Sony have reported better than expected hardware sales overall for the third quarter unexpectedly due to the continued success of the PlayStation 4 across the globe marking a steady improvement in the fortunes of Sony Computer Entertainment. For Q3 2014, the PS4 sold 6.4m units worldwide compared to 4.5 million the year before although sales of the PS Vita dropped from 2m to 1.4m (although this data refers to portable consoles so this could also include an element for the rapidly declining sales of the PSP as its life-cycle ended in Japan).
Software sales across all PlayStation formats have increased since 2013 but what is interesting for Vita owners is the projected sales figures for 2014 overall as the company is expecting to sell 3.5m consoles in 2014 overall. While this may not be a large figure compared to the PS4 or its direct rival, the 3DS, it is still a healthy growth figure for the console’s userbase and should be reassuring for any developers interested in releasing games for the PS Vita.
More disappointing is the PlayStation TV. While no figures have been released, Sony have confirmed that the micro console isn’t currently meeting it’s expected sales targets… although this is something that we expected based on their current marketing strategy and approach for the system.