Impressive early sales for PS Vita, falls short of 3DS

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A few days ago the PS Vita finally released to gamers in Japan, and following the posting of a manual for the device online some early problems have been reported. We now have news of impressive early sales of the PS Vita, but these fall short of what the 3DS achieved in the same amount of time.

We recently told you that pre-orders for the device had sold out prior to the consoles release, and Digital Trends are reporting that Sony has sold over 320,000 units during the first two days of it being available. Sony will be hoping to continue strong sales when the device launches around the world, as the competition from smartphone gaming grows.

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The sales figures come from research company Enterbrain, and believes Sony shifted 321,400 PS Vita’s in the first two days of sales. This compares to around 50,000 less units that Nintendo managed to shift with the 3DS for its first two days of availability.

Sony will know though that the tough work is still ahead when the device launches in other countries, and will remember how sales of the 3DS originally dropped shortly after release. This led to Nintendo slashing the price of the console, which has led to strong sales of the device that are on course to beat the last DS console.

The mobile gaming platform has changed dramatically since the PSP was first released with increased competition from tablets and smartphones. Although not always as good, games on these platforms are often very cheap or even free. Recent studies have shown that Nintendo and Sony will account for 42 percent of mobile gaming revenue for this year. This is compared to 81 percent only two years ago.

Sony will be looking to get some of this market back from the Android and iOS platforms, but how many people will want to carry a smartphone and a gaming device? Will you be getting the PS Vita?