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PS4 launch has boosted PS Vita sales, Sony suggests

Friday, 20th December 2013 14:38 GMT By Dave Cook

PlayStation 4′s launch has had a positive impact on PS Vita sales, according to Sony.

MCV reports that Sony has flagged a 68% in PS Vita sales for the week after PS4 launched, then rising a further 65% the week after that.

In a statement, senior product manager Ben Law said, “PS Vita sales wise we are continuing to see strong week-on-week growth since our latest campaign kicked in. The new TV advert went live this week and we’ve already seen amazing feedback from PS4 owners on the Remote Play feature, and the success of Tearaway highlights what an great proposition PS Vita is, either as a stand-alone device or as the perfect companion to PS4.”

PS Vita has been bigged up by Sony as a companion device for PS4, and has bundled the handheld with Media Molecule’s critically-acclaimed platformer Tearaway.

Did you pick up a PS Vita this year? If so, what did you think?

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33 Comments

  1. Lv01

    got mine earlier in the year, in preparation for PS4.
    but with games like tearaway, gravity rush, persona 4 golden, and then being able to play the walking dead, and things like thomas was alone, limbo, spelunky, guacamelee, hotline miami, etc etc etc, on it… its really impressed me. i love it.

    #1 9 months ago
  2. mistermogul

    @1 – Same here.

    Think I got mine in August and have not regretted it at all. It’s a great bit of kit with some superb games and I’m looking forward to using remote play when I get my PS4.

    I just hope it gets some decent support moving forward as it deserves to do well.

    #2 9 months ago
  3. xxxGamesMasterxxx

    1 word. TEARAWAY! PS Vita deserves a purchase just to experience that glorious game.

    #3 9 months ago
  4. Pytox

    if i got the monies i instantly will get one :P

    #4 9 months ago
  5. CycloneFox

    @pytox: let me add “gravity rush”. it is So great, it was goty of 2012 for me. and like tearaway, it smartly uses alot of the vitas functions and Shows what the vita is capable of. i hope, it continues to sell among late adopters.

    #5 9 months ago
  6. Aaron82

    bought one yesterday with 10 games and also picked up terraria. will get the ps4 after christmas no rush for it, cancelled the pre order and got a Rift instead. launch line up for both consoles was meh. (10 year xbox gamer). probably never buy the xbox one after the last few years. what happened to that brand?

    #6 9 months ago
  7. Francis O

    68% of what?

    Sony is missing details. They blend their PSP numbers with PS Vita numbers.

    If they are going to use percentages, we need to know how much they sold in the previous month.

    Because by all accounts, the PS Vita got a boost do to it being the holidays.

    #7 9 months ago
  8. Ireland Michael

    I can’t put the thing down.

    With cross buy, cross play and even PS+, it’s almost impossible for me to even find the time to play everything on it, and I have a tonne of digital PSP titles to tide me over as well. Tearaway is my game of the year.

    #8 9 months ago
  9. Dragon

    Glad to see so many people loving their Vitas. Alas, I haven’t got the opportunity to play Tearaway yet.

    “With cross buy, cross play and even PS+, it’s almost impossible for me to even find the time to play everything on it.”
    Same here. Vita has been my most used console since it launched.

    Although the article is pure PR, devoid of any significant numbers.

    #9 9 months ago
  10. Junior

    @Francis O stop being negative. 68% of whatever number it was is a good thing for the system. It shows hope because they wouldn’t be worried if it had sold as many as the nintendo handheld. That is really amazing increase for the following reasons:

    -The nintendo wii u and handheld came out with very good system seller games.
    -xbox one came out
    -ps4 came out
    -tons of sales on psn and tons of ps3/xbox360 games came out

    This left a lot of people on a very tight budget and yet the system had a very large increase in sales.

    Psvita is getting popularity due to sony increasing the release of indie games, jrpgs and games that came out better than people expected i.e. Tearway and Killzone.

