PlayStation Vita Sales Top 60,000 Units in Japan Due to Price Cut - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 07 March 2013 / 5,732 Views

PlayStation Vita sales have been well below expectations, but sales have increased nearly six fold since the price was cut on February 28. Sales figures for the week ending March 4 are in and the PlayStation Vita sold 60,897 units. This is up from just 11,789 units sold the prior week.

Despite the huge increase in sales it was still outsold by its main rival, the 3DS, which sold 77,572 units. Sales will decrease in the coming weeks, however it should stabilize above what it was selling before the price was cut. The PlayStation Vita was averaging just 8,000 units sold per week.

Sony cut the price in Japan to 19,980 Yen for the 3G and WiFi models.

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GameAnalyser (on 08 March 2013)

I would definitely be interested in the sales after Europe and NA sees a price-cut.

Michael-5 (on 07 March 2013)

I'm wondering how much software jumped for PSV. Media Create shows 3 games which combine to 170k (2 new games), which is already about 250% higher then the previous strongest week in 2013.

DonFerrari (on 07 March 2013)

A pricecut so early would be a admission of failure for Nintendo, they need to step up with games, PS3 survived with a much bigger price tag for farther more time.

platformmaster918 (on 07 March 2013)

Nintendo cut 3DS price by $80 or the equivalent thereof a couple months after release. Vita cut price in 1 territory by the equivalent of $50 over a year after it released there. I don't see the comparison. Also Vita has gotten Uncharted, AC, LBP, crossbuys, Gravity Rush, P4G, and has Soul Sacrifice and Killzone Mercenary coming. They have software support the only difference is 3rd party support so far. I love Nintendo handhelds but give Vita its due. Also don't compare home console prices with portables, especially Sony ones.

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Michael-5 (on 07 March 2013)

Nintendo is doing fine in Japan with the 3DS, they are getting the software they want in due time. Nintendo needs to help small devs localize games here, and at the same time develop some games which appeal to western gamers. Super Mario 3D Land and Mario Kart were great, but now what do 3DS owners who aren't into JRPG's have to look forward for? We need a new Zelda, but a Donkey Kong port is still nice.

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Rogerioandrade (on 08 March 2013)

Yeah, but Sony had to launch cheaper versions of the PS3, with less memory

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Devil_Survivor (on 07 March 2013)

I agree with MANUELF that's way to early to cut the price of the Wii U, I think they have to wait until least six months after launch like with the 3DS. I think main reason why the Wii U isn't selling that well right now is because there was a big hole in game releases last month.

FujiokaMidori (on 10 March 2013)

Now... if they did this for the americas : I I want to play Gravity Rush...

DitchPlaya (on 10 March 2013)

Good HW numbers but it hasnt spiked enough to ensure increased baseline sales. Oh well Soul Sacrifice is on its way, hopefully that helps.

GameAnalyser (on 08 March 2013)

I would definitely be interested in the sales after Europe and NA sees a price-cut.

Otakumegane (on 08 March 2013)


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Ljink96 (on 07 March 2013)

Nintendo needs to let go of their dignity and release a price cut for Wii U. Even though lowering the cost will hurt Nintendo for a good while. However the 3DS operated at a loss after the price cut and now it's beating Vita badly. Not so badly now that it has reached 80k which is very decent. The Wii U Basic needs to go to $250w/Nintendo Land and the Deluxe needs to be $300w/variety of games+pro controller. It's the only way the media will get of your back Nintendo... the only way.

MANUELF (on 07 March 2013)

But that is not a good business decision this early, they will be losing way too much between the price cut, free games and acesories.
Remember that Sony waited 15 months for its firs pricecut for vita

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:D (on 07 March 2013)

It's far to early for price cuts. Although I am worried about the Wii U's perfromance so far. Hopefully this Christmas will finally give that console some momentum.

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DitchPlaya (on 10 March 2013)

Look at how much hes been negged because he criticised Nintendo. Guess the bias is still here and strong too.


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