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One-third of all Vita games sold digitally

Sony touts consumer acceptance of downloadable store; 100+ games on the way this year

PlayStation Vita owners are getting comfortable with the idea of digital distribution. While physical media still account for the lion's share of Vita software sales, Sony's director of product planning and platform software innovation Don Mesa told IGN that one-third of all Vita games sold are downloaded.

"Our users are embracing the PlayStation Store on the device and finding it very easy to download and get their games on their device and start playing," Mesa said.

Sony is also looking to address criticism of the system's software lineup. Mesa said the company expects more than 100 games to arrive on the Vita in 2013 alone. There was no indication how many of those 100+ games would be retail products, downloadable only titles, or PlayStation Mobile efforts.

Mesa acknowledged some negative sentiment directed at the Vita, but said a Sony survey found 86 percent of owners were satisfied with their purchases. He also said the average Vita owner reported using the system for 18.7 hours each week.

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Albert Lee Studying Epidemiology, University of Maryland3 years ago
I suppose my 0 hours per week must be offsetting some person's 37.4 hours per week.
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Adam Yau Game Programmer 3 years ago
@Albert I'd be one of them :)

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Adam Yau on 22nd March 2013 7:28pm

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Paul Jace Merchandiser 3 years ago
I wonder how much of that one-third were free games for PS+ members.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
Well, given that's it's FAR easier to get digital games on a Vita than a PS3 through PSN is you live in an area with a crap online connection but close enough to a wifi hotspot at a library or other public place (I do), it's probably a good thing that percentage is so high. Still, Sony NEEDS to concentrate on that missing percentage and find out why they're not buying digital releases.
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Nicholas Pantazis Senior Editor, VGChartz Ltd3 years ago
@ Albert Lee Beat me to it. I love my Vita, but I ran out of things to play after Persona 4 Golden. Bring on Tearaway and Soul Sacrifice pls!

PS: I bet they count PS+ in those sales numbers, and I personally have already filled up a 32GB memory card.... so that's another problem there.
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Jamie Read 3D Artist, Neon Play Ltd3 years ago
If memory cards and digital versions of games were cheaper, this would be even higher.
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Adam Campbell Producer, Hopster3 years ago
Digital should be the preferred option for a portable device like this. My main complaint as with many would be the storage.
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Ian Brown IT Developer / IT Infrastructure 3 years ago
Well, given that's it's FAR easier to get digital games on a Vita than a PS3 through PSN is you live in an area with a crap online connection but close enough to a wifi hotspot at a library or other public place (I do), it's probably a good thing that percentage is so high. Still, Sony NEEDS to concentrate on that missing percentage and find out why they're not buying digital releases.
Well owning one I can say that space is the biggest issue. Okay I can buy them and store them on my PS3, but without one you're screwed. So bringing the price of storage down is a winner. Second is the price, I don't mind digital games but I'm sorry I flat out refuse (and i mean it) to pay more than it costs to get a boxed version for a digital version which I could loose if my console dies or SONY (or any other vendor for that matter) no longer exist/switch off their servers and actually has no value to me once I'm done. I Can't sell my digital copies or lend them to a friend to try.

Also as far as I'm concerned I get even less for the price they charge, no box art, manual to look at if I'm stuck (very important for Beat em ups).

If I buy a full game digitally its through steam and its at a good price. So far I haven't bought any full games from SONY or Microsoft. Arcade games are a another matter as the price is around 10/12.
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Adam Yau Game Programmer 3 years ago
@Ian You can store and back up your vita on a PC or Mac http://manuals.playstation.net/document/gb/psvita/cm/index.html
you can even transfer over wifi and is very easy to set up.
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Curt Sampson Sofware Developer 3 years ago
If you somehow lose your copy of the game or even just run out of space and delete it, can't you re-download it from the Playstation Store any time, just as you can on the PS3 and PSP (and Steam)?
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