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Study Reveals PS Vita Finally Selling More Than Nintendo DS As Of Q4 2013
A newly published App Annie study has shown that between Q4 2012 and Q4 2013, PS Vita sales have finally overtaken 2004’s Nintendo DS, among other portable gaming findings.
Page 4 of the report (below) shows that in Q4 2012 the Nintendo DS sold approximately 13 million units, while PS Vita sold approximately 9 million units. However, in the year since holiday season 2012, the Nintendo DS’ sales have fallen drastically from 13 million to 3 million and PS Vita’s shifted numbers have also decreased slightly, still hovering around seven or eight million.
It is perhaps worrying for Sony’s handheld console that sales are already on a downward slope, while the decay of Ninteno’s handheld took nearly a decade. Although factors like price drops and new models may have affected the sales pattern of Nintendo’s console, creating spikes even late in its life cycle.
On the mobile gaming side of the industry, the study found that Google Play revenue increased at a greater rate than iOS over the year between Q4 2012 and Q4 2013.
Where iOS revenue increased from 100 (indexed as the baseline of spending on iOS Q4 2012) to roughly 215, Google Play games saw a four-fold increase from 25 to 125 (approximately.)
It is also worth noting that the study found that 75% of all spending on the Google Play and iOS App Stores came from game purchases. This writer wouldn’t be surprised if Google and Apple place a lot of stock in the mobile games market moving forward.