Analyst Expects 2.5 Million PS Vitas This Year, 5000 Yen Loss Per System
While Sony has yet to make public how many PlayStation Vita systems it plans on selling this year, SMBC Nikko Securities analyst Kazuharu Miura shared some forecasts today. A report at Bloomberg Japan, cites Miura as forecasting sales of 2.5 million units for the system by the end of the current fiscal year in March 2012. He also expects software sales of 7 million units.
Vita will be launching this year in Japan and early next year in Europe and North America. Final details on the Japanese launch are expected at September's Tokyo Game Show.
In making his target predictions, Miura noted that the numbers could fluctuate depending on Sony's ability to get interesting software out. In the same Bloomberg report, Ace Securities analyst Hideki Yasuda expressed concern about this particular area, saying that the higher resolution of the system causes troubles for developers as it eats up development time. Yauda also warned that it's difficult for software companies to develop software for the system if they're unsure the hardware itself will sell.
Sony has admitted that it will take a loss on each Vita sold. Miura expects this loss to be about ¥5,000 per system at first, falling to ¥2,500 per system in the fiscal year ending March 2013. In that year, Miura expects the system to sell 8.5 million units hardware and 28 million units software.