Since the release of the Playstation Vita last December, you can say without doubt it hasn’t performed as well as Sony expected. Lackluster in sales, the handheld has had a turbulent 9 months, but Sony America boss Jack Tretton said to gamesindustry.biz, that the overall performance of the Vita has been ‘acceptable’.
“In this industry, you can’t get too high or too low, because it moves very quickly,” says Tretton. “I think there’s an acceptable number – and [the number] we’ve sold: That’s acceptable. If it was triple that, I’d be happier. If it was one-third, I’d be disappointed.”
Tretton believes the Vita can still perform well leading up to the end of the year and cited the slow sales the PlayStation 3 experienced post-launch. “Anything with great rewards is going to come with great challenges,” Tretton added. “We felt if the tech was there, and the game support was there, then the audience would be there. … I feel much better about it now than I did four months ago.”
With the Vita giving Sony more of a headache than reasons to jump for joy, the news that some publishers are not so eager to pair up with the next-gen portable will only add to the handheld’s list of problems. But never say never, the Vita still has the potential to jump in the market, it’s just a matter of time and effort on Sony’s part.
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