    On top of that word of mouth plus the large library of games that ps3 players acumulated through ps+ sweetened the deal for a lot of people I know.

    Even myself have saved tons of money in the last year alone on psvita games using ps+. Sony had a month where a huge library of their vita games were going for $5-$10. Plus the 24 games you are loaned every year.

    #10 9 months ago
  11. scratchy69

    As an early Vita adopter I can honestly say I have never regretted the decision. Great machine with a great library of games. People who say Vita has no games must be crackers.

    #11 9 months ago
  12. monkeygourmet

    I must say, I’ve disliked most, if not all of the triple A type experiences on Vita. Games like Killzone & AC / Uncharted really highlighted to me the Vitas limitations and my actual need of a blockbuster / handheld experience.

    Saying that, I absolutely love some of the Indie titles and games that take advantage of the Vitas strengths (Tearaway looks fantastic, I hope to play it over Christmas).

    The Vita has also been a great ‘retro’ console for me, with a healthy line up of PS1 / PSP and arcade titles to work through.

    I hope 2014 brings more titles like Tearaway to the system, but, typically, a great / unique title comes out and it’s under promoted and / or people ignore it in favour of some copy and paste drivel. Such a shame really, especially when it even comes at an incredible price, £19.99 on launch?!

    #12 9 months ago
  13. Ireland Michael

    Do I have you on PSN, monkey?

    ID: Wordsofivory

    #13 9 months ago
  14. Obernox

    Yeah, i got my Vita around the price drop and i haven’t put the damn thing down since.
    I hope this continues, the Vita is an awesome device that deserves more support.

    #14 9 months ago
  15. mistermogul

    @9 – “I haven’t got the opportunity to play Tearaway yet.”

    Make sure you do dude, it’s superb. Plus it’s only £20/$20!

    Also Sony are not wrong when they say that Vita owners love the console. Don’t think I know of any Vita owner that doesn’t completely love it! (me included)

    #15 9 months ago
  16. absolutezero

    I’ll second all the love for the Vita. I’ve had mine since launch, like usual :p, and its slowly building a back catalogue of cracking games. Just like the PSP before it in fact.

    If you have not been able to play it already I can’t recommend Muramasa Rebirth enough, brilliant game and it looks stunning. Lone Survivor was a surprising fit for the device aswell.

    #16 9 months ago
  17. lexph3re

    I love the praise the device is getting. I had it since pre-launch and everytime I stated the awesomeness I was told I was being a fanboy. Now, more and more people are starting to understand how awesome the device really is.

    Hopefully if the numbers boost more we can start seeing more localizations. I really want the tales games to make it over here. The device really deserves to thrive.

    Also, Gravity Rush still my all time favorite Vita game can’t wait to get the sequel. I really want to play with Raven. But, on that note I have to get back to work

    #17 9 months ago
  18. monkeygourmet

    @IM

    I will add you! :)

    #18 9 months ago
  19. tezzer1985

    I got mine in October, mainly for PS4…I also love the fact, I’ve never bought a game, due to having plus, and I have like 14 games.

    #19 9 months ago
  20. dtyk

    Remote play AC4 at work. You really can’t beat that.

    #20 9 months ago
  21. fearmonkey

    I love mine, I bought one shortly after buying the PS4 and I have played it as much if not more than my PS4. I havent had as much time to console game lately and pick the vita up for short play sessions.

    I bought Hot Shots Golf for $5 on Amazon and I love that game, I have played that more than any other. With the PS Plus I got all those other games, I’m loving hotline Miami on it and Strangers Wrath is like revisiting an old friend.

    I’m impressed with the little thing, the only thing I find is that my thumb cramps on the X button alot, which is a bit annoying. Hot shots in particular causes this.

