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PS Vita UK launch sales 'around one quarter' of PSP debut

PS Vita UK launch sales 'around one quarter' of PSP debut
Sales of Sony's PS Vita console got off to a "disappointing" start in the UK, it has been confirmed.

Week one Chart-Track figures reveal that Sony's new handheld device sold "around one quarter" of the number of the 185,000 PSP units shifted in the UK during its first week on sale back in September 2005.

Half-hearted

Although exact data has not been publicly announced by either Chart-Track or Sony, industry sources have confirmed that the figure is "just over half" of the 89,000 sold by the Nintendo 3DS in its first week almost a year ago.

With pre-orders of Vita reportedly around the 70,000 mark, Sony will be hoping that the generally positive critical reception to its new device will coax cash-strapped consumers into shelling out for its next generation handheld.

The news comes hours after Sony elected to publish a global figure for Vita sales to date of 1.2 million.

With total Japanese sales confirmed as being 578,812 on February 19th, the remaining 600,000 will have been split between the remaining worldwide territories.

Figures from other Western territories have yet to emerge.

'We all saw it coming'

Meanwhile, one senior source felt that the low UK sales should not come as a surprise.

"It's disappointing, sure, but we all saw it coming," said the source. 

"Realistically, I think a lot of people can see it's technically a great system, but people just don't have the cash to shell out for the same game twice. A lot will be waiting for a true system seller before taking the plunge, or, more likely, be happier continuing to pay 69p for dozens of mobile games.

"The market has changed," the source concluded.

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I'm not surprised it hasnt done well. With a weak launch of games and expensive console price, its hardly a shock it didnt do well. On top of that, many of the older PSP games are not compatible. At least with the 3DS launch, Nintendo fans could look forward to games in 3D as well as continue to play an extensive back catalogue of DS games. Sony will be forced sooner rather than later to drop the price to below £200 for the wi-fi model.
The price is too high. It's not rocket science. Sony expect uk consumers to pay out the price of a ps3 or an Xbox for a handheld gaming system when most people own a phone that satisfies their mobile gaming needs already. It was never going to happen, and the vita will ultimately fail because Sony have effectively missed the boat.
The numbers are genuine and come from a well placed source with access to the Chart Track figures.
Try adding another 50,000 to vita sales and you may be right!!!,your source is well off....nice Troll attempt.
I call bullshit on this. There were a ton of stories that the UK launch was strong. Someone at this "news" site is trolling
Can't say anything other than these figures are genuine.
Vita overrated. Price drop bundled with memory card after a good exclusive game comes out and then I might buy one.
Wait, Patrick Garret on VG24/7 said Vita's debut was "strong" and comparable to 3DS, which for Chart Track did still lower than what Nintendo said in its Press Release. Such a big difference in impressions. Maybe Garret considered preorders numbers, I don't know...
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