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Sony Suggests Vita Sales Forecast May Be a Worst Case Scenario

Posted by Sammy Barker

Console could still come to life

Sony’s financial forecasts did not paint a very promising future for the PlayStation Vita last week. The company predicted that it would sell 5 million portable platforms over the next twelve months, more or less indicating that it’s given up hope on its latest handheld. But fresh from teasing the imminent announcement of an “amazingly big title”, SCEE’s senior business development manager Shahid Kamal Ahmad has hinted that the console’s outlook may not be as dire as it seems.

"Sometimes things can happen, and they can dramatically change the evolution in terms of sales of a platform," he told Gamasutra in an extensive interview. “But what you can never do is say, 'We're definitely counting for this kind of increase.' So, you can put plans into motion and say 'We're trying this approach, that approach,' and if something comes off, it's going to be fantastic."

As such, Ahmad explained that the estimate may simply be a worst case scenario should none of Sony’s initiatives go to plan. “Looking back at the performance of different consoles over the course of history, sometimes you've had slow starts which have been suddenly sprung into life by a number of activities,” he said. “What you don't say ahead of time is, 'Oh this will and that will happen, and suddenly we'll have a massive spike in sales.' It's not the sort of thing that companies do."

Outside of the rich selection of indie games – many of which are the fruits of Ahmad’s tireless labour – the release schedule does look a little bare for the Vita. The likes of Tearaway and Killzone: Mercenary are still on the horizon, of course, but the platform will need more than two retail titles if it is to reverse its current commercial woes. Let’s hope that E3 brings news of some big games next month – we may even hear something from Polyphony Digital later today.


User Comments (10)



NathanUC said:

Better to have low expectations that are exceeded than to have high expectations not met.



Epic said:

With only Killzone and Tearaway to save the day this may be the worse case scenario but at least we can expect new announcements for E3 unless Sony stay completly focused on PS4.



Gemuarto said:

Tearaway and Killzone are automn realeses, if i'm not mistaken. I think Sony have some surprises for spring and winter at E3. Also. I'm really exited about Ys.



hYdeks said:

I have lots of hope for the Vita, and I think people will start getting the Vita when the PS4 shows it's Vita functions. As for games, they are coming, just very slow compared to what PlayStation fans are use too. I can't wait for Walking Dead Season One, Jak and Daxter Collection, Muramasa Rebirth, the new Y's game, Vahalla Knight 3, Killzone, Tearaway etc. so to say there is nothing for games at this point makes people sound foolish.



GraveLordXD said:

@Slapshot agreed when I first herd about the vita I honestly thought it was gonna sell out for a while and out sell the 3ds but I think Sony really messed up with those memory cards and the lack of games at first, but now I see the vita is starting to get some good exclusives and I'm so tempted to drop $300 on it right now but with the ps4 right around the corner I now I have to choose between the two which sucks

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