    #21 9 months ago
  22. dtyk

    @ fearmonkey,

    If you have the spare cash, I urge you to try the PowerGrip:

    http://www.amazon.com/Nyko-Power-Grip-Vita-Sony-PS/dp/B0079V29EI

    Double the battery life and alleviates all the cramping issues. Only downside is that you have to reach a bit farther to reach the rear touch pad.

    You can leave the Vita on standby for almost 2.5 weeks with that thing on.

    #22 9 months ago
  23. Natalie J. Yang

    I’m making $78 an hour working from home. I was shocked when my neighbour told me she was averaging $95 but I see how it works now. I feel so much freedom now that I’m my own boss. This is what I do,… http://goo.gl/ObvVMU

    #23 9 months ago
  24. game_on

    The 3DS also had a big boost in one of those weeks, must be because of the Wii U…

    #24 9 months ago
  25. polygem

    liking the vita. absolutely loving the 3ds.

    #25 9 months ago
  26. fearmonkey

    @dtyk – Hey thanks for that, I think Ill get one after Christmas. I love the system, and if that helps, it will be completely worth it.

    #26 9 months ago
  27. dtyk

    @ fearmonkey,

    No problem. Make sure you price match if you can. I got mine at retail for $30 (EB games).

    #27 9 months ago
  28. OmegaSlayer

    I felt kind of forced to buy a Vita in preparation for PS4 and wanted the old OLED model.
    I had some stuff from PS+, not much, and the stuff I got from the pack.
    I’ve never been a fan of handhelds, got a PSP and let it gather loooooaaaads of dust, but after I got the Vita…wow.
    I’ve barely touched the PS3.
    High end hardware with some cool games.

    #28 9 months ago
  29. Dragon

    @15,
    I will eventually, its just that I am too busy right now with Disgaea 3 , Killzone Mercenary (best handheld shooter ever) and Persona 4 Golden.

    So many games on Vita, so little time :D

    @28,
    Same here. Vita is my primary console since it launched.
    My main reason for loving the Vita is that games dont feel gimped on it, like on many other handhelds and smartphones.

    Btw, for any lover of JPRG/Japanese games in general and of course, indies, you are in luck!

    http://www.dualshockers.com/2013/12/20/shahid-ahmads-team-brought-25-games-to-vita-in-2013-teases-amazing-ps4-games-best-yet-to-come/

    #29 9 months ago
  30. Ireland Michael

    @22 Is that thing any good? The handles look really awkward.

    @29 This seems appropriate: http://imgur.com/NJ4EXex

    Awesome news.

    #30 9 months ago
  31. mistermogul

    For those that might be interested – Killzone Mercenary is only £13.49 for PS+ subs today (or £14.99 without) – https://store.sonyentertainmentnetwork.com/#!/en-gb/games/killzone-mercenary/cid=EP9000-PCSF00243_00-KZV0000000000000

    #31 9 months ago
  32. Catherine E. Kinyon

    just as Adam answered I am surprised that some one can profit $9628 in one month on the computer. browse around this website… http://bit.do/fEKa

    #32 8 months ago
  33. Legendaryboss

    Well this is sadly disappointing.

    Why? Think of it this way:

    Marketed features/factors such as exclusives/games, mega packs, bundles etc. etc. Does not cause a known boost in sales at least strictly speaking with the UK.

    But a non-marketed factor, £500+ priced entry point towards Remote Play causes a still unknown boost numberswise in sales, strictly speaking with the UK.

    It indicates what Sony’s future plan will be going foward for PS Vita, because officially published/made by Sony ganes: there is virtually nothing in 2014+ besides Helldivers, Mukasaki Baby, MLB 2014, Destiny of Spirits, GOW HD, DeadNation, PS Vita Pets, Borderlands 2, Gravity Rush 2.

    Plus the eventual Freedom Wars, Over my Dead Body 2 and SS Delta and third party efforts like Dynasty Warriors 8 XL CE, Toukiden and DBZ BOZ.

    #33 8 months ago

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