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The handheld gaming system is meeting sales expectations in some areas, but not quite others

Sony's PlayStation Vita looks to be doing pretty well in the sales department -- well, in most places, anyway.

At IFA 2012, Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai told Reuters that its portable gaming device, the PlayStation Vita, is close to meeting overall sales expectations, albeit certain areas falling a bit behind. Hirai didn't mention which areas, though.

"Worldwide, the Vita is pretty much along where we would expect it to be, maybe trending behind in certain territories," said Hirai.

As of June 30, 2012, Sony had sold 2.2 million Vitas worldwide. Only 400,000 units were sold through April, May and June. During that same time period, 1,000,000 Sony PSPs were sold.

Sony is hoping for a boost when its PlayStation Mobile device is released in late 2012.

The fact that PS Vita sales are doing okay is a testament to the continued relevance of mobile gaming devices in an era of smartphone/tablet-based mobile gaming.

Source: Reuters

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I agree...handheld gaming isn't dead.
By inperfectdarkness on 8/31/2012 10:30:58 AM , Rating: 2
...and Nintendo is doing even better with the 3DS (which is an amazing system, btw). People said cameras were dead, but the market is still replete with point & shoot and DSLR's--so clearly the smart-phone hasn't wiped out those two segments any more than it has eliminated the iPod and other MP3 players (most people that exercise with an MP3 player aren't using smartphones for it).

It's the same cry of "wolf" that some bigwigs have shouted about the PC and/or laptops being dead. If history has shown us anything, it is that the overall best performance is usually obtained from a standalone package, not an all-in-one.

RE: I agree...handheld gaming isn't dead.
By Moishe on 8/31/2012 12:11:48 PM , Rating: 3
I think where phones get into handheld gaming (mostly) is people like me. I would never buy a handheld gaming system because I just don't want one, but I already own a phone. My phone just happens to play some pretty crappy and basic games. I do use those, but I consider them to be time-wasters and what to do when I've got nothing else.

So to me, it's no surprise that phone gaming has increased, but I believe it is because we already have phones. Most people who game on phones would not buy a standalone handheld game system.

By lexluthermiester on 9/3/2012 4:41:34 AM , Rating: 2
Moishe, I disagree most strongly. And so do the sales numbers for the industry.

The trend seems to be that phones and tablets are gaining more from the "casual" gamer than from people more focused on the hobby of gaming. I am more of the later. I have 5 gaming systems[high end PC included]. 2 of them are Nintendo portables[DS lite and 3DS]. But I also play games on my Android phone. The types of games I play on it are simple, like Solitaire and the like. But any serious games are played on my dedicated systems.

The gaming industry's slump has little to do with the arrival of phones and tablets and more to do with the slump in the world's economy. People are prioritizing where their money goes and games take a back seat to other forms of entertainment to all but serious gamers. Couple that with the fact that games of real quality are becoming few and far between, it is hardly surprising that people are losing interest.

But portable game systems are far from dead. The awesomeness of many titles for both Nintendo's systems and Sony's are enough to maintain a viable presence. But both companies need to bring the standards up and require that any game released be of a bare minimum standard of quality. With that kind of requirement in effect, the number of games being released may drop, but quality would go up. Example; Zenonia from GameVille. On the PSP, DSi and 3DS it is a good game with good visuals and compelling story, but to play the same game on android or iphone is an effort in futility. Why? The controls. On the Nintendo and Sony game systems you have actual physical control buttons and directional pads. Android and iphone? Touch screen only. PAIN. Casual gaming is the best you can hope for unless you get a bluetooth controller and hope that the game makers support it[in the case of GameVille, they do not]. Serious gaming will likely always be relegated to dedicated game systems for this and other basic reasons.

Moishe, you may not ever by a portable game system, but then by your own admission, you are a casual gamer and do not have a serious game hobby. Nintendo and Sony are not really marketing to you. Nintendo is trying to market to everyone, but they are beginning to understand the shift the industry is taking and are adapting, much like Sony. But for you to say that most people who game on phones would not buy a stand-alone game system is very short-sighted to say the least. Not to mention how unintuitive that makes you look.

sales are great?
By Captain Awesome on 8/31/2012 12:00:49 PM , Rating: 2
Sales are great! Only a few markets are way behind expectations, like; Japan, Europe, North America, and Asia.

RE: sales are great?
By TheDoc9 on 8/31/2012 12:41:50 PM , Rating: 2
haha, I just hope they don't abandon it. It's the only real alternative to nintendo.

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By gigantor21 on 9/1/2012 10:36:14 PM , Rating: 2
That they refused to talk about the Vita's sales last quarter, bundling it with the PSP--which has outsold the Vita week-to-week several times in Japan and Europe. Sony also dropped it's handheld sales projections by 25% after reporting terrible Q1 numbers. The system has only sold half what the PSP did in the same amount of time, and the PSP wasn't even out in Europe until September of it's first full year.

Regardless of what executives say, the numbers show a system that isn't catching on. Why Tiffany didn't get the memo is beyond me.

I don't think so
By name99 on 8/31/2012 4:17:20 PM , Rating: 1
The fact that PS Vita sales are doing okay is a testament to the continued relevance of mobile gaming devices in an era of smartphone/tablet-based mobile gaming.

You really have a broken bullshit detector, don't you Tiffany?
Here's a hint --- companies lie --- all the time.

If this sort of empty nonsense is the best the CEO can come up with then, no, this is not a testament to anything, except the fact that Sony is NOT making mad money on these things.

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