One of the very things that I think Sony had hoped would happen with the release of the PlayStation 4 has come to pass. People are buying PlayStation Vitas.
According to MCV, sales of the handheld increased quite significantly following the availability of the Playstation4 at retail. They say, in the UK at least, that sales of the beleaguered handheld rose by 68 per cent in the week of PS4’s launch, and by 65 per cent the following week. no word on real numbers, but it seems to be a significant jump.
It could be down to the built-in, cross device functionality that exists between the PSVita and the PS4, such as remote play, or second screen usage. Or, it could actually be down to PS Vita games, like Tearaway, being released.
"PS Vita sales wise we are continuing to see strong week-on-week growth since our latest campaign kicked in," said senior product manager Ben Law to the magazine, via Videogamer. "The new TV advert went live this week and we’ve already seen amazing feedback from PS4 owners on the Remote Play feature, and the success of Tearaway highlights what [a] great proposition PS Vita is, either as a standalone device or as the perfect companion to PS4."
My money’s on people with too much cash trying to see what the Remote Play fuss is all about. In my own tests, it works pretty well, as long as you;’re connecting the Vita to the console directly. Putting a router between it adds too much latency for it to useful. Still, great to see people buying the Vita. It’s a damned good handheld, with some pretty good games. Hopefully a higher uptake means more games.
Last Updated: December 20, 2013