads of triple A titles. Maybe the PSVita will suffer the same fate? Who knows?

The real reason is probably because on the iOS devices there are new games on a weekly/daily basis whereas on the PSVita you simply aren’t going to get that since it is never going to have the same consumer base. You are correct though that marketing and PR are probably the main contributors to this rather than an actual lack of games, since considering how recently the console was released there are a lot of great titles. I think a lot of that stems from the fact that a lot of the games have been released on other platforms before making their way to the Vita so most people don’t see them as ‘new’. (Fifa, Rayman Origins, Ninja Gaiden etc)
Posted 14:58 on 12 April 2012
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And yet it still isn't selling, which at the end of the day is the most important statistic for any product...
Posted 14:57 on 12 April 2012
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dav2612@ pblive

You forget to mention there is a demo of Stardrome in your PR stint!

With Minis and PSP games, the Vita has a bigger catalogue than most people realise.
Posted 14:49 on 12 April 2012
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pblive

hah. Don't make me angry. You won't like me when I'm angry.

Aside from turning green and splitting clothes, I'm not angry, just annoyed by the general impression that a handheld has to seemingly have some new content all the time while consoles can get away without it after a big launch.

All I did was post the list of currently known forthcoming releases to show that there are games coming. I believe it's more a marketing issue or PR than an actual lack of games.

For instance, Stardrone Extreme came out yesterday but many sites didn't cover it because there seemed to be very little warning that it was coming. Those who did manage to run a review have rated it pretty highly and it's just the sort of game that the Vita needs.

A good percentage of launch games are getting extra content on a regular basis too, from Ridge Racer and Motorstorm RC to Escape Plan.

My comment in the other thread was due to how I felt the Vita was being seen, I can't fathom why people would not see a portable device as something you carry around with you when away from your console (or even in another room or when the TV is being used). It's not meant to replace a full console, it's supposed to compliment it.

It's not just the Vita, I feel strongly about handhelds and mobile devices as an important part in our gaming lives and tend to be fairly defensive of them, within logical parameters.
Posted 14:43 on 12 April 2012
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Rickitis@ pblive

Why do you seem so angry when anything remotely negative is said about the PS Vita? It’s really odd! There have been several posts on this site about the Vita, you seem to take offense and write some sarcastic response.

This is you in another post: ‘Yep, because I love carrying my PS3 and TV on the bus, definitely no reason for the Vita...’

And you have given a sarcastic response here also, don’t get so annoyed! There is even an article posted today on this very site by Tom Orry stating entitled ‘New releases vital for Vita as the handheld starts to gather dust’ so it’s not just guyderman who thinks it needs more releases.
Posted 14:25 on 12 April 2012
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pblive

Nothing new except:
Mortal Kombat
SFxTekken
MGS HD collection
Resistance Burning Skies
Gravity Rush
Call of Duty Vita
Dust 514
Silent Hill Book of Memories
LBP
Oddworld games
ZOE Collection
Warrior's Lair (RPG)
Lego Batman 2
New Kings Story
Blazeblue
Doctor Who TEC
Virtue's Last Reward
Dungeon Defenders
Super Monkey Ball BS
Shoot Many Robots
Marvel Pinball
Pocket War
Urban Trials
Robot Rescue Revolution
Pocket Garden
Dragon's Racing
Rocketbirds: Hard Boiled Chicken
Malicious
WRC 3
Posted 13:39 on 12 April 2012
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guyderman

It needs some more releases - after a pretty decent launch line up it has just seemed to ground to a halt with little to no news even about upcoming titles - and it needs the update to allow it to play PSone classics and to remote link on the PS3 titles sorting out news about these features has gone all quiet, these couple of features alone would be a selling point for a lot of people.
Posted 12:50 on 12 April 2012
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CheekyLee@ MJTH

Possibly because triple-digit sales figures would be a major embarassment.
Posted 12:36 on 12 April 2012
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