A report has emerged suggesting that the PLaystation Vita only managed to secure around 45,000 UK sales in its first week. Stacking that up against the PSP's initial week one sales (185,000), and those of the Nintendo 3DS last year (89,000), the figure doesn't make for good reading at first glance.
According to Pocket Gamer, a source revealed the latest Chart-Track figures, which put the PS Vita's week one sales at "just over half" of those of the 3DS' launch, and "around one quarter" of the original PSP's.
Sony released an official statement yesterday saying that 1.2 million units had been sold worldwide, with software sales standing at over 2 million. However, in November of last year, the company had suggested that the Vita's UK launch would surpass that of the PSP.
"It's disappointing, sure, but we all saw it coming," said the source. "Realistically, I think a lot of people can see it's technically a great system, but people just don't have the cash to shell out for the same game twice. A lot will be waiting for a true system seller before taking the plunge, or, more likely, be happier continuing to pay 69p for dozens of mobile games. [...] The market has changed."