PS Vita: Sony ‘Hoped For Higher Sales, Won’t Match PSP’
Sony’s Fergal Gara has said that the PS Vita has not sold as well as they would have liked and stated that the PS Vita will not be able to match the performance of the PSP.
“Being open and honest, I think we would have hoped for higher sales,” Gara said in an interview with Play.
“I guess it entered a market which was much more complicated than it was when Vita was first conceived and designed.
“The positive, though, is that it most certainly does the job it was intended to do very well and the feedback from gamers is exactly that – it’s a powerful device that satisfies them,” said Gara.
Gara also confirmed that Sony doesn’t expect the PS Vita to compete with the PSP in terms of sales numbers, citing the growth of mobile as a factor.
“The PSP and Vita landed into considerably different worlds,” said Gara.
“As far as the Vita is concerned, the advent of handheld gaming on phone and tablets complicated the marketplace.
“While we believe that the Vita is a specialist device that does the job better than other alternatives, people can only carry so many devices – and the people that want the very specialist experience is not as large as the pool of people that just want any gaming experience available to them on the go,” explained Gara.
“The Vita doesn’t look likely to achieve the same sales levels as the PSP, but the encouraging thing is that Vita sales are not declining and its new role with the PS4 has only just begun.”