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48% of Vita game sales are digital

By Brendan Sinclair

48% of Vita game sales are digital

Tue 11 Feb 2014 3:19pm GMT / 10:19am EST / 7:19am PST

One-third of handheld owners also have PS4; half of PS4 owners also have PS Plus subscriptions

Digital distribution is proving a popular option for PlayStation Vita owners. Sony representatives told IGN that 48 percent of games sold on the portable are downloaded.

While the PSP also supported digital distribution of games (and even had a model dedicated to it in the PSP Go), the PlayStation Vita is Sony's first platform where every retail game released is also available in downloadable form.

Sony went on to push the Vita as a key part of the PlayStation ecosystem, saying one-third of Vita owners have also purchased a PlayStation 4, with 250,000 people to date trying out the Vita-PS4 Remote Play functionality, most commonly with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, NBA 2K14, or Don't Starve.

In another peek at the company's efforts to intertwine its platforms and services, PlayStation Universe has reported on a post-earnings call for overseas investors in which Sony CEO Kaz Hirai talked about strong ties between the company's newest console and its PlayStation Plus subscription service, which is required for PS4 online play.

"[Of] all the 4.2 million PS4s that have already moved into the hands of consumers, more than half of the people that have now gotten their hands with the PS4 have actually signed up for PS Plus service, which bodes very well for us as well," Hirai told investors.

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Nic Wechter Senior Designer, Black Tusk (MGS Vancouver)

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Now if only I could change the country associated with my PSN account I would be buying all my Vita games digitally.

Posted:2 years ago


Shehzaan Abdulla Translator/QA

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You can always have different memory cards for different regions. You will have to format your system each time you change the account associated with the system though.

Its not a big deal as long as you take the memory card out, but it is inconvenient. Of course, you will need to create a new account for another region (if you haven't already) but unless you really care about trophies it isn't that big a deal.

I tend to use my Japanese account on the Vita so I can access digital Japanese titles with the occasional UK retail game.

On the topic of this news: Interesting that even with such highly priced memory cards that so many are going digital.

Posted:2 years ago


Christopher Ingram Editor-at-Large, Digitally Downloaded

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I think the ability to upload you save data to the cloud with PS+ might be helping to move digital sales a bit more these days on the Vita. I know it definitely has for myself.

Posted:2 years ago


Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany

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I would like to know if in that 48% they include the games you get from PS+
Still no surprise, some of the best stuff the Vita has is digital only.

Posted:2 years ago


Kingman Cheng Illustrator and Animator

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I think cloud save is certainly one incentive but the 'free games' on both the Playstation and the Vita I'd say is likely to be a bigger incentive.

Posted:2 years ago


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