Happy birthday

Somewhere in the corner of Sony’s main Tokyo office are a gaggle of glum looking executives sat around a sombre looking PlayStation Vita cake. Exactly twelve months ago, the handheld released in the organisation’s home territory amidst much expectation. But despite a huge turnout at launch, sales have faltered since. Last week the console sold just 11,039 units domestically – a drop in the ocean compared to the Nintendo 3DS’ 211,499 units tally.

It’s clearly not the start that the Japanese giant intended for the powerful portable system – but while the Vita may never catch up with its main competitor, all hope is not lost. There are a wealth of Eastern oriented titles in the pipeline, including Soul Sacrifice, One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, and Phantasy Star Online 2.

Sony president Kaz Hirai will be hoping at least one of those releases strikes a chord, as he blows out the solitary candle decorating the aforementioned console-shaped cake.