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Sony Lower Sales Forecast For PlayStation Vita And PSP

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Earlier in the year, Sony said that they would sell 16 million units (worldwide) of the PSP and PlayStation Vita combined—split as 10 million Vitas and 6 million PSPs—by the end of their ongoing fiscal year, which ends on March 31st, 2013.

 

Then, in August, Sony revised that number down to 12 million units, without providing a new breakdown of how many sales they were expecting from each of the two devices individually.

 

Today, they announced yet another revision to the forecast for PSP and Vita. The two devices are now expected to sell 10 million units combined by March 31st, 2013.

 

Meanwhile, the sales forecast for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 2 remains unchanged at 16 million units sold this fiscal year.

 

Sales for Sony’s games division decreased 15.8% year-on-year for their second quarter (April – September), while operating income dropped by 23.8%. The company cites lower PSP and PlayStation 3 sales, lower software sales on both devices (relative to the year prior), as well as unfavourable currency exchange rates as the cause.

Ishaan Sahdev
Ishaan specializes in game design/sales analysis. He's the former managing editor of Siliconera and wrote the book "The Legend of Zelda - A Complete Development History". He also used to moonlight as a professional manga editor. These days, his day job has nothing to do with games, but the two inform each other nonetheless.