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Vita Software Attach Rate Below 1:1 at Japanese Launch

Posted by James Newton

Why buy a console but no games?

The PlayStation Vita Japanese launch sales figures analysis continues with word from Media Create that not everyone who bought a Vita actually bought a game to go with it.

Media Create's data states the Vita's launch games combined for a total of 300,000 units sold during the launch weekend. Considering Sony sold around 320,000 consoles, that gives an attach rate — the ratio of games to system sales — of around 0.94. By comparison, 3DS launched with around 0.95 and PSP reached 1.06 in its first week.

It's worth noting that these figures only account for retail sales: Vita offers digital downloads of games, and these are not included in Media Create's statistics.

Hot Shots Golf was the best-selling game at launch, selling 61,412 copies to land at number 6 in the all-formats chart.


User Comments (6)



Corbs said:

Good choice. It's the best game I've played so far of the 5 I own.



stromboli said:

I want some credit for this, lol.

I don't see any killer apps at launch... I wonder if/when will get a beast like the new Marios.



Rambo-Hamster said:

To be fair, Sony did release a statement saying that while the Vita basically met their expectations at launch, the downloaded games from PSN exceeded their expectations. So this could actually indicate an attach rate of greater than 1:1 if you include DD in that measurement.



Gamer83 said:

This is the issue PSP had for a long time, hopefully Sony finds a way to fix this. I don't really see a killer app in there for the Japanese audience though. Something like Monster Hunter would've improved these numbers big time. Uncharted is a great series and Golden Abyss looks like a very worthy entry but at the same time it doesn't seem like the kind of game the Japanese go for.



pikku said:

Maybe because they just don't have the funds atm?

Seriously, I didn't buy a single game for my 3DS until OoT3D in June,and then Mariok Kart 7 a few days before Christmas. I think that's probably what's going on here :3



Strider_Hiryu said:

I see this as am half-full glass of wine situation: people buying your machine regardless of having games from the get-go means people getting drawn to its design, its functionalities and potential. I think the software pricing is correct, and hopefully game sales will pick up over the next weeks.

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