The PlayStation Vita is an impressive piece of kit but it has not performed as well at retail as Sony would have hoped it would and there is no sign of it getting any better. A Sony executive has acknowledged that the console is continuing to underperform at retail but the company has not released specific sales figures for the Vita. The executive was responding to a question during Sony’s first quarter earnings call about how well the PlayStation division is doing when the brief comment about the poor showing of the PlayStation Vita was made.
According to Seeking Alpha, the executive said:
“Compared to the same period the previous year, PS3 numbers declined and the software business increased. And PSP continues the decline. And Vita, as you know, is not performing that well.”
Despite the negative of the PS Vita still doing poorly in the retail world, Sony’s latest hardware sales guidance is apparently unchanged from its May outlook, with Sony expecting to sell a combined total of five million handheld systems in the year ending April 2014. Hopefully, sales of the Vita will pick up and the PS4 could provide a helping hand and brief new life into the console. All we can do is wait and see if it can recover.