Originally Posted by Anthony1
160,000 isn't that much in the grand scheme of things... Hopefully it has a better December.
Yeah, 160,000 is poor compared to the other consoles, and especially considering it was outsold by the DS lite( though in fairness, we're talking two totally different pricepoints so thats not exactly apples to apples). Certainly it was a spike over their previous monthly sales, and that was chiefly off Black Friday and more specifically that $179 amazon bundle likely played a big part. We don't know cyber monday sales yet, nor do we know what the system sold overall over the month of November. My guess would be in the 225k range.
Which, again looking at the sales of other systems this time of year isnt good, but Vita hasnt been pushed at all by Sony and I think many people are apprehensive about its long term prospects so they're afraid to bite. I'm in that category too but I can justify buying one again by jumping on the $179 amazon deal, the release of Persona 4 and the *finally* availability of psone classics. There is enough content now across the Vita games, psp games, psone classics to justify ownership in my mind again, even if Sony pulled the plug tomorrow ( lets hope not, of course).
The one strategy thats actually given the system a bit of attention is the free PS+ Vita games. I personally don't see December sales outpacing November without some deals at or near the level of what we saw on BF, but surely by now Sony must see that if they're going to hold the price at $250, its going to have to be with goodies thrown in, a subscription to PS+, memory card, game, etc. Their 3G bundle mentioned above seems rather nonsensical on the surface when you consider why they would include a 4gb card alongside a ps+ sub offering free games, but clearly Sony is betting that throwing in all these digital goodies will encourage people to soften their stance on the higher priced storage cards and cave in. That's whats making them money right now.