While Nintendo has been having difficulty in the home console arena lately, competitor Sony is having similar troubles trying to make a dent in the portable console market following the recent launch of the PlayStation Vita.
In a newly released earnings report [PDF] for the quarter ending in June, Sony revealed that the PSP and Vita combined for just 1.4 million sales worldwide. That's less than the 1.8 million units the aging PSP sold by itself a year ago at this time, and less than the 1.86 million 3DS systems Nintendo sold in the same quarter this year.
Sony didn't split out precisely how many sales each portable console had, but even with the PlayStation Portable zeroed out, this isn't an inspiring sales performance for the newer system. A lack of compelling software might be to blame: While the Vita launched with one of the largest game lineups ever, the stream of software has slowed down significantly since then, with only 11 new games released in North America from April to June. The release schedule will pick up a bit heading into the holidays, but it's hard to see any of the home console ports and classic re-releases that dominate the list acting as the major killer app that really drives significant system sales.