Some bad news for the Japanese brand Sony. According to game-tracking firm Enterbrain, Sony’s Playstation Vita only sold 321,400 units on its first two days out in the market. While their rival Nintedo sold 50,000 more units of 3DS during the same period early this year.
Sony launched its latest toy last weekend. The new device has similar Playstation buttons on the right side and dual thumbsticks. It also has a Wi-Fi capability, 3G and front and rear cameras. It has a 5 inch display that is touch screen and has touchpads at the back of the gadget.
Though boasting of awe-inspiring features, the Vita is fighting an uphill climb in the tight gaming market.
2009 statistics show that the Nintendo DS captured 70 percent of the portable gaming revenue in the U.S.. Apple’s iOS and the Android had a combined 19 percent share while Sony’s PSP lagged behind with an 11% market.
According to Flurry Analytics, Nintendo’s share has dipped to 36 percent in just two years and Sony dropped to 6 percent. By year’s end, it is estimated that Android and iOS will account to 58 percent of the portable gaming devices sold in 2011.
The issue here is that Nintendo and Sony’s devices are solely for portable gaming. Smartphones such as the iPhone and the Galaxy Tabs gives individuals the ability to use their gadgets both for gaming and to make calls, access the web and popular apps.
According to CNET’s Jeff Bakalar, “portable console gaming no longer has a practical place in the current landscape of casual flick, drag and swipe games. He also added that, “there is no room for the 3DSes and Vitas of the world when all-in-one functionality is now more important than high-tech, gaming-focused mobile systems.”