Color this quote from Sony’s Kazuo Hirai “surprising.” The boss of Sony spoke with Reuters about the PlayStation Vita’s sales performance. Despite what the gaming community believes, the CEO indicated that Sony has no real problem with how the handheld is selling.
“Worldwide, the Vita is pretty much along where we would expect it to be, maybe trending behind in certain territories…”
“Trending behind” may be putting things lightly.
To-date, Sony has sold 2.2 million units. While the Nintendo 3DS has been out a year longer than the PlayStation Vita, it’s currently up to 19 million units sold.
Forgive me as I step away from delivering straight facts in order to say this: really, Sony? 2.2 million units sold worldwide is “pretty much” in line with what you figured you’d sell to-date? I find that hard to believe.
I love the PlayStation Vita. In fact, if the machine had a healthier roster of games, it could become one my favorite handhelds ever. For now? I can’t believe Sony genuinely believes that 2.2 million units sold worldwide is in line with their expectations.
The system needs great games and a small price cut. The games are coming, but the price cut won’t be happening anytime soon.