The only significant games with dates in Japan now are 999's sequel (mp), Lumines, Rayman (mp), and Ninja Gaiden Sigma Plus (port), and Gust's new IP (not much of a system seller, from the looks of it).
It kind of reminds me of the Wii starting in late 2009- the release list for 2010 looked really barren and you kept telling yourself "there is no way Nintendo is going to let 2010 be this empty, right?" And yet it was.*
*- note, I am talking about impactful software sales wise for the Japanes region. This is not meant to comment on the actual quality of Wii's 2010 software lineup.
Problem is, they can't make them appear out of thin air. With the love Sony professes to announcing copious ammounts of estimated titles ("next call of duty"), vaporware (RE and DMC Portable) or titles that have barely started development (Killzone 2 target render bull-video, FF XIII) we would already know about them. Seeing how it's not the case, we shouldn't expect them for sooner than Q1 2013 which is a disaster for Vita.
My point it was was mostly likely to stick around that range and maybe slightly below consider the 3DS was was stating to sell 30k which was significantly more expensive than the price cut price. It seemed unlikely that that it would reach 30k and would most probably at least stay in the 40k range with like some weeks in the 50k and maybe 60k.
Even without the announcement it was getting closer to the run up to Christmas it was be more likely to start rising sooner rather than later.
Oh sry, i`ll agree complete with that. Without the titles announced/shown for the 3DS at the event the 3DS sales wouldnt have gotten so high.
Probably Sony is also playin the waiting game and will drop the price once some bigger titles are ready to be launched on Vita - but can they wait till this holiday season like Nintendo did last year ? I doubt that.
Firstly, PSP is Sony's only profitable portable system. They'd be going further into the red if they dropped it totally.
Secondly, there is no Vita sku at a mass market price level, and the main competition is already in the sweet spot, or near enough to it. If the PSP were suddenly gone, a good deal of its former customers would jump to the 3DS. Vita might be helped, but not by enough to make a difference, and Sony's portable sales overall would go down.