Meanwhile it's unconcerned by the Vita's early struggles in Japan.
Sony says its happy about the way things are going, happy I tell you...
Alot of experts think that with the huge success of the iPhone and tablets, people don't want a 'dedicated handheld gaming device', when something for same price or alot less can do so much more, but still play good games if need be. Both Sony and Nintendo don't think that matters and the market is there, but recently 3DS has been outselling the freshly launched PS Vita more then 6 to 1.
3DS when it first launched it was slow to sell, Nintendo even was dropped the price shorter after the launch, but now with hot lineup of games like 'Super Mario', 'Mario Kart' and 'Monster Hunter', they been able to sell in excess of 4 million units in both the USA and Japan."One of the encouraging things about 3DS' sales performance at Christmas is that it is confounding the naysayers who say that there is no room in the market for a dedicated handheld gaming device," said Sony Computer Entertainment president and CEO Jim Ryan in an interview with MCV. "And to that extent we were encouraged by how 3DS did over the last month."
But again experts think the PS Vita is finding itself in the 'same situation', 'high-launch-price', 'lack of good game titles' leaving it basically dead last in sales so far in Japan, with less then 325,000 units in the first week.
So overall it seems Sony is happy that the 3DS is doing well now in the marketplace, and Sony thinks they will be able to overcome the 'slow start' out the gate with the NA and EU launches and more 'hotter game titles'. -- Only thing to do is re-visit this subject in a month and half and see how the PS Vita sales are doing then!Ryan doesn't think this is indicative of what's set to happen overseas; Vita is set to launch in North America and Europe on February 22 and the system's early struggles in Japan don't mean a thing elsewhere, according to him.
"One of the things we have learnt over a long period of time, is that whether it is PS1, PS2, PSP or PS3, it is dangerous to the point of impossible to take any experience from the Japanese market and try and extrapolate it, and propose upon what will happen in Europe or North America," he told MCV.
"Not withstanding the fact that it is just way too early to make any conclusions. The markets are now just so different, I actually think they are diverging to a greater extent than they were different in the past - if that's even possible."
NEWS SOURCE: Sony Encouraged by Strong 3DS Sales (via) 1up
Our thanks to 'JonathanD' for informing us Maxconsole readers on Sony's viewpoint regarding their battle with the 3DS