PS4 release sparks PlayStation Vita sales explosion

By Posted 28 Dec 2013, 08:38

Sales of Sony’s PlayStation Vita have exploded in the last few weeks, with the heavy increase seemingly being sparked by the release of the PS4. The handheld console can interact and enhance the gaming experience of the PlayStation 4, coming with an attractive price of $175.

PS4 release sparks PlayStation Vita sales explosion

During the week of the PS4′s launch, sales of the PlayStation Vita reportedly shot up by 68%. The rise in shoppers picking up the Vita did not stop as the following week figures showed a 65% rise. Sony has attributed part of the sales success to the PS Vita’s remote play feature which functions as one of the PS4′s most innovative features.

When the PlayStation Vita initially launched it was met with a mediocre reception, with many consumers being put off by its previous price tag. The combination of PS4 interaction, price reduction and console upgrades have made the Vita an attractive new proposition for gamers. Sony were even selling super bundles which included both the PS4, PS4 Vita and selected games but at a big cost.

It will be interesting to see if sales of the consoles let up after the holiday season has fully concluded. Did you pick up a PlayStation Vita with your PS4?

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  • mangoman3000

    Just imagine you will be playing infamous the second son, watch dogs,and many more on your vita. …..totally awesome

    • Admir Karalic

      In approx. 6 months from now… what a Waste of money, especially knowing that the Handheld will drop price again before the release of the ACTUAL next gen games. I bought a PS VITA when it came out, now it’s still gathering dust on my Shelve, but a little less then last year cause now we got the PS4 who got no games, but HEY I can play Killzone on my Vita, how excited I am…. NOT.

      • Mike Zero

        Whiner alert.

        • Admir Karalic

          Weener Alert.

        • Mike Zero

          Because I pointed out that you were being a whiny little biatch? Yeah, I can see why you would get defensive.

        • Admir Karalic

          Said the guy that got all frustrated cause of my comment, why so defensive, u Mad bro ?

        • Mike Zero

          I replied to your comment with two words, pointing out what was quite obvious to anyone reading it. Not frustrated at all. You just sounded like a chronic complainer. Get over it or trade your stuff, “bro”.

        • Admir Karalic

          But all I see now it’s you complaining about me, why didn’t you just pass my comment and went back to your normal life, instead you got all irritated and had to leave a comment just to show off how cool you are. If you need friends, we can pretend ”Bro”, you’re just as annoying as those people that comment by Saying ”First” ”Second” and so on.

        • Mike Zero

          As tempting as that is, I’d have to pass. I prefer to spend my time with people who are happy with their life. No one forced you to buy a Vita or a PS4. As previously stated, either do something about it or deal. Also, not sure why you bothered to put quotes around the word that you used in the first place.

        • Admir Karalic

          Let me do something People around the internet never do. I’m sorry man, I guess I got just fed up for no reason :), and I’m being honest now, no sarcasm or what ever :P. Have your self a Good evening and Happy new year, let’s hope we do change something by first of all changing our attitude towards each other.

        • Mike Zero

          Quite impressive. You’re right, that is something that people on the internet never do. In that case, sorry for calling you whiny. When a new gen starts out it is always like this. Soon there will be more games than we know what to do with and it will be hard to keep up. Until then, I’m just happy that I was lucky enough to get a PS4 early on. A lot of people envy us because they still haven’t been able to get one. Take care!

  • LupineMP3j

    I got a Vita… but I’m disappointed that its biggest marketed asset is a mini-PS4 when it is so capable as a console on its own.

    Oh well. Getting the device into hands is step one. I just hope Sony doesn’t forget to show them how awesome the Vita itself is as well.

  • Geekman

    I’m glad the sales are up. Very glad, But I’m not glad that the only reason they’re up is because Sony found a way to rip-off the Wii U. IT DOES OTHER THINGS, PEOPLE!

    • Ikechi Onyenaka

      Remote Play existed long before the Wii U

      • Guest

        The Vita is honestly an impressive piece of hardware. It’s the software aspect that is killing the console at this point. Persona 4 is still probably the best game out there, and that released more than a year ago. The lack of a “killer app” is really the only thing separating the Vita from the mainstream market. I have had mine for more than a year and I love everything about it, except that I have to wait months for games to release. Now that I have a PS4, the novelty of remote play definitely draws me in, but the wonky rear touchpad interface with the console makes it a hard sell. If they create a peripheral that adds the two trigger buttons to the device I would be fully on board, but as it is, the controls are just a little too imprecise for my liking.

        • Ikechi Onyenaka

          I see where you’re coming from. I own a Vita and love it. However I agree with you on hating the droughts for games. There’s a lack of 3rd party support because of the small install base(which is now 7M) and the reason for the lack of sales is because of the lack of killer app games. But the real problem is the lack of proper marketing from Sony. How often do you see a PS VITA commercial on TV? Exactly. And compare that number to the amount of times you see a 3DS commercial on TV. See what I mean. Tearaway is the killer app that people have been craving for to be on PS VITA, yet the game didn’t sell well because Sony didn’t market it well. This creates a lack of awareness in the product which results to low sales and devs not wanting to support the system. This is also why the price drop didn’t save the system. Not only that but SCEA 1st parties aren’t supporting the system either. There focused on getting indie support.
          So my point is that every so often, a “killer app” does appear but because of lack of proper marketing, it does nothing to save the system. And that causes devs to stay away from the system, which explains the droughts.

      • Geekman

        Not off TV play. You’re ignoring the point. People are simply buying the Vita just for the purpose of off-TV play.

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