Sony’s PS Vita sales have taken a nose dive, selling a disappointing number during the crucial holiday season. The PS Vita sold only 72,479 units in its second week ending on Christmas, December 25. The figure is a rather dramatic drop from its initial sales of 321,000 units in its first two days hitting shelves in Japan.
Second week sales of the PS Vita is unusually low for game consoles and is also a 78 percent drop from its first week sales. It puts Sony’s next-gen portable game console in fifth place after the PS3, Wii, PSP, and the 3DS, which is still flying off the shelves, selling 482,200 units during the same week.
In comparison, second week sales for the 3DS dropped only 45 percent from 374,764 units to 209,623 units when the portable debuted in late February priced close to the PS Vita’s WiFi-only model.
The poor sales may be due to the quality of the initial selection of game titles as well as to the slew of bugs, including system freezes and unresponsive touchscreen issues. The problems should be resolved when the PS Vita hits the US on February 22 along with 25 game titles.