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PS Vita game sales are one-third digital

A third of all PlayStation Vita games are purchased digitally, a Sony representative told IGN. Don Mesa, PlayStation’s director of product planning and platform software innovation, said the portable device's users are embracing the PlayStation Store.

In a shelf somewhere, a PSP Go cries "I told them it could work!"

Mesa said surveys of Vita owners indicate high customer satisfaction, with 90 percent playing at least once a week or more. He also claimed the average owner uses the handheld for 18.7 hours a week (more than two and a half hours every day!), which sounds a bit like sampling bias to us.

However much time Vita owners spent with their consoles in 2012, they'll likely spend much more with it this year. Mesa said more than 100 games will hit the system in 2013, stretching from AAA releases to notable indie games like Hotline Miami and Thomas Was Alone.

13 comments

  • santaclouse37 - March 24, 2013 9:59 p.m.

    Nice to see Sony's getting it's shit together around online distribution. Nice to see the call-out to sample bias, it's little journalistic touches like that which keep me coming back to this site.
  • RonF - March 24, 2013 5:27 a.m.

    It makes perfect sense to me. If you want portability, digital is the perfect way to carry all your games with you. I don't have a Vita yet but all my 3DS games were downloaded.
  • Edias - March 23, 2013 11:56 a.m.

    I own several Vita games, and all but two of them are digital; and one of those two came with the system. The 32 GB stick is highly convenient and makes switching between games simple and fast. If you can afford to buy it, there's no reason not to.
  • PatHan-bHai - March 23, 2013 11:53 a.m.

    YAY!!!! but i still wonder.............what is it that makes the mem cards so special that they're that expensive?
  • Cloudiology - March 23, 2013 5:49 a.m.

    the fact that gamestop i my city has all but stopped selling vita games except for like 9 preowned games.. it's fucking weird
  • Tjwoods18 - March 22, 2013 9:49 p.m.

    I'm inclined to believe that they are including original PSP games "downloaded" onto the PS Vita for those numbers. Every PS Vita owner I know have downloaded/ bought again a good majority of their favorite PSP classics.
  • Fox_Mulder - March 22, 2013 10:44 p.m.

    Just got MGS: PW the other day. I also DLed Ghost of Sparta for my Vita.
  • PlainLikeVanilla - March 22, 2013 7:27 p.m.

    Does this include games through playstation plus? If it does then these numbers make a lot of sense.
  • Scoob - March 22, 2013 8:11 p.m.

    I "buy" PSV games on PS+ on my PS3 for when the system and memory cards get a better price.
  • PlainLikeVanilla - March 22, 2013 8:47 p.m.

    Haha I do the same thing.
  • awesomesauce - March 22, 2013 7:01 p.m.

    Maybe people buy games digitally because they won't release them physically. I've owned a Vita for around 5/6 months now and i still see Mortal Kombat (2011!!) in the display case at wal mart.
  • SirNinja - March 22, 2013 6:56 p.m.

    An impressive stat considering how crazy-expensive those memory sticks are.
  • SomeOddGuy - March 22, 2013 9 p.m.

    I could believe that the digital front for the system could be as good as it is, especially since I had purchased my system(with memory card...) on time for the massive anniversary sale. There were many amazing deals through it that I didn't mind downloading a decent collection(especially Blazblue for less than $13), but at the same time with Sony pushing so hard with PS+, it seems like Sony REALLY is pushing for memory card sales due to the fact that I can't possibly imagine the system holding so many games on anything less than 16 GB...(which will cost you $60 standard price) It makes sense with the PS3, but it's hard for me to imagine on the PS Vita when I have literally almost filled up my 32 GB card...(granted 8 GB of it are old PSP games I already owned prior)

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