PS4 sales halve in Japan, but Vita is on the rise

Sony's console down to 35,000 in its third week on sale

Sony's hardware platforms experienced mixed fortunes in Japan last week, with PlayStation 4 sales dropping by half and Vita sales on the rise.

According to data released by Media Create, the Vita enjoyed a boost of almost 10,000 units following the launch of Sony's Soul Sacrifice Delta, which topped the software chart with nearly 50,000 sales.

It was almost enough to unseat the PlayStation 4, which held on to a narrow lead with 35,000 sales in its third week on the chart. Indeed, Sony may well have expected stronger performance from its new hardware in its native market - by contrast, the Wii U sold 122,000 units in its third week on sale in Japan.

The full software chart is below, with lifetime sales in parentheses:

  • [PSV] Soul Sacrifice Delta (SCEJ, 03/06/14) - 48,786 (New)
  • [3DS] Yokai Watch (Level-5, 07/11/13) - 36,018 (532,472)
  • [3DS] Dragon Quest Monsters 2: Iru and Luca's Wonderful Mysterious Keys (Square Enix, 02/06/14) - 31,157 (718,865)
  • [3DS] Harvest Moon: Tsunagaru Shin Tenchi (Marvelous AQL, 02/27/14) - 29,514 (160,296)
  • [PS3] Ar no Surge (Gust, 03/06/14) - 27,037 (New)
  • [3DS] Kaseki Horider: Mugen Gear (Nintendo, 02/27/14) - 22,210 (80,538)
  • [PS3] Yakuza: Ishin (Sega, 02/22/14) - 19,808 (212,113)
  • [PS4] Knack (SCE, 02/22/14) - 17,272 (393,348)
  • [3DS] Kirby: Triple Deluxe (Nintendo, 01/09/14) - 14,108 (489,610)
  • [3DS] Pokemon X and Y (Nintendo, 10/12/13) - 10,708 (3,984,832)

The full hardware chart is below, with the previous week's sales in parentheses:

  • PlayStation 4 - 35,294 (65,685)
  • PlayStation Vita - 31,325 (21,581)
  • 3DS LL - 24,192 (26,027)
  • PlayStation 3 - 12,102 (13,155)
  • 3DS - 10,876 (11,986)
  • Wii U - 7,773 (8,204)
  • PSP - 3,425 (3,652)
  • PlayStation Vita TV - 1,962 (1,543)
  • Xbox 360 - 300 (257)

Thanks Gematsu.

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Jason Chown Technical Director, Setgo Limited3 years ago
This sort of data would look sooo much better in a table...
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Roberto Dillon Associate Professor, James Cook University3 years ago
This isn't really surprising considering the lack of AAA releases for the PS4 at the moment. I just upgraded to a PS4 and kind of regret it: Thief was a disappointment and I have to go back to last gen if I want to play South Park or Dark Souls 2...

Edited 1 times. Last edit by Roberto Dillon on 14th March 2014 1:27am

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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany3 years ago
Buying a console now is a future investment. There are not a lot of game right now (for me there are enough for now) but they will be far before we see any price drop.
So I would say just buy them when your economy allows you to do so.
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Craig Page El Presidente, Awesome Enterprises3 years ago
There's really no benefit to being an early adopter...

You pay $100 more than you would have if you waited 12 months.

All your new games are buggy, or incomplete, or both (BF4).

You get to pay full price for ports of games that are half price on PC and older consoles (Tomb Raider).

You don't get ANY good exclusives, because there's 160 million 360s and PS3s out there, compared to just 8 million or so XBOne's and PS4s.

Your actual "next gen" games aren't finished yet, so you get ridiculously short "previews" for almost full price (Metal Gear Solid).
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