Sony has released the Q3 financial figures this morning, indicating the latest sales figures for the PS Vita and PSP consoles. Following the figures, Sony has yet again cut the PS Vita (and PSP) sales estimate for the year to just 7 million units combined. In the last financial report, Sony had cut the figure from 12 million units to 10 million.
After weeks of poor sales in Japan, the PS Vita has seen a three-fold increase in sales over the last week, likely due to the release of two new PS Vita models. The Blue and Red PS Vita models were released in Japan last week, which has boosted the Vita’s sales figures from 4,000 units to just over 12,000 between November 12th to the 18th.
The PS Vita’s sales continue to disappoint across the globe, despite Christmas being just around the corner. In Japan last week, the console sold just 4,021 units, compared to around 6,000 units the week before. Both figures are quite bad, especially when compared to the Nintendo 3DS. Sony really need to get the Vita going, and even more so at such a critical time for sales.
Less than a year since release, the PlayStation Vita has passed the one million units sold mark in Japan. The portable console shifted less than 8,000 units between October 1st and October 10th 2012 – one of the worst selling weeks in Japan – but managed to creep past the one million mark in the process.